DIY: Homemade Spa Gifts

Homemade bath and body products make the perfect gifts for any occasion but especially the holidays! Not to mention your friends and family will be blown away by your craftiness! Here are some of my favorite easy bath and body DIY recipes you can whip up at home in your kitchen!

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How To Keep Your Beauty Products + Tools Bacteria-Free

Are you a double dipper? No, I'm not talking about double dipping a chip into salsa twice. What I mean is do you have a habit of dipping your fingers into a skin care jar to use on your face. When is the last time you washed your makeup brushes, cleansing tool or wiped down your tweezers? These are just a few of the beauty items that could harbor bacteria. Here are how to keep your products and tools safe and bacteria free...

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Your Ultimate Guide to Retinoids

By now you, I am sure you have been told or read a 8,367,692 times how magical retinol is. Maybe you currently use it or have tried it in the past or maybe you haven't because you have a lot of questions. Is it good or bad for your skin? Is it a safe ingredient? Can I use it on sensitive skin? At what age should I start using it? Is there a difference between over the counter and prescription strength? What is Differin? Here is the ultimate guide to retinoids!

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Post Birth Control Acne

"The pill" is one of the most popular forms of birth control and many of us have been on it at one point or another. However, when a woman decides to get off the pill sometimes there are some not so desirable side effects that happen to the skin. I refer to this as "post-birth control skin syndrome." This is basically when the skin throws a tantrum for a few months while the body acclimates back to its normal hormone level. Unfortunately, if you suffered from oily skin or acne before the pill some old skin issues may come back. There are definitely some things you can do to help the process along and not make it so miserable.

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Organic Feminine Care

Maybe you have made the decision to switch to organic, green and toxic free living. You eat organic. You use all natural cleaning supplies. You've switched out your skin care and makeup. But what about your vagina? Wait, what? That's right lady, your-hot-pocket! Many of our feminine care products like tampons and washes have some pretty toxic ingredients in them that we may not even think about.

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Opinion: Is Crème de la Mer worth it?

I often get asked about the famously ultra expensive Crème de le Mer “miracle” cream. I find clients want the truth and inside scoop from a professional skin therapist versus a sales person. Over the years this brand has built quite the reputation for itself and as one of the most talked about cult favorite face creams. It’s known for being super luxurious and the “goal” skin care product for many people. As a consumer, do I think the hefty $170 an ounce price tag is worth it? And as an esthetician and clean beauty blogger, do I think the ingredients are safe, effective or even beneficial for the skin? Let’s dive in and talk about some of the top ingredients in this face cream, shall we….

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Sensitive vs. Sensitized Skin

Over the years performing facials, I have found many people perceive their skin as sensitive and it’s an increasing concern, especially among women. The reality is there is a true sensitive skin type that is a genetic trait but also sensitized or reactive skin which is a skin condition and quite different. Often people see the slightest bit of redness or stinging and automatically assume they have sensitive skin. However, there is a good chance it's not actually sensitive skin, but sensitized skin which is totally treatable and preventable.

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Switching to Natural Deodorant

Let me tell you a story, once upon a time in 2012 I decided I wanted to make the switch to natural deodorant. I went to a health food store, picked one out that smelled good and started using it. The end. No, NOT the end. More like my pits were dripping like Niagara Falls, I had wet marks on my shirt and I smelled like onion soup on a hot day. Here is my journey to making the switch!

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