**THIS PRODUCT WAS SENT TO ME FOR REVIEW PURPOSES BUT ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN.
Must have for a new mom!
This week I want to spotlight an amazing company located in the UK, that specializes in 100% natural, vegan and organic body care. Eden Days Body boasts an array of affordable, handmade body products which are carefully placed in eco friendly packaging.
Just like the mother/daughter owners, I too want to treat my skin better and strip back the chemicals. All Eden Day Body products are 100% natural with no synthetic agents, parabens, silicones, sulphates, petrochemicals, glycols, phthalates, synthetic colours or perfumes. Pretty cool, right?!?!?
As a new mummy, I am paying close attention to what is going on my body and what is touching my beautiful new bundle. I feel very at ease using Eden Days Body products, like the Nip Nips nipple balm. Nip Nips has come in handy the past couple weeks as I settle in with breastfeeding. If you have breastfed, you know how torn apart, and sore your nipples can get. The organic blend of olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, redbush, and coconut oil has been incredibly soothing and healing. I have seen an improvement in healing time compared to my first go round with my oldest son.
Another great product comes from their range of soaps, Sensitive Soul soap. I have very sensitive skin and can only imagine that my baby will follow suit. Plus I prefer to take extra care of my baby’s delicate newborn skin. Sensitive Soul soap is formulated with organic redbush, organic calendula, and organic colloidal oatmeal. This soap has been great for my sensitive skin and can imagine it working for someone who suffers from skin conditions like eczema.
New Favorite Product Alert!!! 🚨
Have you been looking for a skin boost in these drier months or maybe an instant fine line filler??? 😱
Look no further!!!
Check out the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate from Kiehl's. This amazing serum is packed with stabilized 12.5% vitamin C and hydrating hyaluronic acid. The vitamin c helps with dark spots, dullness, texture, and fine lines, while the hyaluronic acid helps to plump the skin and retain moisture.
Umm.. what more could you ask for!?!?! 😍 Well, maybe a lower price tag as this awesome serum will set you back 59€ for 50 ml. The price is high but worth it, since you can see instant results.
I have been trying this product out for about 2 Weeks now and I’m HOOKED! I noticed an immediate difference in my fine lines on my forehead. This can be attributed to the silicone content so if you have sensitive skin, proceed with caution. Many refer to this as a temporary cosmetic effect but I’m hoping the results last. After about a week, I also noticed a more plump and glowy skin, despite having a newborn that doesn’t sleep. 🙄 Overall, I’m super impressed with the results in just two weeks and I look forward to seeing a difference in some of my pigmentation issues
I cannot stress enough how important dry brushing is for your body. the main benefits are (and not limited to):
- Battling cellulite
- Detoxing your body
- HEalthier & smoother skin
Make sure you do this for 2-3 minutes each day, and watch the video to make sure you're doing it correctly - always in small circular motions, upwards towards the heart
Purchase only a natural boar bristle body brush
Click relevant country for purchase example: South Africa, United Kingdom or France
This week I’m hear to rave about a hair product that has seriously helped me out. Dry winter air can bring about some not so glamorous side effects, like a dry flaky scalp.
At first, I was freaking out because I thought my child had brought home lice 😬😬 but turns out my itchiness was just dry, winter scalp. I knew I had to find a solution that was not damaging to my hair and hair color. That crosses out a lot of big name dandruff shampoos like head and shoulders or selsun blue. These shampoos are filled with harmful ingredients like Zinc pyrithione. I also needed to find a solution a bit stronger than all natural, at home remedies like coconut oil or tea tree oil.
My search lead me to the amazing La Roche-PosayKerium DS Intensive Shampoo. The recommended usage is 2x a week for three weeks, but I was able to get away with one time a week for just two weeks. The shampoo lathers well and does not seem to affect my hair color while taking care of my itchy, flaky scalp. The bottle is pricey and small but well worth the money. I immediately noticed a difference after one use and have continued to keep the flakes away for about two months now. If you suffer from dandruff and/or an itchy scalp, I highly recommend this Shampoo.
Converting to Fall/Winter Skincare
It’s that time of year again! Seasons are switching and the cold air is fast approaching. So what does that mean for your regular skincare routine? The air is becoming drier, therefore, your face and body will need extra moisture.
Here are my top tips for healthy fall/winter skin.
*Switch from shower gels to a thicker creamy body wash. I also love to start adding in an in shower lotion.
*Look for a soap free facial cleanser. Your face is already taking a beating with the winds, avoid drying it out more with soaps.
*Add in a weekly oil scrub. Dry skin can end up flaky so think about adding in a hydrating oil and sugar scrub.
*Don’t forget to up your lip balm game! Or try adding in a fall moisturizing lipstick. Anything to create a barrier for your precious pout.
*Swap out your lotions for a more hydrating cream. Lotions are great for moisturizing, but creams add an extra water loss barrier. I love my body butters!
*Think about adding in flaxseed oil to your diet. Great for nourishing the skin from the inside out.
*And as always, don't forget your sun protection! Just because the sun seems to be hiding, it's still there and causing damage.
Did you know you have mites living in your eyelashes?
Fun fact: Everyone has tiny little worm like parasites living in their eyelashes, nose, and cheek area. The mites usually live harmoniously in your body feeding off of waste materiel and oils. The only time you have to worry about these little bugs are when you don't take care of these areas and they become infected. Mites can easily double or triple in quantity rather quickly, which results in demodicosis.
The big takeaway is you don't want this...so how do you prevent it???
I harp on nightly face washing and brush washing exactly for this reason. You do not want to give these mites any more bacteria to harvest on, so please take off your makeup each night. Another big issue is keeping your mascara way past it's expiration date. I recommend keeping a mascara no longer than 3 months. As gross as eyelash mites may seem, they help you out by feeding off of your harmful dirt and oil. In order for them to live harmoniously, please keep proper hygiene in mind each day and night.
Essentials oils are great for a multitude of uses but skincare is my favorite!
Over the past couple years, I have been moving in a direction that takes a more natural approach to skincare. Slowly, I have been weeding out the super nasty ingredients like alcohol and preservatives. But, the absolute best is to take out all of the synthetic ingredients hence why I was super excited to get into essential oils.
The lovely Emma from Aromapathways was able to provide me with an amazing sample selection of doTERRA essential oils. DoTERRA oils are certified pure therapeutic grade and they can also be ingested (food grade). The peppermint oil has been great for applying to my temples and neck to alleviate some of my sickness. I also enjoyed a soothing bath with a mixture of the lavender oil, coconut oil, and milk. My favorite has been using the lemon for some periodic acne spots.
**Essential oils need to be used under the supervision of a knowledgeable representative. Some oils are not safe for use on children or pregnant women so knowledge and caution is advised.
There are plenty of other great oils for the skin like:
Geranium: Balances oil and moisturizing
Frankincense: Tone, tighten, and helps with pigmentation (LOVE this oil!!)
Tea Tree: Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
Clary Sage: Anti-aging and reduce puffiness
**The gracious Emma has sent me a sample of oils for the purpose of a review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lip Care Tips & Tricks:
The more drier months of fall and winter are fast approaching, which means dry skin and dry lips. Here are 5 ways to nourish and protect your pout.
* Stay HYDRATED!! Drinking enough water each day works miracles on the body. Your lips and skin will thank you later.
* Remove your makeup each night, even on the lip area. Your lips and the pore area around the mouth need to breathe at night too.
* Exfoliate your lips once a week to remove dead skin than can lead to infection. You can buy a lip scrub (Love the one from ELF Cosmetics and Kiko Cosmetics)or make your own with vitamin E oil and sea salt (or brown sugar).
* Keep your lips hydrated day and night. Look for a day lip balm that has a good combination of hyaluronic acid or glycerin and beeswax or shea butter. If you lack one then you might see a more drying effect which is opposite of your aim. Avoid ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil, phenol, and synthetic fragrances. Also, don't forget to include a lip balm with SPF (preferably one with mineral ingredients). For night time use, I highly recommend a small dap of coconut oil. I also love to include a weekly lip mask for a surge of hydration.
* Lastly, avoid open mouth breathing and lip licking. Continuous air flow over your lips can be very drying. To solve the problem, most people lick their lips for hydration yet fail to realize saliva is very drying.
My secret weapon in fighting ACNE!
Acne is horrible when you are a teenager and just as terrible when you are an adult. A year ago, I went through a really rough period of hormone imbalance and inadequate skincare, which resulted in moderate acne. I quickly made an appointment with a dermatologist and he gave me a prescription for benzoyl peroxide. This tiny miracle tube has changed my life!! After settling in with my new skincare regime and this miracle gel, my acne has lessened dramatically. As soon as an acne spot appears, I apply a tiny dot of the gel at night. The next morning, the spot has decreased and on to the healing process.
Benzoyl Peroxide is commonly referred to as the worlds most frequently used acne treatment. This medication works my killing active bacteria and drying the acne spot. This gel should only be used for spot treatment, as it can have severe drying and irritating effects on large surface areas.
*Beauty In The Kitchen*
Check out my favorite simple homemade foot/body scrubs.
Simple Sugar Scrub:
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
1 1/2 cup sea salt
1 cup coffee grounds ☕️ (caffeine helps inflammation and tighten the skin)
1 cup oil (coconut/olive)
1/2 cup chopped pineapple 🍍 (helps skin look brighter and anti-inflammatory)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon yogurt
Fill basin with warm water.
Add 3 caps of Listerine mouth wash.
Let feet soak for no more than 20 minutes. (Another option is vinegar for foot odor)
*Mouth wash is Great for cracked feet, and removing dirt & dead skin.
After foot soak, use a scrub to finish exfoliating and nourish the skin.
Whether you choose chemical or physical, please just choose sun protection every day! I like to use a physical sunscreen on my sensitive areas like my face/hands and a chemical sunscreen for my body.
Physical vs Chemical Sun Protection
Do you find yourself frustrated staring at all the sun protection options? Here is a brief overview of your two major choices.
Physical Sun Protection:
•Contains mineral ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
•Physically blocks and deflects harmful UV rays.
•Difficult to rub into skin but works immediately. (Possible white cast)
•Great for sensitive skin as it's less likely to clog pores, deflects heat(great for rosacea), less stinging.
•Long shelf life.
Chemical Sun Protection:
•Contains organic chemicals like avobenzone, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, and octisalate.
•Absorbs UV rays, then chemically changes the rays into heat.
•Easily rubs in and spreads over the skin.
•Increased amount of ingredients means increased chances of sensitivity and clogged pores.
•The extra heat produced by absorption, can worsen brown spots.
The Importance of drinking enough water to hydrate the skin!
Everyone knows how important it is to drink enough water each day, but rarely do people follow through. It is recommended to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day for general wellness.
A big question I'm frequently asked is if drinking loads of water can actually improve your skin? I can firmly attest to the answer being YES! Before becoming pregnant, I was consistently drinking at least 2 liters of water each day. My acne had mostly cleared up and my skin finally looked hydrated. My makeup was sitting on the skin better and I had visibly less wrinkled skin. Fast forward to 16 weeks pregnant and my skin is a hott mess! Due to extreme first trimester sickness, I have barely been able to get down 2 glasses of water each day. I understand that pregnancy hormones are at play here but I have noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin. When I apply the same makeup as before, I see drastic differences. I will note that I have continued to use the same skincare products as before pregnancy. I firmly believe that drinking enough water (2 liters) has improved my skin tremendously.
The best way I found, to drink enough water each day, was planning my water intake. I found a decent sized cup that held 16 fl oz of water. I then broke it down and drank 2 cups in the morning, 2 at lunch, and 2 at night (preferably before 8pm). I never felt like I was waterboarding my system or dreading drinking water. I would change it up here and there by adding fruit or a dash of lemon juice. If you are on the go, find a great bottle that will contain the same amount of water.
This week is all about investigations on OurMummyLife. Wednesday I played beauty investigator and today I will be your personal ingredient investigator.
Reading ingredient labels on anything you put in or on your body, are so important these days. Stop falling for these sneaky marketing ploys and take the control back. Knowledge is power and learning about skincare and cosmetic ingredients is vital.
A great example of tricky marketing is when companies advertise "All natural products" or "Plant based ingredients", but their ingredient list says otherwise. How can a product be all natural when their third ingredient is a sulfate? Companies plaster across their packaging wonderful ingredients like coconut, honey, vitamin E, jojoba oil, yet most of these are listed at the bottom of the ingredient list. When listed towards the bottom, that means there is a very small percentage of that item contained in the product. Also, since when did the toxic chemical Phenoxyethanol become "all natural"????
Another trick companies use is taking an original organic ingredient and mixing with a synthetic agent, yet still claiming the original organic item. A great example is Cocomidopropyl Betaine. This item originates from coconut oil but then mixed with other compounds to create a dangerous chemical. Cocomidopropyl Betaine and Cocomide DEA are both known to cause irritation and allergies. These ingredients are great for creating a lather on the face but could cause long term problems like stripping the face of natural moisture or irritation.
How do you cleanse your face?
There are several cleansing options on the market right now, varying from oils, gels, foams, balms, to micellar waters. Choosing the right one for you depends on what your skin needs. Here is a quick overview.
•Micellar water- Closely related to water but with tiny micellar oils to breakdown dirt and makeup. Easy and quick to use. Compatible with most skin types. (Still need to rinse after) I love the bioderma range.
•Gels- Similar to normal facial soaps, however great at keeping the skins natural pH and moisture balance. Great for cleaning the skin but not the best at removing makeup. Gels are best for oily or acne prone skin.
•Oils/Balms- Cleansing oil and balms are essentially the same but in different forms. Each are formulated with oils to bond with dirt and makeup and then emulsify when combined with water. Great for taking off heavy makeup. Recommended for dry or sensitive skin types. Also great for people using retinoids. Be advised that oil cleansers do not get deep in pores to remove oil. I like to follow an oil cleanse with a quick gel cleanse.
•Foams- A gentle way to cleanse with out soap. Be sure to stay away from any sulphates. Foams are very similar to gels and great for sensitive skin.
Here are just a few benefits:
-Improves immune health
-Exfoliates & detoxes the skin
Give it a go? I guarantee you'll feel the difference!
-BE sure to purchase brushes with natural hair
-Do it before your morning or evening shower.
-Be sure to brush in circular motions UPWARDS towards the heart
-Cream well after shower
-I do my legs & thighs every evening, and my whole body once a week
Healthy skin can be hard to achieve and maintain as you age. One inexpensive yet powerful product is vitamin E capsules. Most think to swallow the capsules and reap the internal benefits. I'm here to tell you the benefits of applying the oil straight to the face and body.
Take one capsule and puncture with a safety pin. For daytime use, mix with your favorite moisturizer. (It's very thick/greasy!) Night time, apply straight to face or just targeted area.
**For oily skin, use once a week and for more dryer skin, three to four times per week.
If you don't already own some form of vitamin C serum, go and get it right NOW!!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
Your skin will thank me.
What to look for?
Vitamin C is best when packaged in a dark or opaque bottle, best if air tight. Other names are ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate.
*My personal recommendation is The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day serum. It comes with a hefty price tag but I have seen tremendous results in lightening my dark sun spots. Sadly, I am paying for years of sun exposure and tanning beds!!
** I use at night after washing and toning my face. Then apply my serum and moisturizer.
Did you know that doing yoga could help your skin?
Within a few weeks of dedicating 15-20 minutes per day, you can achieve healthier, more youthful, and glowing skin. Yoga helps push out toxins, relieve stress (which creates a lackluster tired face), and promotes firmer skin (less wrinkles!!!!). 🎉🎉
Here are a few easy poses to start your yoga journey.
*Bharadvaja’s twist- Great for neck pain and your digestive system which in turn helps with healthy, glowing skin.
*Triangle Pose-Helps create a rejuvenated, refreshed look by supplying more oxygen to the skin.
*Cobra Pose-Stress reducing and relaxing while also supplying more oxygen to the skin.
*Camel Pose- Great for stress relief and hormone balance. If you have any major acne breakouts, this pose is really good!
*The Wind Relieving Pose😳- Great for improving digestion and bloating. Both can then in turn improve any acne problems.
Here is a link to more information about the above poses.
Why you should think twice before using⁉️
Sure, makeup wipes are easy to use, but there are several negatives that outweigh the easy fix. Think of makeup wipes as skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry. Makeup wipes apply a cleansing agent and then just spread all the bacteria, dirt, oil, and makeup across your face.
More reasons to avoid wipes:⚠️⚠️
*Many contain high amounts of alcohol which dry the skin out
*Leftover debris can clog pores
*Many include chemicals needed to make the wipes last longer which are not great for your skin
*The tugging and pulling needed to wipe the makeup off can cause premature wrinkles and fine lines
I'm not here to tell you to toss your wipes but maybe just reserve them for when you might need to freshen up. Make up wipes are great for fixing makeup mistakes, after long plane rides, or even after the gym. Always check the ingredient list to save your skin from any harmful irritants.
If you absolutely must have makeup wipes, here are a few recommendations.
Always rinse after!!!💦💦💦💦
Boots Botanics All Bright, Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Towelettes, Koh Gen Do Cleansing water spa, and Josie Maren Bear Naked
The why and how to's. 😊
All skin types can benefit from some form of face exfoliation each week. Exfoliating the skin helps remove dead skin cells, remove buildup which in return helps your skincare products sink into the skin better.
I almost always recommend a chemical exfoliator as it can be gentler on the skin. Dry or sensitive skin can usually support a physical face scrub like Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub. This scrub uses finely grained fruit as the exfoliator.
Chemical exfoliators use hydroxy acids like glycolic acid(derived from cane sugar), salicylic(derivative of aspirin) or lactic acid(food derivative). They all have the power to remove buildup, target oil and break down pore clogging dead skin cells. Acids are also great for evening out skin texture and can give a more radiant glow. I love to use my Caudalie Glycolic peel twice a week. I use this after I have cleansed and toned my face. My skin feels baby smooth after and I can tell a big difference in makeup application.
Caudalíe Glycolic peel
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Pixi Glow Tonic
The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid
Drunk Elephant TLC Babyfacial
Nip+Fab Glycolic Night pads
Kiehl's Pinapple Papaya Facial Scrub
Neal's Yard Honey&Orange Scrub
Face Mapping: What your skin irritation is trying to tell you!
As an adult, you thought you left your acne behind you but here you are with adult acne. 😳😳
Face mapping helps decode reasons behind your acne breakout. ***I am not a dermatologist and this is info I have learned from my past couple years of acne struggles.
•Forehead acne- Digestive issues, liver problems, stress, or irregular sleep.
•Between the brows- Poor diet choices like too much grease or too much alcohol.
•Cheeks- Air pollution, not wiping your cellphone, or too much sugar in your diet.
•Mouth/Lip area- Excess spicy foods or constipation.
•Chin- Hormonal change like your menstrual cycle or hormone imbalance. Also, too much hand to face contact can add excess oil.
*Also think about what time your acne came about.* ⏲⏰🕰🤔
•Morning- did you wash your face last night???? Do you wash your pillow case frequently?? Or maybe it was a digestive issue from dinner.
•Afternoon- If acne develops through the day, check your makeup or moisturizer for ingredients your skin might not like.
•Night- Recommended to wash your face when arriving home. A long day of pollution and makeup blocking your pores can create acne.
How to take care of your under eye area. 👀
Did you know that you were supposed to start using eye cream as early as 20!!! 😱
The under eye area is very delicate (6-10 times thinner) and needs constant moisture and support. So here are my top tips.....
•Try using a cold compress like frozen cucumbers, in the mornings to de puff the under eye. Cucumbers are also great for dark circles.
•Use a separate cream for under your eyes. Look for a cream that has hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Avoid anything with alcohol and fragrance. I also love to apply vitamin E oil straight to my under eye.
•If you use your fingers underneath the eye to apply makeup, always use your ring finger. Your ring finger will apply the least amount of pressure.
•Always take your makeup off at night. Be very gentle with your eye area. I recommend getting getting some cotton rounds. Each night, soak a cotton round with eye makeup remover and let sit on your eye for at least 20 seconds. Then, pull the pad down from the inside of the eye outwards. Do not apply a lot of pressure. I love to use coconut oil to remove my tough eye makeup. ***Be careful with coconut oil, as it can clog pores. Do not bring it very far down the face.
•WEAR SUNSCREEN every day, even when you think it's not very sunny. Also wear sunglasses as much as possible.
•Drink enough water each day and remember that caffeine and alcohol can dry the skin out.
Lip Exfoliation 💋
Everyone should be exfoliating their lips at least twice a week, all year long. Exfoliating helps get rid of any dry, flaky skin from the dry winter air and the drying summer rays. Once the surface of your lips are prepped, then add your favorite hydrating balm.
My favorite way to exfoliate my lips is by using a lip scrub. I really like this cheap lipstick like scrub from ELF cosmetics(3$). Other favorites are:
•Lush Lip scrubs
•Fresh Lip Polish
•Milani Lip Scrub
•Kiko Lip Scrub stick
You can also DIY a simple scrub with brown sugar and honey, or use a dry tooth brush. The possibilities are endless with DIY scrubs.
Do you Mask??????
I love a good sheet mask as a nice treat to my face. Now you can treat more than just your face! Loads of companies are coming out with budget friendly masks for your face, lips, eyes, hands, and feet. The great thing about masks is you can target a specific area and concern like wrinkles, dry spots, or acne.
Why start masking?
•Unclogging of stubborn pores
•Relaxation (who doesn't want 20 minutes to themselves?!?!?)
I like to switch between anti aging sheet masks and clarifying charcoal mud masks, for when i have super clogged pores. I also love a soothing under eye patch for when I'm a bit dehydrated. i RECOMMEND using a face mask at least once a week, along with your normal cleansing routine.