This is the time of the year that I DREAD... the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and therefore the loss of a precious hour of sleep. With sleep majorly on my brain I start to notice things. Scrolling through my emails, social media feed, online ads - I see a lot of headlines that make me say "huh, what?!?" Everything from fad diets to the new "It" vitamins or face cream seem to create a buzz... now the headline that 'brands are tapping into the sleep-as-a-luxury trend'. Not only that, corporations are jumping on the bandwagon to sell us every sort of gadget, app, serum, oil, and supplement to help us get there...
I have to admit, I'm not surprised. According to the CDC, Short Sleep (defined as less that 7 hours of sleep in a 24 hr period) significantly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and even asthma. Furthermore, a large majority (varies by geography and demographic - approx. 28-45%) of American adults fall into the Short Sleep category. That's an enormous amount of grown adults who are regularly sleep deprived!
Sleep is no luxury. It's a critical part of your physical and mental health and should be treated as such. I have made a concerted effort over the past few months to treat is as a non-negotiable part of my self-care even when it would be so much easier to stay up late and be 'productive'. As a mother of two small children, let me tell you, I get it folks. There are are times when 7 hrs (or even 2 consecutive hours) just isn't in the cards. For all of the other times I am giving you my tips to bullet proof your bedtime rituals to ensure peaceful slumber.
Read on for some best practice tips on how to maximize your rest and rejuvenation when you can (so that you can survive those times when you can't!).
Keeping hydrated can be a real struggle for so many. Plain water can be 'boring' while packaged on-the-go beverages often pack tons of sugar, stimulants, and/or toxic ingredients (hello synthetic colorants, I'm talking to you!). To get around this I have created a delicious, nutritious, beverage that I LOVE to sip iced all day long (though you could warm it up if needed). I am a Kombucha fiend and I find that this satisfies my Kombucha cravings without the added sugars/cost associated with my beloved fermented friend.
Not only is this drink delicious, it is also highly anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system, and may just help you to fight off that nasty flu that is going around this season.
Read on for the recipe!
Ok everyone! Are y'all ready?!? This is the biggest shopping weekend of the year and the green beauty market is no exception. Here are some of the deals that are going on over the next week that are at the top of my shopping list. I'll try to add to this if I see any other amazing bargains but I'm keeping this small and manageable. The best of the best!
This marine based line out of California stole my heart with their Atomosphere Protection Cream and Sea Minerals Mist. You really can't go wrong with any of their products! Click the link below to get your choice of Cleanser FREE ($48 value) and a FREE deluxe sample of their NEW Vitamin C Probiotic Polish (can't wait to try!!)
Au naturale -
Au Naturale Cosmetics is one of my all time favorite natural makeup lines. Vegan, cruelty free, and toxin free. Beautiful pigments with buildable color that won't block your pores too! My absolute favorites from their line are the Su/Stain Lip Stains and the Lip Glosses. Both give great pigmentation, tons of hydration, and fade naturally. I haven't run across one that I haven't loved!
Click the picture below to receive:
25% off sitewide!! All orders $50+ also receive a FREE LIPSTICK too! Valid 11/23/17-11/27/17
Cyber Monday - Customers who spend $100+ will receive the 25% off, free lipstick, AND a $30 gift card
to use in the new year !! WOW!
Receive 20% OFF Sitewide on Monday 11/27/17
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Osmia body oils- the Night Oil in particular. I also adore the Acne Spot Treatment. Definitely worth every penny!
20% OFF Site Wide with code HOLIDAY2017
The chicest natural deodorant around! This is my go-to deodorant stick of choice and I've been dieing to try their Holi skin care too!
Do you ever wish you could take a nap and wake up with noticeably better skin? Sounds too good to be true but I'm here to tell you that LED light therapy does just that!
LED (Light Emitting Diode) therapy is an under-appreciated, and under-utilized modality in the skincare industry. This non-UV, non-ablative (non-damaging), non- high heat producing light uses specific wavelengths of red/infrared/and/or blue light to trigger your skin's own healing responses and drastically increase ATP production in your skin cells. ATP is the cellular energy your cells use to heal, increase collagen production, decrease inflammation, increase circulation, and speed up cellular turnover. It's 'cell food'!
There are two different lights that are primarily found in spas and dermatologists offices- Red/Infrared light and Blue Light. The Red/Infrared light aides in all of the anti-aging aspects- decreases wrinkle depth, increases evenness of skin tone, increases hydration, and increases collagen production. The Blue light kills acne bacteria to prevent breakouts and is anti-inflammatory to aid in healing acne lesions.
I personally try to use this modality at least once a week. It is very relaxing, though very bright, and feels like I'm laying on the beach- without the harmful UV rays.
Results: I have had clients come in 2X per week for 4-6 weeks and I have seen AMAZING results- wrinkle depth diminished, hyperpigmentation greatly reduced, redness/irritiations completely gone, and blemishes disappear. I use the Celluma LED at my spa. It is portable, light weight (great for people who otherwise get claustrophobic) and is now FDA approved for treatment of wrinkles, aches/pains, and acne. You can read about the science behind LED technology here.
This modality is for almost everyone but always check with your practitioner if you are pregnant, prone to light-induced migranes/seizures, are on medications that make you more light sensitive, or are under a doctors care.
Have you tried LED Therapy before? What did you think? Did you get the desired results?
Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty subscription box that focuses on quality, non-toxic products. With the tagline "Use Less, Love More", you get the idea of what they are all about.
Founder, Jeannie Jarnot, sources only the best of the best. All products must meet strict ingredient standards including:
*contain no ingredients that are banned in the US, Europe, Canada, or Japan
* no parabens, synthetic fragrance or any ingredient on the Villains List
* no GMOs
The Beauty Heroe's team goes above and beyond to ensure that you are only getting non-toxic, clean, green products that enhance your wellness regimen everyday. I love their emphasis on slow beauty- taking the time to really enjoy your self care rituals and not simply rushing through life disconnected. Beautiful!
The box is sold either in 3, 6, or 12 month commitments with price points currently at $115, $225, $450 respectively.
Subscription members also receive 15% off any products in the Beauty Heroes store.
I cannot say enough good things about this box. The customer service is excellent, the products are unparalleled, and I have loved every.single.product that I've received. No joke. This box is the real deal!
As 40 rapidly approaches, I find myself thinking, " How did I get here?". I don't mean the birds and the bees discussion, I'm talking about my situation in life. I've got it good folks. A loving, hard working husband, two healthy, adorable children, a safe home, a thriving business. How could I want more?
Traveling the world can be an mind expanding experience. It makes you look at the world through a different lens and can truly change the way you look at your life (#gratitude !). The first post I made on Travel Essentials (see here) focused on a few essentials to keep your skin in tip top shape while on the go - especially when you're low on packing space! I thought a bit more about what I never leave home without and below are a few of my non-beauty must-haves.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
All Acne Agent Nateur Antiinflammatory Anti-inflammatory Apple Cider Vinegar Au Naturale Au Naturale Cosmetics Caffeine Celluma Detox Exercise Fine Lines Ginger Hand Sanitizer Health Healthy Drink Healthy Living LED Light Emitting Diode Light Therapy Matcha Melatonin Oka-b OSEA Osmia Osmia Organics REM Reuse Sleep The Ginger People Travel Wellness Wellness Tips Wrinkles