In the last 4 months, Johnson and Johnson, Beauty Plus Global and Claire’s Stores, Inc. have all pulled certain makeup products off their shelves due to some of their cosmetics testing positive for asbestos. Asbestos is a known cause of lung cancer and mesothelioma. So, how does Asbestos end up in some of our cosmetic and personal care products? How can we avoid purchasing products with this dangerous substance?
  • Mindfulness and Skincare

    I have learned that if one slows down to intentionally tune into the moment, you can experience magic moments. In my experience, these magic moments allow you to really tune into what is happening around you and expand, deepen, or clarify your perspective.

    From using plant-based face wash, to an essential oil toner, to slathering my face with oils before bed, I now view my skin care routine as more of a gratitude ritual.

    “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river… Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” - Ezekiel 47:12).
  • Top Skin-Friendly Foods

    As a Southern girl, I grew up on lots of delicious BBQ served with sides that were prepared using the richest ingredients. From the buzz in the kitchen to the laughter in the living room, I loved (and still do!) our big family gatherings. Food was prepared with love and served with pride! Unfortunately, all that love and pride often came bathed in butter, flooded in fat and surrounded by sugary ingredients. But, oh it tasted so good! Many of us have similar memories when it comes to food. The smell of fresh cookies in the oven, butter melting over that macaroni and cheese… okay, okay I’ll stop! The bottom line is that our association with food usually comes from a place of love.

    Love aside; we know how damaging these types of foods are to our health. But, what are the effects on our skin? According to the Mayo Clinic, the top skin damaging foods contain refined sugars, unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates. At a very high level, below are some effects of each on the skin:
  • 4 Easy Kick-start Actions to Loving Your Skin

    January 1st is the time of year when many renew their commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Popular resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, increasing one’s spiritual practice and/or practicing more patience with that family member or friend who can really work our nerves (we all have one!) but, what about being more intentional about loving our skin?

    I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycycstic ovary syndrome). PCOS skin side effects include an overproduction of oil, acne and excess hair growth on your face. And while I wasn’t on the far end of the “bad skin” spectrum, I did my best to cover up every scar and blemish with the heaviest foundation I could find. Instead of being intentional about loving my skin, I was chasing the elusive goal of “perfect good skin”.

    Instead of achieving perfect skin by covering it up, I have since realized that the better and more loving and empowering way is to be intentional about having healthier skin. So, if you are ready to add loving your skin to your 2020 goals, here are 4 effective action steps to help kick-start your 2020 healthy skin journey....
  • Top ingredients to avoid in your skincare products

    In this day and age, we as consumers have become more aware of a lot of the hidden dangers in the plastic containers that we use the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. And thanks to some brave souls who didn’t mind disrupting the beauty industry, you can now find many skincare products that are labeled “phthalate free”, “paraben free” and/or “sulfate free”. But what do these labels mean? Is it just a marketing ploy to sell more products? Why should you care? While I cannot speak to the intentions of every company labeling their products as such, let me provide you with some reasons why you may not want to not roll your eyes when you see these labels on skincare products.
  • Why You Should Be Washing Your Face With Oil

    Do you have Oily skin? Acne? Dry skin? Uneven skin? Inflamed skin? Then washing your face with oil maybe just what you need! If you are surprised, you are not alone.

    Oil washing is good for your skin because natural oils help to regulate bacteria on the skin (feeds the good and kills the bad) and it penetrates the skin helping to balance its natural oil production.
  • What You Have to Offer The World Matters!

    She said her daughter told her “Mom, this works!” That dry patch was finally starting to go away… her daughters skin was healing. Imagine how that must change her daughter’s attitude about herself. Imagine the relief for her mom!

    Hearing that from a fellow mom made my heart swell. Moments like this underscore how thankful I am to have this opportunity to serve others in a way that is so personal and meaningful to them.

    So, I ask you… in this season of Give Thanks… what talents do you have that you can use to serve others?

    Where is your opportunity to go out into the world, face forward and head held high knowing that what you have to offer matters?
  • Suffering from Asthma or Allergies? Throw this away!

    Walk into any grocery or drug store and you can find a variety of products that seek to fill your home with the smell of fruity scents such as apple, watermelon and peach.

    Many people do not know that scents such as apple, peach, vanilla, watermelon, and coconut are manufactured synthetically using a plethora of ingredients that do not have to be disclosed to the FDA. And it is this mix of synthetic chemicals that could very well be damaging to your health.

    If you or anyone in your home suffers with allergies or asthma, you should throw away any synthetic air fresheners.

    Luckily, there is a safe alternative to giving your home and car a pleasant scent: Essential Oils!
  • All Natural DIY Hair Conditioning Spray

    I love the fall but there is a part of fall that carries into winter that I wish we could skip altogether. While the cool fall breeze paints the ground with richly colored fall foliage, it also does a number on my hair!

    The dry air sucks all of the moisture out of my hair making it brittle and inevitably causing breakage.

    Thankfully, I found a better, healthier, more effective and less costly way to care for my hair during the fall and harsh winter months.

    I am going to share with you my DIY recipe for a plant-based conditioning spray. You can use day or night. It also gives my hair a healthy shine and it smells absolutely divine!

    Don’t let those sleek advertisements fool you, there is a better way and YOU can start today with this simple DIY hair conditioning spray.
  • DIY All Natural and Effective Face Skincare Treatment

    Thankfully, God’s garden supplies plant-based compounds that don’t just give the appearance of healthy skin but supports actually having healthy skin by naturally tackling common issues like inflammation, bacteria build up, under or over production of our natural oils, etc. As I am incorporating essential and carrier oils into my facial skincare routine, my skin is becoming noticeably more toned, even (acne and ingrown hair scars faded), brighter and I am not struggling with the too oily too dry tug of war.

    YOU can make your own all natural AND effective face moisturizing treatment. Here is a quick DIY recipe....