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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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Organity Skin Care Moisturizer Giveaway!

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Organity Skin Care Giveaway!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organity:

  • “BEAUTIFUL RESULTS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOUR SKIN TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Our USDA certification guarantees you absolutely no GMO ingredients, no SLS, no SLES, no Petroleum or Petrolatum, No Mineral Oil, No Phenoxyethanol and it’s Paraben free! Instead, we use organic and natural ingredients, (including Orange Peel Essence – a superb natural toner) giving it a light, citrus scent, which fades quickly
  • FANTASTIC VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY – We don’t use any inexpensive additives or fillers (like water) so every single trace of our natural skin moisturizer nourishes, revitalizes and improves your skin. And because we don’t use fillers, you only need to apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT to your face – A LITTLE REALLY DOES GO A LONG WAY! Many of our customers use it as both a day and a night cream, so you don’t even need to buy different types!
  • HAVE BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT SKIN, WHILE REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES – Our luxurious, organic face moisturizer absorbs deep in to your skin improving elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Our organic face cream is proven to hydrate your skin, leaving your face with a REFRESHED, BEAUTIFUL and GLOWING RADIANCE! We’ve hand-selected the finest premium organic, super hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Our moisturizing cream includes Aloe Vera (used for thousands of year, helps maintain and return your skins elasticity), Coconut (improves moisture in your skin), Shea Butter (helps prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines), Grape Seed Oil (antioxidant, which helps skin repair and fights off free radicals), Jojoba Seed Oil (reduces skin aging and helps keep moisture in your skin), Lavender Oil (helps renew skin cells), Safflower Seed Oil (powerful skin cleanser and softens your skin), Citrus Aurantium (helps grow new skin cells and tissue), Cocoa Butter (contains minerals helping skin cell renewal and slowing aging) and Chamomilla Recutita (antioxidant and softens your skin)
  • PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES AND ALL AGES – Apply just a small amount of our natural facial moisturizer after cleansing and it absorbs quickly, leaving you with SOFT, SMOOTH, YOUTHFUL SKIN and no oily residue. Our certified organic ingredients make it a perfect choice for men, women and children. Because our all natural moisturizer does not contain chemicals, it is suitable for dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin types and even if you have acne prone skin or other complaints.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND CRUELTY-FREE, GUARANTEEING YOU QUALITY AND PEACE-OF-MIND – Organity natural skin care moisturizer is completely cruelty-free, CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC and is manufactured to strict-standards in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We are committed to supporting American Industry and insist on excellent quality, which is why ALL of our beauty products are made here in the USA. We NEVER import inferior products. Indulge your skin with the moisturizer it deserves!

Indications

Suitable for dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin types as it contains only natural, USDA certified organic ingredients. Can be used by those with acne prone skin or other troublesome skin complaints to ease symptoms. Helps rejuvenate dehydrated and dry skin, promotes elasticity, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Ingredients
*CO=CERTIFIED ORGANIC *CO Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *CO Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *CO Beeswax, *CO Lecithin, *CO Carnauba Wax, *CO Coconut Acid, *CO Shea Butter, *CO Palm Butter, *CO Cocoa Seed Butter, *CO Soybean Oil, *CO Grape Seed Oil, *CO Jojoba Seed Oil, *CO Glycerin, *CO Lavender Oil, *CO Safflower Seed Oil, *CO Citrus Aurantium, *CO Olive Fruit Oil, *CO Guar Gum, *CO Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *CO Alcohol, *CO Willow Bark Extract, *CO Oat Kernel Extract, *CO Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, *CO Pogostemon Cablin Oil, *CO Tea Tree Leaf Oil, *CO Wintergreen Leaf Oil, *CO Olive Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

Tips for use:

  • Always ensure you cleanse your face thoroughly before using Organity Moisturizer – if you apply moisturizer without cleansing, it will not absorb properly and just sit on the surface
  • Exfoliate about 3 times per week – as we age, we don’t shed skin as effectively and the buildup of dead skin cells can lead to a dull, lackluster appearance. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps your Organity Moisturizer to absorb much better and gives it a chance to be far more effective
  • Always remove makeup and moisturize before going to bed – if makeup is left on overnight, it not only clogs your pores, but also causes unnecessary exposure to oxidative stress and free radicals, all of which leads to premature aging and fine lines. Take an extra few minutes to clean your face and apply Organity Moisturizer – you’ll definitely feel the difference in the morning!”

My Thoughts:

This rich concoction is dense! No more watery facial creams that feel like they only temporarily quench the skin. Every ingredient is intensely moisturizing–and you can feel that as soon as you apply it. Only a small amount was needed to completely cover and moisturize my entire face & neck.

I love that there are no-nonsense ingredients (of course!) and I love that it acts as a pre-makeup skin primer: it serves as both a barrier to the environment and a quenching layer for the makeup to be applied to. I’m very happy with the quality of this Organity moisturizer, its staying power and how it leaves my skin feeling: moisturized, dewy, glowing and healthy!

Giveaway!

Organity wants to get this moisturizer into your hands!

To enter this giveaway:

-“Like” Run On Organic on Facebook

-Comment and share your motivation to use organic skin care!

Raw Gaia Organic Skin Care Review

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Raw Gaia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Gaia:

“Raw Gaia stands for something unique and not easy to achieve when you rely on the high street.

And that’s beautiful, radiant, glowing skin…

Forget false claims and promises that you’ve probably tried with products that have failed you time after time – like most people that eventually find us and wish they had sooner!

With principles based on 100% natural, 100% organic and 100% pure, beneficial ingredients, we do WITHOUT the things that every other skincare or cosmetics manufacturer still includes…

And this includes the ingredients that will make your skin worse!

Having been established for nearly 10 years, we serve people from all over the world in every capacity and since our products go such a long way you don’t need to invest a fortune in products that will actually work to relieving you of your skin condition…

Or just allow you to vamp up your beauty regime to gain an unbelievable goddess-like glow of youth and radiance while at the same time transforming the appearance (not just the condition) of your skin.

The products you use on your skin and the food and drink you consume on a daily basis will mean the difference between being or becoming a walking Goddess regardless of age, and an everyday high street brand switcher.

Choosing to empower yourself to the “Walking Goddess” option will align you with yourself far more than you could ever imagine.”

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Hemp Oil

About:

“Hemp seed oil is an emollient which is non-greasy and works perfectly as a moisturizing compound with excellent moisture balancing properties.

Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level and doesn’t merely “coat” the skin as do other oils. It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 based on our cells needs. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids, it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, thus bringing the EFA’s into the body. For this reason EFA’s have been proven to play a preventative role in skin aging and a healthy moisture balance.

Thanks to its high amount of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids), hemp seed oil has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities. It therefore helps to relieve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as healing skin lesions, balances dry skin and combats skin inflammations.

Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption and especially useful to vegans. Hemp seed oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene. Phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus are also found in the oil.”

Moroccan Lava Clay Mask:

About:

“Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Moroccan Lava clay has been used for hundreds of years as a natural beautifier.

Moroccan Lava Clay is a light brown clay with wonderful exfoliating, cleansing and detoxifying properties. It has a remarkable ability to draw out excess oils and impurities from deep within the skin thanks to its high levels of “ion exchange”.

It is also highly nourishing for the skin thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition including Silica, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Because Moroccan Lava clay has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash. The regular use of Rhassoul clay may also help to improve the appearance of skin troubled by Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Rosacea.

Studies have shown that Rhassoul helps to:

  • improve skin texture
  • reduce dryness and flakiness
  • improve skin elasticity and firmness, and
  • Remove dead skin layers, therefore leaving the skin nice and smooth.

Because of its amazing qualities it is not surprising that Rhassoul clay is used by prestigious spas and loved by people from all over the world.

Directions for use

a) Blend one to two teaspoons of Rhassoul clay and enough water (or floral water) to make a creamy face mask. Wash face with warm water and apply the mask. Do not let the mask dry out so apply a moistened cloth or sponge over the face to keep the mask damp. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes (but no longer than that). If the skin looks inflamed after the first application, don’t worry, this is just a detox symptom and a good sign! Apply the mask once a week.

b) As a face/body wash: Mix one to two teaspoons of clay with water, to form a mixture similar in consistency to liquid soap. Apply the prepared clay to the wet face/body. Massage the area covered by clay for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients:
 Sun-dried Moroccan Lava clay only.
70g.”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough positive things about Raw Gaia skin care. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with these products before I ever received them in the mail. Truly organic & pure skin care is so refreshing and exciting to me. Your skin can thrive if you give it nutrients straight from nature. I love that Raw Gaia obviously believes this as well.

Though I have used hemp oil on and off for a few years as a dietary supplement (in smoothies & shakes as a healthy source of fat), this is the first time I’ve used it as a facial oil (moisturizer). I require no “selling” in terms of why hemp is a great choice for health. I’m completely on board with this superfood. It’s a readymade healer for both the inside and outside of the body–and I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin. The verdict is: my skin all but sang when I applied it for the first time. There’s such a delicate balance of trying to find an oil that soaks into skin well, keeps it moist & nourished, but also doesn’t leave skin feeling goopy. Often times, when you get your hands on the real stuff (organic, raw & pure), all of those issues go away–it works magically on skin & soaks in just right. It also helps to balance my skin’s oil production.

After many years of washing my face morning and night, I have (in the last 6 months or so) started keeping it to once a day. In the morning, I simply mist my face with water + essential oils (filtered water + peppermint + rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils), but do not wash it off. In the evening after I’ve worked out, I wash my face with an organic cleanser and follow up with a fairly generous amount of facial oil. There’s an incredibly good feeling using products that are pure as can be. This way, I simply never have to worry about the ingredients being questionable–and I can rest assured that my skin’s health will reflect that.

I use this clay mask by pouring a small amount into my hand + a few drops of water to make a paste. I have a handy little paintbrush-looking mask application brush that I use to apply it to my entire face (minus the eye sockets). I leave it on until it gets dry (about 5-10 min) and then use it as an exfoliant as I wash it off in the shower. 5-10 minutes might sound like a long time–here’s what I do: apply it, take your time and make a green drink or smoothie, then by the time I’m headed back to the shower with my drink, the mask is ready to wash off (and then I drink my green drink in the shower (the ultimate!) :).

Tell me you don’t get excited knowing that Raw Gaia makes even more organic, cold pressed oils?! Jojoba, reshape, etc. These products would make an incredible gift to your loved ones, and for yourself, alike!

 

Synergies for Health: Organic Herbal Face Food Review

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Herbal Face Food

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Synergies for Health Herbal Face Food:

“Herbal Face Food ™ is World’s 1st Organic Edible, 100% plants only skin serum with a ORAC antioxidant rating of over 10 million, making it the most powerful anti-oxidizing product of any kind. This healing skin serum is made from organic plant concentrates that are of the highest anti-oxidant score and sourced from all over the world.

Benefits:

  • Benefits Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, and Acne
  • Treats Melasma
  • Responds to bug bites, burns, and scars
  • Acts as a natural deodorant
  • Reduces wrinkles and sun damage
  • Deeply hydrates and nourishes
  • Promotes cellular regeneration
  • Attacks damaging free radicals
  • Supports collagen and elastin layers
  • Smoother and younger looking skin
  • Controls acne and scarring
  • Repairs, nourishes and feeds the skin
  • Helps diminish deep lines and wrinkles
  • Visibly improves skins texture
  • Increases skin elasticity while it tightens
  • Diminishes pore size
  • Lifts and firms skin
  • Balances extremely dry or oily skin
  • Brightens and evens skin appearance

Herbal Face Food™ is:

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  • ANTI-BACTERIAL
  • ANTI-FUNGAL
  • ANTI-VIRAL
  • ANTI-AGING

NO Toxins, Preservatives, Parabens, Sulphates, Chemicals, Dyes, Petrochemicals, GMO’s, Synthetic Fragrance, or Animal Testing.

All hand made and hand-harvested with LOVE.

Note: Herbal Face Food™ has a strong herbal scent and will create a tingling to stinging sensation that last a minute or so. This is normal and signifies that the antioxidants are healing the skin cells. This sensation will diminish over time as your skin becomes healthier. This will not cause you to peel. Apply a”Quarter” size to the face 2-4 times per day. Avoid contact with eyes. Shake Well Before Use.

Be persistent and you will be happy with the results. Read the testimonials to see how happy my clients are!

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Lavandula AngustIfolia (Lavendar/Orig.France), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano/Orig.Morocco), Syzygium Aromaticums (Clove Bud/Orig. Indonesia), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme/Oig.South Africa), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh/Orig.Somalia). A proprietary source and formulation of Jasminum Officinale, (Jasmine) Absolute, Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Extra, Pogostemon Cablin, (Patchouli), Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange), Citrus X Limon (Lemon). Patent Pending.”

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My Thoughts:

My experience with herbal face food has been interesting. The first time I tried this serum (after cleansing), I distributed about a dime size of the serum onto my face and……WHOA. Major stinging and irritation. I was so confused. Well, I quickly learned a few things:

-I hadn’t read the FAQ section of their site to realize that this stoning sensation can occur.

-The ingredients contain clove oil (which I assume is similar to cinnamon–which leaves the same stinging sensation on the face, due to the fact that it brings blood to the surface of skin and rejuvenates it.)

-You do, indeed, need to shake up the mixture before using it. This will help equally distribute the oils.

So, the initial use was my own fault. I was ill-equipped (information wise) and I think I used too much. Synergies for Health also states that the stinging will be more intense for skin that needs the boost. I didn’t realize my skin needed it that bad–but I’m willing to accept that 🙂

The next few times I used this serum, I shook the bottle, only rubbed a few drops into my fingertips and then applied to my wet facial skin. This time, MUCH better. There is still a slight zing from this serum, but not painful at all. It feels nice and refreshing, actually.

The best part about this serum is the awesomely, entirely organic ingredients list. This stuff is truly pure. Ingredient-wise, this is a dream serum. Performance wise, it’s a dream serum as well. It feels like it helps balance the oil on my skin, and soothes blemishes if I have them. It feels like this serum does a whole lot of good to my skin, sans chemicals and junky ingredients.

I’d recommend this to someone looking for the real deal facial serum. This stuff is potent (and should be used as they suggest), but it performs wonderfully when done right. My skin feels boosted and glowy every time after using this herbal face food.