This Earth Day, filter yourself

Preserving access to pure water is part of what Earth Day is all about. But sometimes the water from your facet is full of added chemicals. You use a Brita in the kitchen, now try a similar trick in the bathroom. Showerhead filters can remove up to 95% of chlorine (and other compounds), letting you showering in chlorine-free, filtered water. The result? The body is able to retain it natural moisture, so our skin is softer.Read More >


Winter moisturizers: What to look for in acne-prone skin

Often times, people with acne skip moisturizing, even in this cold and dry weather, increasing the risk of breakouts. If you’re battling acne, then be sure to look for a lotion that is light, oil-free, and noncomedogenic. Look closely at the ingredients: you’ll want a moisturizer that contains ceramides (which improve the skin’s barrier function), but that DON’T contain petrolatum and mineral oil.


Give your hands a gift this holiday season

While oils are becoming very popular for moisturizing, they don't actually work the way you might think. The body doesn't absorb topical oils: instead, they sit on the surface of the skin, acting as a protective barrier. If your hands are starting to crack under the strain of a cold winter, try applying a moisturizer first, then add an oil like jujube. Your body will absorb the lotion, and the oil will lock in the healing power of the moisturizer.Read More >


Oscar-worthy skin in 3 easy steps

Got a fabulous Oscar-worthy party to attend? Then get a fabulous glow to match, with these easy steps: 1) Exfoliate in the shower with a light scrub 2) Apply a lotion with a softening lactic acid 3) Apply a few drops of body oil to your hands and rub it into your legs and arms The results are instantly soft and touchable skin with a gorgeous sheen.Read More >


The art of oils: moisturizing dry winter scalp

Growing up, we’re told that oil causes hair to look greasy, and so many of us have come to view oil as the enemy. But dry winter air and harsh shampoos can strip our scalp of too much oil, leading to brittle hair and dandruff. A mask with essential oils like lavender can help refresh hair and hydrate the skin, while also creating a barrier against damaging environmental effects.Read More >


Beautiful skin you won’t want to mask

If the skin on your body is prone to blemishes, bumps, or dry spots, consider a body mask to help your skin become more radiant. There are a few ingredients to look out for: kaolin clay fights oil, lactic acid smooths the surface of the skin, and natural oils are a great source of hydration. For dry patches or other trouble spot treatments, apply the mask to the area, then cover with a warm, damp towel for 5 minutes before washing it off.Read More >