By Cassi Bee
Winter weather can do a real number on one’s skin, and sudden meteorological changes through spring leave our faces feeling a little confused. Then, summer rolls in, with its bright rays, sleeveless tops aplenty, and longer days spent soaking up the sun. City-dwellers, fahgeddaboutit… the city’s air can carry a ton of toxins that land on your skin the same way you breathe those
You don’t have to stop with your cheeks and bod! Check out this DIY lip scrub recipe from our co-founder,
And here’s one of our absolute favorite exfoliants across the team:
Coconut oil is a great, natural makeup remover and as long as you’re using a cleanser that is free of sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates or drying ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40 and ethyl alcohol your skin will stay healthy and happy. Be careful you’re not over-washing, though. Just once a day is enough if you’re using a cleansing product and plain water in between to rinse off sweat will keep your skin from overworking itself.
Here are some of our staff’s preferences for cleansing and makeup removal:
Mash, mash, mash! The banana helps soothe dry, sensitive skin types and offers natural nourishment and protection while the honey works to clarify and brighten the surface layers of your skin, evening skin tone. Apply as much of the mixture as you can and allow the mask to air-dry for about 30 minutes. Rinse with a gentle cleanser, and voila!
Moisturizers are important for locking in moisture and nourishing your skin after removing all the natural oils with cleansing and exfoliating. Skin type is important when picking a moisturizer, just as when picking a mask, because you don’t want something too greasy for your already-oily skin or not hydrating enough for drier types. Another thing to consider is when in your day you’ll be using the moisturizer. There are creams and serums for the morning, the evening, for a mid-day boost, and we’re here to help you pick a place to start and choose a few.
Evening moisturizers are much heavier and often go on for the night, and the goal of prime-time lotion is to keep things calm by getting deep and nourishing the skin from within. Look for lavender, chamomile or olive oil in the ingredients list for some added natural benefits!
DIY Matcha Face Serum:
Co-Founder, Sarah's, favorite at-home recipe and a staple of her morning beauty routine. She uses it underneath an SPF daily moisturizer, finding noticeably more glow-y skin the past several months of use!
Mix the rosewater and coffee bean oil together and then add the matcha, making sure to incorporate it fully. This serum is extremely moisturizing and offers a boost from the caffeine in the coffee oil and green tea. A few drops will go a long way, and it’s safe enough to use every day.
A final point to note: broad spectrum coverage. Most brands, as mentioned, focus on protecting your skin from burning, which is caused by UVB rays. When it comes to aging, skin cancer, and general skin damage, we can blame UVA rays. If your concern is complete protection, we recommend going for a broad spectrum sunscreen which ensures you’ll be protected from both. Also, if you have any tattoos you'll need a tattoo sunscreen for added protection.
If your water-drinking goals seem tough to keep up with, here are a few tips to encourage more sips: