Happy Friday, friends! Hope it was a week of goodness. I cannot complain after catching up on plenty of sleep, a few salt baths, and a balmy run outside at last! To top it all off, I’m back at Meg Biram’s gorgeous new site with a regular beauty blogger roundup. It’s always fun being asked to share my favorites and this month’s theme is near and dear: skincare. Head on over to MegBiram.com for the products I live and die by to keep my normal-ish but aging skin in fine form. If you are dehydrated, sun damaged or just plain picky, this post is for you! I have the Eminence mask on as I type. And if anyone has tried Herbivore’s Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment—fess up! One more reco and I’m plopping down my credit card. –Elizabeth
Sweet summertime, when our Northern air is naturally dewy and we all walk around with skin to match. I miss those days.
Although the colder months are a great time for skin to catch a break from the endless cycle of sun, chlorine, salt water, sand, sunscreen, bug spray and all the other stuff we subject it to throughout the summer, the drier months bring challenges all their own. As the dry air zaps moisture from our skin, we tend to start layering products on head to toe. Since our skin absorbs as much as 80 percent of what we put on it, it is all the more important to look critically at the ingredient labels and ensure that the product you’re schmearing are not only beneficial, but also safe!
My cold weather skincare routine consists of exfoliating skin with One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Polish in the shower, and then treating my entire body to a few pumps of the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil the second I get out. This is also a great time to mention how beneficial an oil-based face cleanser can be to your routine. Our Vitamin B Cleansing Oil helps gently remove makeup and dirt while allowing your natural oils to protect and hydrate your skin. I massage it in when I hop in the shower (or tub), then let the steam do it’s thing before rinsing.
Every product in the ED4OLO collection is formulated with natural, organic ingredients (we’re even Eco-cert certified!), and are powered by plant-based ingredients that you know and your skin recognizes, including shea, sunflower seed oil, green tea, aloe and papaya seed oil.
Well good morning! How did you spend it? Chasing babies, hitting the tread mill, or catching up on the blogs? When the lovely team at Byrdie asked what I do in the first hour of the day, I think they were expecting I’d share my favorite foundation and how I take in my coffee (Jane Iredale BB Cream and whole milk, btw). But lately my a.m. practice has been much more about well-being then being put together. I’m trying to start each day with mediation and exercise, even if it’s five minutes followed by a walk around the block with the dog. The busier my life has become the more sacred I’ve been keeping my mornings. If I don’t get grounded before I walk out the door, I tend to feel like a balloon hanging on by a string, blowing wherever the day takes me. Some mornings are still reduced to dry shampoo and an Americano—or putting the finishing touches on a blog post because you watched Sisters the night beforeinstead of writing . . . It’s been eye-opening how hard my wellness routine is to keep up not because I don’t have time, but because I’m programmed to think that “work” is productive, and everything else is if I have time. That can’t be right. One thing that helps: Holding off on checking email and not scheduling any early meetings if I can avoid it. Next mission is to put myself to bed earlier. Such a night owl.
Here’s the Byrdie story, which captures the morning routines of ten beauty bloggers. There’s some fantastic skincare advice in there, as well as reassurance that we aren’t all morning people who can’t wait whip up a green smoothie! What’s your morning routine? Any rituals you can’t leave the house without?
P.S. Sending so much love to all of you who wrote, commented, tweeted or texted encouragement regarding last week’s post about my struggles with weight gain and body image. Just knowing we are in the tough stuff together makes it all the more motivating to take action—and keep writing.
With all of the heavy—albeit important—resolutions that we’ve been talking about, allow me suggest one that’s easier than you think and totally feel-good: Make 2016 the year that you switch to a clean skincare routine. Chances are pretty good that this has been on your mind for quite some time and that you’ve been putting it off (happens to the best of us). But, there’s no time like the present, so let’s get to it, shall we?
This process begins with a bathroom purge. Go through your drawers and cupboards and throw away any skincare products that have expired and anything with harmful ingredients on the labels. One Love Organics did a wonderful post featuring the Top 6 Ingredients to Avoid, which included this handy list that will help you get started. You’ll probably be surprised how often you spot one of these ingredients on the label, but this is worth it, I promise!
The next step is finding a routine that works for you. One Love Organics has created regimens tailored to specific skincare needs and concerns in this handy guide. We’ve also simplified the process with the Beauty Resolution Detox + Glow Kit, a collection of products designed to cleanse, balance and restore harmony so your skin can look its best this year. Order it ASAP so you can join us January 22-24 for a virtual detox of mind, body and spirit. We’ll have wellness experts on hand, including One Love’s founder, Suzanne LeRoux and nutritionist Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple and author of Eating Clean, to lead you in a comprehensive food, skin and lifestyle detox. So much fun it won’t feel like work!
My skincare collaboration with One Love Organics means the world to me, as do you, our very best customers. When you said that you missed our original, award-winning cleansing oil after reformulating it for ECOCERT certification, we listened. As of this week, the original, clean-rinsing formula that you know + love is back! Plus, we’re offering you a chance to stock up with 25% off your entire order with code OriginalB25. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan or are new to this bestseller, here’s what’s still to love:
*Effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance
*Non-stripping, clean-rinsing formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften
*Natural Vitamin B complex detoxifies and tones
*Designed with dry, dehydrated skin in mind yet concentrated enough for all skin types
Head on over to Oneloveorganics.com to start shopping and pretty please, keep the feedback coming! Heart y’all big time.
Offer good through Monday, September 28, 2015, at midnight EST.
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.