Posts Tagged ‘skincare’

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!

BEAUTY BITES

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We know that we may have to pry the Starbucks mugs out of your hands, but coffee is taking a back seat and TEA is riding shotgun for this post! Now, tea is definitely not a new kid on the block and has been around for centuries…with very good reason. Whether you warm it up, or ice it down, tea can be such a comforting and refreshing drink that is customizable to your liking and the health and beauty benefits are well worth your attention. So cups out and pinkies up…it’s tea time!

First, let us encourage you to explore the wonderful world of buying loose leaf tea. Bags are for the birds, y’all. More often than not, tea bags are made with the leftover particles of over processed tea leaves and you may not be getting the full bang for your buck. If you can, go to your local tea store and shop for loose leaf that you can steep yourself and store in a cute tin! Going this route also gives you some major DIY opportunities. Mix your loose leaf tea with things like dried lavender, dried fruit, and herbs before you steep for a unique twist. We also LOVE adding freshness to our iced/hot tea, post brew, like citrus, fresh mint and fruit (cherries are bomb). Like the sweeter things in life? Add some agave nectar or honey to sweeten things up au naturale!

We’ve chosen and broken down some of our favorite kinds of tea that are heavy on the health and beauty benefits and don’t fall short in the flavor department…

1. OOLONG TEA: In addition to combating free-radicals and hydrating the skin, oolong tea is a major stress buster. If you suffer from stress related breakouts or skin irritations, drinking oolong can help alleviate mood swings. Stress less = happy skin!

2. ROOIBOS TEA: Rooibos can be enjoyed anytime of day, but many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine. It can help you feel caaaalm and relaxed! All we heard in that sentence was BEAUTY SLEEP.

3. GREEN TEA: Probably the most well-known of the tea bunch. In addition to being a natural metabolism booster (hello energy!), Green tea contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals. What this means is it helps fight against aging and promotes longevity of the skins elasticity.

4. BLACK TEA: Black tea has the most full bodied flavor of all the teas and contains the same miracle polyphenols as green tea…another anti-oxidant boost (which your skin will love!). The tannins in black tea can also improve blood circulation and fight bacteria in your body which can be beneficial if you are blemish prone.

5. WHITE TEA: Recent studies reveal indicators that white tea helps skin cells by boosting immune systems when exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation. While we DON’T recommend not wearing SPF, we can appreciate any extra help in protecting and preventing our skin from sun damage.

 

Are you a frequent steeper or have a tea fave? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers to your health, darlings!

BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

It’s time to break out the cups, glasses, and tumblers because today we are juicing! It’s no secret that juicing, whether at home or bought elsewhere, is a trend that has caught on…and for good reason. It’s a great way to pack in so many vitamins and nutrients into one portable serving and just like the beauty and skincare products we all love, it’s completely personal. You pick and choose the fruits and veggies that you like into a combo that makes your taste buds happy. It’s also a great way to mask the flavor of certain veggies that you’d…rather not eat, by adding sweet fruits. Case in point, enter the juice combo for today’s post. Beets have a really bad rep, which is unfortunate because they are so good for you. But throw one into a juicer with a few blood oranges, pomegranate seeds and a handful of kale and BOOM. Beets are now delicious.

This delicious four-some make a super tasty juice combo. The blood oranges and pom seeds give it a tart/sweet flavor while the beets and kale bring an earthy taste and gorgeous color. Don’t have a juicer? No worries! Next time you are in your fave juice shop, ask for a custom blend with these beauties. You won’t regret it! Especially when you hear why this juicy juice is so good for you…

BEETS: Beets are one the richest dietary sources of antioxidants which do wonders for skin and hair. They also have components that aid in increasing blood flow which gives you more energy. Who couldn’t use more energy? An energized bod glows from the inside out!

BLOOD ORANGES: Definitely the prettiest citrus of them all! When your food looks this gorgeous…it makes you want to eat it! Containing copious amounts of vitamin C (obvi, its a citrus fruit), this is essential because our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin C, so eating foods containing it is important.

POMEGRANATE: Another major source of antioxidants! (Are you sensing a theme here?) Pomegranate protects the epidermis and dermis by encouraging skin cell regeneration, aiding in the repair of tissues, and encouraging circulation to skin that is healing. Those little beauties pack a punch!

KALE: This is a super-food that has definitely been on everyone’s radar. Rightfully so! This leafy green is packed with vitamin K which is essential for bone health and skin elasticity. A perfect addition to any juice blend!

What are your favorite juice cocktails? Let us know your current combos in the comments!

OUR PLEDGE FOR GORGEOUS SKIN THIS YEAR!

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

If there’s one New Year’s resolution that can truly make a difference (and we can actually keep), it’s this one! Nothing is worse than waking up in the morning and realizing you didn’t wash your face the night before. And I cannot stress how important it is to give your skin a daily eight-hour break from makeup coupled with a regimen of skincare that fights acne and hydrates. So take our pledge this new year and vow to take off your makeup every single night! Let’s be diligent, ladies! What a gift you’ll be giving yourself and your skin… there’s nothing better. Here’s how:

There might be nights that using our favorite (and sulfate-free!) Makeup Cleansing Wipes is all you have the energy to do and for those nights, we totally get it. But while the year is anew, try to aim a step further and exfoliate, treat and hydrate your skin as well! As you know, I’m obsessed with Proactiv+ because it’s the only thing that’s cleared up my skin quickly and gently without drying it out.

If you’re up to the challenge, pledge to take off your makeup every night too by commenting below! And, for those of you who are really ready for gorgeous and clear skin, our friends at Proactiv+ are giving our readers a special bonus of the Makeup Cleansing Wipes for the first 500 devotees who sign up for the Proactiv+ System ($29.95/month that automatically renews for you every 90 days so you won’t break your resolution vow!)! We love them so much because they are strong enough to take off mascara but gentle enough to not break out our skin! Click here for the dedicated offer: Proactiv+ TBD New Year’s Resolution Special!

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