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Hydrating Makeup Routine for Winter

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hydrating makeup routine for winter

My skin is not its best self in the winter. Between the weather, the heat, and the fact that I should really remember to drink more water, I woke up on this cold January morning with very, very dry skin. (Not the New Year New Me look I was aiming for.)

Thankfully, my makeup bag has the skin-nourishing jane iredale formulas needed to revive my dull winter complexion so that I can leave my house looking glowy even if I did not wake up that way.

Prep with Hydrating Skincare

I start by prepping my face with BeautyPrep™ Hyaluronic Serum followed by BeautyPrep™ Face Moisturizer to plump my skin and give it a much-needed boost of hydration. (I cannot recommend the Hyaluronic Serum highly enough – it saves my skin in the winter.)

The Skincare Makeup System

Next, I use Smooth Affair® Brightening Face Primer to blur my pores and help my makeup last all day.

I am super pale and sunburn easily so foundation with SPF is a must year-round. My favorite SPF foundation is PurePressed® Base because it has the buildable coverage I like but still lets my skin breathe. 

I tend to apply most makeup with my fingers, but I use The Handi™ Brush for PurePressed® Base. (Pro tip from the jane iredale Educators: apply PurePressed® Base with The Handi™ Brush using downward strokes to help the minerals lay flat against your skin.)

That’s followed up with a quick spritz of POMMISST™ Hydration Spray to set the minerals.

Cheeks

A lot of bronzers can appear orange on my skin tone but the Glow Time™ Bronzer Stick in Sizzle blends in nicely, providing a subtle contoured look.

I add Glow Time® Blush Stick in Balmy to the apples of my cheeks for a flush of color and dust the golden highlighter shade from Moonglow Bronzer Refill across the top of my cheekbones.

Eyes

PureBrow® Brow Gel

After a quick application of PureBrow® Brow Gel in Clear to tame my eyebrows, I sweep the golden highlighter shade from Moonglow Bronzer Refill onto my eyelids – it’s a great multitasker. For a bolder eye look, I add in a little Mystikol® in Dark Topaz.

Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black is my go-to mascara as it lengthens my lashes without causing irritation when I’m wearing contacts.

Lips

Just Kissed® Lip & Cheek Stain

To finish off the look, I swipe on Forever Peach Just Kissed® Lip & Cheek Stain, which successfully moisturizes my chapped winter lips and provides a subtle red tint (my favorite). One of the many things I love about the Just Kissed line is that each formula adjusts to your skin’s chemistry, creating a shade that’s unique to you.

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How to wear lip gloss

Now that we are heading into the Fall season it’s time to change up our makeup routine. As the months get colder, we need to bump up the hydration for our skin but also for our lips. Why a new lip gloss? It is all about innovation. Ingredient technology is always improving, and we want to provide you with not only clean products, but products that perform. Therefore, we are introducing the New HydroPure Gloss. Packed with skin-loving, lip-plumping, and hydrating ingredients, this gloss features a beautiful pop of color that’s never sticky or tacky, always lightweight and ultra-hydrating.  

How to Moisturize Lips

Lips do not contain sweat or oil glands so that means you need to hydrate them, especially in colder months.   You can do that with many different lip products — lipsticks, lip stains, lip balms, and lip gloss; every product has its place in your makeup routine. Your lips are one of the most delicate parts of the face, so we need to keep them moisturized, exfoliated, and hydrated.

What’s inside HydroPure hydrating lip gloss?

hydrating droplets

As we age, our lips become dry, lose volume, and sometimes start to thin and show fine lines. The new HydroPure Lip Gloss contains Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful humectant that attracts and locks in moisture. Hyaluronic Acid expands and holds 1000 times its weight in water and even helps to reduce dryness and improves the overall health of the lips.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1is a natural collagen stimulator and fatty-acid-linked peptide that helps improve lip volume, creating the appearance of fuller-looking lips.  This helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, helping lips appear more youthful

Lactic Acid is also used to help moisturize and hydrate lips.Lactic Acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that gently sloughs dead skin off lips for a smoother, softer smile. It helps with cell renewal and pulls in moisture to keep the lips soft and hydrated.

Also included is a blend of Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Avocado Oil and Vegetable Oil to condition and protect lips, leaving them soft, smooth, and with a subtle glossy sheen. Having a blend of oils will help the lips appear full and healthy.

How to wear hydrating lip gloss

The best part about having a lip gloss is you can pair it with your favorite lip stick or lip balm.  Lip glosses are great for color correction too. If you have a lip stick that is a bit too dark you can tone it down with a lighter shade gloss like Snow Berry or Tourmaline (a fan favorite from many many years ago). Maybe your favorite lip stick needs a pop more color. You can layer Mocha Latte or Berry Red and create a brighter bolder lip.  

One of my favorite products to pair a lip gloss with is a lip pencil. It’s a quick and easy way to add dimension to your lips.  Color in your entire lip with your lip pencil and pop a gloss right on top and you have long wear lip duo.   

I’ve created a chart with my favorite pencil and glosses below: 

Show us your favorites lip gloss pairing using #HydroHero. We can’t wait to see your final look.

Fun Fact!!!Lip gloss was invented in 1930 by Max Factor.  He struggled with the way matte lipsticks looked on camera.  By adding a little shine to the center of the bottom lip the lips would stand out on camera and the actresses would look sexy and sultry.

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3 Easy Hydrating Toners to Make at Home!

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I am a newbie to the toner game. I recently discovered what a huge difference toner makes for my dry skin when I was desperate this winter and decided to try using it twice a day after cleaning my face in the morning and before bed. Within two days, my skin felt so much softer and the dry patches totally disappeared! While there are some ready-made toners that I love (this one is so luxurious and smells amazing!), I wanted to make my own with some essential oils, hydrosols (a hydrosol is made by distilling fresh flowers or herbs), and witch hazel so I could customize the scent and ingredients to what I felt like and make more whenever I ran out. You can use whichever witch hazel you like, but I like Thayer’s since it also has some aloe juice in it and that gives you extra moisture. Here we go!

This toner has the power of rose oil (which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, helps smooth skin, and the smell promotes relaxation), rose hydrosol for hydration, and some alcohol-free witch hazel which helps moisturize and balance out the pH level of the skin. A fresh and floral way to end and start each day!

Rose Toner:
-18 drops rose essential oil
–Solubol (a carrier for your essential oil when used with water … you can also use Polysorbate 20 according to the Tisserand Institute guide on safely adding oils to water)
-2 tablespoons rose hydrosol
-2 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel
–2 ounces fine mist spray bottle
–small funnel set (optional)

First, you’ll want to add your Solubol carrier oil to your bottle. You’ll add 4 drops of Solubol for each drop of essential oil you use. For a 2 ounces bottle we’ll keep our rose oil at a 1% dilution rate (you can do more but don’t go higher than 1.5% for use on your face), so that would be 18 drops of essential oil and 72 drops of Solubol. If you use the Polysorbate 20 as your carrier, you can use one drop of carrier oil for each drop of essential oil, so 18 drops of each. Once your carrier oil is added to your bottle, add in your essential oil and gently roll the bottle between your hands to blend the oils together. Use a funnel or carefully pour in your hydrosol and then your witch hazel and shake the bottle to combine.

If rose isn’t your thing, this toner uses lavender oil and hydrosol as its power agents (which helps soothe the skin and the scent is also very calming) and the alcohol-free witch hazel reduces irritation and gently cleanses skin.

Lavender Toner:
-18 drops lavender essential oil
–Solubol (a carrier for your essential oil when used with water … you can also use Polysorbate 20 according to the Tisserand Institute guide on safely adding oils to water)
-2 tablespoons lavender hydrosol
-2 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel
–2 ounces fine mist spray bottle
–small funnel set (optional)

First, you’ll want to add your Solubol carrier oil to your bottle. You’ll add 4 drops of Solubol for each drop of essential oil you use. For a 2 ounces bottle we’ll keep our rose oil at a 1% dilution rate (you can do more but don’t go higher than 1.5% for use on your face), so that would be 18 drops of essential oil and 72 drops of Solubol. If you use the Polysorbate 20 as your carrier, you can use one drop of carrier oil for each drop of essential oil, so 18 drops of each. Once your carrier oil is added to your bottle, add in your essential oil and gently roll the bottle between your hands to blend the oils together. Use a funnel or carefully pour in your hydrosol and then your witch hazel and shake the bottle to combine.

If you want maximum benefit of your toner and you don’t mind a more earthy scent, go for a chamomile toner (an excellent soother of congested skin, has antioxidants, and reduces bacteria to prevent breakouts) with a calendula hydrosol (which has a long history of soothing blemishes and irritation)

Chamomile Toner:
-18 drops of chamomile essential oil
–Solubol (a carrier for your essential oil when used with water … you can also use Polysorbate 20 according to the Tisserand Institute guide on safely adding oils to water)
-2 tablespoons calendula hydrosol
-2 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel
–2 ounces fine mist spray bottle
–small funnel set (optional)

First, you’ll want to add your Solubol carrier oil to your bottle. You’ll add 4 drops of Solubol for each drop of essential oil you use. For a 2 ounces bottle we’ll keep our rose oil at a 1% dilution rate (you can do more but don’t go higher than 1.5% for use on your face), so that would be 18 drops of essential oil and 72 drops of Solubol. If you use the Polysorbate 20 as your carrier, you can use one drop of carrier oil for each drop of essential oil, so 18 drops of each. Once your carrier oil is added to your bottle, add in your essential oil and gently roll the bottle between your hands to blend the oils together. Use a funnel or carefully pour in your hydrosol and then your witch hazel and shake the bottle to combine.

Shake before each use to blend the essential oil back into the mixture. You’ll want to keep the bottle in the fridge to keep the hydrosols fresh, but I promise that the cooling mist will make those few extra steps to the kitchen worth it (or you can go for one of these mini beauty fridges if you have the space in your bathroom)! You can spray onto your face or you can soak some into a cotton round and rub in circles to exfoliate and clean your face (you can get reusable cotton rounds like these as well). For best results, you’ll use it morning and night after you clean your face before applying moisturizer or serums (this is a great budget-friendly face wash). Pair this with a quartz face roller and you’ll be in self-care heaven! And in case you were wondering, you can mix and match your oils and hydrosols to create custom scents with different focuses—I did a rose essential oil toner with the lavender hydrosol instead and I loved the mixture of the two, so feel free to get creative and customize your own! Hope toner is a game changer for you as well! xo. Laura

3 EASY HYDRATING TONER DIYs!

  • 18
    drops
    essential oil (rose, lavender, or chamomile)
  • 72
    drops
    solubol (or 18 drops of Polysorbate 20)
  • 1
    ounce
    hydrosol (rose, lavender, or calendula)
  • 1
    ounce
    alcohol-free witch hazel

  1. First, you’ll want to add your Solubol carrier oil to your bottle. You’ll add 4 drops of Solubol for each drop of essential oil you use. For a 2 ounces bottle we’ll keep our rose oil at a 1% dilution rate (you can do more but don’t go higher than 1.5% for use on your face), so that would be 18 drops of essential oil and 72 drops of Solubol. If you use the Polysorbate 20 as your carrier, you can use one drop of carrier oil for each drop of essential oil, so 18 drops of each.

  2. Once your carrier oil is added to your bottle, add in your essential oil and gently roll the bottle between your hands to blend the oils together. Use a funnel or carefully pour in your hydrosol and then your witch hazel and shake the bottle to combine.

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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Everyone should have a good face cream in their life. Face creams are super rich, thick, and extremely moisturizing for skin. Face creams are particularly good if you have dry skin and for use in the winter when the air is cold and dry.

Having properly hydrated facial skin is important to keep up that youthful look and glow, so when you choose a face cream you want to make sure you are hitting all the key elements that make up a great cream – and the most important element is to make sure there are no harmful and toxic chemicals lurking in your face cream jar.

The 10 Best Natural and Organic Hydrating Face Creams:

Below we take a look at the 10 best natural and organic hydrating face creams that not only work well for deeply moisturizing your skin but also contain other beneficial properties that will make your skin look the best it ever has!

1. Nourish Organic Ultra Hydrating Face Cream

Nourish Organic Ultra Hydrating Face Cream

Nourish Organic’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream combines pomegranate and argan oils to make a super-luxe cream. These ingredients help to replenish the moisture levels in your skin while also fighting fine lines and wrinkles at the same time.

The addition of the pomegranate makes this face cream super effective and nourishing because it contains high levels of antioxidants and this helps protect your skin from various environmental factors. It will also help fight any signs of stress and fatigue in the skin.

This face cream will also help even out your skin tone and improve the texture of your skin for an overall smoother appearance. The great thing about this face cream that can be hard to find is the texture is lightweight and not overly greasy.

The addition of ingredients like rosewater and aloe allow the cream to hydrate the skin deeply, but keep the texture light at the same time. Plus, the cream is fragrance-free, so you don’t have to worry about any irritation on sensitive skin due to added fragrances, whether they are natural or synthetic.

2. BeeFriendly Rest and Repair Natural Face Cream

BeeFriendly Rest and Repair Natural Face Cream

This face cream is a nighttime cream that is meant to rest and repair your skin – hence the name! since this is a night cream, it is going to be heavier and thicker and something you will want to stick to wearing at night. Applying this in the morning or throughout the day may make your skin feel dirty, oily, and heavy.

The cream is handmade in small batches right in the USA, so you can feel confident you are getting the highest quality product possible that hasn’t been sitting on a store shelf for half a year. Since this is their thickest cream-based formula, it makes it ideal for use at night and allows it to soak into the skin and work as you sleep.

While you are sleeping, it will help fight signs of aging, protect your skin against harmful free radicals, and boosts your skin’s ability to produce collagen, and encourages cell regeneration.

What we love even more about this face cream is the use of the simplest and purest ingredients possible. The only ingredients you will find in this little jar are the following:

“Purified Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax (contains Pollen & Propolis), Organic Raw Honey, Organic Geranium Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Vitamin E.”

3. Farmstead Apothecary Natural Anti-Aging Face Cream

Farmstead Apothecary Natural Anti-Aging Face Cream

Another antiaging face cream, this cream will help you fight signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and more. A very small amount of this cream goes a long way, so the jar will last you a good few months, so you can get your money’s worth out of this natural and organic face cream.

Their formula is designed so all skin types can use and benefit from this cream. They use the purest jojoba oil in the world to give your skin that hydration boost it probably really needs. The jojoba oil will also help fight acne and reduce the amount of oil your skin produces if it is producing too much oil.

Fig and honeysuckle give this face cream the lightest and wonderful fragrance that is soothing and relaxing and designed to not irritate your skin.

4. Christina Moss Naturals Organic Facial Moisturizer

Christina Moss Naturals Organic Facial Moisturizer

For overly dry, sensitive, and/or oily skin, Christina Moss Natural designed this special face cream to fit those exact needs and issues. Even though it targets these areas perfectly, it is also good for any skin type to use and benefit from as well.

This cream softens, repairs, and replenishes the skin with ingredients that help to heal the skin naturally.  Its blend of ingredients will also help with signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Some of the key ingredients in this face cream are almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and aloe vera.

This blend will help with extreme and deep hydration, but it also work great for wrinkles and lines. For instance, almond oil has a high level of fatty acids. These fatty acids nourish skin cells. Almond oil will help keep your skin clear and unclog your pores while keeping your skin looking glowing and youthful at the same time.

Of course, this brand never uses any toxic ingredients, chemicals, or fillers. You will never find any SLS, SLES, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Derivatives, Parabens, Sulfates, Dyes, Synthetic Fragrance, or Preservatives. Their formula is very concentrated, so just a little bit of the face cream goes a very long way. It is also silky and easy to spread around the skin, making using just a small amount of the cream even more doable and effective.

5. L & I Apothecary Age Defense Natural Aloe Vera Face Cream

L & I Apothecary Age Defense Natural Aloe Vera Face Cream

This face cream is awesome and we love it so much because it’s extremely hydrating but melts right into the skin. This means you can lather it on in the morning, all throughout the day, and at night. It is the perfect face cream for all-day use.

What makes their formula so special and lightweight is the light and whipped texture. The whipped texture makes it absorb into the skin effortlessly, but intense moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin C, jojoba oil, goat milk powder, and organic coconut oil ensure your skin is being hydrated.

It is important to note that since this face cream contains goat milk powder it is not vegan, of course. The reason for the addition of goat’s milk is because it is extremely rich, nourishing, and filled with vitamins and minerals that are wonderful for the skin. Goat’s milk has been used for beauty and skincare purposes for thousands of years. It can help with increasing collagen production, it is antiaging, it soothes the skin, and it’s a natural moisturizer.

6. Beauty by Earth Face Cream Anti Aging Hydration

Beauty by Earth Face Cream Anti Aging Hydration

This face cream is packed to the brim with antioxidants that helps restore your skin from factors caused by the environment. It helps protect against free radicals and supports skin elasticity, cellular structure, fine lines, and wrinkles, and makes your skin look firmer, fuller, and so much more youthful. There are no harsh chemicals, toxic ingredients, or anything that is harmful to your skin or body. Plus, they claim this product works even better than those expensive high-end antiaging creams that often don’t live up to expectations.

7. BeeFriendly Face and Eye Cream

BeeFriendly Face and Eye Cream

We really love this option for a face cream because it is also an eye cream all-in-one product. This face and eye cream combination have antiaging, rejuvenating, and hydrating properties that will make your skin look healthier and more youthful than ever. The ingredients they use are natural and have been clinically proven to fade fine lines and wrinkles on the face in a gentle, safe, and natural way. Some of the ingredients you will find in this moisturizer include stuff like EVOO, beeswax with pollen, red Hawaiian honey, essential oils, vitamin E, and more.

8. Honest Beauty Deep Hydration Face Cream with Baobab Seed Oil & Shea Butter

Honest Beauty Deep Hydration Face Cream with Baobab Seed Oil & Shea Butter

This face cream is super rich and deeply hydrating for your skin. It helps to support the skin’s natural moisture barrier with ingredients like baobab seed oil and daikon seed oil – both of these seed oils are packed with healthy fatty acids. This cream has no parabens, phthalates, dyes, PEGs, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances so you can feel really good about using this product on your skin.

9. Era Organics Face Moisturizer Cream

Era Organics Face Moisturizer Cream

In this Era Organics face cream, you are going to find some of the best and healthiest ingredients like Manuka Honey Cream, MSM, Blue-Green Algae, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Cehami Extract, Shea Butter, and Olive Oil. The ingredients you will find in this special cream are proven to help with many different skin issues and help with common skin needs like moisturization, repairing old skin cells, softening the skin, improving circulation in the skin, reducing redness, stimulates new cell growth for youthful skin, tones the skin, and can even help plum your skin cells to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

10. Farmstead Apothecary 100% Natural Anti-Aging Face Cream with Jojoba Oil

Farmstead Apothecary 100% Natural Anti-Aging Face Cream with Jojoba Oil

A super popular and best-selling face moisturizer option, you are definitely going to love Farmstead Apothecary antiaging face cream. This is a gentle lemon and lavender cream that is made for all skin types and all ages. They are known for only using minimal ingredients that only come from natural and organic sources. Some of the key ingredients you will find in this product are safflower oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and natural fragrance from real fruit. It is going to provide your skin with loads of hydration while also helping fight signs of aging all at the same time.

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Face Creams

Conventional face creams are jam-packed with chemicals, additives, and toxic ingredients you should be avoided whenever possible. Thankfully, it is not that hard to avoid most of these toxic ingredients with all of the amazing, healthy, and high-quality organic and natural face cream available today.

With that being said, it is always the best idea to read the ingredient list on a face cream no matter if it is conventional or natural and organic. Often, even the natural and organic brands can sneak in some questionable ingredients into their products. Just because something claims it is natural and made with organic ingredients doesn’t actually mean all of the ingredients are clean and safe.

Below are a handful of chemicals that often lurk in face cream you should not be using on your face. While this is not a comprehensive list of chemicals and toxins to avoid in face creams, these are some of the worst offenders to look out for.

To learn more about chemicals to avoid in beauty products and skincare products, take a peek at this super helpful guide of the top 12 ingredients to avoid!

Fragrance

Fragrance is one of the worst ingredients you can find in a face cream. Fragrance is a way for companies to hide a lot of chemicals and synthetic scents because they are not required to disclose what is in their fragrance.

Parabens

Parabens are another extremely common ingredient found in many face creams because parabens are a preservative and help keep the cream fresh and from developing bacteria. While this may sound like a good thing, the issue with parabens is that they can mimic estrogen. This can lead to an increased risk for breast cancer, skin cancer, and even decreased sperm counts in men.

Retinyl

Retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate are commonly found in face creams, especially face creams that have anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties. These compounds make your skin super-sensitive to light and the sun. therefore, while it is useful for anti-aging in theory, it may actually have the opposite effect.

Skin damage, wrinkles, and fine lines have a lot to do with the skin being in the sun. if you are using a face cream that is making your skin even more susceptible to damage from the sun, you could actually be aging your skin faster than it would naturally.

Face Cream FAQs

Is face cream and moisturizer the same?

Face cream and face moisturizer are actually different. Face cream is much thicker, richer, and more hydrating when compared to a face moisturizer. Face cream is typically a 50/50 split of oil and water.

How to use a facial cream?

The best way to use face cream is at night after your skin has been freshly and thoroughly cleansed. Face creams can feel a little heavy on the skin, so sleeping with it on a night will allow the cream to deeply hydrate your skin and you won’t feel how heavy it might feel on the skin.

Can you apply cream after moisturizer?

While you technically can, there is really no need. Face cream is hydrating enough on its own and amazing for dry skin. So, doubling up on moisturizer and face cream is unnecessary.

Overall, face creams have a wide range of benefits. You can find face creams in so many different varieties and creams that target various issues of concern when it comes to facial skin.

It is important to choose a face cream that is not only good for your particular skin type, but one that is also made with natural, organic, healthy, and wholesome ingredients to ensure your skin is getting the treatment it really deserves.

Avoiding chemicals and fillers in your face cream will help your skin look and feel its best. Try out one of the above natural and organic face creams and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments!

This article was last updated on March 15, 2021 .

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DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

As we’ve gotten older, our interest in skincare has risen. We’re starting to see fine lines, so we’re doing everything in our power to keep them in check. Over the past year, we’ve been drawn to more natural skincare products. They’re gentler on the face and we feel better about putting them on our skin.

Sheet masks have to be the best thing to come out of the Korean beauty world. The sheet locks the serum into your skin so you see results faster and sometimes instantly. However—sheet masks can be pricey, sometimes costing upwards of $100! Yikes. We decided to try our hand at making our own masks at home. This way we can control what ingredients are in the mask and save some money!

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Supplies:
–glycerin
–rosewater
–witch hazel
–rosehip oil
–squalane
-cotton sheet mask

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step One: First add ½ tbsp glycerin to a small mixing bowl.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Two: Next add ½ tbsp rosewater to your mixing bowl.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Three: Third add ¼ tbsp witch hazel to your bowl.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Four: Add three drops of rosehip seed oil to your mixing bowl.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Five: Add three drops of squalane to your bowl.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Six: Next, take your cotton sheet mask and drench it in the solution. Make sure it’s evenly soaked and let the excess drip off the mask.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

Step Seven: Now place the sheet mask on your face and leave it on for at least 40 minutes. This ensures that you’re getting all the benefits from the skincare products.

DIY Hydrating Sheet Mask- click through for the full tutorial!

These sheet masks are so hydrating, and you’ll feel instantly revived after one use! The rose smell is also very relaxing. So we recommend having a true spa night complete with candles and a good book. – Britta & Carli Garsow

Credits // Author and Photography: Britta & Carli Garsow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
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When we began 27 years ago, I would ask seminar attendees how many of them read ingredient labels. I was happy if one hand went up. The same question today creates an incredulous buzz: “Doesn’t everyone?!” It’s true that a lot more attention is paid to what’s on the ingredient label than ever before, from food to personal care, but I wonder if most of the scrutiny is focused on what’s not in a product rather than what is in it. It’s easier to search for parabens and palm oil than to begin to grapple with the rest of the list.

Understanding Cosmetics Labels

I can understand that because some of the ingredients on cosmetics labels are obscure and difficult to pronounce. There’s an old maxim that says, “If you can’t pronounce it, you don’t want it,” but this is far from true. Why? Cosmetic manufacturers abide by a rule established in the early ‘70s by the Personal Care Product Council in the US, which standardized worldwide nomenclature for ingredients. Known as the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, or INCI, it’s a mix of scientific, Latin and English names found on cosmetics labels. Latin is always used for botanicals, for example, so you’d be forgiven if you read Gaultheria Procumbens and didn’t know it was good old wintergreen or saw Sodium Cocoate and didn’t know it was coconut oil.

There’s also another challenge: ingredient lists on cosmetics labels don’t tell you how much of the ingredient is in a product. The best you can do is to understand that ingredients are listed in descending order. So, a wonderful ingredient might be promoted as contained in a product but actually included at such a small amount that it is inconsequential.

What is Makeup Made of at jane iredale?

We’ve always aimed to make our ingredients consequential; that’s why we’re The Skincare Makeup brand.From the beginning, it was about creating healthy, beautiful-looking skin, not by masking it but by feeding it with the best possible formulas we could devise. This meant sourcing unique, top quality ingredients that enhance the health of the skin. Many of these ingredients are commonplace today, but when we were pioneering clean makeup, some of them weren’t popular enough to have an INCI name. Of all of the skin-loving, hydrating ingredients in our formulas, there are four that always garner the most interest: Avocado Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Apple Extract and Pomegranate Extract.

Hydrating Ingredient: Avocado Oil

avocado oil
I’m going to start with Avocado Oil because not only do I love it as an hydrating ingredient for my skin, but I eat so many avocados that I’m beginning to look like one! We use it as an ingredient in Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain, PureGloss® Lip Gloss and Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick. The avocado itself is a powerhouse containing potassium, sodium, magnesium, folic acid, niacin and vitamins A, B6, C, and K. It is also very high in fiber and low in sugar. As an oil, it’s an excellent source of antioxidants, but it’s major claim to fame for cosmetics is its hydration properties. Avocado Oil softens and traps humectants onto the skin, which is why it can be even more effective when combined with Hyaluronic Acid (more on that ingredient later). Lips need all the hydration they can get since they’re simply extensions of the mucus membranes that line the mouth. They have no sweat glands and no hair follicles – nothing to protect them except what you put on them. So, it makes sense to coat them with products that protect and moisturize, and it makes even more sense to use an ingredient that will actually benefit you if you eat it!

Hydrating Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid

hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic Acid is having a moment, but it’s been around for years, and we use it as an ingredient in both our Liquid Minerals foundation and BeautyPrep™ Hyaluronic Serum. Let’s understand one thing first: Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, isn’t an acid. It’s a polysaccharide hydrator and an incredibly effective hydrator at that. About 15 grams of it is naturally present in the body. A gel-like water, it’s an important part of the composition of connective tissue, most prevalent in the eyes and joints. For the skin, it acts as a hydrating ingredient by holding moisture and helping to create that firm, plump skin that we all crave. Unfortunately for us, the levels of our natural Hyaluronic Acid decrease as we age by almost 50 percent. UV rays, pollution and tobacco smoke speed up the decline, so we’re left with dry, sagging, aging skin. Ugh! But there is hope.

We can replenish HA levels with products that contain this hydrating ingredient. They help to restore our natural hydration and strengthen the skin barrier function. Believe it or not, HA molecules bind to and absorb up to 1,000 times their own weight in water. With daily application, HA can help plump fine lines and wrinkles, increase moisture retention and repair the skin’s lipid barrier. No wonder it’s having a moment! And that isn’t all, it combines well and enhances other ingredients for extra hydration. So, with a daily dose of our Hyaluronic Serum layered with Liquid Minerals, you and your skin will be very happy.

Hydrating Ingredient: Pomegranate Extract and Antioxidants

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Another important benefit you can give to your skin is daily application of an antioxidant. When used as ingredients in skincare and makeup, antioxidants fight free radicals, those nasty atoms looking for their missing electron that happily steal from your healthy cells and cause all kinds of problems. Pomegranate Extract is a hydrating ingredient and contains potent antioxidants used as an ingredient in PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation, PurePressed® Blush and our beloved hydration spray, POMMISST™. It’s derived from the ancient fruit thought to be the actual apple in the Garden of Eden, and polyphenols in the extract provide the antioxidant. Studies show that Pomegranate Extract can help detoxify the skin from free radicals; help repair the skin from environmental and UV radiation damage; aid skin regeneration; and help protect the epidermis. If you’re drinking juice, choose pomegranate. It has skin wow-factor!

Hydrating Ingredient: Apple Extract

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Last but certainly not least is Apple Extract, used as an ingredient in our Smooth Affair Brightening Face Primer, a best-seller since the day we launched it. In addition to being an antioxidant, Apple Extract is also an exfoliator loaded with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). As we age, we don’t turn over the dead cells on the epidermis as quickly or as efficiently as we used to, resulting in drier, less vibrant-looking skin. Exfoliators break up the proteins that hold dead skin cells together, allowing for quicker, easier sloughing and resulting in a youthful glow. Apple Extract exfoliates without a scrubbing ingredient like microbeads (some microbeads are plastic and deadly for the environment), and it’s also rich in vitamin C, phenolic compounds and flavonoids, all beneficial for the health of the skin.

Happy reading of those ingredient labels and thanks for listening.

Jane

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Bath bombs make a great addition to your bath, but only if they are the natural and organic kind. Regular bath bombs are many with many toxic and unhealthy ingredients like SLS, artificial fragrances, synthetic colors, and so much more.

Thankfully, Zion Health makes a super healthy and natural option – their ancient clay hydrating bath bombs with rose oil and bergamot oil.

Today, we are going to take a deeper look into the ingredients of this bath bomb, what the benefits are, how to use it, and our final thoughts on Zion Health’s bath bomb!

The Ingredients

Zion Health Ancient Clay Hydrating Bath Bombs with Rose and Bergamot Oil Ingredients

We really love the fact these bath bombs are made with simple and natural ingredients you can recognize right away. As we discussed, so many bath bombs are filled with really terrible and toxic ingredients, so finding an alternative that is so clean is super awesome.

The ingredients you will find in these ancient clay bath bombs include the following:

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ionic Clay Minerals (Kanwa), Canola Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Canine (Rose) Flower Oil, Water.

It truly could not get purer and more natural than that!

The Benefits

Zion Health Ancient Clay Hydrating Bath Bombs with Rose and Bergamot Oil Benefits

While you might think bath bombs are just something pretty and fun to use in your bath, depending on the ingredients, they can actually have some really amazing benefits.

In this bath bomb, the addition of ionic clay minerals, fruit oil, flower oil, and canola oil is great for your skin.

Canola Oil had tons of vitamins like E and K. It can also help reduce skin issues like acne, fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and spots. Overall, it is great for antiaging.

Bergamot oil is a natural cleanser to help cleanse your skin thoroughly in the bath. It is known to help with oily skin, unclogging pores, and balancing sebum levels, which help with controlling acne all over the body since you are using it in a bath.

Rose flower oil is excellent for moisturizing dry skin both in and out of the bath. It is also antiseptic and astringent to help treat and improve acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat redness and inflammation caused by acne and other skin conditions.

How to Use

Using a bath bomb could not be simpler. Fill your bath with warm water, but not water that is scalding hot. Drop one bath bomb into the tub filled with water. You can either let the bomb fix and dissolve fully before getting into the bath or you can enter the bath as it is still fizzing.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we love these bath bombs from Zion Health because the ingredients just could not get any better and more natural. They smell great but are not too fragranced, contain skin-loving ingredients, and dissolve well in the bath!

If you decide to try out these bath bombs, let us know your thoughts in the comments below and if you would buy them again.

This article was last updated on May 12, 2021 .

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