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Improve Your Hair Health In 4 Simple Steps

 

Your hair is arguably one of your most defining features. I think most of us will agree that we like to keep our hair as healthy as possible. Nobody wants to deal with damaged hair that falls out or turns grey really easily. Unhealthy hair can also look bad and harm your self-confidence. 

Luckily, healthy hair is just a few steps away! It’s really not that difficult to achieve, you just have to know what to do and what not to do. With that in mind, follow these steps to improve your hair health in a matter of days:

Pump your body full of key nutrients

Did you know that your hair is mainly made up of protein? As a result, if you have a diet that’s low in this nutrient, you will end up with pretty weak and brittle hair. On the other hand, increasing your protein intake can help you maintain healthy and strong hair. So, be sure you’re adding protein to your diet to fuel your hair health. 

Similarly, you should add other vitamins or nutrients to your diet as well. The most effective one is biotin, which is one of the B vitamins. Essentially, this vitamin is key for keeping your hair thick and luscious. It prevents thinning and can encourage hair growth as well. If you take a biotin supplement every day, you’ll notice incredible improvements – particularly in how much hair comes out when you brush.

Use an essential oils hair mask

A hair mask is exactly like a face mask, only for your hair. The idea is that you coat your hair in a solution, leave it to soak in, then wash it off. By letting the mask soak, you get all the goodness of the essential oils deep into your scalp. Lavender and rosemary are two of the most common essential oils for your hair. It’s believed they help promote cell regeneration, meaning your hair grows back quicker, and they also help add some strength and shine to your locks. 

Most people recommend using one of these hair masks once or twice a week, preferably before bed. It gives your hair a nice little boost that can keep it healthier for longer. 

Avoid heat

 

Heat is the enemy of your hair. So many people have heat damaged hair from using curlers, straighteners, and hairdryers every day. Obviously, there are cases where you need to use these items. But, there’s no reason to use them every single day. Hairdryers are especially insignificant as you can let your hair dry naturally. As such, avoid washing your hair when you’re in a rush! Do it the night before, rather than in the morning.

Likewise, turn the temperature down when washing your hair as the heat from the water can cause damage – both to your hair and scalp. In fact, hot water can lead to an itchy scalp, which can cause hair loss if you keep scratching it. It’s also recommended that you wear a hat when out in the sun to further protect your hair from heat. 

Take time to de-stress

Finally, you have to work on feeling more relaxed and less stressed. There are some pretty concrete links between stress levels and hair health. Most notably, high levels of stress are proven to lead to hair loss. You’ve probably heard of people whose hair has literally started falling out because they’re so stressed. There’s also a link between stress and grey hair, so keep that in mind too. 

Ultimately, you have to tackle the situation head-on. Otherwise, what good are all the other steps if your stress causes your hair to fall out and deteriorate? If you’re feeling stressed, you should look at the reasons behind this. Are they work-related? Is there an issue in your personal life? Confronting the cause can help you figure out how to lower your stress levels and feel a lot better. Also, practice a few common stress-relieving ideas, like meditation or yoga. Devote some time every day to relaxation and meditation to lower your blood pressure and calm your mind. This can do wonders for reducing the stress hormones your body produces, lowering the impact it has on your hair health. 

Follow these four steps to achieve healthier hair in a matter of days. It’s not too complicated, just a case of slipping into some good habits. Fuel your hair with the right nutrients and oils it needs to stay healthy, then avoid things that can cause harm. It’s not rocket science, but you will blow people away with how luxurious and healthy your hair now looks.

Introducing Suki Skincare

 

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is that I am introduced to brands and products I might not otherwise get to know about. Some of my all time favorite products (ones that I purchase again and again) were originally sent to me to review. I loved them so much that I became a fan and a repeat customer.

I enjoy reviewing beauty products. The older I get, the more concerned I am about my skin and taking care of it. I wish I knew back when I was younger what I know now. I would have used sunscreen daily and moisturized every day.

When it comes to beauty products that I use now, I use ones that have made a visible/noticeable difference in my skin. I also prefer ones made with ingredients I know and can trust, and products that are affordable.

A while back I received to review a product from a brand called Suki.

 

Suki believes in the power of science and nature to create skincare that’s powerful, safe, and sustainable. They believe in radical transparency; giving their consumers all the information they need to truly know their beauty.  And most importantly the brand believes that our home, this earth, should not pay the price of our innovations and lifestyles.  With Suki Skincare you can feel good about the collection on so many levels!

Suki has a unique formulation strategy.  They  tap into bioactive cosmeceuticals, potent phytoconstituents that are proven to provide nonreactive, sustained benefits.  They use proprietary botanic complexes, which leverage the synergy of ingredients in concert with skin’s dynamic processes.  All this research and science come together in the most beautiful way.

The philosophy at Suki Skincare is simple: formulate brilliantly to develop clean products that are clinically proven to work.  84% showed dramatic improvement in skin’s overall appearance when using Suki strengthening products and 73% showed overall drastically clearer looking skin while using Suki clarifying products.  Impressive to say the least.

Suki has several different skin care collections (Rescue, Care, Renew). They also have products designed to address problems such as dry skin, oily skin, blemishes, Eczema, aging skin and and combination skin. Their product line includes cleansers, moisturizers, oils and toners.

Suki is cruelty free, vegan, synthetic-free, toxin-free, organic ingredients, Leaping Bunny Certified, contains organic ingredients, sulfate-free, paraben-free, petro-chemical free, natural fragrance, natural, pure, clean, and safe for sensitive skin.

I was sent to review Suki’s Concentrated Clarifying Toner.

To be honest, I don’t use toners. I have used them off and on over the years, but I found that they are not worth that extra step (in my opinion). That is until I tried the Concentrated Clarifying Toner from Suki.

The toner;

  • balances oil & bacteria production
  • improves overall clarity
  • purifies pores & detoxifies complexion
  • reduces the appearance of redness & evens overall tone

The toner is made from the following ingredients;

rosa centifolia flower water†∆, alcohol (from sugar cane denatured with lavender oil)†, salix alba (willow) bark extract, water (aqua), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil†, phospholipids, ascorbyl palmitate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice†, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, ascophyllum nodosum (atlantic kelp) extract, anthemis nobilis flower oil, leuconostoc/radish root ferment/filtrate, limonene*, linalool*.

I may not know what all of these ingredients are, but I do know what more than half of them are, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I spritz this tone on my face, neck and décolleté after I wash my face. I use it twice a day – in the morning and in the evening when I am getting ready for bed.

First and foremost, this product reminds me of autumn. It must be one of the ingredients that is giving off an autumn vibe. EVERY TIME I spray it on my face I instantly think about fall. That is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I really enjoy it. Autumn is my favorite season.

This product will last a long time. I mentioned above that I use it twice per day, but I have so much left in the bottle. This bottle will last for months.

I use this product twice a day, every day, and look how much I still have left.

You can also apply this directly to your skin using a cotton ball or pad. I prefer to spray it on. I feel like it’s more refreshing that way, especially on a hot and humid day.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed much of a psychical difference, but I have noticed that my skin is not dry, and is feels soft to the touch. I also don’t think that my skin looks as red and blotchy as it normally does. I guess that would go along with what the brand says about the product – that it ” evens overall tone.”

Even if I don’t wear make up or do my face each day (why bother when I am stuck at home all the time), I still enjoy spraying this product on my face.

I also think that this toner lays down a nice “foundation” before applying other beauty products.

Overall I am very pleased with this product. It’s one of those products I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I love so much that I plan on purchasing more once I am done with the bottle I am currently using. I am now a Suki fan for life.

If you would like to learn more about this or other Suki products, visit SukiSkinCare.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Artisan-crafted soaps and more from Soapcreek Company

 

I’m all about simplicity. I’m a simple person and I like simple things. It’s not that I don’t appreciate technology (I do!), it’s just that I don’t see anything wrong with getting back to the basics.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of your favorite products? Take for example a simple bottle of shampoo. I have no clue what 90% of the ingredients are, let alone what they do for your hair. Why can’t shampoos be made with something that just cleans your hair and nothing fancy (and certainly no chemicals).

Whenever possible, I like to look for products (beauty, cleaning, foods…) that contain simple ingredients.

Artisan crafted soap maker, Soapcreek Company,is making more than another pretty soap. They’re soaps are made without synthetic fragrances, dyes, and other harsh chemicals. They replace them with sustainably-sourced essential oils, natural clays, minerals, butters, and herbs.

The meaning of natural doesn’t stop at the ingredients used. Soapcreek abandons the ideals of modern soap making with complicated, technical processes for handmade products. Their products are crafted in a labor-intensive way being hand-poured and hand-mixed. There’s an actual person overseeing every step of their soap-making process from making sure the right ingredients get added at the proper time and in the proper amounts, to verifying that the mixing is thorough and complete. The end result is an original, artistic product.

Soapcreek Company’s products are also made right here in the U.S.A. They also use minimal, recyclable packaging, to encourage people to conserve, re-use, recycle, and make the world a better place for all.

I have purchased and used handmade artisan soaps over the years (most especially from our local street fair). What I love about handmade soaps is that they are sometimes to pretty to use. I love it when soap makers made soaps with different colors, patterns and designs and/or add decorative embellishments like visible flower petals.

Soapcreek Company soaps are equally as beautiful.

The brand sent me some of their soaps and other products to try out for myself.

The Soapcreek Company sells soaps, heel balm, lip balm, body butter creams, bath bombs and more.

I was sent to review some of their beautiful soaps, lip balm, heel butter and body butter.

I received the brand’s Lavender Honey and Provence Lavender soaps. They both were way too pretty to use, but I did.

The Lavender Honey soap has soothing Aloe and French Clay, with another layer loaded with Raw Honey to hold moisture to the skin. The top layer is a purple’ish color, and bottom layer is a honey color. The honey layer has a honeycomb design on it (the bottom of the soap). On the lavender side of the soap it’s topped with what I suspect is orange rind which gives it it’s touch of citrus scent.

The texture of the soap feels good on your skin too. I find it invigorating.

The Provence Lavender soap is a layered in dark and light purple. It’s made with relaxing lavender essential oil, and soothing Aloe Vera, with Clay straight from France. It’s topped with a sprinkling of lavender flower pieces. Of the two soaps, this one is my favorite as far as the scent goes.

 

Both soaps feel lovely on your skin. They rinse of fully and leave your skin looking good and feeling wonderful. These are far better than commercially made, mass produced soaps. The difference is very obvious.

The Lavender Lush Lip Mend that I received is also nice. It is lightly fragranced with lavender. I’ve used many lip balms over the years, but never one that was scented with lavender.

The lip mend/balm is made with coconut, jojoba seed and sweet almond oils. It’s oily instead of waxy like most lip balms. At first it took a bit of getting used to (I am used to a popular lip balm that is waxy). After I got used to the feeling of it, it’s not so bad. It does take a little bit to fully absorb, so I would hold off eating or drinking until it does (only because you don’t want it to wipe off).

I LOVE the Lavender Honey Body Butter Cream. Not only does it smell lovely (and relaxing), but it also feels good on  your skin and leaves your skin feeling so soft and soothed.

I use the body butter cream every time I shower and shave my legs. This body butter cream is excellent on freshly shaven legs. It soothes them and leaves them feeling so soft.

I also use this body cream all over my body, concentrating on places where I tend to get dry skin more often such as my arms and elbows.

This product is made with exotic butter, raw organic honey, and nourishing olive oil. A little bit goes a long way too.

I also received to review the brand’s Heel Butter. It’s currently only available in a Lavender Eucalyptus scent.

I do not see any ingredients listed for this product on the brand’s website, but ingredients listed on the side of the tube list shea butter, cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil as some of it’s ingredients.

This product comes in a tube that you push up to access the product. I like that you don’t have to touch the product to put it on your feet. Simply push up the product from the tube and rub it on your feet.

I recommend using this product at bedtime because it takes a while before it fully absorbs into your skin, especially your heels. You don’t want to chance slipping on the floor.

I didn’t find that this product helped to “cure” or “fix” dry, cracked heels, but it does make your feet feel great if you first remove the dead skin (using a pumice stone or a product like Pedicure). Once dry skin is remove, this product is ideal for maintaining your skins moisture and preventing cracking from happening.

Did I mention that this smells wonderful too?

Overall I have been very pleased with all the products I received to review from Soapcreek Company.

If you are interested in learning more about the brand or checking out their products, visit Soapcreek.com. I don’t see any social media accounts listed on their website, but I was able to find the brand on Facebook.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Does frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing have your skin dry and rough?

 

Having to wash your hands several times per day can make your skin very dry. Add the use of hand sanitizers (alcohol dries out the skin), and chances are your skin is probably the most dry it’s ever been. I know that my skin has seen better days, that is for sure.

I tend to have dry skin year round. The pandemic has my skin much more drier than normal, sad to say. My dry hands is the reason why I have a lot of moisturizers all over my home and in my car. I have moisturizer in the bathroom, on my desk, in the kitchen, in the coffee table drawer, in my car and in my husband’s car. I never know when I might need it.

I have tried my fair share of moisturizers over the years. Some are good, and some are bad (very bad!). Others are just “ok.”

I’m always on the look out for a moisturizer that can serve “double duty,” meaning it can help with my dry hands, as well as other dry spots on my body.

I like moisturizers that absorb quickly and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth right after it’s applied. Bonus points if the moisturizer smells nice. I’m a big fan of scented products.

A while back I was sent to review an interesting type of moisturizer from Heath Wilson and his brand, Heathmade Los Angeles.

In five years, his apothecary interests transformed into something much bigger—a mission to craft cleansing and soothing skincare products out of simple and plant-based ingredients. Not to mention, they’re so sleekly packaged and effectively formulated that you wouldn’t think they came from a kid-owned brand.

Yes, you read that right, Heathmade Los Angeles is a kid-owned beauty brand. Heath was only seven years old when he started his company. WOW! At his age I was still playing with my Barbie dolls and Fisher-Price Little People. Actually, Heath’s entrepreneurial journey began at four years old as he attended a week-long potions lab to learn about the healing power of plants, herbs and aromatics. Heath is currently nine years old.

PHOTO SOURCE: HeathMadeLA.com

One of Heath’s products is his popular Lotion Bar. It’s an innovative twist on a liquid formula that feels luxurious as ever when applied to skin. The Lotion Bar comes in a plastic tube (it reminds me of a small, skinny deodorant bottle).

To apply, simply remove the cap, twist up the lotion, and apply to your skin where ever you need some moisturizing.

The Lotion Bar helps to nourish and soothe dry skin with a combination of argan oil, avocado butter, candelilla wax or white beeswax, and essential oils. In a way it reminds me of coco butter. It’s a bit greasy at first application, but once you rub it into your skin it absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling moisturized and soft.

A little bit goes a long way too.

There are several scents to choose from.

  • Aware –  A bright blend of citrusy lemongrass and cool spearmint.
  • Awaken – Fresh coffee is combined with sweet orange, and creamy vanilla.
  • Devote – Relaxing, bright and clean scents of lavender, citrus, juniper and rosemary.
  • Be True – The woodsy scent of sandalwood and the soft, warmth of vanilla.
  • Relax – Escape the day with the rich, floral aroma of ylang-ylang and the spicy and exotic combination of ginger and orange.

I received the scent “Devote.” I definitely smell the citrus and juniper. I can smell a touch of the rosemary too. I don’t really smell lavender, but that is fine with me. It’s still a pleasant scent.

The scent is not very strong or overpowering. It’s a subtle scent, which I like.

So far I am very pleased with the Lotion Bar. I’ve used it many times and I don’t even feel like I’ve made a dent on it. It looks like I have dozens of more uses left.

The tube is also great because it’s portable. You can put it in your purse, backpack or leave it in your desk drawer. It has a screw top so you don’t have to worry about it popping open when you travel and getting all over the place.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing, young, entrepreneur, visit HeathMadeLA.com. Be sure to check out all his other products too.

You can find HeathMade LA on Facebook and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of his website.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Are you looking for hand sanitizers? Check out Pure Bloom

 

Hand Sanitizer

I have to admit that I have hand sanitizers in all different sizes and scents all over my home and in my car. I feel like I am always squirting some sanitizer on my hands all the time, even when I am at home and have access to soap and water. These days I worry that soap and water might not be enough, even though I scrub my hands so much that they are dried out at this point.

There are so many different hand sanitizers on the market these days, but I have found that some are better than others.

I prefer hand sanitizers that have some moisturizing element to them, to help combat dryness on my skin. I have also found that I prefer spray bottles over squirt bottles. I find that spray bottles are much easier to use and less messy.

I was sent to review a bottle of spray hand sanitizer from a brand called Pure Bloom. Pure Bloom offers beauty and wellness products that contain CBD. If you are not familiar with CBD, it’s short for cannabinoids, which is extracted from cannabis. It does not contain TCH, while is the part of the plant that makes you “high.” CBD is perfectly legal and is used in a variety of ways.

I received one of the brands spray hand sanitizers in “blissful bloom” scent. This hand sanitizer contains 25 mg of organic CBD.

According to the brand;

Keep your hands clean and moisturized with our Organic CBD Hand Sanitizer & Moisturizing Spray.  This powerhouse spray combines the antiseptic power of 80% certified organic ethyl alcohol (hospital grade) with the skin hydrating benefits of full spectrum CBD and other skin-loving ingredients to leave your hands feeling soft and nourished after every use. The soothing floral scent provides calmness and balance during times of stress, uncertainty and anxiousness.

This hand sanitizing spray does leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. I have used mine many times and I have found that is DOES NOT dry out your skin, thankfully.

Initially I was not too keen on the scent (it’s a personal preference), but I have found that with repeated use the scent finally grew on me.

The bottle is small enough to fit in a purse, backpack, or pocket.

I tend to bring the bottle with me when ever I leave my home. Not only do I use it on my hands when I am out and about, but I also use it to spray surfaces I might touch, like shopping cart handles. Having a spray is much more convenient that trying to lug around a package of hand wipes.

Pure Bloom’s hand sanitizer is also available in a citrus scent.

The hand sanitizer spray is certified organic, scientifically formulated, 100% clean. vegan and made in the United States.

So far I am very pleased with this product, and I would consider purchasing it once my current bottle is empty.

Pure Bloom has other beauty and wellness products available, all of which contain CBD.

One product from the brand’s beauty collection are their Glow Getter Beauty Bites.

First-ever 100% natural CBD-Collagen bite for inner beauty.  These delicious CBD beauty bites are packed with bioactive ingredients to help hydrate skin and build collagen for a healthy glow while restoring inner balance. Each fruit-flavored bite contains 25 mg of THC-free CBD and 2000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen peptides.

I was sent a container of the beauty bites to try out.

The bites are available in 15 and 30 count packages.

The bites are gummies that are shaped like a hexagon. They have a fruity flavor. I think they were yummy. I looked forward to taking them each day (one per day).

As far as any noticeable difference with my skin, I didn’t notice much of a change. Perhaps you need to take them long than a month to notice a difference.

These are a bit pricey, but if you are looking for a way to boost your skins natural glow and build collagen, these bites would be ideal for you.

If you are interested in learning more about the hand sanitizer and/or Beauty Bites, visit GetPureBloom.com.

I found the brand on Facebook, but I was not able to find them on other social media platforms.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

HoneySkin – Organic Facial Skin Care For Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rashes & More

 

Do you suffer from any type of a skin ailment? I personally suffer from eczema. Thankfully it’s not a constant issue. I used to have break outs of eczema like crazy. It used to form on my hands, shoulders, arms, face, neck and scalp. It was a nightmare! The past few year, however, I only have eczema form on my hands, face and scalp. And it’s not a constant thing. I only have break outs every few months. Right now I have eczema on my scalp and right hand.

My dermatologist has prescribed several different medications for my eczema, but I am not a fan of taking prescription medication. I take enough as it is. I also don’t like applying creams with steroids in them on my body, since steroids are not something you really want to mess with.

I’ve tried a boatload of products for eczema and dry skin, as well as products to keep my skin looking and feeling healthy.

As a blogger, I am fortunate to be introduced to a variety of brands and product I wouldn’t normally learn about. Once such brand is HoneySkin. HoneySkin offers consumers a variety of products made from organic ingredients.

I was sent a couple of HoneySkin products to try out for myself.

One of the products I received to review is HoneySkin’s Aloe Vera Gel.

To be honest, the only time I have ever use Aloe Vera gel is when I get sunburned, which is pretty much every time I leave the house, compliments of my overly fair skin.

I’ve never been a fan of using the aloe vera gel for my sunburn because it leaves my skin feeling sticky, and I’ve even have it sting/burn at times, which I know it’s not suppose to do. Then again, the store bought aloe vera gel that I’ve used in the past contains a lot of extra ingredients, some I can’t even pronounce. It’s not straight up aloe vera gel.

My aunt used to use aloe vera gel from the aloe plant whenever we got burned. I know that worked well.

The bottle of Aloe Vera Gel I received from HoneySkin says that it’s organic aloe vera, and that is also contains Manuka honey, apple stem cells, and orchard stem cells. I’m not really knowledgable about the steam cells, but I do know that Manuka honey is used in a variety of ways, and has a lot of health benefits.

There are other ingredients in the HoneySkin Aloe Vera Gel, but it’s the ones featured on the front of the bottle that intrigues me the most.

I honestly thought that this gel was going to be clumpy and gooey. It is when you pump it on to your hands, but once you rub it on to your skin, it absorbs very quickly. It’s also NOT sticky, which is great.

Your skin feels soft and smooth once you apply the aloe vera gel. It feels lovely!

The gel has a subtle scent to it. I find it pleasant. It’s a fresh scent.

I keep the bottle of gel on my desk, and I use it on my hands often. My hands were dry and rough, however, since using this aloe vera gel a few times a day, my hands look better and feel better too.

I’ve also used this gel on my elbows, which get dry and “ashy” at times. My elbows look and feel great!

I initially thought I could use this gel to make hand sanitizer, but after using it a few times, and seeing how nice it makes my skin feel, I opted not to do that and use the gel as it was intended.

If I could buy this gallon size I would. I’m really pleased with this product.

Another product the brand sent me is their Ultimate Face & Body Cream in Coconut Mango scent.

I’m not a fan of mango, but I do like coconut. I smell more coconut than I do mango. In fact, I don’t really smell mango at all.

This cream is more on the thick side. When I use this on my legs and body, I put a clump of it in my hand and rub my hands together, then apply it to my skin. When I use this when I get out of the shower it applies more easily than on dry skin.

This takes a little longer to absorb into your skin, but once it does, your skin feels hydrated and soft. I especially love how it makes my legs feel. Even my husband commented on how nice my legs feel.

I wouldn’t recommend using this as a hand moisturizer, only because it takes a bit to absorb into the skin. If you want a hand moisturizer, use the aloe vera gel instead.

I had eczema on the back of my neck, near my hair line. I used this cream a few times and it helped to clear up the eczema, which was great. It also helped to take away the itchiness associated with the eczema.

I have eczema on my scalp still, but I am not sure how I can apply this product to my scalp.

I have also used this on dry patches on my face. I haven’t used this as an all over facial moisturizer. Instead I use this with my finger and pat it on to the dry patches on my face. It has really helped to clear them up quickly.

The HoneySkin Aloe Vera Gel is my favorite of the two products, but I would certainly re-order the face and body cream too, because I do like the end results of using it.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other HoneySkin products, visit HoneySkin.com. The brand is also found on social media. You can find all of those links on the top right of their website.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.