22 Oct

Naturals: Create Your SheMergency Glam Survival Kit!

Ever wonder what it is you need to have with you in the case of a beauty emergency? Maybe you just want to be prepared to “support” your hair and skin while away from home in the event of a crisis. I got you, girl.

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Naturals, this emergency Glam Survival Kit Info-graphic contains the basics you need to pack an emergency beauty care bag that you can take with you every day. Always keep it stocked. You never know when a true beauty emergency may arise.

21 Sep

Protective Skin Series: Tips for a Cleaner Face

A couple of weeks ago I started the Protective Skin Series.  The purpose is to share tips with you to protect your skin from damage.  Today, let’s talk about how to protect your face by getting it cleaner.

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For a gentle but thorough cleansing, your best tools are at your fingertips. As a matter of fact, they ARE your fingertips!

Sure there are expensive machines to help you get the job done but they aren’t all that necessary for a clean face. Besides, facial tools can have a tendency to irritate sensitive skin. Just stick with your fingers if you’re concerned about irritation.

Fingers First

Before beginning, wash your hands thoroughly before washing your face. I know it seems like common sense but its easily overlooked. Then, use the balls of your fingers to gently massage a cleanser for your skin type into your face.

Rinse and Repeat

Don’t stop at once. After rinsing your cleanser from your face, have another go at it.  This is an especially important step if you have on makeup and are looking for a thorough cleanse. Wash your face, rinse and repeat for a cleaner face.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation should be done on your face once per week. The purpose for exfoliating as we know it is to remove dead skin cells. However, did you know that it also helps to make your face cleaner? Excess oil is removed by your exfoliant.

Day and Night

Wash your face morning and night. Even if you don’t wear makeup, cleansing your face at night is an important step in protecting your skin’s pores from clogging. Clogged pores from dirt can result in an acne outbreak.

These simple tips can help you to get a cleaner face every day of the week. The cleaner your face, the more radiant you’ll look.

04 Oct

37 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Skin…Yes 37

Healthier skin doesn’t have to be a misnomer. Sometimes you just need someone to provide you with a few helpful tips on how to improve your skin!

Improve Your Skin

Well here’s 37 of them to help you on your quest to improved skin’s health:

  1. Use skin care products for sensitive skin (even if you don’t have sensitive skin). They are usually formulated without harsh chemicals.
  2. Stop falling asleep in makeup (even mineral makeup).
  3. See an esthetician.
  4. Drink more water (preferably half your body weight in ounces daily).
  5. Stop eating processed foods (at least cut this out most of the time).
  6. Wear your hair away from your face.
  7. Never scrub your skin. Harsh abrasives can damage and cause blemishes.
  8. Don’t use cleansers that contain sulfates that will strip your skin of its natural oils.
  9. Exfoliate your skin once per week.
  10. Always wear sunscreen when going outdoors.
  11. Invest in a good daily vitamin for skin health.
  12. Change your pillowcases several times a week and preferably sleep on a satin case (great for your hair too).
  13. Steam out your pores at least twice monthly. This will help them remain free of excess oil.
  14. Make sure water is the first ingredient in your moisturizer, followed by a natural oil.
  15. Try food on your face every now and then.
  16. Follow a skin care regimen for your skin type.
  17. Be consistent with your skin care regimen.
  18. Don’t touch your face unless you are cleansing or applying facial products.
  19. Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
  20. Increase the circulation and oxygen levels in your skin with exercise (can’t believe I’m saying this one).
  21. Don’t leave toner out of your skin care regimen. It closes pores that have been opened from cleansing.
  22. See a dermatologist.
  23. Educate yourself and get to know your skin’s conditions and concerns.
  24. Load your diet up with foods rich in essential fatty acids.
  25. Keep your moisture levels balanced to prevent wrinkles.
  26. Keep your hair out of your face.
  27. Use pore cleansing strips to remove blackheads and whiteheads.
  28. Replace expired skin care products.
  29. Use facial products that contain collagen and elastin.
  30. Avoid or minimize stress.
  31. Take antioxidants internally and externally.
  32. Try ayurvedic skin care.
  33. Stop picking at scabs or scars.
  34. Try a little concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone.
  35. Go alcohol-free.
  36. Start using face products from Blended Naturals
  37. Be patient with your skin and don’t rush the process.
05 Aug

11 Natural Foods In Your Kitchen To Use In A Budget Facial Mask

If you’re into natural skin care, chances are you’ve been bombarded with the number of products available on the market.  Some of them are quite expensive.  Others won’t break the bank.  In both cases, you do get what you pay for.

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But what if you’re on a strict budget?  How do you get your skin’s needs met?  Easy.  Open your refrigerator!

There are so many natural foods that can double for skin care products, you can get good quality skin care right from your own food supply.

Here are some natural foods you can use to make a budget facial mask today (no special order):

  • Kiwi
  • Honey
  • Egg
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon
  • Banana
  • Tomato

You can easily find recipes that will incorporate one or more of these natural foods for any skin type.

If you’re more of a processed foodie, some of these items may not be at your disposable. Hmmm. What a great time to change your eating habits!  Next time you go grocery shopping, pick these up for healthier skin and a healthier body.

17 Jun

When Hair and Skin Play Nice Together

For the past few months, I’ve been really focused on my hair. I joined the Kim Coles Growout Challenge after completing the Radiant Skin Challenge.  I have been very careful not to use heat on my hair while also taking extra special care of it (co-washing, henna-ing etc.).

Yeah, I know. I am usually all about talking skincare but lately, my hair has bee at the forefront of my thoughts. A hair/skin junkie? Maybe.

At any rate, I wanted to share the best way to get your hair and your skin to play nice. Simple. Protective styling.

How Protective Hair Styling Protects Your Hair

If you wear your hair out a lot, it’s constantly rubbing up against your skin – the back of your neck, the sides of your face and your forehead if you wear bangs. Loose hair will interfere with good skin care (hey, that rhymes)

Of course, wearing your hair out has its place but if you wear protective styles, you are helping your skin by eliminating contact with germs that are found in/on the hair.

Now some people think of protective styles as braids or up-dos. Well, if your ends aren’t tucked, it’s not really protective style. That’s not to say your ends can never be exposed either.  There are up-do styles where the ends are exposed but if your hair is going to play nicely with your skin, there can be no contact.

Everything from up-dos, to pinned twists and pinned curls will work great for your hair and for your skin.

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More Tips to Care for Your Skin and Hair Simultaneously

So what happens when you don’t wear a protective style?  How do you get your hair and skin to play nicely then?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wash your hair regularly to prevent product and germ buildup which can interact with your skin
  • Avoid using hair (and skin) products that are heavily laced with chemicals
  • Aim to keep your hair moisturized, not greased. Greasy hair does nothing for you but clogs your pores.

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Here are some styles I’ve worn lately (nothing too fancy but my skin and hair play nice!):

03 May

Skin Care Regimens to Care for Sensitive, Dry, Normal, Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Dry Skin Type: Daily Skin Care Regimen

Dry skin is prone to premature wrinkles and needs extra care due to its lack of moisture and oil balance.  While dry skin can be uncomfortable and not physically attractive, following a daily skin care regimen will help keep the skin looking its best.

Here’s a simple 3 step dry skin care routine:

Dry Skin Type

Cleanse, Exfoliate, and Moisturize

1- Use an oil-based gel cleanser that will add moisture and oil to the skin and not strip it of any natural oils that may be present.

2- Use a light exfoliant once per week to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh layer of skin.

3- Use an oil & water based moisturizer that contains an SPF of 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while adding necessary moisture and oil to the skin.  Water should be the first ingredient followed by a light natural oil. Avoid mineral oil and petroleum which clogs the skin.  Moisturizers with Shea Butter and Olive Oil are quite effective.

Note: All of your products should be alcohol-free.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin and must be avoided at all costs.  As a matter of fact, avoid skin care products that contain any harsh ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate or ingredients with the word “paraben” in them.

Dry skin can be uncomfortable and your choice of moisturizer is critical.

Always remove any makeup before going to be each night. This can be accomplished by using the cleanser for your skin type followed by your moisturizer.

Follow this dry skin care regimen and tips to maintain healthy skin all year round.

Recommended Dry Skin Products:

  • Organic Facial System for Dry Sensitive Skin
  • Organic Oatmeal Milk and Honey Soap
  • Tea Tree and Peppermint Foot Scrub
  • Tea Tree & Peppermint Foot Cream

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02 Feb

The Oil Cleansing Method and What You Need to Know

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There’s a lot of talk about the oil cleansing method in African American forums. Some ladies swear by it (usually those who just started doing oil cleansing) and others find that the side effects are just not worth it.

What Is Oil Cleansing?

I have a lot to share on the oil cleansing method and it will take a few posts for me to do so.

For starters, let me explain what oil cleansing is:

Oil cleansing is a natural skin care method by which natural oils are used to cleanse and balance the oils in the skin.  It’s based on the idea that oil dissolves oil.

Even though women with normal and dry skin have tried this method, it doesn’t even make sense.  If you have dry or normal skin, why disturb the already delicate balance of oil in your skin?

Common Oils Used

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People who use the oil cleansing method apply a combination of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil to the skin.  Sometimes Grapeseed or Jojoba oil is used in place of the extra virgin olive oil.

There’s a bit of detail on the oil cleansing method that I will share with you over the next few weeks including why you should NOT use this form of “skin care” on your delicately pigmented skin.

In the meantime, if you have ever used the oil cleansing method, share your experience in the comments.  I’m willing to bet that there are just as many ladies against the method as there are for.

P.S. Don’t miss future posts on what I have to say about the Oil Cleansing Method…and yes I have lots to say!