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Woman Wearing a Mud MaskMany, many women have one similar problem in common when the weather brings icy, raw winds and snow.  We all get skin problems — like dryness, patches, puffiness, etc. — that can seriously hinder our makeup routine or even destroy it altogether.  It’s very difficult to have a perfect look if you’re over moisturizing or using too many concealers to try and combat a problem brought on by the winter weather.

There’s some fantastic at-home face masks you can make that can help protect your skin, as well as heal it before the next day’s beauty routine.  I’ve got a collection myself:

˟˟ Skin Smoothing Brown Sugar Mask

˟˟ Moisturizing Olive Oil Mask

˟˟ Rejuvenating Aspirin Mask

˟˟ Softening Cucumber Melon Mask
I hope you enjoy making them and using them as much as I do!  If you’re looking for facial scrubs you can make right at home using natural ingredients to use before your mask, I’ve got some of those too:

˟˟ Exfoliating Cinnamon Face Wash

˟˟ Deep Cleaning Lemon Face Wash

˟˟ Pore Cleansing Tomato Basil Wash

˟˟ Soft and Sweet Coconut Milk Wash

Stay natural ladies, and keep your skin safe and healthy this winter!  Happy early holidays!

xoxo webcake ❤

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Mint is common and used by most women every day, even without realizing it.  Mint extracts can be added without the flavor or scent of mint, and is used often in lots of cosmetics and many skincare products because of it’s soothing properties.

Many of the world’s top organic products use mint as a main ingredient, and it’s easy and green to make your own great minty stuff right at home.

If you’re lucky enough to have some peppermint / mint leaf essential oil, you have a lot of options available to you to spoil your skin and soothe your stressed out mood.

You can add it to bath salts, or try even adding a few drops to some olive oil and sugar and go to town scrubbing your face.   A mint sugar scrub is a great way to clean your pores, moisturize your skin and leave it feeling cool and refreshed. 

Mint’s got anti-inflammatory properties that help to smooth out any irregularities in your skin and even out the overall tone and color.  Mint also is full of skin food — vitamins A and C, as well as lots of iron and folate.  (Folate is the natural form of vitamin B6.)

Looking for products that contain peppermint and mint extracts?  Try some of these nifty natural goodies:

Mint face wash from GreenValleyLabs

ULTA’s mint soap bars

Organix hydrating teatree mint shampoo

If you’re looking for awesome stuff you can do with mint and peppermint at home, there’s a world of minty DIY beauty secrets at your fingertips:

Make your own mint bath salts

Create a chocolate mint lip gloss

Peppermint foot scrub recipe

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close-up of a woman holding a wire brush to her faceSo you’re tired of irritated red spots, dried or damaged skin, or any other sort of irritation commonly caused with abrasive and harmful chemicals and exfoliants. I’m sure you know why — because when you want to get rid of that nasty stuff from inside your pores, you’re putting all sorts of products on your face, and wiping them off with sponges that might be full of product and chemicals themselves.  If you want to clean your skin completely, leaving no residue or leftover dirt, oil, or makeup, but would like to do it in a gentle, natural way…read on!

There are many products on the market today that have more natural and gentle ingredients, that are made specifically for softly pulling extra nasties from your pores and the surface of your skin, letting them rinse away with a soothing splash of water.  Some of these products (and I only choose the affordable ones, make sure you check the ounces to be sure you’re getting a good price! Buying in bar form is cheaper!) include:

ₒ• Evan Healy’s Tea Tree Cleanser

ₒ• Alba Coconut Milk Face Wash

ₒ• Sea-Chi’s Rose and Geranium Face&Body wash

ₒ• Green Tea Botanical’s Cleanser

ₒ• Organic Fiji Cucumber Melon Soap

(All of these natural products can be found on Pristine Planet’s natural facial cleansers page.)

If you aren’t looking to spend any precious cash, but still need to gently remove the icky stuff from your face and other areas of your body, why not try the D.I.Y approach?  I have some neat articles that can help you out.  For do-or-die situations that are considered a makeup do-over emergency, try this article.  For quick and easy tips to remove makeup using things from your kitchen and bathroom you probably already have, try this article.

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The rad, rad radish

Bowl of radishes against blue background, close-up

Bitter, pungent, watery radishes. Yum, yum, yum!  Being a big fan of these cute little red guys (and their daikon cousins), naturally I was delighted when I found out how great radishes are for your skin.  They’re full of vitamins and minerals and have natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.  They’re a wonder veggie that’s an important part of salads, sushi, stir fry and skincare all over the world.  For more reasons on why radishes are so neat, read this article.  Learn to add them to your diet more often!

There are a number of products on the market today that are super spectacular for your skin, and contain all the natural goodness of radishes and radish seeds.  Check them out!

♦ Eminence radish seed refining peel

♦ Naturally whitening organic radish soap

Hydrating serums from Planet Green

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Marble globe on green leaf, close-up

Taking care of your skin is obviously important.  Using makeup that works and brings out your natural colors is also very important.  Finding bright, awesome colors and matching polish and shoes is even MORE important!  But there’s something above all else, sometimes overlooked, that is most important of all in our beauty routine every day — Our planet!

Did you ever stop to think how those containers your throwing away are affecting the earth?  Non biodegradable plastics, covered in remnants of chemicals and other sorts of things that weren’t meant to be sticking in the dirt…ew!  And you know the worst part?  WELL over half of the women in the United States alone throw away all of their makeup containers without cleaning and recycling them!  For shame!

Not only are the containers a huge issue, but the stuff inside the containers might be a big hazard to the planet as well!  For example, did you know many exfoliating products contain tiny little man made pellets made of PLASTICS?  That’s right!  If you aren’t buying a product that uses all natural ingredients as exfoliants, like ground nuts, sand, salt, and other cool stuff, you’re more than likely buying a tube full of chemical soap and plastic!

Worried about what else you don’t know?  Learn to keep an eco-friendly beauty routine following the simple steps and easy tips in this article.  Also, read here to find out what to avoid and what to look for when you choose your natural exfoliating products.

And another no brainer…use natural mineral makeup as much as you can!

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Seaweed is and has pretty much always been a huge part of our lives.  It’s found in every sea and ocean, it’s way rich in goodies that our bodies need, and it’s super tasty!  Almost every country in the world uses some sort of seaweed in many of their traditional recipes.

This versatile veggie is not only a common part of a healthy meal, but it’s also a main ingredient in lots of today’s higher quality beauty and skincare products!  Raw seaweed treatments are still practiced at many spas around the world today, especially most of Asia and parts of the northeastern and far western United States.  Mixtures made with seaweed and seaweed powders are used all over the body to cleanse pores and clear dirt and oils, leaving your skin squeaky clean looking great.

Many of the products you use for your face — like masks, scrubs, even the peel-off fruit treatments — use seaweed as their main ingredient.  It’s been used for centuries upon centuries, after all! There’s even plenty of easy ways to use seaweed right at home to get all the great benefits to your skin this staple plant has to offer.

Purchasing some kelp or wakame powder is a good start, and you can find both of those at Wholefoods markets.  If you can’t find the powder, simply purchase some of it dried, and crush it with a mortar/pestle combo or your small food processor. (Add a small amount of water if you use the processor so the flakes don’t go flying everywhere!)

Once you have powdered seaweed, the possibilities are pretty much endless.  Using unaltered sea salts along with your seaweed is a great idea, because you’re truly getting all of the great benefits the sea has to offer your skin — exfoliating with natural salts, and cleansing and moisturizing with seaweed!  For some fun tips on making face masks and scrubs at home that use seaweed, read this article.  To find out the other benefits seaweed has for your body, click here. Have fun!

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A Single Shitake MushroomShiitake mushrooms and shiitake mushroom extract is found in many of today’s top beauty products — in everything from face cleansers to anti-aging remedies.  Skin whitening used to be huge.  Well, it’s still pretty big, but back in the day having pale, porceline skin was considered to be absolutely beautiful.

Shiitake mushrooms were used in the mixtures that helped to whiten skin, because they contain something called “kojic acid“.  This acid is not only used to lighten skin and even it’s tone, but it’s also used to help preserve and safely ferment things like sake and dried plums.

Shiitake also has properties that not only even your skin tone, but help to firm sagging or wrinkling skin.  Even women in our 20s can get things like crow’s feet and wrinkles from the frownies, so it’s a very good idea to start utilizing this fantastic fungus as soon as possible! For some really neat tips on using natural dried and fresh shiitake mushrooms to keep your skin radiant and beautiful, read this article.  If you’re looking for stuff that contains shiitake mushroom extract and other organic ingredients, try this Aveeno organic line.

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