Hyaluronic acid (HA) is quite the rage. But what is it? Don't worry, it's not a chemical peel. Just a nice drop of dewy goodness in your skincare routine.
Your body does produce it naturally but it depletes with age. Think of the beautiful skin babies have... So when you get to be in your fauxties, like me, it's a good idea to add hyaluronic acid into your routine. I think of it as a skincare supplement. HA provides continuous moisture for the skin because it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Pure Haven's hyaluronic acid contains an astounding 3%, which is double the amount that most designer and drug store versions contain. And, recently this little wonder serum got some acclaim in the press.
Here are the benefits of adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine:
Here is how I use it daily with my non-toxic skincare bundle:
after cleansing and spritzing on some toner, I apply a pumps worth of ha and immediately follow that up with moisturizer. I make sure to cover the area under my chin too. You can use it with night serum, as noted above, or even dab a little on your lips, then apply lip balm.
Remember your skin is a carrier not a barrier, so nourish it with non toxic products. You can get your own bottle of hyaluronic acid for free this month with your order of $95 or more. Shop anytime.
Did you know you can enjoy a free product each month? This foot therapy cream is just the thing to get pedi-ready for spring. I don't know about you, but here in New England I am happy to think warmer thoughts right about now. Here is my in-home pedi to get sandal ready!
1. Soak your feet and relax with my foot therapy soak. The soak includes dead sea salt, which is a gentle, natural exfoliate that removes dead skin. Its minerals rich formula will soften skin and restore hydration. It will absorb dirt, grime and toxins to cleanse your skin's pores. While you're relaxing, you may want to try my weekly go-to, a charcoal detox face mask.
2. File your toenails and exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or one of our sugar scrubs. You can try lemon, pink grapefruit, or for a limited time, lavender.
3. Pat your feet dry and moisturize. Try massaging our foot therapy cream into your heels. Push back your cuticles then apply your favorite nail polish. The beneficial organic blend of essential oils in the cream include tea tree and cedarwood. Tea tree oil has healing qualities, known for thousands of years. It has so many anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. Fun fact: the Australian army puts it in soldiers' first aid kits. Tea tree oil can also treat minor wounds, encourage healing, and prevent infection.
Cedarwood oil reduces inflammation, skin peeling and acts as an antiseptic on wounds. I love the woodsy scent. I made a rollerball of jojoba and cedarwood for my husband to replace his toxic cologne. You could add sweet orange to that to kick it up a notch.
Looking for some less toxic nail polish options? Check-in to the Liz Lounge for some of my favorites.
I see them everywhere. The vats of goopy electric green or blue sanitizers perched on desks, by cash registers, and in my doctor's office. Or the little mini bottles clipped to backpacks or purses. I get it; we want to protect ourselves on the go but are we really?
Have you ever wondered what you are slathering all over your hands every day, multiple times a day? Are your hands getting dry because it's that season or is something else contributing? Next time you reach for hand sanitizer, check the label.
First, are the ingredients listed on the back of the product? Second, do you even know what the ingredients are? Here are some ingredients to avoid:
Alcohol, there are those that cause dryness, such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat, methanol and Benzyl Alcohol, and others that are fatty and emoillant such as Cetearyl and Stearyl. If only the word "alcohol" is listed on the label, I suggest looking at another product.
Triclosan is an active ingredient in many "anti-bacterial" products and is registered with the government as a pesticide. It is a known endocrine disruptor. The endocrine system regulates all the biological processes in the body so why would we want to "disrupt" it? Oh, and it could be lurking in your toothpaste too, yes, that stuff you put in your mouth twice a day, so keep an eye out.
Methylisothiazolinone (M1) is a powerful biocide "preservative" used to kill off microorganisms, giving products a longer shelf life. This chemical may be linked to nerve damage. It's widely used in leave-on products though it's known to be sensitizing. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named M1 it's Allergan of the Year in 2013.
You can get your copy of ingredients to avoid in your personal and home care products here.
The easiest way to avoid these toxic hand sanitizers is to wash your hands with soap and water. But for those times when you can't, or you're not sure what's in your hand soap, try Pure Haven's hands on the go. It's 100% toxin-free. It is aloe based, so it also helps to nourish and hydrate your skin. With benefical organic essential oils such as lemon, tea tree, neem and clove bud, which are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, you can safely fight germs at work, school, or the gym.
For your safe (and free) hands on the go, click here.
Boo boo stick is the spooktacular customer special of the month! (See what I did there.) I always keep one in my bag, for whatever life throws at us, which is a lot with three boys, and one in our medicine cabinet.
This little balm contains no water, so it's safe to share. With organic essential oils such as neem, lavender, rose hip and tea tree, plus arnica flower extract, it's no wonder this stick helps with all sort of things from headaches, cramps, bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes, bug bites, burns, eczema, and even arthritis! My boys ask for it by name and like to apply it themselves. It's now my go-to for headaches.
Get yours for free this month with any order$95 or more. Get the most bang for your buck and enroll as preferred customer to get this for free and set yourself up for free shipping for life. Enroll now.
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