Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Have there been times when you’ve found it difficult to relax, de-stress, or fall asleep? Maybe it’s because of work, or lack of work; the stressful political news, personal losses, etc. This pandemic has caused some irreparable of which nothing can be done, but there are times when we can get ourselves to a moment of calmness, relaxation, and wellness. Some of us use meditation, some use medication, and for many of us, selfcare and wellness products. Today we highlight Bleu Lavande, a line of home wellness and selfcare products made from the fully relaxing ingredient of pure lavender.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Lavender is well known for its therapeutic benefits known to soothe the mind, body, and soul. Bleu Lavande offers a variety of beautiful aromatic and relaxing products to tempt your senses and inspire overall wellness. Bleu Lavande’s products are free of sulfates, parabens, artificial dyes, and fragrances. All of their products feature the highest quality of true lavender essential oil, which is ISO 35135 certified (a guarantee of purity and quality). All of Bleu Lavande’s products are made with 99.5% natural origin ingredients; none of the products are tested on animals and they are proud to be certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

We have been stressed for so many reasons, which have, in turn, affected our sleep patterns. We find that we’re up later, have difficulty relaxing to get a good night’s rest, and of course, drowsy in the morning. The Bleu Lavande products have really helped us releasing our tensions enough to relax and enjoy decent lengths of slumber. Plus, with it being really freezing outside and the inability to air out our home when cooking, we find ourselves reaching a lot for the Lavender Linen Water, $21.00. It promptly eliminates odors in fabrics, leaving everything smelling wonderfully fresh. The best part, it doesn’t take much as a little bit goes a very long way.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Whenever we need to relax or want a good night’s rest, the Bath Milk, $19.00, is what we reach for. We actually now only use it at night and on weekends. It is incredibly hydrating and leaves your skin feeling luxurious. We greatly appreciate the fact that this product is also formulated with sunflower oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E. These allow the Bath Milk to leave a thin nourishing layer on your skin for extreme comfort and softness. You also have the option of their Lavender Foaming Bath, $14.00, or Lavender Shower Gel, $12.00. Both are gentle and non-irritating on the skin; boast relaxing and revitalizing effects, and cleanses, softens, and revitalizes your skin. We recommend you follow with either their Body Milk, Body Butter, or Massage Oil.

Bleu Lavande: A Pure Lavender Line for At Home Wellness & Selfcare

Of course, to truly appreciate Bleu Lavande, you must try their essential oils. Along with their True Lavender Essential Oil, $16.00, a drop of which we apply to our pillow to further enjoy a restful night of sleep; they offer several other fragrances for you to enjoy. We’re at the point where the only reason we’re up late it’s because we choose to do so; not because we can’t fall asleep. If this sounds like something you need as well, we invite you to get better acquainted with this Canadian-based wellness brand.

We promise incorporating Bleu Lavande into your daily routine will make you feel like you’ve just been swept away to a beautiful lavender field with harmonious and calming aromas that titillate all five senses.

NEW! MAËLYS Underboob Deodorant and Breast Exfoliating Stick

NEW! MAËLYS Underboob Deodorant and Breast Exfoliating Stick

For those of us who are busty, MAËLYS has launched two new products that are must-haves in your beauty regime; especially for the upcoming summertime heat. For anyone amply gifted on top, you’re very familiar with such annoyances as boob sweat, bra marks, rashes, and uneven skin texture. There has been a void in the beauty industry for breast skincare and wellness until now. For a long time, breasts have been left out of being pampered. With MAËLYS’s two newest launches, GET-SILKY Breast Exfoliating Stick and GET-SASSY Underboob Deodorant, your “girls” are in for the pampering they always deserved.

NEW! MAËLYS Underboob Deodorant and Breast Exfoliating Stick

For anyone blessed with Ds and larger, humidity, friction, and sometimes fabric can be thy enemies. While it’s especially problematic during the hot summer days, the bountifully gifted have to deal with these issues all year round. We’re here to tell you, these two products will leave your “girls” truly loved. These two products from MAËLYS should absolutely be added to your daily self-care routine. The best part, both products smell absolutely incredible and are suitable for all skin types.

MAЁLYS GET-SILKY Breast Exfoliating Stick, $25.00

NEW! MAËLYS Breast Exfoliating Stickb Deodorant

Made especially for the delicate skin around the breast, the MAËLYS GET-SILKY Breast Exfoliating Stick unclogs pores, hydrates skin, and reveals your skin’s hidden glow. Made to use in the shower, we love that the handheld component of the exfoliant helps you control the pressure. We’ve all experienced rashes, excessive heat, and discomfort from our bras, fabric, and laundry detergent. This wonderful exfoliant helps get rid of everything that can irritate the skin under and around your breasts. Comprised of two scrub particles, Diatomaceous Earth to polish skin, and Coconut Shell Powder which busts through heavy layers of dead skin cells, you’ll be left with amazingly smoother skin. This small but mighty product also contains Goji Berry Fruit Extract to assist in fighting free radicals, toxins, and pollutants.

MAЁLYS GET-SASSY Underboob Deodorant, $25.00

NEW! MAËLYS Underboob Deodorant

Yes, this is a product that was long overdue. Thankfully the days of using harmful talcum powder to alleviate boob sweat are long gone. Thankfully, we have a healthier option for our underboobs to stay dry and feel fresh. The gentle, yet power-packed MAËLYS GET-SASSY Underboob Deodorant is designed to leave you with a fresh underboob area. You’ll be left very comfortable as excess moisture is absorbed throughout the day.  Thanks to corn starch, the secret to dryness, and a high content of aloe juice and cucumber water, you’re left with an instantly refreshing feel. Made without aluminum, talc, or parabens, your body is safe from the harmful effects of those cancer-causing ingredients.

Both products are available now and getting rave reviews (from us and everyone else). We know you’ll love them as well. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these two new skincare products.

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

As we enter into the season of cold, dry air, you may notice your skin gets drier, itchier, and looks and feels less supple. That’s because the cold will drastically affect your skin. The cold air has less moisture; the harshness of the winds will strip your skin of its moisture; and unless you have a humidifier at home, the heated air in your home will dry out your skin. All of these leads to your skin looking aged. It is a fact that your skin needs an extra level of love and hydration during the cold, winter months. Luckily, there are some wonderful skincare products out there to help and we’re highlighting them today. Let’s face it, we all want luminous skin for the holiday season and all winter long and these winter skin savers are here to help.

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

Whether you’re looking for preventative skincare or skin rescuing products, these winter skin savers are here to get your skin to its optimal state. You’ll love the handmade products from Black-owned organic skincare brand Choate Body; the effective, multitasking products from Clef skincare; the softening power of Beurre’s butters; the advantage of the science behind SNP Prep; the potency of Potency No. 710; the skin calming effects of Stone & Tumble; and the skin clearing mask from Ziri Skincare.

CHOATE BODY

Black-Owned Skincare Brand - Choate Body

Let’s face it, your skin can get angry.  The stress of life (especially living in a pandemic), face masks, the dry, cold air, and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on your skin. Choate Body has a trio of organic products, $77.00, that are wonderful at calming your skin.

Their Matcha Peppermint Facial Cleanser boasts Turmeric, Honey, Matcha Green Tea, French Clay, and Castile Soap meant to help balance oils and your skin’s ph. Packed with antioxidants, this cleanser soothes sensitive, acne, and eczema-prone skin and helps to reduce signs of aging, dark marks, and scars. The Lavender and Honey Face and Body Scrub calms inflammation from dry itchy skin; restores moisture and softens dry, rough skin. It helps to release ingrown hairs, rids dead skin, dirt, and oil that clog pores and cause breakouts. After you slothed off the dry, dead skin, slather your skin in the rich, moisturizing, organic Body Butter. Prepare to relieve your itchy, dry, and inflamed skin, soothe eczema and psoriasis, repair elasticity, minimizes scars, and stretch marks. All of Choate Body products are handmade in small batches to give you the freshest, cleanest ingredients for your skin.

CLEF SKINCARE

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

For those of us trying to reduce our skincare routine to less than a dozen products (we’ve all seen those “Go to Bed With Me” nighttime skincare videos), say hello to Clef Skincare. Wouldn’t you love a skincare product that is an all-in-one solution?

The CLEF Skincare Hydrating Cleansing Gel is a multifunctional cleanser that delivers multiple benefits in a single step. It’s a moisturizer in a cleanser, formulated to deep cleans pores, moisturize, repair, and forms a protective layer to prevent loss of moisture. The Copper Peptide Mask has the benefits of nine masks in one convenient package. It brightens, repairs, increases firmness, reduces wrinkles, increases elasticity, fades scars, reduces pigmentation, minimizes pores, and of course, moisturizes. It helps to rejuvenate skin by stimulating your natural collagen boost; plus it’s the thinnest nighttime mask out there, and is great for treating “maskne.”

BEURRE SHEA BUTTER

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

Sometimes you can’t beat the classics. This is why we love the yummy shea butters from Beurre Butters. This wonderful line of clean shea butters are all handcrafted, cold-pressed, plant-based, and vegan. This New York-based shea butter skincare company has shea butter for whatever skincare ailment you might have, in delicious scents.

Their classic shea butter comes in raw, vanilla, lavender, and unscented. For those who suffer from Eczema, there’s a hand and body cream and a Calendula Balm. The brand also provides a Belly & Nipple Cream for moms, an unscented Chamomile, and Shea Butter Chamomile-Calendula Diaper Balm for babies.

SNP PREP CICARONIC SOS Ampoule

SNP PREP CICARONIC SOS Ampoule

SNP Prep’s Cicaronic SOS Ampoules are filled with lightweight yet deeply hydrating 7-day skincare vials. The powerful hydrating skincare that’s in these vials will stop the dryness of winter skin dead in its tracks. These individually-packed ampoules combine two key ingredients, Centella Asiatica (Tiger Grass) and Hyaluronic Acid, to quickly soothe and restore skin within a week and provide intense moisture to help improve skin energy and vibrance. It helps heal irritated skin by drenching your skin in soothing and healing properties. Your skin will be restored within a week and provides intense moisture to help improve your skin’s energy and vibrance.

POTENCY NO. 710

Potency No. 710

Although the House has passed the marijuana legalization bill, CBD is still going very strong in the skincare category.  Potency No. 710’s range of CBD products bring your the power of plants to get your skin to selfie-perfection. Their Gold Skin Serum is jam-packed with over 20 of the world’s most sought after plant oils. Blended with full-spectrum CBD, plant oils like blue tansy, frankincense, sandalwood, and rose oil makes this serum incredibly potent. Not only does it increase skin’s elasticity, but it also speeds up cell renewal, and is a true skin balancer for every skin type.

STONE & TUMBLE SOOTHING SERUM

Combat Dry, Winter Skin With These Winter Skin Savers

Stress-induced skin conditions on top of dry, winter skin can sometimes get painful, so it pays to be preventative. If you suffer from dry skin, acne, rosacea, redness, inflammation, and/or irritation, you need Stone & Tumble’s NEW Soothing Serum. This clean, plant-based skin serum will soothe and heal stressed skin, no matter the skin type or skin sensitivity levels.

The Stone & Tumble Soothing Serum is an effective concentrate that contains active, plant-based ingredients such as Cardiospermum, Echium Plantagineum, Sweet Almond, and Sunflower Seed oil to help heal, repair, rebalance, and calm irritated skin to reduce redness and dryness. This serum strengthens the skin’s natural defenses while minimizing the skin’s sensitized reaction. The brand avoids harsh ingredients sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, mineral oils, petroleum, artificial dyes, and fragrance. Founded by Brianna Gilstrap, Stone & Tumble is a cruelty-free company and never tests on animals.

ZIRI SKINCARE RED CLAY MASK

Ziri Red Clay in Paste Facial Detox Mask

Over the summer we highlighted a few Ziri Skincare products, including their Moroccan Red Clay Mask. Although the winter air is drying, those with oily skin know, oiliness doesn’t stop in the winter. This mask is rich in iron and silica; it effectively absorbs both sebum and excess oil, unclogs pores and blackheads, restores skin elasticity, evens out skin tone, reduces acne and brightens skin, promotes cell regeneration, and improves blood circulation. It’s one of our favorite winter skin savers.

We hope you get to love these winter skin savers as much as we do. Let us know which ones you’re dying to try.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

No matter how much we try, we can’t escape the fact that time continues to tick on. And as the years go by, our bodies often start to show the signs of aging. But while the gradual development of facial wrinkles may be somewhat inevitable, that doesn’t mean you have to accept this fate when you’re still in your prime.

In other words, there are a number of things you can do to prevent and reduce wrinkles. What’s more, you don’t have to rely on surgical procedures to do it. Although there were 4 million cosmetic procedures performed nationwide in 2017, it’s not necessary to go under the knife to preserve your youthful appearance. Here are just seven tips that can help you fight the signs of aging — naturally.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

Always Wear Sunscreen

Fine lines and wrinkles can often be attributed to sun damage, so it makes sense that you’d want to protect your skin from harmful rays. Aside from reducing your sun exposure altogether, you should always take care to wear sunscreen on your face — even during the winter, on cloudy days, and when you don’t plan on setting foot outdoors. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or higher to properly protect your skin. One study showed that applying this type of sunscreen for a year improve skin texture, clarity, and hyperpigmentation by 52% for participants. Of course, wearing sunscreen can also prevent skin damage and potentially alleviate your skin cancer risk.

Apply Moisturizer and a Retinoid

Sunscreen isn’t the only facial product you should apply on a daily basis. A daily (or twice daily) moisturizer can help your skin retain moisture; since dry skin is more likely to show or develop wrinkles, you’ll want to keep your face hydrated. It’s also a good idea to use a retinoid, which is a vitamin A derivative. Retinoids can increase collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, encourage cell turnover, and create new blood vessels — all of which can improve your complexion.

Remember to Hydrate

You can’t rely on your topical moisturizer to do all of the work. You’ll also need to hydrate from the inside out. Drinking water can help with virtually every function in the body, including toxin removal, but it also makes a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Studies have found that higher water intakes can keep the skin hydrated, and we know that hydrated skin simply looks better. If you really want to achieve that glow-up, you should focus on how much H2O you’re drinking each day.

Use a Jade Roller

You might have seen jade rollers on social media, but they aren’t a new trend. Jade rolling has been around for centuries and was originally used to balance chi or energy. But it also has a cooling effect on the skin, which has a lot of purported benefits. Jade rollers can reportedly brighten the complexion, promote blood circulation, and reduce puffiness. They can also make it easier for skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which can prevent wrinkles in a more roundabout way. Although they can’t handle the wide temperature range of a load cell and torque sensor unit (which can operate between -452 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit), these rollers can even be refrigerated with other skincare products to provide an even greater cooling sensation on the skin.

Get Lots of Sleep

It may not sound like brilliant skincare advice, but getting enough shut-eye can do wonders for your appearance. When you’re running low on sleep, your body will actually produce more cortisol. Known as the stress hormone, cortisol is also responsible for breaking down skin cells. That explains why your skin tends to freak out when you’re under emotional strain. If you prioritize your beauty sleep, however, you’ll see that it really does live up to its name. As a result, you’ll produce more human growth hormone (or HGH), which can strengthen and elasticize the skin, making wrinkles less likely to develop.

Cut Out Your Vices

Since we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a good time to think about setting resolutions. If your main goal is to improve the look of your skin in 2021, you might consider cutting out some of your unhealthy vices — like smoking and drinking alcohol. Both of these habits will dehydrate the skin and make your wrinkles more noticeable. Plus, anything that attacks your system from the inside is bound to show up on your face. Keep in mind that this is especially important during the ongoing pandemic, as these habits can lower your immune system and make it harder to fight off infections!

Revamp Your Diet

You’ve probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” And while that doesn’t mean you need to completely cut out comfort food, it’s a good idea to turn to Mother Nature when you want to improve your skin. Make sure to add foods rich in omega-3s (like salmon and flaxseed) to your diet, as this can keep your skin looking its best. And since vitamin C is also a good source of collagen and antioxidants can help protect skin cells from toxins, it pays to focus on fresh fruits and veggies, like citrus fruit, bell peppers, melons, berries, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, and more. If you can eat the rainbow, you’ll start to see the effects on your skin! Foods that contain soy can also improve skin appearance for some people while swapping coffee out for dark chocolate can keep your skin more hydrated and improve circulation.

Now that you know how to prevent wrinkles with these simple and natural lifestyle changes, you may be able to avoid the need for more serious treatments. While not all skin issues can be solved with these tips, you may see a marked improvement — and may be able to keep those wrinkles at bay for years to come.

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That’ll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

There is no doubt that gifts placed under the tree are the stars of Christmas morning, but stocking stuffers can bring the same amount of joy. Although they may not as big as the “main holiday gifts”, the small gifts are quite special on their own. We know lots of small gifts that will bring big joy and we’re highlighting them today in our first 2020 Stocking Stuffers gift guide.

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

You and everyone will love these small but mighty gifts from NatraCure, Baby Foot, Beekman 1802, Formula 10.0.6, ella+mila, Crep Protect, and Benefit Cosmetics. The best part about these 2020 stocking stuffers? They are essential; for selfcare, for joy, for wellness. Whether your routine has changed from being stuck at home or whether your day-to-day remains the same. Let’s get to know these wonderful holiday gifts.

NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves, $14.99

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

We’ve all been washing our hands a million times a day, so it’s quite understandable that they can feel as dry as the Mojave desert. Thankfully you can combat the dryness by slipping on the NatraCure Intense Hydrating Gel Gloves. Your parched hands will thank you. These dermatologist-tested moisturizing gloves feature a SmartGel Technology lining that slowly releases moisturizing oils and botanicals into the skin. This gel lining soothes and softens dry, rough hands, fingers, and cuticles. Perfect for an at-home spa treatment, this therapeutic blend of oils includes jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, and boasts a relaxing lavender scent. The best part, you can use them over and over as needed.

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel, $25.00

2020 Stocking Stuffers: Small Gifts That'll Bring Joy this Holiday Season

Since we just showed you a great hand moisturizing product, it’s only fair we share some selfcare for your feet that’s vital to your wellbeing. As you age, partake in a lot of hot showers, hot baths, and foot baths, or endure prolonged standing, you WILL experience dry skin on your feet. Luckily there is a foot savior. Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peels are scientifically formulated with 16 types of natural extracts that exfoliate and moisturize your feet at the same time.

Its formula contains a fruit acid that penetrates the layers of dead skin cells and breaks it down. Don’t worry, during this process, the skin is undamaged. You’ll be amazed as dead, dry skin easily peels away from the fresh layer of skin that’s waiting to be free underneath. Even if you regularly get pedicures, you’ll be surprised how much dead skin might be present. The peeling process is quite something to behold. After peeling, you’re left with feet that are reborn, just like a baby’s foot.

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set, $65.00

Beekman 1802 Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set

Next up on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers list is the luxurious benefits of milk. ‘Tis the season for healthy skin to shine bright and bloom. Pamper yourself (or a loved one) with a new product every day of the week. Housed in a star-shaped boxed, this stocking stuffer fits right on top of your tree. Each Skincare Stars 7 Day Gift Set boasts Beekman 1802’s Triple Milk Complex™: our proprietary blend of goat milk, milk probiotic, and colostrum. It includes travel-friendly versions of Milk Wash Cleanser, Buttermilk Cleanser, Milk Drops Serum, Bloom Cream, Dewy Eyed Serum, Milk Mud Mask, and Milk Foam Bubble Mask. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, Beekman 1802 is offering wonderful savings; 20% OFF All Bar Soaps, All Skincare, Caddy Sets, and Hand Creams (2oz + 3.4oz). On Cyber Monday, Save $15.00 when you spend $100.00 and $40.00 when you spend $200.00.

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Travel Kit, $11.99

Formula 10.0.6 Merry & Bright Skin Care Trial Size Collection

Give the gift of holiday cheer with the Merry & Bright Travel Kit Holiday Collection. This joyful kit has four of Formula 10.0.6’s best items to have your skin glowing in time for the holidays! The Self-care holiday bundle boasts gentle yet powerful products that harness the benefits of nature’s best ingredients. Included in the collection are Formula 10.0.6’s Best Face Forward Daily Cleanser, Pores Be Pure Clarifying Mud Mask, Three Times Sublime 3 in 1 Wash + Scrub + Mask, and Wipe Your Face Off Make-up Removing Wipes. Get this set and more at on www.ulta.com, www.kohls.com, and www.formula1006.com.

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set, $26.00

ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set

Give the gift of holiday-ready nails with the 3-pc ella+mila Holiday Kiss Set. This set of non-toxic vegan, animal cruelty-free nail polish colors are perfect shades for the season. They are made without the 17 harmful chemicals that are usually found in most nail polishes.  The chip-resistant, quick-dry, and high-shine colors include Holiday Fling, Kiss Kiss, and G-Old Money. It’s a great way for you and them to treat your nails with love and care. Grab these for your favorite nail polish addict instore and online at www.ellamila.com, Target, Amazon, and Ulta.

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, $18.00

 

Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit

Like jeans, sneakers have become more than just a classic staple. The more “crisp” your sneakers look, the better your look. Welcome the Crep Protect Cure Travel Kit, the ultimate when it comes to a shoe cleaning kit for at home or on-the-go. For any sneakerhead, it’s important for sneakers to look as fresh as they did when their first pulled them out of their box; this travel kit is the perfect way to achieve that. The travel kit contains Crep Protect Cure Ultimate Cleaning Solution, a Premium Hog Hair Brush, and a Microfibre Cloth, all housed in a Re-usable zip-up case.

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set, $15.00

Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set

Last, but certainly not least, on our 2020 Stocking Stuffers holiday gift guide is the Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Shakeup Holiday Set. This set is one of many holiday gift sets from the beauty brand. This limited-edition set features Benefit bestsellers Gimme Brow+ tinted brow gel for fuller-looking brows, BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara for 36-hour volumized lashes and the iconic Benetint rose-tinted lips and cheeks stain. It all comes wrapped and ready to gift in a fun ‘n’ festive holiday cracker. For Black Friday, 11/24 – 11/28, they’re offering an amazing 25% off sitewide + free shipping. What better time to get those Christmas presents and stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers on your holiday list.

These are some of our favorite 2020 Stocking Stuffers. Would any items on our list bring joy to someone on yours?

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

So many things can affect how your skin behaves: stress, the environment, diet, etc. Unfortunately, as we’re seeing yet another increase in Covid-19 cases, we have to continue taking precautions. That means suffering from Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, stressed skin, and dull complexions. The pandemic has made it difficult to make in-person dermatology appointments, and while telemedicine appointments are available, trying to clearly show your skin issues via computer or phone screen is not the same as in-person. The solution? Using skin care products that are recommended by more than 6,000 doctors. CLn Skin Care is a range of effective products to help sufferers of reactive skin conditions like Eczema, Acne, and Folliculitis (Razor Bump or Burn).

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

The colder season brings lower temperatures and drier air, both of which affect your skin. Today, we’re highlighting three of the CLn Skin Care products – CLn Acne Cleanser, CLn BodyWash, and CLn HandWash. CLn Skin Care’s sodium hypochlorite cleansers help wash away skin triggering microbes, bacteria, and allergens without impairing the skin barrier to allow the skin to heal itself.

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

Let’s face it (pardon the pun), with layers that may include primer, foundation and powder, finishing spray, and a mask with filters, your skin might have trouble getting enough fresh air to breathe. The CLn Acne Cleanser is designed to penetrate pores to stop new breakouts before they begin, yet avoids the drying effects of many topical treatments.  Advanced cleansing is the first step to a healthy complexion. The CLn Acne Cleanser clears breakouts by eliminating clogged pores, killing acne-causing bacteria, and soothing skin. Thanks to this cleanser, we’ve stopped our breakouts dead in their tracks, even hormonal acne (a huge issue for us). We also noticed this acne cleanser doesn’t dry out our skin. We don’t have to follow this acne face wash with a heavy moisturizer as we did with others. Finally, an acne wash that doesn’t have side effects.

CLn BodyWash is a physician designed gentle formula for hands and body prone to infection, eczema, rash, redness, irritation, and folliculitis.  With continued use, CLn leaves skin looking smooth, clear, healthy, and refreshed. As we mentioned above, hormonal acne is a big issue for us. Add in regular stress acne and the skin on our body gets angry. We used this body wash on backne on our upper left side and our regular cleanser on the right; almost immediately we started seeing results from the CLn BodyWash. Within 3 days, that side was clear; this is a definite must for body acne sufferers.

The CLn HandWash is formulated with sodium hypochlorite and glycerin, making it tough on germs, yet gentle on skin – especially for frequent hand washing.  Designed by dermatologists, this non-prescription cleanser is tough on microbes but easy on the skin. It can be used for frequent hand washing that can cause sensitive skin to over dry and crack.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to CLn was its amazing efficacy for my patients suffering from eczema and acne,” said Dr. Sklar. “The far-reaching abilities of this patented sodium hypochlorite cleansers are astounding. I am very proud to be involved in the cultivation and success of CLn because I strongly believe in its ability to revolutionize skincare for everyone.” Jerald Sklar, MD, CLn Skin Care Board of Directors

Over the years, the team at CLn Skin Care has had several tests conducted for kill rates of their products; the results are below:

  • 99.9% kill rate of P. Ances at 30 and 60 seconds
  • 98% kill rate of S. Aureus at 2 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of S. Aureus at 3 and 5 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of Coronavirus at 15 and 30 seconds

If you’re battling Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, or looking for a solution to treat dry, flaky skin, get acquainted with the products from CLn Skin Care.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.