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How to Reduce Skin Redness on Your Face

Skincare seems to be a topic that comes up over and over for me, even though my focus with content is often more about nutrition, fitness and positivity–and I get it!

Keeping my facial complexion looking healthy, clear and vibrant has been a focus of mine since I first got my monthly cycle (age 12). For years I struggled with cystic acne (you can read all about that experience and what helped me here). But in the last 5 years, I have been acne-free (HECK YEAH MAN) and that’s been a liberating feeling.

What’s left on my skin present-day is some acne-scarring and occasional cheek redness that fluctuates with my time of the month, my diet, my sleep quality, my alcohol intake and overall stress levels. It took me a long time to learn that health in general (your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body) is TRULY affected by every aspect of your human experience.

Emotional State’s Impact on Skin

This includes your emotions, beliefs, thoughts, stress, unhealed trauma, skincare ingredients, diet quality, etc. Might seem totally quacky that your beliefs about yourself can manifest themselves elsewhere in your body. You don’t have to take my word for it. There’s heaps of science and anecdotal info to reinforce this, just check out the Heal Documentary.

You can’t neglect any aspect of that and expect to be perfectly healthy. Also–perfectionism won’t necessarily serve you either. The key is to GAIN MORE AWARENESS surrounding your thoughts, choices and habits.

Okay, okay, so back to skin redness. Most people are probably looking for a quick fix. Been there! Though healing your skin doesn’t happen overnight, there are some things you can do now that will immediately start helping you.

Your Skin is Largely Your Diet

Multiple things to point out here:

-When your body is not effectively eliminating (kidneys, liver, etc.), it does so through your skin

-If your diet is crappy and full of processed, inflammatory foods, your skin is going to reflect that

-Drinking a lot of water goes a long way! (I use this Berkey Filter for all my drinking water)

-Cutting out (or minimizing) common inflammatory foods can help a whole bunch. Gluten, dairy, soy, corn, egg (for some people) and highly processed oils would all fall into this category.

Makeup Wearers, Clean it Up!

Redness is an indicator that inflammation is happening, which is your body’s response to damage or imbalance. Wearing toxic makeup is like putting gasoline on that fire. The sooner you can swap out your current drug-store foundations, concealers, etc., the sooner your skin will have a chance to get on the healing train.

My personal favorites are made by a company called Mineral Fusion. Not only are they accessible (you can buy them online and in your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other health food store, but they are EWG Verified (Environment Working Group), an organization that reveals information on the toxicity of many makeup/skincare/food brands. They even have an app. It’s a great resource for looking up different products you currently use or are considering purchasing.

The two most important ones (since they go directly onto your skin) that I would swap to are their Pressed Powder Foundation and their Concealer Powder if you’re looking for more natural coverage.

There have been a few times when traveling that I chose to use other makeup because I didn’t have my trusty clean options on hand. I noticed that my skin was more red, irritated, slightly itchy and just unhappy when I took my makeup off each night). Those instances were a good reminder that the quality of your makeup does matter.

Keep Your Facial Hygiene Pure

Just like makeup, most generic skincare cleansers, toners and moisturizers are rife with chemicals, preservatives and skin irritants. Luckily, there are a lot of cool brands out there that have created clean, organic, nourishing  skin care products that are sure to help you reduce your facial redness.

A few of my staple favorites are Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap and Now Foods Jojoba Oil.

Doesn’t Non-Toxic Makeup & Skincare Cost More?

Here’s the thing, if you’ve ever shopped for makeup or perfume at a department store like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks, etc., you’ve probably noticed that it’s SO expensive. The biggest kicker is that the ingredients in those products are absolute dog crap. Seriously. You can’t even pronounce them. They’re not clean, they’re toxic and they don’t improve the true health of your skin. It’s actually amazing to me that places like that still sell. *steps off soap box*

That said, non-toxic skincare when compared to those options is actually significantly cheaper AND it actually helps your skin look more youthful and dewy, without any chemically-laden crud.

If you are used to buying makeup at a drug store and pay less than $10 for foundation, this may be a step-up money wise for you. But it’s one thing to wear makeup everyday just to cover things up. It’s another to invest in a product that will be helping improve your skin and not just mask the redness. That’s the difference I see between the two.

Also, I don’t spend money on heels, handbags, jewelry, etc. My “girly money” goes towards clean skincare and cosmetics. That’s where my priority lies. If you have had nagging skin issues your whole life, you can probably relate that this is a no-brainer.

 

Have any trusty ways to naturally improve your skin? Share below!

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Balanced Guru Farm-A-Ceuticals Review

This is a review of the Balanced Guru organic skincare Farm-A-Ceuticals line.

Balanced Guru Organic Body Care Farm-A-Ceuticals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

It feels really good when I get the opportunity to meet the faces behind the beautiful products I try. At Expo West this year, I met two of the beautiful people behind Balanced Guru and let me tell you, the kindness and genuine enthusiasm that I perceived from working with them before (via e-mail & social media) was ever-present when I met them in person. You can tell that they are adamant and passionate about putting the very best ingredients into their products.

I’ve tried one of their products and reviewed it in the past, their scalp detox treatment; you can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Their body care line is so sublime, it really only requires a few words to accurately capture the gist of their brand. Here are the important things I’d like to point out about Balanced Guru:

  • Their ingredient lists are organic, top to bottom. No kidding. No messing around.
  • The products perform incredibly well because of that fact. Nature is healing.
  • You won’t find many other lines that are THIS clean & THIS pure.

Balanced Guru is one of the few body care brands that gets carte blanche from me. They could hand me any product, and as long as I know they’ve created it, I trust it. That’s because they have garnered such a great reputation with me for only using the best ingredients. They provided me with a handful of goodies at Expo to try (scrub, energy mists, hair oil) and I was amped. I’m excited to try anything that they make beautifully with their ingredient-conscious minds.

The energy mists I see as an uplifting, energizing alternative to junky perfumes (most perfumes don’t even list the ingredients on them–how scary is that?). I love closing my eyes and spraying it over my face and upper body before a workout. They lift my mood and help me stay fresh-smelling amidst the sweaty grind.

With all the grime that builds up on my skin after a week’s worth of challenging workouts, I really enjoy my time exfoliating because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and rejuvenated. I try to limit my exfoliating to once a week because I do believe you can do it too much–there’s something to be said about leaving your skin alone sometimes. That said, when I do exfoliate, it’s so nice to be able to reach for a gritty scrub like this one that’s chock full of organic goodness like sugar, coffee and spearmint.

I have a semi-oily scalp but the ends of my hair tend to dry out with frequent shampoos. That’s where a pure hair oil comes in. All it takes is a tiny amount rubbed in between my hands and then through the ends of your tresses to give your hair a quenched look.

I urge you to check out their range of products–they make SO many excellent organic products and their purity is really impressive. Balanced Guru’s line also makes for great gifts!

Bella Organics Iced Lemonage Deodorant Creme Review

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Bella Organics 

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bella Organics Iced Lemonade Deodorant Creme:

Product Description

Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic lemon, peppermint and tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

IMPORTANT: During the SUMMER months or in HOTTER climates, please choose Summer Shipping to your order so that this ITEM DOES NOT MELT DURING TRANSIT. If you do not choose this option the product may melt, to fix it simply place in the refrigerator until solid again and whip with a hand mixer.

Directions for use: Scoop a pea-sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Rub onto each underarm until deodorant is applied.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.”

Size: 2 oz

Shelf Life: 12 Months.”

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My Thoughts:

Holy cow–I am so happy to have recieved this little teensy bundle of anti-smelly goodness from Bella Organics. From my experience, one of the hardest “green” body care items to find is an all-organic deodorant that actually performs and keeps away the overhwhelming smell of body odor that accumulates after a long, grueling workout. If a natural deodorant can last thru my hardest workouts, then I am a very happy camper. I traveled to several out-of-town volleyball tournaments with this small container and found it to be ideal for that, size-wise.

This deodorant makes me a VERY happy camper. Performance AND an entirely clean, organic ingredient list. It also happens to smell like a clean, fresh dose lemon juice has been doused into your armpits. (Sorry–that’s the best way to say it).

I will be a customer of the deodorant in the future when I run out of my homemade concoction! The consistency of theirs is ideal and even better than my own. Looks like I have some tweaking to do 🙂

If you’re looking for a deodorant with the cleanest ingredients that does it’s job, this is  THE ONE! They also make several other scents (Lavender Vanilla, Lemongrass Bergamot, Vanilla Mint, Orange Spice, The Woods–for men, Ocean–for men).

The Eczema Company Sunscreen Review

The Eczema Company

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About The Eczema Company:

“The Eczema Company was created by our family to help others dealing with the daily challenges of managing eczema. We know all about the intense itching, the sleepless nights (for the whole family!) and the desperation to find something to make the discomfort even the tiniest bit better. Our son developed a baby rash and was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. His skin continued to worsen and at age three his body was 90% covered in what looked like severe burns. Around that time we discovered he has many food allergies and sensitivities, some lead to eczema flare-ups and some lead to immediate itching. Now that we’ve found his triggers, our son’s skin is much better.

You can follow our son, Tristan’s story on our blog, It’s an Itchy Little World.

We have tried countless eczema creams, eczema clothing, etc. and have made our favorites available to you in this eczema store. As you know, what works for one person’s eczema may not work for another. We realized this after seeing our closet full of partially used eczema creams that were recommended for Tristan, but just didn’t help his itchy skin. While all eczema is different, we want to provide you with products try that we believe in because they work. We hope they bring you and your family some much-deserved relief.

Our hope is that through this website and our blog we can help bring relief to your itchy little world.”

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Raw Elements Sunscreen

About:

“ECO FORMULA 30+ is the conscious consumer’s answer to serious sun protection. All natural and free of all the bad stuff, this formula boasts balanced Physical UV protection through a unique Organic Eco-Shield Performance Technology. As a performance driven sunscreen, it is very water resistant beyond 80 minutes, yet so gentle and moisturizing it is perfect for our young ones! Packed with biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts, it continues protecting our skin long after environmental exposure.

Benefits Include:

  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Never runs or stings.
  • Broad spectrum protection – UVA & UVB.
  • #1 EWG top rated.
  • Non-nano zinc goes on white, stays white.
  • Water and sweat resistant for 80 minutesSafe for babies and children.
  • Reef safe and biodegradable.
  • Can be applied on wet skin.
  • Non GMO Project Verified.
  • Made in the USA.

Ingredients:

Zinc Oxide 23%, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Coffee, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E (GMO free & derived from sunflower).”

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My Thoughts:

Though I don’t suffer from eczema on my body, I am always eager to try a new, organically based sunscreen. This sunscreen is one of only a few that I would recommend using. The vast majority of sunscreens that you’ll find at your local drug store are jam packed with questionable ingredients that are doing your skin more harm than good.

Within this ingredient list, you’ll notice a bunch of organic ingredients, preceded by Zinc Oxide. My knowledge about zinc oxide is this: smaller zinc particles (nano-sized) are more able to penetrate skin than non-nano particles. This means that non-nano zinc particles are able to create a barrier on your skin without being readily absorbed. So, your skin will absorb only the goodness in this sunscreen–all of the organic oils and substances. Non-nano sized is what you want to look for in a sunscreen, when shopping around. Zinc oxide is one of many “drug” ingredients found in sunscreens, and is considered the safest. To be the most mindful of protecting yourself, aim to use sunscreen when needed, but rely on hats, shirts and cover-ups to protect your skin for more extended, intense portions of time in the sun.

Thru June 30th, The Eczema Company is offering you 15% off of your first purchase, using the code “RUNON2014.” So go get your hands on this awesome sunscreen as summer approaches!

Erbaviva Organic Skin Care Review

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Erbaviva Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Erbaviva:

“Robin Brown and his wife Anna Cirronis, started Erbaviva in 1996 as a way to offer mommies-to-be and babies upscale products completely free from all harsh detergents, chemical fragrances, and other unhealthy additives.

Erbaviva’s first product was our unique, soap-less Baby Washbag – an unbleached cotton sachet, filled with organic oatmeal, organic milk and organic lavender flowers. Shortly after, we added a complete line of baby care products including an extra mild Baby Soap and Organic Baby Oil to create a complete authentically herbal and organic baby care collection.

Line Additions
Following the success of our baby care line, Erbaviva created an organic pregnancy collection that included everything a mommy-to-be could wish for during the nine months of pre-natal body care. Today we offer a wide range of products for the entire family with bath, body and true aromatherapy. Using the highest quality organic and wildcrafted essential oils, our products are freshly made with loving care through all stages of production at our own facility in Southern California.

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Organic Ingredients
For us, being organic should be the conscious consumer’s expectation and the conscientious manufacturer’s doctrine. We only label our products “organic” on the front label if they contain more than 99% certified organic ingredients. Please look at our back labels where we list all of the ingredients and state which ones are organic. When we use botanical extracts we do so in therapeutic proportions. So much so that you will see that they affect the product color as their inclusion increases product efficacy. We are very proud of our ingredients labels; we encourage you to read them! more about organic or more about our ingredients.”

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Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant Spray

Erbaviva’s Description:

“This award winning product was made after an over-whelming result from our Original Organic Deodorant we have launched JASMINE GRAPEFRUIT, soft, feminine and subtle. You will love it! Aluminum & Chemical Free.

INGREDIENTS: *Alcohol, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *cupressus semperivirens (cypress) oil, *zingiber officinalis (ginger) root extract, *santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, *jasminum officinalis (jasmine) flower extract, *salvia officinalis (sage) oil, **benzyl benzoate, **citral, **eugenol, **geraniol, **limonene, **linalool.

*denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.”

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Lemon Sage Organic Deodorant Spray

Erbaviva’s Description:

“If you’re one who loves to feel fresh but recoils after a quick scan of the content label on most conventional deodorants, then our award winning Organic Deodorant is just the product for you. By blending organic extracts of Sage, Lemon, Patchouli, and Tea Tree Oils with organic grain alcohol, we’ve created a sweet smelling product that counteracts the growth of bacteria but doesn’t clog pores. Aluminum & Chemical Free!

*Alcohol, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, *salvia officinalis (sage) oil, *pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, **citral, **geraniol, **limonene, **linalool.

*denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.”

My Description & Thoughts:

When products are this good, I feel that I do not need to write much, because I basically only have applause and no scrutiny. This deodorant smells wonderful–I wouldn’t think to put jasmine & grapefruit together, but they make for a flowery and zesty scent.

The spray feature is convenient prevent application from being messy. I find that two sprays under each arm is sufficient for all-day long. To maintain a pungent fresh smell, I would reapply once later in the day if I was a bit sweatier that day.

My husband uses the lemon & sage version of this product and has been very happy with it–and that it rare, as a lot of natural and/or organic deodorants I have asked him to try have not been sufficient in regards to longevity and effectiveness. I see us restocking these products when we are out! I recommend the “Jasmine & Grapefruit” to active gals and the “Lemon & Sage” for active guys. I believe even heavy sweaters will be pleased.

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Breathe Body Lotion

Erbaviva’s Description:

“Use this wonderful potion throughout the day on hands and arms for a charge of fresh air. Used in conjunction with our Breathe Room & Body Spray the combination of pines, herbs, and leaves is the perfect antidote to indoor air conditioning, pollen season, and colds.

Water, *aloe barbadensis leaf juice, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, *beeswax, xanthan gum, algin, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glyceryl stearate citrate, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, *picea excelsa (spruce) leaf oil, *cedrus deodara (cedar) wood oil, *eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil , *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil.

*denotes certified organic ingredient.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Exceptional ingredients and nourishing components make this lotion awesome. What makes it even more awesome is the fact that I would describe the scent as unisex–making it perfect to put in a family bathroom for everyone to use.

One application on fresh, clean after showering keeps my skin hydrated all day long–with no goopy-ness or oiliness. I would recommend this to any lotion-seeking individual who wants a product that will suit the whole family.

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Refreshing Organic Foot Balm

Erbaviva’s Description:

“NEW – Our new Refreshing Foot Balm doesn’t just smell great and warm the skin, it has essential oils of grapefruit and cypress to help stimulate circulation while relieving swollen feet with Ginger, Cypress and Lavender. Petroleum free and almost 100% organic, Mommy can rub in this Foot Balm several times a day.

Organic shea butter, organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic grapefruit peel oil, organic cypress oil, organic lavander flower oil, organic sandalwood, organic ginger root extract, organic geranium flower oil, organic rosemary leaf extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This was the one product that was a new idea to me. I typically neglect my feet–which is a bit ironic as much as I run. My feet certainly needed some tender love. I started applying this in the evenings before bed (putting on socks after applying, so my feet could absorb it and I would make the carpet messy).

It moisturizes my dry, calloused feet, but it also feels to affect my whole body. Feet, just like the rest of our skin, absorbs what is on it. I’m sure the powerful essential oils in this balm benefit the rest of my body as well.

The scent of this balm is soothing, relaxing, and perfect for pre-bedtime. I see myself continuing this routine in the future.

I would recommend this product to anyone like me who neglects their feet and would benefit from some pampering.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.