In your quest to find the perfect all-natural skincare routine, it is essential to consider the different aspects of your current daily routine. We recommend a makeup detox, which can be broken down into several different categories of products. Here's how to get started:
Chapped and dry lips seem to be on everyone's list of skincare complaints, making lip balm a top-rated product for instant relief. However, we have to be careful which lip balms we are using, as many are not good for our overall health, especially brands that use petroleum jelly.
You might be familiar with the stat that the average woman uses (and subsequently consumes through eating and drinking) somewhere around 7 pounds of lip products in her lifetime. While the jury is still out on the accuracy of this claim, we can attest that lip balm is a product personally on our daily rotation. Many of us reapply it several times a day so you can imagine our surprise when we learned the hero ingredient in most brands is petroleum jelly, a by-product of oil drilling. The European Union has banned petroleum jelly from use in skincare products, and experts are concerned about its link to cancer. Studies have shown that women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances in petroleum jelly) in their breast tissue. But the United States is far from following suit.
While television commercials will have you believe that petroleum jelly is essential to moisturized lips, the truth is that it can only provide short-term relief. It creates a protective barrier over the skin, or in this case lips, that traps in your skin's moisture, but creates an impermeable barrier that prohibits skin from breathing. This makes lips even more chapped.
With so many healthy and effective alternatives available, making the switch to an all-natural skincare routine and a nontoxic, petroleum jelly-free product is easy. Here are a couple of tips to help you soothe your lips without exposing yourself to the dangers of petroleum jelly:
GET MOISTURE-RICH LIPS THE HEALTHY WAY:
Look for lip balms made without petroleum or other mineral-based ingredients. Instead, look for lip balms with Shea, Cocoa, or Mango Butters or Coconut Oil as they absorb nicely (and safely!) into the skin and naturally improve moisture retention for long-lasting relief.
Avoid lip balms made with Bnexophenone-3 (a common ingredient in lip balms with sunscreen), as studies have shown it to be a hormone disruptor. The EU has banned it.
Use lip balms made with organic ingredients whenever possible. After all, you will be absorbing or ingesting some of the ingredients, and if they aren't organic, you could be exposed to chemical pesticide residue.
For everyday kissable lips, the key is consistency. Apply lip balm regularly and not just when lips are dry and cracked. Also, ensure that all lip products you use - not just lip balm - is nontoxic and free of petroleum jelly. Throughout the day, we apply layer over layer of lipstick, gloss, and lip balm, so if one has petroleum jelly, the other products are rendered useless in their ability to moisturize.
It goes without saying that we all want to smell our very best. Walk down the beauty aisle, and you will see a variety of fragrance options for shampoos, lotions, body wash, hand soap, and perfumes. We all have our signature scent, and we admit that before our transition to healthy products, the perfume counter was one of our favorite shopping stops. So when we say how important it is to leave behind artificial fragrance for an all-natural skin care routine, we also know how difficult it is. We do, however, sincerely hope the important health factors will eventually win.
It's telling that dermatology researchers rank fragrance as a top-five allergen. As many as 3,000 chemicals, mostly synthetic, are used to manufacture an artificial fragrance. Use of these chemicals has been seen to cause topical reactions like contact dermatitis or itchy skin rashes for those with sensitive skin. However, if you do not see this skin reaction, you may be blind to what is happening underneath the surface.
By design, a fragrance can enter your body in multiple ways: through absorption or inhalation. Studies have shown that the use of artificial fragrance can exacerbate asthma and cause a range of problems in the immune, reproductive, and nervous systems. Using artificial fragrance not only affects your health, but also the health of those who breathe in your scent (ever been in an elevator with someone heavily perfumed?) and those you cuddle with, like babies who snuggle close to your skin. You are transferring whatever is on your skin directly to theirs.
A few facts:
It is estimated that 95% of the synthetic fragrances on the market today are derived from petroleum by-products
More than 2 million Americans have a fragrance allergy or sensitivity
1 out of every 3 American children has allergies, asthma, ADHD or autism
Asthma and allergies affect 1 out of 5 Americans
When it comes to fragrance, there is very little government regulation on what ingredients can be used or what has to be represented on product packaging. Fragrance ingredients are deemed "trade secrets" by the FDA and manufacturers are not required to display the many compounds that make up an artificial fragrance (CLICK HERE for more info on product labeling). This means that any number of chemical fragrance or masking agents could be lurking in your good-smelling products. For example, you will never see the term "phthalates" on your labels, yet they can be used as part of the formulation of a fragrance. It is up to you to take action for your own health and begin self-policing your products for artificial fragrance. Luckily, there are alternatives to keep you smelling good without exposing yourself and others to toxic and potentially hazardous chemicals.
SMELL GOOD THE HEALTHY WAY:
Avoid synthetic musks, which have been linked to cancer. They bioaccumulate and store themselves within the body and have even been found to be present in breast milk, meaning that nursing infants ingest them.
Avoid products with phthalates, which have been linked to disruptions in reproductive and endocrine systems. Spot them on ingredient lists by looking for the term "fragrance," ethylene oxide, or Dibutylphthlalate (DBP, DEP, butyl ester).
Read ALL product ingredient lists. Due to a lack of regulation, products can claim to be "unscented" or "fragrance-free" and still contain artificial ingredients and even artificial fragrance to mask the scent of other ingredients. Navigating ingredient listings can be tricky. As a general rule of thumb, "fragrance" or "parfum" usually means artificial fragrance. Look for products that list out all the plant-derived and essential oils on their packaging. Become familiar with good-for-you ingredients by reading our ingredient glossary.
Always use products that are free of artificial fragrance or use essential oils or other safe plant botanicals, like Lavender or Neroli, for fragrance. Note: Those with known allergies can also react to plant-based ingredients, so if you are a highly allergic-type, use sparingly at first or even consult with your doctor.
When in doubt, check out the EWG's Cosmetic Database to research the product you're unsure about. Their database will clue you in as to what ingredients the product uses and its overall toxicity to your health.
Artificial fragrance is not just limited to your makeup bag. Personal care products, scented candles, laundry detergent, and other household cleaners all use fragrance to market their products. Sniff out the products in your home that contain toxic chemicals and make it a point to phase them out. There are many healthy alternatives on the market just waiting to be discovered.
Think about your daily beauty routine. After you cleanse, possibly tone, and hopefully moisturize, one of the first products that lands on your face is foundation. That foundation will also become one of the last products you take off at the end of the day. As your foundation is in contact with your skin, its ingredients are slowly being absorbed into your skin and eventually enter your bloodstream. It's been said that women who wear makeup every day will absorb 5 pounds of chemicals from that makeup into their bodies each year (we couldn't believe it either! Check out this LINK).
Knowing this, do you know what ingredients you are exposing yourself to?
If you're not already using a nontoxic makeup, you are more than likely exposing yourself to a toxic soup of ingredients, including Parabens, petroleum products, and formaldehyde producing ingredients. Parabens are an inexpensive and effective preservative used to inhibit bacteria growth and extend the shelf life of a product. Even though they are known to be toxic and potentially cause allergic reactions and skin rashes, they are still widely used in skincare and personal care products. Parabens are considered to be hormone disruptors and have been found to mimic hormones in the body, which can be linked to breast cancer.
A known carcinogen and a petroleum byproduct, mineral oil is also commonly used in makeup and skincare products. According to John Hopkins University, it is the number 2 cause of aging. Mineral Oil dehydrates the skin and slows the rate of cell reproduction, which damages collagen, elastin, and connective tissues. This can lead to pesky fine lines and wrinkles. A scary and telling visual: soak one cracker in a glass of mineral oil and one in a glass of water. You'll notice that the cracker soaking in oil will remain crunchy, while the one in water will become soggy (check out our video demonstration HERE). The same goes for your skin. Mineral oil creates a barrier on your skin just like the cracker, blocking pores and the skin's natural respiration, while, at the same time, trapping dirt and bacteria.
For your health and the appearance of your skin, it is essential that you avoid these toxic chemicals whenever possible.
PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD THE HEALTHY WAY:
Avoid products that use Parabens. You can spot them on an ingredient label by looking for ingredients with the prefixes Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl. IE Methylparaben
Avoid products that use dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), Diazolidinyl urea, 1.3-diol, and imidazolidinyl urea as they are formaldehyde-releasing agents, meaning they aren't applied as formaldehyde but do become it once on the skin. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
Avoid products that use Bismuth, which is a byproduct of heavy metal processing. It is a skin irritant, is known to clog pores, and can affect the respiratory system. Learn more about the dangers of Bismuth Oxychloride HERE.
Be careful with products that use added SPF. Avoid products that use oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked with endocrine disruption and cell damage. We understand how vital SPF is to the health of your skin, so use mineral makeups made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which are physical blocks to the sun.
For many, foundation is a must-have product for covering skin imperfections and helping to even out skin tone. Using a chemical-rich product may make your skin look instantly flawless, but its effects are short term. Once you take your makeup off, the same skin woes exist. Our customers have found that using nontoxic makeup not only provides a great look but also improves their skin health, so it looks just as stunning with or without makeup.
When you cut an onion, do your eyes burn and water? Do you avoid getting soap and shampoo in them? There's no denying the sensitivity where our eyes are concerned, so it is surprising that we cover them so heavily in cosmetics. Especially those marketed as "long-lasting" or "waterproof." How can a body cope when these products are so full of chemical agents?
On a typical day, we trace our eyes with eyeliner, add mascara to our lashes, and coat the lids in eye shadow. Now think about how many times a day you rub your eyes. We interact with our eyes so often throughout the day, that our makeup is easily smudged and shifted, which can cause clogged tear ducts, dirty contacts, bacterial infections, and, most commonly, irritated and watery eyes. At the end of the day, we scrub and scrub trying to take the darn stuff off, which can seem like an impossible task. This can result in even more "stuff" getting left behind on our lids and in our eyes.
Most of the traditional eye shadows on the market contain a whole heap of carcinogenic, formaldehyde-releasing, and irritating ingredients. But, careful consideration of product labels can help you avoid these harmful ingredients.
GET EYES THAT POP THE HEALTHY WAY:
Avoid products containing Talcum Powder (aka Talc). This powdered ingredient can sometimes include a small portion of aluminum silicate and/or be contaminated with asbestos fibers, both of which pose risks for acute or chronic lung irritation or even cancer since it is so easily inhaled. Since the 1970s, Talc particles have been routinely found in the tumors of ovary and lung cancer patients
Avoid shadows that contain carmine dye by looking for the ingredients: Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, CI 75470, and E120. Carmine is extracted from crushed up cochineal bugs and their eggs.
Avoid products that use dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), Diazolidinyl urea, 1.3-diol, and imidazolidinyl urea as they are formaldehyde-releasing agents, meaning they aren't applied as formaldehyde but do become it once on the skin. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
Avoid shadows and other eye products that contain parabens and other potentially harmful ingredients. You can spot them on an ingredient label by looking for ingredients with the prefixes Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl. IE Methylparaben.
Be wary of shimmery eye colors that may contain bismuth oxychloride, which is a byproduct of heavy metal processing. It is a skin irritant, is known to clog pores, and can affect the respiratory system. Learn more about the dangers of Bismuth Oxychloride here.
Check the expiration dates of your eye makeup products. While eye shadows will say 12 months or more, we suggest starting with a new product after 6. Eye shadow can get easily contaminated with bacteria and fungi, and you don't want to risk an eye infection.
Never share a brush or wand with anyone, as brushes are bacteria culprits. If you love experimenting and sharing products, keep a stash of clean brushes or cotton swabs on hand.
Use a non-toxic, non-irritating cleanser that will safely remove all traces of makeup.
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For years when I would go on vacation I would find that my skin would change. Sometimes it would become super dry, sometimes it would breakout, and other times it would be lack luster. I always chalked it up to the different water or a different environment. Sure, that had something to do with it, but the true culprit came down to routine. Not only was I casting aside my usual routine, but I was also not tweaking my routine to gel with my new locale. I naively thought that a couple days away meant I could use hotel provided products and skip a step here or there and my skin would bounce back to its usual self when I got home.
It wasn't until I started taking an abridged version of my daily, organic skin care routine with me did I realize that I didn't not have to sacrifice skin health while traveling. Here are some travel tips to help keep your skin healthy and looking its best:
Don’t let airline regulations stop you from bringing your own products. We understand that carrying on your luggage is an ideal way to travel, but don’t let the “liquids” rule keep you from packing your favorite skin care products. Transfer your lotions and potions to travel sized bottles (3.4 ounces or less) or pick up our Traveler, which has travel-sized portions ready to go. However you choose to contain your products always make sure to put them in a tightly sealed plastic bag. Air pressure can do tricky things to your sealed bottles and we would hate for leaky lotion to get on your clothes.
Check the weather at your final destination and pack accordingly. If you're headed somewhere dry, pack a moisturizer. If you're headed to the beach, pack products with plenty of antioxidants. Knowing where you are going and what you will need will keep you from packing unnecessary items. It will also keep you from having to make a drug store run for a product that may not necessarily fit with your organic lifestyle.
Don’t forget to wash your face. We know how exhausting vacations can be, but the most important thing to do before your head hits the pillow is to wash your face. Whether you’re on a plane, in the ocean, hiking, or sightseeing, your skin will be exposed to a lot of different environmental factors. Washing your face will get rid of any debris, sweat, and other looming bacteria. Plus, if you use our Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser, the anti-inflammatory ingredients will help calm the skin for a restorative sleep.
Feed your skin with antioxidants. Chances are you will be outside more than usual while on vacation. This means a higher potential for skin damaging, free-radical formation. One way to keep skin healthy and balanced is to add a scoop of our Antioxidant Skin Boost to your nighttime travel routine. Kimberly Snyder agrees, calling it one of her top 5 Best Travel Tips (see minute 2:08).
Kimberly Snyder's 5 Best Travel Tips - YouTube
So what products do we recommend in your travel bag? Our travel product picks are:
Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser
Daytime Antioxidant Serum
Antioxidant Skin Boost
Get Even Finishing Powder
B Soothed? It can be a diaper rash ointment, soothe blisters after long walks, heal minor cuts and scrapes, and even be a mega boost of moisture for lips. It really is something to not leave home without.
Traveling can be stressful enough, but there is no need to put stress on your skin. You'll be surprised that by simply following your routine, or an abridged version of it, will keep your skin nourished with the same beneficial ingredients that it is used to. And that's the first step to beautiful, healthy skin.
Summer is here and the bees are out! After hibernating over the winter, bees awaken in time to collect pollen and nectar from flowering plants. While bees can sometimes seem like a backyard nuisance, the unassuming Honey Bee is one of the most important elements in our life cycle.
Did you know that the Honey Bee is directly responsible for pollinating 1/3 of all our vegetables and fruits and indirectly responsible for the production of nearly 70% of our entire food source? Without the Honey Bee, our farming practices and food creation would drastically change, causing a rise in our food prices and, more than likely, health issues.
For us, the Honey Bee holds much significance. In fact, the Honey Bee deserves the highest title in the Sally B’s work force, for it is responsible for the creation of all the beautiful and good-for-you botanical ingredients used in our product formulations. Without the Honey Bee, we would have no lavender, no camellia seed oil, no avocado oil, and no beeswax (among many others), all of which are some of our favorite, skin-loving ingredients. In particular, beeswax, used in our B Glossy Lip Gloss, B Pinched, B Smudged, Lip Yummies, B Soothed, Lip Skinnies, Healing Hand Butter, and Natural Buff Cuticle Bar, is a superb moisturizer, helping to lock moisture and protecting skin from environmental factors. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is a source of Vitamin A, which promotes healthy cell development.
Our love for botanical ingredients wasn’t our first introduction to the importance of the Honey Bee. It was Sally’s father, a beekeeping hobbyist, who first instilled to her the importance of Honey Bees. He maintained several organic hives in the North Georgia Mountains and harvested honey annually, much to his family and friends’ delight. Now, we have a new beekeeper hobbyist among us who nurtures 60,000 bees right here in the heart of Atlanta. It is Honey Bee farmers like them who are helping to keep our beloved bees (and ingredients) fruitful.
Recently, Honey Bee hives around the world have fallen victim to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a mysterious phenomenon that has worker bees disappearing. In some areas of the world, bee populations have declined by almost 50%. While there is yet no known cause of CCD, one of the main arguments is that it is caused by pesticide use. Researchers and scientists are hard at work to find the root of the cause and keep Honey Bees alive, but there are things you can do to help:
Support local Honey Bee farmers by buying local honey. Keeping Bee Keepers in business will ensure that bee populations are being cared for and cultivated, so that our local flowers and crops will be sustained.
Buy products made with beeswax. A higher demand for beeswax keeps Honey Bees and gives Bee Keepers a new sense of purpose to keep them alive and healthy. It’s important to note that extracting beeswax from a hive does not harm the Honey Bees.
Avoid use of all pesticides in your yard. When Honey Bees extract nectar from the blooms in your garden, they will also ingest whatever pesticides have been sprayed on it. This not only hurts the bees, but also whoever eats their honey. This is easily avoided by not using pesticides.
Plant a “pollinator garden.” Choose nectar-producing flowers that are native to your region. Choose native plants will help them thrive in your garden without the use of pesticides or too much water. And the nectar, of course, will keep Honey Bees happy.
Don’t kill unwanted bees. If an unwanted hive appears in your yard, call your local beekeeper’s association to find a Beekeeper to safely remove it. They will relocate the hive to a safe place and the colony will quickly adapt to their new environment and get to work!
While we don’t recommend giving bees a high five like this guy, we do hope that you will join us on our quest to supporting the health and longevity of our world’s Honey Bee population.
Summer is officially here, and it's that time of year when we let loose, unwind and take that vacation we've been dreaming of! It's also a time to transition our skincare routine to meet the demands of the Summer season. Let us help you with our Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Summer Must-Haves Collection.
Keep It Light
Antioxidants are essential for Summer. This is the time of year when we change out that thick moisturizer for something a bit more lightweight. Give your skin an extra layer of protection from the harsh, day-to-day elements with Sally B's Daytime Antioxidant Serum. Packed full of powerful antioxidants like Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Green Tea, and Organic Helichrysum, this lightweight serum absorbs quickly into skin to help prevent free-radical formation and provide all-day moisture. It's super lightweight but
Formulated with Organic Peppermint and Bamboo Extract, Sally B's B Cool Misting Spray is a naturally cooling misting spray that sets makeup, cools the skin, and reduces shine from sweat and oil. In need of a refreshing break from an afternoon in the heat or from an exercise routine? Just spritz some B Cool Misting Spray generously on arms, necks, legs, and face. The Organic Peppermint inside contains a high percentage of menthol, which can trick brain receptors into thinking the body is cooler than it already is. Instantly receive an allover cooling and calming effect.
Want to have silky smooth skin ready for Summer? Try our Sally B's Eco Body Lotion, a good-to-use anywhere, anytime lotion free of artificial fragrance. Packed full of certified organic oils and butters, including healing Tamanu Oil, this lotion is quickly absorbed into the skin and alleviates irritation and soothes dry patches, it even eases sunburn pain and symptoms.
In the Summer we tend to wear less makeup. While you may not need a foundation or eye makeup, consider adding our Get Even Finishing Powder to your makeup bag. This translucent powder evens out skin tone, gives the face a polished, yet natural look, and can even help blot excess oil from the skin. It can be worn alone on clean skin or with our Tinted Moisturizer for a matte finish and great Summer look.
Be Comfortable In Your Skin
Summer is all about bare shoulders, arms, and legs, and we want our exposed skin as silky smooth as possible. Use a gentle exfoliator like our Moisturizing Body Buff to slough off dead skin cells and reveal glowing, healthy skin. When you are going to an event where you are sleeveless, backless, or just have more skin exposed than usual, treat yourself to a good scrub. The skin that shows will be smooth and glowing. It is also an excellent exfoliator pre-treatment for self-tanning products.
Watch Your Mouth
Yep, you heard that right. Many times people forget to take care of their lips during the summer months. And, in case you weren't aware, lips burn more quickly than any other part of your body. Keep them soothed with our Lip Skinnies, which combine the bold color of a lipstick with the soothing qualities of lip balm. No longer do you have to worry about painting your lips with potentially toxic or drying ingredients – instead, our moisture-rich formula, made with over 98% organic ingredients, ensures that not only you are staying healthy, but you can safely smooch even the most precious of cheeks.
Mosquitoes are one of Summer's biggest buzz-kills and shooing them from your picnic, outdoor concert, or trip to the park can be next to impossible. Defend your skin from mosquitoes with our blend of organic essential oils, naturally designed to repel the pesky pests. Blended with Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sally B’s B Unbitten is a lightweight, fast-absorbing serum that provides great smelling and non-toxic protection without the greasy or sticky feeling left behind from other toxic repellents.
Hit the Road
For many, it's vacation time, but you don't have to sacrifice your natural beauty when you hit the road. That’s where The Traveler steps in. We have shrunk down 6 of our most popular, skin loving products into easy-to-pack travel sizes and packed them into an organic cotton, zip top pouch made locally and exclusively for us. This pouch fits easily into your luggage and meets TSA liquid size standards. Forget the mess of creating our own travel sizes, because we've done it for you!
Want to browse more Sally B's Skin Yummies pure nontoxic skin care products? Read our blogs, shop our sales and browse our skin care products that are people and planet friendly HERE.
Vitamin C has made a name for itself as a powerful and important antioxidant, essential for optimum skin health. L-ascorbic acid is one of the most common forms of Vitamin C, which we use in our Antioxidant Skin Boost, and is among the most effective. Research shows that L-ascorbic acid can:
Repair Free-Radical Damage
Free radicals are unstable cells, meaning they are short an electron caused by external factors like oxidation, pollution, cigarette smoke, and various health conditions. While Vitamin E is the primary defender against oxidation, Vitamin C is particularly potent against the free radicals caused by pollution. When Vitamin C is added to the skin, it neutralizes free radicals by donating one of its electrons to an unstable free radical, making it whole and happy. Contrary to how free radicals are formed, antioxidants like Vitamin C remain stable, even with the loss of their donated electron.
Promote Collagen Production
Collagen is the key to firm, soft, and supple skin. Without it, our skin loses its elasticity, which in turn leads to wrinkles and fine lines. Our bodies naturally create it, but as we age, our bodies break down the collagen and our ability to produce more diminishes. Luckily, when topically applied, Vitamin C has been proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen.
Research shows that Vitamin C protects against harmful substances that contribute to disease. Because of this, studies suggest that it has some anti-inflammatory benefits.
Strengthen Skin and Hair
While it is promoting collagen production, Vitamin C is also working to strengthen blood vessels underneath the skin. It also plays a significant role in absorbing iron, which helps to keep hair healthy and strong.
Your body naturally produces some antioxidants, but Vitamin C is not one of them. So, it is important that you introduce the nutrient to your body through diet (think broccoli, citrus fruit, strawberries, and tomatoes) and skin care every day. Why every day? Vitamin C is not stored in the body. It is water-soluble, and the excess is expelled with urine.
While Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it is more beneficial when formulated with other antioxidant and cell-communicating ingredients. This is why we created our Antioxidant Skin Boost. The powder mix combines L-ascorbic acid with Organic Pomegranate Extract, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, and Resveratrol for a product that repairs and protects. Using our Antioxidant Skin Boost every night can give your complexion a healthy glow while slowing down the aging process.
Browse our Sally B's Skin Yummies pure nontoxic skin care products made using only the highest quality organic, natural, and wild-crafted ingredients!
We often say it’s a good thing that our feet are hidden away in socks and shoes during the winter. The dry and cracked skin that we inevitably endure can be tough on the eyes. But armed with the right arsenal of products and some DIY know how, you can keep your feet feeling and looking great as you jump into Summer!
"Winter feet" at times are unavoidable but ashy, flaky feet can be transformed. Our solution: an at-home spa day. Here is how you can transform your bathroom into a tired foot's dream:
First, exfoliate skin with Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Moisturizing Body Buff. On dry skin, massage a quarter-size amount of Body Buff on to each foot. The natural abrasiveness of organic sugar inside will slough off dead skin cells, while the organic shea butter and jojoba oil will add moisture to the skin. And you're not just pampering your feet! Your hands will benefit from massaging the Body Buff onto feet!
Rinse off Body Buff and soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. When you’re finished you can do additional exfoliation with a pumice stone if necessary.
Have rough or dry spots? Rub our Tamanu Neem Healing Bargenerously over the problem areas. The two named ingredients – Tamanu Oil and Neem Oil – will help moisturize, promote the regeneration of new skin cells, and soothe dry, itchy skin.
Add moisture. Our Healing Hand Butter is not just for hands! This product is an excellent source of moisture and can help replenish moisture to hard-working feet just as well as it can hands. Generously apply Healing Hand Butter to both feet and then put on a pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture (and ensure you don’t slip slide around the bathroom floor). For best results moisturize before bed and leave socks on overnight.
Moisturize regularly. Using lotion after a bath or shower is always great, but employing the Healing Hand Butter and sock combo a couple nights a week will give you super soft results.
This DIY foot spa is also a good idea during seasonal transitions. Summer can leave feet tired and worn, just like Winter can, so it's always a great idea to pamper feet and start the season with fresh, happy skin!
Skin can become dry for various reasons, and when this happens, it's time to start thinking about how you will tweak your skin care routine. One simple solution is adding a serum to your mix of products. Typically a serum is lightweight and fast absorbing and adds a big punch of moisture to the skin. At Sally B's, however, our products always work double duty, and our Antioxidant Serums are no exception. They add moisture and a whole lot more thanks to the hero ingredient, Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil (aka Black Seed Oil).
A powerhouse ingredient, Black Cumin Seed Oil has built quite a reputation for itself. Since the beginning of Middle Eastern civilization, the oil derived from the seed of the Nigella Sativa flower has been a coveted beauty and health staple. Cleopatra was said to have never gone a day without applying it, and others explain it to be a "remedy for all disease except for death." While studies show that its benefits include reducing tumor size, promoting the production of healthy bone marrow, stimulating the immune system, and easing digestive issues, we love it for its skin beautifying benefits, too.
5 skin care benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil:
It is extremely moisturizing. Black Cumin Seed Oil is an excellent source of Vitamin B, which helps to retain moisture in the skin.
It helps to fight acne. Skin that overproduces oil is more susceptible to acne breakouts since excess oil collects in pores. The essential fatty acids in Black Cumin Seed Oil help to flush out this oil. They do this by creating healthy skin cells that work to dissolve fat deposits in pores.
It minimizes the signs of aging. With its moisture-retaining qualities and antioxidant properties, Black Cumin Seed Oil keeps skin elastic and fights damaging free radicals that cause wrinkles and fine lines.
It tames redness and soothes irritation. Black Cumin Seed Oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. This is especially helpful for those experiencing irritation from psoriasis or eczema as Black Cumin Seed Oil reduces inflammation and boosts healthy immune function. It also is a strong astringent that can fight topical infections.
It fades dark spots. Together, Vitamin A, amino acids, and fatty acids found in Black Cumin Seed Oil work together to regenerate skin cells. Over time, Black Cumin Seed Oil will fade age spots and even some scars.
While Black Cumin Seed Oil makes our serums so unique, it also shines in another one of our products, Intensive Eye Repair, with the oil’s ability to fade dark spots and calm inflammation.
Today is my birthday; It’s no milestone birthday, but each one is important to me as I get older. Someone asked me the other day what my older self would tell my younger self should I have the chance. Easy!
Oh, the advice I would give to a younger me… Don’t use up your knees. Give up sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stay out of the sun. Fat is not the enemy. Love your body. It is lovely, and you should believe it! Don’t ever stop exercising. Keep up your Yoga. Learn to meditate. Drink Green Smoothies
I would tell my younger self that life happens as it should. That tragedy, illness, death, and great joy are things that can come and go at any minute. Our journey includes them all. We never know where life will take us but be ready for it. And know you will be OK.
I would also tell her to love your friends and family…even in times of disappointment. Spend more time with them. The bonds you have are essential to a quality life. Women especially, hang on to your girlfriends.
And then I would get practical. I would try to tell her what lies ahead in the world of business. She would have strict instructions to buy stock in Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Netflix.
I would tell her to start the path I’m on much faster. It’s one thing to start in the year 2000. What if I had started years before that? How much more would I know? If I do anything to help with the health of our planet, then imagine how much more I could have done had I started sooner?
No, time travel is not possible...nor should it be. But it's fun to think about and it's also funny how much I get asked the question.I get frustrated at the slow progress society makes improving the quality of our air and water. But every little effort counts. Many small things can be done to bring about change. Do them! If we make even a tiny bit of difference, then we're ahead.
Happy Birthday to me! I hope next year I can look back and marvel at the progress that has been made.
There is a saying that you have to love yourself first before you can love others. We know its a cliché, but it's true: If you carve the time into your busy schedule to practice good self-care, you will love yourself more and consequently love others more too. If you want to cultivate more self-care or if you are just stressed and don't have the time to go to a spa, why not create a spa at home?
Give yourself permission to have some downtime. After all, as we like to say, we are human beings and not human doings. In this blog, we suggest some calming and nourishing things you can do for a luxurious spa moment in the comfort of your own bathroom. By the way, you don't need to practice it by yourself. Light up some candles, pour a glass of wine, and this can easily become romantic spa time.
Step 1: Heat up your bathroom.
Most of what we are about to suggest, you will perform naked and you won't feel comfortable if you are cold. So either turn the heater up or use one of those portable heaters.
Step 2: Make yourself comfortable.
Take a blanket, towels, and/or a comfortable chair to sit on, put on your favorite music, light up some candles, pour some wine or a cozy tea, whatever it takes to set the mood to a relaxing atmosphere.
Step 3: Pull the products you are going to need.
An exfoliating face mask and mixing ingredients (for example honey or yogurt if you are mixing your mask with something other than water)
A body buff
Bath salt or a relaxing essential oil
A body and a face moisturizer.
First, let's exfoliate.
We don't want to sound like a broken record, but exfoliation is important because it removes dead skin and promotes cell re-growth and renewal. Apply an exfoliating mask on your face, like our B Green Mud Mask, and while the mask is working, use the body buff, like our Moisturizing Body Buff, to exfoliate your body. We recommend exfoliating before getting into the water to give the product some time to work on your skin. Once you get into warm water, the steam will open up your pores even more. When you are almost done, turn on the water in the tub or the shower, so you step right into your warm bath when you are finished exfoliating. That's also a good time to sprinkle bath salts or essential oils into the water.
Second, let’s enjoy the warm water.
Remove your mask and body buff with warm water. Splashing water on your face triggers the mammalian diving reflex. This reflex will make your body believe that you are going for a swim underwater, so your heart rate will drop, and you will feel calmer. After you have cleaned your body, take the time to be fully present by focusing on your breath. Notice your breath for a minute and then start controlling your breath by breathing in for five seconds, holding for five seconds, and then very slowly breathing out again. Control your breathing for a couple of minutes and then start noticing your body. Start at your toes and then all the way up to your head. Notice where you might be holding tension, where you might be experiencing some pain and let the warm water do its work! When you’re finished, step out of the shower or bathtub and dry your body.
Third, let’s get hydrated and moisturized.
Once you have stepped out of your bath, your skin will be the perfect clean slate to fully absorb the lotions you will use next. Your skin will not only be clean, but your pores will be open, and your blood circulation will also be better. Pick a body and a face lotion that will both hydrate and moisturize your skin. Hydration is important to improve the amount of water in the skin, and a moisturizer will create a barrier, so you don't lose moisture afterward. Consider the use of creams and lotions also rich in antioxidants like our Carrot Facial Dream Cream, our Luxe Body Butter and our Eco Body Lotion.
Now that you have completed your home spa and you are feeling nourished, calmer and happier, give yourself a pat on the back for being so kind to yourself. If you try this routine, we would love to know how it worked out for you. Please leave us a comment on our social media platforms or send us an e-mail to email@example.com.