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The results that vitamins have on your body can be seen from the inside out and from the outside in. Consuming vitamins replenish your skin from the inside, while applying vitamins restore your skin from the outside. Daily, the skin is affected by many factors including natural aging, sun exposure, and pollution and chemicals in the environment. Your skin needs a variety of vitamins, taken in a variety of ways to keep it supple and healthy against natural wear over time.

Let’s start with vitamin A, also known as retinol. This vitamin has many anti-aging benefits, and works as an antioxidant. As free radicals enter the skin through toxins, which accelerates aging, vitamin A works actively to protect against damage.

Vitamin C is another anti-aging fighter, but works differently than vitamin A. It shields the skin from UV rays that sunscreen tends to miss. It also aids in collagen synthesis. Applying vitamin C to the skin immediately provides smooth and firm skin, as well. You can find various skin care products with vitamin C in our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line.

To ease dry skin, and get extra UV protection, vitamin E is the way to go. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant, which helps the skin stay youthful and vibrant. It absorbs harmful UV rays, which works well with the shielding effects of Vitamin C. Vitamin E can be found in our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème. This crème is specifically blended with Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which transforms the skin.

Don’t forget about vitamin D! Vitamin D is essential for a healthy body. It seeps into the skin from sun exposure, and helps your bones absorb calcium more efficiently. However, limit your sun exposure to 10-15 minutes per day. If you go over that amount, make sure you apply sunscreen or have other protective measures against damaging rays. Just enough sun is beneficial for the body, but too much sun is destructive to the skin.

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Spring is here! The weather is getting hotter, and sun stays out to play longer! We start planning more adventures to the beach, mountains, around the city, and more. Here are some spring skin essentials to keep your skin smooth and refreshed on your spring break getaway:

Sunscreen

For all-over moisture with the added benefit of sun protection, pack our Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 from our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line. It’ll keep your skin soft and moisturized while you relax. Also, it’s not greasy. So it’s perfect for people prone to oily skin!

Fruit Cleansers

And when you’re ready to cleanse away the excitement of your spring adventures, use our Maxi-Tone Soap Bars to enhance your skin with carrot seed oil, papaya extracts and other natural botanicals. These powerful bars help to stimulate skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, dehydrated skin, and repair sun damage. Added Vitamin A and vegetable oil maintain skin tone and elasticity to give your skin a radiance that matches the new season!

Vitamin C Skin Care

Spring time also means we get to take in Vitamin D from the sun, but did you think about revitalizing your skin with natural Vitamin C? Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line offers a blend of Vitamin C, lemon extract, ginseng, aloe, green tea, and more to revive your skin and help achieve an even, cleaner tone. It’s a perfect hydroquinone-free solution for a smoother complexion that will leave you looking and feeling great this spring season!

Body Oil

To keep skin glowing and shining bright with the sunshine, use Clear Essence Body Oils to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. Be ready to show off your skin tone at any moment by preventing dryness. Add our body oils to running bath water or apply directly to skin after bathing or during a massage.

 

When we look our best, we feel our best. It’s a fact of life that encourages us to take those extra steps to look and feel great when we prepare for our day ahead. For many of us, that includes makeup. But what happens when certain steps in our makeup routine take away from our shine? Learn some essential makeup do’s and don’ts to guarantee that you’ll look your absolute best when you do your makeup!

 

Cleanliness is key! We’ve discussed before how important it is to keep your makeup brushes and applicators clean, but it is also important to keep your makeup and makeup bags sanitary as well. For eye, lip and brow pencils, sharpen your products before each use to ensure a clean tip from your last application. With powders, compacts and palettes, use a cosmetic sanitizer spray or isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle to mist onto your products to kill bacteria and prevent contamination. Clean your makeup bags and containers regularly to avoid germ transfer onto your applicators and products. And, always remember to wash your hands before and after applying makeup.

 

Do not share products. Ran out of eyeliner, or forgot important makeup at home when running to meet with a friend? In any case, do not share makeup, especially eye products. You will be more prone to getting infections, like pink eye, or break outs. This includes using tester products in cosmetic stores.  While it is important to test products like foundation for color matching before you purchase them, it’s possible that hundreds of people have touched the same product and could be spreading germs. Ask if there are any beauty consultants that can assist you and check if they’re using clean or disposable applicators before you try them on your face. If it doesn’t seem safe, don’t risk it.

 

Also, do not forget that makeup products have expiration dates. Just like with our food, even if you don’t use a makeup product, after a certain amount of time the composition of the product can change, making it dry, less effective and more prone to harboring bacteria and dangerous to use on your skin. Pay attention to the expiration labels on your products. As a general rule, you should replace lipstick every one to two years, facial makeup and powders every twelve months, eyeshadow every six to twelve months and mascaras and eyeliners every three months to avoid eye inflammation and eye mites. Also, when using mascara, twist your wand instead of pumping it into your mascara tube to collect product. You can trap air in the tube, drying it out faster and exposing it to bacteria.

 

The biggest do when it comes to makeup is to make sure your skin stays protected and healthy. Healthy skin is the baseline to beautiful makeup that emphasizes your unique beauty. Our My Natural Beauty line is perfect for protecting and emphasizing the natural beauty you already possess. Always stay safe when it comes to your makeup and your skin so you can truly be the best you can be.

 

 

 

 

We’ve talked about how to keep makeup brushes and applicators clean. Now, let’s discuss the act of applying makeup in order to prevent breakouts and keep your face looking just as beautiful underneath. There are many habits we have all been guilty of that we do not think could be affecting our skin.

 

We often apply foundation with our fingers in order to get controlled coverage, but sometimes we forget to wash our hands. You don’t want to miss this step. Along with spreading foundation across your face, you will also be spreading bacteria and oil from your fingertips to your face. Also, when doing your eye makeup, do not rest your hands on your cheeks, or other parts of your face, without washing your hands. You can even put a tissue paper under your fingers, and then rest them on your cheek when applying precise eye makeup.

 

Don’t apply makeup to dry skin! Always moisturize your face, and even your lips, before applying makeup. Moisturized skin makes it easier to apply makeup evenly, giving you a polished look. Exfoliate your face at least once a week in order to keep your face soft and smooth, for a perfect makeup application.

 

Also, when choosing foundations, make sure to choose a brand or a formula that works with your skin type. If your skin is on the oily side for example, look for oil free and matte finish foundations. If you have normal to dry skin, look for moisturizing liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers. They are great for giving the coverage you want while keeping your skin hydrated. If you struggle with acne, use water based, non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t clog your pores.

 

But, the most important makeup tip of all is to keep your skin healthy underneath. Your makeup removal process and skincare between makeup applications is just as important as safe makeup application tips. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse and tone your skin to remove built up dirt and oil from the face, then moisturize your face each night after a day of wearing makeup. Try our Anti-Aging Toner Astringent with AHA to refine pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and gently clarify and tone your skin by removing excess dirt and oil left behind from cleansing. And, for a light-weight moisturizer with SPF 15 protection and a smooth finish, try our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion.

 

Healthy makeup application can be tricky sometimes, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be able to put your best face forward and let the real you shine through!

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