Your At-Home Healthy Hair Guide

Healthy hair comes in all forms. Whether your hair is thick and wavy, fine and straight, curly or extremely curly, a healthy head of hair is an undeniable crowning glory for most. But when it comes to hair, everything we put in our body and what we do to our body is reflected in our hair health. To keep your precious mane looking, growing, and feeling its best, try these all-natural and holistic practices which you can do at home.

1. Ditch the harsh chemicals

Most common and commercial shampoos and conditioners tend to mix a cocktail of chemicals into their hair care formulations. Sulfates are usually the cleansing component, while silicones are responsible for detangling and making your hair feel soft and smooth, and parabens and formaldehyde are meant to extend the shelf life.

These chemicals are known carcinogens that do nothing for your hair health. In fact, many consumers will notice that shampoos containing high amounts of sulfates leave their hair feeling dry and stripped of natural oils and increasing their rate of hair fall. Silicones have a type of plastic quality that coats your hair, making it feel smooth and soft, however with prolonged use, silicones can build up on your hair, blocking any nutrients from entering your hair and toxins to come out.

One the easiest and best things you can do to promote hair health is to eliminate using harsh chemicals on it. Opting for all-natural and organic formulations of shampoo and conditioner is an excellent place to start.

Where sulfates, parabens, and silicones are used in more conventional hair care, natural hair products are formulated to simultaneous cleanse and nourish your hair and scalp. Ingredients like tea tree oil, Argan oil, aloe vera, biotin, and coconut extract are just some common ingredients used to cleanse and nourish your hair and scalp in the place of conventional chemicals found in hair products.

Not only are all-natural ingredients usually gentler on your hair and scalp, you also nourish your strands each time you use them.

2. Apply Vitamin C Serum


If you don’t know it already, Vitamin C is a superstar ingredient for your skin. It helps to protect, repair and brighten your complexion, and is an excellent all-natural anti-aging ingredient for any age thanks to its highly nourishing and collagen-boosting properties. Learn more about the benefits of Vitamin C serum here.

But did you know that using Vitamin C doesn’t just apply to skincare and your immunity? This potent antioxidant can benefit your hair health when massaged directly into your scalp.

Try this DIY nourishing scalp mixture to nourish the roots of your hair and promote healthier hair growth, featuring our very own Nature’s Health Vitamin C Serum!

To create this nutrient dense nourishing scalp mixture, simply mix together in a bowl:
4-6 drops of Nature’s Health Vitamin C Serum
4 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel
Optional: 2 drops of rosemary essential oil

With a makeup brush, simply apply this mixture to your scalp, concentrating on your hairline, and gently massage it in. Leave the scalp mixture on for 15-20 minutes to allow the rosemary essential oil, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera to moisturize, nourish, and restore nutrients to your scalp before rinsing off and shampooing and conditioning as usual.

Add Ashwagandha

Hair health is unfortunately is one the most common things that suffers with chronic stress. Constant elevated levels of cortisol can leave our hair follicles to shrink and exaggerate hair loss.

Fortunately, extreme hair fall in the face of stress isn’t common and there are many ways to help your hair cope with a perpetually stressful lifestyle. Try incorporate Ashwagandha. This powerful adaptogen is particularly well renowned for its ability to help the body adapt to stress and control elevated levels of cortisol. Often referred to as ‘Indian Ginseng’ this ancient root has the contrasting ability to make you feel alert, yet not jittery, and calm yet not drowsy.

Where your hair health in concerned, lowered levels of cortisol helps to ensure you don’t lose more hair than necessary. Try incorporate Ashwagandha as part of your self-care routine and see how it benefits your hair.

Nourish your skin and scalp with Nature’s Health Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. This potent serum is primarily for your skin but can easily double up to be used as a weekly treatment for your scalp. With 98% naturally derived Vitamin C mixed with skin and scalp nourishing ingredients like Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Witch Hazel, let this potent serum help keep your skin and hair looking its best.

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Skin Care: The Quarantine Edition

The majority of the world is undoubtedly experiencing a significant shift in their day to day lives. From social distancing, to isolation, to living in quarantine, life as we know it has taken a completely different turn.

With worldwide news often causing so much stress and anxiety, maintaining a self-care routine can prove to be beneficial in helping to soothe a worried mind. Physical, mental, and emotional health are pivotal in our quality of life especially amidst these trying times. Maintaining some sense of normalcy by keeping up with a skin care routine can surprisingly help you feel more put together in many aspects of your wellbeing, especially in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

As the old saying goes, beauty is more than skin deep, and where skincare is concerned, keeping up with this simple daily ritual can do wonders in helping you navigate through a changing world.


While on quarantine and spending most of their days at home, people may be wondering if they should cleanse as frequently as they usually do. This is a valid question since cleansing is meant to wash away the makeup, dirt, oil, sweat and grime that has built up on skin throughout the day. But where does cleansing stand when you no longer wear makeup and you haven’t been exposed dirt and pollution from the outside world?

Like skin care, one size doesn’t fit all and how often you cleanse your skin while on quarantine will depend entirely on your skin type. If you have oily skin, your skin will likely still need a daily wash, both morning and night to keep your pores clean and unclog them from any oily build up. If your skin is dry, an evening cleanse may be enough to keep it clean without stripping it of its natural oil barrier.

A good rule of thumb is to assess your skin and how it responds to your quarantine routine. If your skin now tends to dry out with a twice daily wash, you can scale back on a cleansing routine, and if your skin looks dull and oily from scaling back on cleansing, it’s a good signal to stick to your usual routine of cleansing morning and night.


Whether on quarantine or not you skin cells will shed. Exfoliating regularly is a cornerstone to maintaining radiant skin by helping to remove buildup of complexion-dulling old skin cells. If you’re living in a community where wearing face masks are essential when going out in public, you’ll want to be extra diligent with exfoliating to help keep your pores clear especially on days where you wear a mask. Face masks provide protection but frequent and prolonged wear can make your skin suffer. Clogged pores, irritation, and mild breakouts are common.

Keep your masks clean and exfoliate regularly to keep your pores clean and prevent any buildup of dirt and grime.

Vitamin C Serum:

If there’s one thing to keep consistent in our skin care routine, whether in or out of quarantine, a quality Vitamin C Serum would be at the top of list. This multitasking ingredient is a staple in most beauty shelves regardless of skin type for a good reason.

Vitamin C’s ability to promote production youth-enhancing collagen, brighten your complexion, gently exfoliate skin, and nourishing it with anti-aging antioxidants make this skincare ingredient a must all year round.

Whether quarantined at home or going out and about in the daily bustle of life, your skin will thank you for giving it a twice daily antioxidant boost from a Vitamin C serum. While on quarantine, think of Vitamin C serum as a means to help keep you looking youthful in the face of all the stress you might be feeling from everything going on in the world. Vitamin C serum also keeps your skin nourished, helping to ensure that even during quarantine, you’re giving your skin the nourishment and care it needs to keep it looking its best.


Even if you have heard it time and time again, we’ll say it again. Wear sunscreen. Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, and in this case, in quarantine, wear sunscreen if you want to protect your skin and prevent UV damage that can cause premature aging.

Even with most of your days spent at home, you should aim for at least 15 minutes of daily exposure to direct sunlight to get your dose of immune-boosting and mood enhancing Vitamin D. And where there’s sun exposure, there too should be sunscreen in order to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Even if you spend all day indoors, light from your gadgets and reflection from the sun will exposure you to UVA and UVB rays. Keep your skin protected, even when quarantined indoors by applying sunscreen daily. You skin in the long term will thank you for it.

A quality Vitamin C serum should nourish, brighten, and protect your skin. Try Nature’s Health Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. Made will 98% naturally derived vitamin C and other all-natural skin-nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera, witch hazel, and hyaluronic acid. This serum is perfect for all seasons and skin types as part of a well-rounded skincare regimen.

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What Your Skin is Trying to Tell You

With our skin being our largest organ, and an external one at that, it can provide valuable insight as to how we’re doing health-wise on the inside.

Check out the following skin conditions and see what your skin is trying to tell you:

1. Sun Spots
Sunspots are inevitable and a reflection of your lifetimes worth of accumulated sun damage. Unlike freckles, which can be hereditary, sunspots are darker and larger.

If you find you have an excess of sunspots, it’s your skin telling you it’s high time to start or be more diligent with an SPF routine. This is especially important if you find sudden changes in your skin such as enlarged moles or raised lesions.

To help lessen and prevent sunspots, find a broad- spectrum SPF that works for your skin type. You can opt to choose one for daily everyday use and a more water-resistant one if you plan on being outdoors for a prolonged period of time. For existing sunspots, while most are permanent, you can lessen over-pigmentation and brighten up and restore sun-damaged skin with a quality vitamin C skin care product which is especially known to brighten your complexion.

2. Dark Circles
They say that eyes are the windows to the soul. For whatever truth that holds, it’s a fact that the undereye area is a window to our health status. Before you pile on the concealer to restore a youthful and refreshed look, look into why you have dark undereye circles to begin with.

Although dark circles can be genetic, if you find yourself developing dark cycles, this can be for a variety of reasons such as smoking, lack of sleep, chronic dehydration, and even a nutrient deficiency. The skin on our undereye area is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of our body and has the potential to more easily show anything lacking in your body. If you find yourself with dark undereye circles when you normally don’t, it’s time to clean up your lifestyle starting with upping your nutrition intake with balanced meals (we’d recommend a multivitamin as a compliment), increasing hydration and getting some quality shut eye.

3. Red and blotchy skin
Your skin can turn red as a response to feeling embarrassment or physical exertion as blood flow naturally increases. If you find yourself always having blotchy skin though, it could be a sign of inflammation from irritation. Check your diet to see if any potential allergens are present in foods you may have overlooked, especially packaged goods. If you’re unaware of any allergens, incorporate more mindful eating and see if you experience any common yet mild allergic reactions to certain ingredients such as brain fog and bloating.

Whereas skin care is concerned, try switching to a gentler cleanser that doesn’t strip your skins natural moisture barrier. This tends to happen as the seasons get colder and drier, where oily skin types can too experience red skin by using cleansers from the summer that may be too harsh for colder months.

4. Dark Patches
Darker patches on your skin is likely to be a skin condition called melasma. The usual cause would be a surge in hormones, which is why pregnant women are known to experience this.

Dark patches don’t indicate any medical issues and it’s best to embrace it along with other bodily changes that are inevitable with pregnancy. If you find melasma bothersome, you can lessen the darkening by avoiding excessive sunlight (but daily exposure is still recommended for Vitamin D) and investing in a quality concealer to even out your complexion.

5. Acne Around the Jawline
For women, acne around the jawline, particularly large zit-like pimples are a common indicator of an imbalance in reproductive hormones, typically from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian syndrome, PCOS. Among the many symptoms that manifest from PCOS, pimples around the jawline are one of them.

To help manage this symptom and to clear up your skin, try incorporating adaptogens like Ashwagandha into a clean whole foods diet to help lower inflammation in your body and balance out hormones.

6. Dull and Sallow Skin
Chronically dull and sallow skin is your body’s way of saying your health needs to make a lifestyle change. Dull skin is usually caused by a buildup of toxins both internally and externally. Try cleaning up your diet to help your skin and body in general detoxify from complexion-dulling toxins. If your diet is fairly clean, your liver may be bogged down from toxin buildup and can’t detoxify properly. Try incorporating a Liver Care supplement to give your liver a boost and see if that helps brighten up your complexion on top of eating plenty of clean whole foods and drinking adequate amounts of water.

Bright and healthy skin is a sign of good nutrition. Take care of the largest organ in your body with the nutrients it needs to keep it looking its best. Pair our Liver Care and Multivitamin supplements to detoxify and nourish your skin and compliment it with our skin brightening Vitamin C Serum for an overall healthy glow.

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The Definitive Guide to Using Face Oils

Face oils are important for your beauty. Think of it as a concentrated cocktail of skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants that work hard to nourish, protect, and restore your skin to its best state.

Thanks to their tried and true efficacy, there are so many face oil products available to us to help round up a truly good-for-your-skin regimen for your most vibrant skin ever.

Nature has graced us with a plethora of herbs, plants, seeds, nuts, and flowers, and each one can be extracted for their oils, each with their own unique molecular structure that will benefit all skin types, issues, and seasons. This is good news for us because you can be sure there’s a right facial oil for everyone despite different skin types that change with the seasons and individual lifestyle.

Finding the right oil, albeit perhaps needing a bit of trial and error, can be fun and act as the hand-picked crowning cherry on top of your own carefully curated skincare regimen.

The right oil for your skin type:

Normal Skin:

Finding the right oil for normal skin types is actually quite easy as most oils will work well. Those with normal skin don’t have overly oily skin where certain oils can’t penetrate and it’s not too dry where using certain types of oil won’t be moisturizing enough. Good for you!

Balanced skin types can pick any oil, but we’d suggest trying Marula Oil, Boabab Oil, and Argan Oil.

Dry Skin:

People with dry skin benefit from oils greatly thanks to their inherent moisturizing and moisture-sealing properties. Dry skin tends to drink facial oils right up, resulting in plump glowing skin and leaving dullness and flakiness behind.

Those with dry skin will benefit from oils that are particularly thick so opt for oils like Avocado, Macadamia, Rosehip, and Coconut oil.

Oily Skin:

Applying oil to oily skin may seem counterintuitive and putting your skin even more off balance with more oil, but even those with oily skin can go from oily to dewy looking with the right facial oil. The idea is to provide necessary moisture without clogging the pores and to bring balance and nourishment to skin.

Opt for lighter oils that are non-comedogenic and are high in linoleic acid so that it absorbs more easily into skin. Jojoba, Tamanu, Grapeseed, Sunflower, and Evening Primrose oil are all great facial oils for oily skin types.

How to Make the Most of your Face Oil

Due to the purity in ingredient(s) of facial oils, you’re likely to spend a small investment for a bottle of the good stuff. To make the face oil work and to maximize all its beautifying benefits, firstly find the right face oil for your skin type, then follow the below tips:

1. Apply to a clean face:
Face oil works best when applied to clean skin. Don’t let the precious goodness the oil has to bring sit on top of dirt, sweat, grime and makeup as it won’t make it to your actual skin.

2. Tone your face:
Toners are meant to get rid of any excess dirt and surface buildup on your face, balance your skin’s PH, and preps your skin to more thoroughly absorb what follows next. If you want your face oil to be well absorbed, you’ll need to tone your face prior.

3. Use a serum:
If oils are a cocktail of nutrients that feed your skin, serums are like a concentrated juice shot of vitamins. Oils and serums go particularly well together because of their different consistency and molecular size.

Serums, which should come before face oils, absorb into the skin immediately and go deep, giving an instant boost in nourishment. Think of oils as something your skin ‘sips throughout the night’, helping to seal in all the goodness a quality serum has to offer. Using both compliments each other as serums are made to penetrate and nourish the deeper parts of your skin while facial oils moisturize and protect the outer layers.

4. Do a facial massage:
Facial oils and facial massage go hand in hand (pun intended). Doing a daily facial massage enhances the benefits of the facial oil and also helps it sink into the skin. Not only that, the boost in circulation aids in lymphatic drainage, which is what you need if you want to de-puff your skin and promote a flush of fresh blood to boost your skin’s radiance.

There are many options for facial massage ranging from crystal rollers, to gua sha blades, but know that you can also use your own hands for an effective facial massage. Whatever tool you decide to use, the main idea for the massage is to depuff your face and help your skin further absorb all the skin care you put on it. Simply start from the center areas of your face and work outward and upward for a rejuvenating, skin-care absorbing facial massage.

If you’ve got your face oil selection down, we suggest complimenting its benefits with the right serum. Try our Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum which gives your skin an instant brightening boost. Like face oil, serums work best when used correctly, find out how here.

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All-Natural Ways to Promote Youthful Skin

Getting back or preserving your skin’s youthful appearance is all about improving your complexion. This can be done by focusing on restoring and slowing down the breakdown of your skin’s elasticity, firmness, hydration and plumpness.

While aging skin is generally taboo, know that it is a natural process of life and laugh lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging are beautiful too. Nevertheless, we want to focus on keeping your skin as healthy as possible, with the added benefit of looking younger.

Here are some all-natural ways you can promote youthful skin and prevent premature aging:

1. Be happy

As we all know, stress, especially chronic stress, negatively affects our physical and mental wellbeing, and our skin is no exception. It’s important to reduce stress because cortisol, the hormone our body creates under stress, dulls our complexion by breaking down collagen.

As we age, our skin creates less collagen, so it’s important to optimize collagen production by caring for ourselves the best way we can. Stress is essentially a mental issue that carries over into our physical body so it’s important to live a life that makes you happy, while having the right tricks up your sleeve to adapt and manage stress, thus keeping those cortisol levels down!

Do things that make you happy, where possible, as much as possible. Hug your loved ones regularly, treat yourself to a good meal on difficult days and don’t beat yourself up over any extra calories, take a moment to enjoy the morning sun, talk to your support system when things get overwhelming, indulge daily in self-care rituals, etc. Happiness is a choice, and a proactive one at that, so choose happiness and get that youthful glow.

2. Hydrate

A simple but often overlooked skincare practice is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you’re wondering how much water you should be drinking, simply half your body weight (in pounds) and drink that amount in ounces. So for example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water daily.

That coveted youthful glow is partially thanks to plump skin with a healthy moisture barrier that our body gets from adequate hydration. Don’t forget to pair your water with an adequate amount of minerals and electrolytes which you lose from sweat and exercise.

3. Exercise

There’s a reason why our skin glows after exercise. Apart from toxins coming out and increased circulation (hello all-natural pink flush), inflammation is lowered as collagen-breaking stress and cortisol is lowered due to the release of endorphins. Exercise overall makes our skin look younger, so if you haven’t prioritized exercise as a regular habit, know that your skin health benefits greatly from it.

4. Eat Skin-Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Here we are again with inflammation and bad skin. Where diet is concerned, following a skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet could help turn back the clock on prematurely aged skin.

Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, leafy greens, turmeric, and skin-plumping antioxidant rich essential fatty acids like fish oil. All these foods, and a healthy varied whole foods diet provides the body with the necessary antioxidants to combat free-radicals that age our skin faster.

On the other side of an eating an anti-inflammatory diet, is to restrict or eliminate inflammatory foods, which could negate your healthy efforts. Trans fats found in fried and packaged foods, alcohol, sugar and refined carbs are all inflammatory foods best avoided to keep skin looking young.

5. Use Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a popular vitamin marketed for immunity, but this vitamin is also well known for its beautifying benefits. Vitamin C stimulates our skin to create collagen and protects existing collagen from breaking down.

Lucky for anyone looking to eat their way beautiful, Vitamin C is present in most brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Have yourself a serving of bell peppers, berries, mangoes, lemons and limes for a daily vitamin C kick. Take it a step further by applying Vitamin C to your skin to reap all the collagen-boosting and youth promoting benefits of this beautifying vitamin.

6. Incorporate Collagen

Collagen is having a moment in the beauty industry right now and for good reason: supplementing with collagen has shown improvement in overall skin hydration, elasticity, and density, meaning collagen genuinely improves skin health from the inside out and those supplementing with collagen can look forward to more youthful looking skin.

 7. Sleep

There are many professional opinions on how many hours of sleep an individual should get, but generally we recommended getting in a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep every night and to not have a bedtime past midnight in order to reap all the skin-restoring benefits of a good night’s rest.

The logic behind this is you want to work with your body’s natural circadian rhythm, and not against it. Staying up late disrupts the natural release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, and results in producing more skin-aging cortisol.

Have you got any youthful skin health tips? Share them in the comments below! And for anybody looking to promote youthful skin, we’ve got the anti-inflammatory and skin plumping supplements you need for that fresh and youthful appearance. Try our Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum, Turmeric with Ginger and Omega 3 Fish Oil , all of which work synergistically together towards your best skin.

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4 Culprits Behind Dull Skin and What You Can Do to Get it Glowing Again

Glowing skin never goes out of style. It’s a marker of good health and a reflection of how well you care for your wellbeing. Getting that coveted no-makeup, lit-from within, well rested glow can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know what’s causing your skin to be dull.

While there are a variety of factors that rob your skin of its natural glow, here, we look at 4 common culprits causing your dull skin and what you can do about it.

1. You and your skin are dehydrated

Dull skin usually means dehydrated skin. As our largest organ, our skin needs a lot of water to keep it functioning normally. Dehydrated skin can’t shed off dead skin as well hydrated skin causing a buildup of dry and congested dead skin cells.

Get glowing by: Hydrating and moisturizing

If you’ve read enough beauty interviews, asked enough dermatologists on what promotes good skin, or observed what people with glowing complexions do, you’ll likely notice that the common denominator is that they keep hydrated. This has a twofold meaning. To get your skin glowing, you have to regularly and consistently hydrate from the inside and moisturize it from the outside.

Like dry, dull and flakey skin, feeling thirsty is one of the last signs of dehydration so get your glow on by downing your 8 glasses all day, everday, and not whenever you feel thirsty.

Pair a healthy hydrating habit by moisturizing your skin religiously. The most basic step in good skincare is to cleanse and moisturize daily, so invest in a good facial moisturizer that will do the job for your skin to plump and hydrate it to its full glowing potential.

2. Dead skin cell build up

For all you know, you have bright and glowing skin, but it’s hidden underneath a layer of dead skins cells. While our first layers of skin are actually dead skin cells, as the skin naturally turns over, the skin can become dull if there is too much build up. It’s this buildup of dead skin cells that give your skin a perpetual dullness that even the best foundations can’t correct. What’s alarming too is these dead skin cells can make your skincare regimen less effective as products won’t be as well absorbed as they should.

Get glowing by: Exfoliating

Cleansing and moisturizing is basic skin care, but our skin is alive and changing and therefore its needs vary from day to day. Think of dead skin as another layer of dirt that you need to get off your face in order to reveal the healthy and bright skin underneath. Your everyday cleanser won’t be enough to do this, so pair your cleanser with an exfoliator to clean and reinvigorate your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells.

Exfoliating also unclogs pores and helps to lift off deep seated dirt, grime, and bacteria that have piled up on your face, causing dullness.

3. Pollution and environmental stressors:

Almost everyone is exposed to pollution. Ranging from carcinogenic carbon monoxide from emissions and other particulate pollutants like nitrogen oxide, pollution is usually to blame for dulling your complexion as it comes into contact with your face and even penetrates your pores, causing inflammation, congestion and also speeds up aging.

Get glowing by: Cleansing and Protecting

Amidst pollution, UV rays, and exposure to all kinds of skin-dulling particles, it’s imperative to clean your skin morning and night. And we don’t mean just regular soap and water as this can be too drying on facial skin which is more delicate. We mean cleansing with a quality facial cleanser appropriate for your skin type. The kind that can cut through the dirt and grime of your skin, without stripping it of its natural moisture barrier. To get glowing skin, cleansing is first and foremost as you literally remove all the skin-dulling grime that lands on it.

On the other side of cleansing, is protecting your skin. For day time we recommend wearing SPF which not only shields your skin from ageing harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also acts as a barrier to other environmental pollutants.

4. Lack of antioxidants

With our everyday exposure to pollutants and environmental stressors, our skin, and our whole body in general, work hard to protect the damaging effects of oxidants by countering with antioxidants. Too much and frequent oxidative stress and not having enough antioxidants in our system to counter this stress, leads to dull skin. Antioxidants are needed to neutralize these free radicals, and where your skin is concerned, antioxidants are needed to keep it glowing.

Get glowing by: eating the rainbow
Fortunately, getting enough antioxidants is just a matter of plating up more colorful food. The vibrant violets of beets, the deep blues of blueberries, the bright orange of carrots etc. all bring to the table their own unique type of antioxidant to help your body combat oxidative stress and promote a healthy glowing complexion. Look for quality antioxidant rich supplements, like Turmeric to give your body an antioxidant boost, especially on days where it’s difficult to eat a rainbow.

Keep your skin hydrated, gently exfoliate and promote healthy cell turnover, and combat the skin-dulling effects of environmental stressors with our anti-oxidant rich Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. Made with all natural ingredients to brighten and nourish skin, promote your skins natural glow with its anti-aging, oxidative damge-repairing and UV-protecting powers.

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Skin Care? The Ugly Side of Beauty

If you follow a skin care regimen (that’s pretty much all of us) you’ve likely heard the term ‘organic skincare’ and ‘all-natural skin care’. This exponentially upward trend in the overall concept of ‘clean beauty’ has made itself known and such a big player in the beauty industry for good reason: clean beauty is all about using natural ingredients in place of synthetic and overly processed chemicals in order to care and nourish your skin without having to expose it to chemicals that are known carcinogens, irritants, and downright toxic.

If you haven’t yet made the habit of reading the labels on your packaging, here’s a little crash course on the ingredients commonly found in commercial skincare that you’re better off avoiding, because ultimately, what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body.

1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a common preservative used in conventional skincare. Used in a range of personal care such as lotion, nail polish, conditioners etc., formaldehyde is a carcinogenic preservative best avoided seeing as it’s been linked to asthma and neurotoxicity.

2. Fragrance

Fragrance is put into most skin and haircare products to make the product smell good. Although listed as a single ingredient on the label, ‘fragrance’ is actually an umbrella term for dozens and even hundreds of toxic chemicals in order to make that specific fragrance. Another reason to avoid fragrance in products is because companies aren’t required to state what exactly comprises of it.

3. Parabens

If you flip over the label of most commercial skincare products, you’re likely to find one or more types of parabens listed in the ingredients (methylparaben, propylparaben etc). Parabens act as a preservative of a product in order to prolong the shelf life and keep the product fresh and the ingredients effective. Unfortunately, parabens are a known endocrine disruptor meaning this chemical can negatively impact your fertility, menstrual cycle, and the health of your reproductive system in general.

4. Phthalates

Phthalates are responsible for helping products, such as fragrance and lotion, stick to the skin. As a chemical known to disrupt hormonal balance and health, watch out for their shortened label on various types of skincare under the abbreviations DBP, DEP and DEHP.

5. Sulfates

Check the label on commercial skincare and haircare products that are meant to cleanse and you’ll often find sulfates as one of the first listed ingredients. You can see it listed as SLS, Sulfates, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, etc. Sulfates act as the lathering ingredient in skincare and haircare giving that bubbly texture. The problem with sulfates though are their link to cause skin issues such as allergies and irritation due to the harsh stripping nature of the chemical which can rob your skin and scalp of protective oils and natural bacteria.

Because sulfates are primarily a chemical used for cleansing, you can find it as well in harsher cleaning solutions such as dish soap, laundry detergent and various household cleaners. The more alarming thing about sulfates found in skin and hair care is the chemical process it undergoes to make it less harsh on the skin: a carcinogenic by product called ethoxylation, is created, and more often than not, this isn’t even listed on the label.

Are these skincare ingredients really that toxic?

Simply put, your bottle of shampoo won’t give you cancer tomorrow nor will putting on moisturizer suddenly give you asthma. The idea behind giving consumers ‘clean beauty’ alternatives is the fact that these known toxic chemicals found in conventional personal care, although present in small and ‘safe’ amounts, have an accumulative effect on the body.

This is particularly significant for women who use a wide range of beauty products. Think of an average woman’s everyday arsenal of personal products that they go through. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine wash, facial wash, toner, moisturizer, body lotion, deodorant, and makeup can expose a woman to hundreds of different toxic chemicals on a daily basis. This can slowly but surely accumulate into a significant level of toxicity with consistent and prolonged exposure to using products that contain these chemicals.

What you can do
As a consumer looking to get more into clean beauty, it’s important to educate yourself on the type of ingredients used in your selection of products. Although seemingly innocent, ignore the marketing on the front packaging of a bottle and go straight to the ingredients label to get a clearer view of what exactly you’re putting on your skin.

Secondly, choose retailers and brands that you trust to give you clean and safe personal care options. As mentioned earlier, the concept of ‘clean beauty’ has grown exponentially and finding an organic or all-natural brand is more readily available and it doesn’t mean having to sacrifice quality for safety.

Get started or upgrade your clean beauty arsenal with our Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. Made with all-natural skin-nourishing ingredients and formulated without any parabens or sulfates, add this serum to your everyday skin care routine for a bright and healthy complexion.

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DIY Face Masks for your Skin Type and Skin Concern

Face masks are the perfect beauty treatment that anybody looking to get their glow on can do in the comfort of their own home. While branded commercial masks are amazing in their own right, a skin nourishing face mask is just a few ingredients away, with the added bonus of extra potency from fresh ingredients!

Before you mask:

To ensure that your mask works, whether homemade or store-bought, here are a few simple rules to get the most out of skin nourishing ingredients:

1. Start with a clean face. Wash and tone so that your skin and pores are thoroughly prepped to absorb what’s coming next. Dirt, makeup, oil and grime won’t allow as much nutrients to be absorbed into your skin.

2. Don’t forget your décolletage. When it comes to face masking, don’t forget your neck and chest area. Your neck is known as your ‘second face’ and ages similarly. These areas should be cared for and treated the same way you would for your face.

3. Don’t box yourself into 1 skin type. While your skin has a general disposition, know that your skin can and does change. On most days you could be have oily skin, on other days it could be sensitive or dry.

With that said, homemade facemasks can work for any skin type, it’s about targeting a particular skin concern at a given time.

4. Make time to mask. Face masking is a time for self-care and it’s all the more enjoyable when you treat it as such. As you will spend 10-30 minutes masking, make this beauty ritual worthwhile as the mask sits on your face working its magic. Tie your hair up and do some yoga, pop on your favorite guided meditation, sip your green juice and look outside your window, journal, or even just sit and enjoy a moment of silence. Multi-tasking while masking is your time, so do whatever you want to make it a beauty treatment you look forward to.

All of the below face mask recipes can be made with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. You’ll find the same ingredients used in various recipes, but if you’re lacking any, you can easily find them in your health foods store to add to your arsenal.

Simply whisk all the ingredients together and apply with either your hands or a brush (an old foundation brush works well), et viola! An easy, all-natural at-home mini face spa.

Oily Skin:

  • Skin Clarifying Facemask:
    Let your glowing complexion shine through underneath red congested skin with this soothing and pore cleansing face mask. Aloe Vera soothes red and irritated skin while the avocado acts as the perfect moisturizer (oily skin needs moisture too). The lemon juice brings everything together while providing gentle exfoliation and brightening from its high vitamin C

    • 1 tablespoon aloe vera
    • ½ avocado, mashed
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Green Goddess Mattifying Mask:
    Go from oily to dewy with this mattifying face mask. The apple cider vinegar works perfectly with the bentonite clay to absorb oil, decongest pores and clarify your skin, while the spirulina alkalizes and provides deep nourishment thanks to its high chlorophyll content.

    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
    • ¼ teaspoon spirulina powder

Dry Skin/Sensitive Skin:

  • Deep Moisture Face Mask:
    Replenish precious moisture with the help of avocados which are chock full of skin-plumping essential fatty acids. This mask addresses flakey skin with the humectant and skin smoothening properties of honey. The ground oatmeal adds an extra soothing benefit, especially if you have dry, red and flakey skin.

    • ½ avocado, mashed
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 2 tablespoons oat powder (blend oatmeal or run in a food processor)
  • Skin-Soothing Facemask
    Give sensitized skin a healing dose of nutrition. This mask is especially beneficial for sun-damaged skin, as the oats, yogurt, aloe vera and honey all work synergistically to soothe redness, fight bacteria, and replenish lost moisture.

    • 2 tablespoons oat powder
    • 1 tablespoon organic yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera
    • 1 teaspoon honey

Combination Skin

  • Balancing Facemask
    Bring some harmony back into your complexion with the help of skin-clearing bentonite clay, antibacterial honey, and oil-balancing olive oil.

    • 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
    • 1 teaspoon honey mixed with 1 teaspoon of water
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Brightening sugar mask
    We especially love this facemask as it doubles as an exfoliator when you wash it off. The sugar acts as a humectant and exfoliator, while the coconut oil adds another layer of moisture and anti-bacterial properties. The lemon juice gives a gentle dimension of exfoliation as the vitamin C brightens and exfoliates the skin.

    • 2 tablespoons sugar (quickly pulse it in a food processor for smaller granules as it’s gentler on the skin)
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • ½ teaspoon coconut oil

Follow up your face mask with more all-natural nutrition for your skin with our anti-oxidant rich Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. It helps to restore a youthful glow and speeds up new cell regeneration & accelerates the production of collagen and elastin.

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The Right Way to Use Vitamin C on Your Skin

Vitamin C, 1/3 of the holy trinity of must-have skin care (hello sunscreen and moisturizer). Whether you’re a casual or avid skincare advocate, this beauty product has earned its various titles such as ‘must have’ ‘shelf staple’ ‘cult favorite’ etc. thanks to its tried and true efficacy.

To make the most of this beautifying ingredient, take note of the following tips on how to use Vitamin C serum for your skin for maximum benefits:

1. Always apply to clean skin
Clean skin provides the perfect base to absorb all the nourishing ingredients it needs. Be sure to optimize the absorption of your Vitamin C serum by applying it to a clean face.

Oil and grime on dirty skin create a barrier that can hamper your skin from reaping the full benefits of Vitamin C, and of any skin care product at that.

2. Layer correctly
A general rule of thumb when it comes to layering your skincare is to work with the thinnest consistency and work up to the thickest.

A typical order for using your skin care products would usually follow:

1. Cleanse– Makeup remover, facial wash, cleansing oil, etc.
2. Exfoliate– Scrub, peel etc.
3. Mask– Hydrate, detoxify etc.
4. Tone– Toner, mist, spray etc.
5. Treat– Serum, essence, spot treatments etc.
6. Moisturize– Lotion, face oil, eye oil/cream etc.
7. Protect– SPF

Vitamin C serum, regardless of how minimal or elaborate your skincare regimen is, should follow after cleansing or toning, and before moisturizing. This ensures that the product gets properly absorbed into your skin.

3. Double check your exfoliator
Vitamin C in itself is a naturally exfoliating ingredient. It gently sloughs off dead skin cells which is partially why it helps to brighten the skin on top of the fact that it promotes cell renewal and stimulates collagen production.

If you’re using a particularly abrasive exfoliator or using a form of peel, you may want to take a moment to assess if your skin can handle a Vitamin C serum after exfoliating.

Those with sensitive skin in particular may need to skip on Vitamin C serum after exfoliating so as to not over exfoliate the skin which could potentially leave it red and sensitized.

4. Prioritize a morning application
The best time to use Vitamin C serum is every morning. This collagen-boosting, wrinkle preventing, and brightening beauty ingredient does another thing for your skin: it protects it from free radicals, the environmental aggressors you face in your day-to-day life.

Having a layer of Vitamin C serum on your face gives you that added protection and anti-aging benefit as your skin won’t be as vulnerable to damage.

5. Pair it with sunscreen
The rich antioxidant content that Vitamin C serums nourish the skin with are meant to brighten and protect the skin from free radicals that come from environmental aggressors such as UV rays and pollution. Vitamin C alone however is not enough to fully protect your skin and using it is best complemented with a quality sunscreen that leaves your skin nourished and protected from harmful UV rays.

Make the most of your morning skincare regimen with a Vitamin C serum and sunblock application, both which should work synergistically to keep your skin protected from daily stressors.

6. Don’t forget your décolletage
When going through the motions of your skincare routine, don’t forget to apply Vitamin C serum to your décolletage; the neck and chest area. The skin around there typically get the same exposure as your face and deserve as much TLC. The neck is nicknamed ‘your second face’ as it ages similarly and would benefit from a proper skincare routine to keep it looking as vibrant and healthy as the skin on your face.


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3 Compelling Reasons You Need Vitamin C

Take a look in the mirror.

If you’re lucky to be blessed with good genes, you may see mostly soft, taut, even-toned, and smooth skin.

If you’re like most of us, however, you’ll probably spot some redness, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, a few age spots, and maybe even sagging.

Most of the time we get so busy in our daily routines that we don’t even have time to be noticing the gradual changes in our body until they’ve drastically changed.

You go on in your fast-paced routine daily, and then one day you have a look in the mirror, and the stress of your changing health and fitness hits you like a ton of bricks. You see this person gazing back at you, wondering what happened?

And so the alarms start going off in your body, resulting in cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone, to start producing at high rates thus creating even more damage to your current health.

Unfortunately, cortisol can be produced from any kind of stress (however minor or major). Think of it as nature’s built-in alarm system.

Training your brain to manage stress won’t only change the quality of your life, but perhaps even the length of it. While anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, all of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to several inflammations, dullness, and a weakened immune system.

With the stresses of modern-day life, you sometimes throw yourself into an imbalanced routine that interferes with your daily food intake which further affects the health of your skin.

This unavoidable stress is compounded during the holiday season. Work stress, holiday planning, shopping – the whole gamut of things related to the holiday season can cause uninvited acne, tired eyes and other unsightly marks on your face and body.

Moreover, finding your skin in an unkempt condition can add to further anxiety leading to other skin problems.

So – to lessen the impact of these cortisol alarms going off – it could be best that you begin a routine for your health and skincare that can repair any existing damage and prevent any future damage.

With the increasing demand for something that saves time by removing the need for primers, foundation, and highlighters, vitamin C serums are becoming the necessary element of daily skincare routines globally.

While eating foods high in Vitamin C is a good practice for sustaining your health and immune system, the rejuvenating boost your skin needs is best obtained through a topical application of Vitamin C.

Once you start to see the results of a good vitamin C serum you will forget all your past skin issues. Vitamin C works like a charm on all skin types, including acne-prone, hyperpigmentation, oily skin, and sensitive skin.

What Are the Main Benefits of Using a Vitamin C Serum Regularly?

1. Anti-aging & Longevity
One of the main benefits of using a vitamin C serum is its regenerating and rejuvenating properties. Adding a vitamin C serum to your daily skincare routine is a world-renowned solution to retaining a smooth, even, and glowy tone.

Vitamin C serums can also help reduce premature aging as it protects the skin from the untimely wrinkles caused by exposure to the sun.

2. Safe & Hydrating
With no side effects and suitable for all skin types, the topical application of vitamin C is gentle and effective.

One of the greatest advantages includes its ability to retain moisture in your skin. This is how vitamin C serums are able to make your skin look supple and youthful – because any gateway for water loss is hindered by the properties of the vitamin.

3. Brightening Skin Tone
Vitamin C also fades away pigmentation and softens the skin’s surface to relieve any dullness, hyperpigmentation, sunburn, and it can even reduce any visible signs of aging.

The collagen properties within vitamin C serums surge a boost in the skin which attributes to the appearance of healthier, softer, and glowing skin. It’s also a highly effective vitamin to assist in reducing any inflammations in the skin and resulting in an even tone.

If you’re like most of us, you can see that a vitamin C serum could be the solution you’ve been seeking in the many topical products you’ve purchased over the years.

However, a crucial point to note is that the vitamin C absolutely must be derived from a pure source, in order for it to be effective.

The quality of the product is a game-changer – and so, it is extremely important to search for only the highest quality of clean ingredients.

Our Skin Bright: Vitamin C Serum is comprised of 98 percent naturally derived ingredients. It also contains a generous 20 percent of vitamin C – which is higher than most other serums contain.

Skin Bright: Vitamin C Serum is specially formulated with aloe, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid for an intensely hydrating effect on your skin. It is especially suitable for those of us with sensitive skin because it is free from phthalates, fragrance, sulphates, parabens, and preservatives.

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