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How to Take Care of Your Skin During Pregnancy

Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

SkinDeep Naturals, natural skin care in Fort Collins, is owned and operated by a mamma. So, we know all about the not-so-fun changes your skin can undergo while you are pregnant. As if growing a human inside you wasn’t enough, the rest of your body is left to navigate the challenges of your ever-fluctuating hormones.

Well, we’ve got your back with some information and tips about skin care during pregnancy. You’ve got this, mamma!

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a common and often inevitable part of pregnancy. There are countless products on the market to prevent or help with stretch marks. Yet, the truth is 90% of women get them and creams aren’t clinically proven to prevent stretch marks according to AmericanPregnancy.org. However, American Pregnancy does suggest using a lotion with plenty of vitamin E, like our Pure Moisture Face and Body Lotion, to help. They also suggest exercise during pregnancy to keep stretch marks to a minimum.

Acne

It’s normal to experience more breakouts while you’re pregnant, especially if you’re already prone to acne. This is due to hormones causing your oil glands to create more oil. American Pregnancy suggests a strict cleansing routine—morning and night— to help keep the pimples away and using an astringent as well. We recommend our 3-Step Kit for Oily and Acne Prone Skin if you don’t already have a cleansing system you love.

Pregnancy Mask

At least half of all pregnant women experience increased pigmentation, called pregnancy mask, in their face due to the influx of hormones. If you are dealing with splotches of pigmented skin, the best way to combat them is to wear a daily sunscreen and keep a hat on when you’re outside.

If you want to know more about our products or how to support your skin through your pregnancy, we’d love to chat! Please contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals and best of luck with your pregnancy!

Support Local This Fall

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As a local Fort Collins skin care business, it probably won’t surprise you that we love supporting local businesses! And this time of year is a great time to do so since local crops are bountiful and we are doing more shopping than usual with back-to-school season in full swing. Here are some ways we support local businesses in the fall:

Shop the Farmer’s Market

Fort Collins has a few great farmer’s markets that are open for a few more months so we love to stock up on seasonal, local produce while we can. The Fort Collins Farmer’s Market on Harmony and Lemay has tons of vendors and even a crop calendar on their website so we know what they will have available and when. If you aren’t in the Fort Collins area, finding a farmer’s market near you is a simple Google search away!

Back-to-School Shopping

It’s easy to head to Target, Macy’s, or your favorite big box shop for back-to-school shopping or to update your fall wardrobe. But we like to take the extra effort to support local when we can. One of our favorite clothing boutiques in Fort Collins is Blue Harvest Apparel. It's a beautiful space with lots of flattering clothing options at good price points. For kids clothing, we love Clothes Pony! They have unique and adorable clothing we can’t resist. We also love to head down to Loveland to Vintage Willows for beautiful wardrobe necessities and accessories.

It's not always easy to find backpacks locally, so if you need to do some online ordering, consider using one of these companies: StateBags.com gives a kid a backpack for every one purchased and Parklandmfg.com uses recycled and sustainable materials in all of their bags!

If you aren’t in Fort Collins, just consider where you could shop locally instead of heading off to Ross. Supporting local businesses can be a fun and rewarding adventure!

If you want to know more about how our local skin care business works, please contact us today!

Going Off to College Gift Essentials

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If you have a loved one going off to college, it’s a fun and exciting time of life! And you want to makes sure they are stocked up on essentials, especially if it’s their first time leaving home. At SkinDeep Naturals–a Fort Collins small batch skin care company—we’ve compiled a list of all the necessary items to put in an off-to-college gift basket so your student is set up for success!

Comfort Foods

At home when mom stocks the pantry, there is always something good to eat. But at college, students are often pinching pennies and dorm food can get a little repetitive. Putting some healthy (and maybe a few indulgent) snack favorites in an off-to-college gift basket is a great way to bring a homey touch to that dorm room or apartment.

Hygiene Necessities

Making sure your student has all their hygiene necessities saves them a trip or two to Target when they arrive on campus. CollegeBoard has an extensive off-to-college checklist, including a toiletries section you will find helpful. Don’t forget to include their favorite SkinDeep Naturals products too!

Cleaning Supplies

Depending on your student’s living situation, they might not need a ton of cleaning supplies. But most students will need the basics like glass cleaner, antibacterial wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, and surface cleaner. Keeping in the vein of natural products, we like Honest cleaning products for your college student’s new place.

So, before your loved one goes off to college, give them the gift of an off-to-college gift basket with essentials they will need to be off to a good start including comfort foods, hygiene necessities, and cleaning supplies. And for more information about our natural skin care products, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

 

Summer Skin Care Tips

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

In beautiful Fort Collins, we get around 300 days of sunshine each year. But whether you are in
Colorado like this natural skin care company or somewhere else in the U.S. or around the world,
we wanted to bring you some summer skin care tips so you can keep your skin looking its best
this summer.

Wear SunScreen
Yes, we know this isn’t a ground-breaking tip. But we wanted to let you know about a couple of our favorite sunscreens. We don’t make them - but we love them so much we wanted to make sure you knew about them too! Raw Elements 30 SPF sunscreen is reef-safe and biodegradable - so you don’t have to worry about leaving chemicals behind if you go for a swim in the lake or tube down the river. The all-natural formula is great for sensitive skin too. Juice Beauty's Sport Sunscreen is an SPF 30 water-proof blend that smells amazing and spreads easily. 

Wear Foundation or Daily Moisturizer with SPF
You may not think to put sunscreen on your face every time you head outside but more often
than not you will probably be putting on your makeup. That is why we recommend a natural
foundation or moisturizer with SPF so you are protected all the time. We personally love Juice
Beauty products like their Stem Cellular Color Correcting Cream with SPF 30.

Schedule a Skin Check with Your Dermatologist
If you have a family history of skin cancer or you have noticed some new spots on your skin, it
never hurts to schedule a skin check with your dermatologist. It’s good to do a skin check once
a year if you are predisposed to skin cancer.

Heading into the summer months, make sure you are stocked up on a natural sunscreen, a daily
moisturizer or foundation with SPF, and schedule a visit with your dermatologist if you have any concerns. And please contact us at SkinDeep Naturals if you want to know more about any of our natural skin care products.

3 Things to Look for at the Farmer’s Market

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It’s summer, and one of our staple activities of summer is heading to the farmer’s market. Whether your community has a market that takes up several blocks or just a small market in a parking lot, there are sure to be some treasures there. Here are three things we at SkinDeep Naturals—a Fort Collins natural skin care company—look for when we visit the farmer’s market.

Greens

The farmer’s market is a place where you can pick up some fruits and vegetables you don't usually buy at the store. And greens are no exception. In summer when it’s hot, and we eat a lot of salads, it’s fun to explore new greens. Also, if you enjoying juicing, local, organic greens are the perfect thing to add to your daily juice.

Local Favorites

Here in Northern Colorado, we have some local favorites rooted in our history. For example, one major crop that used to thrive in this area was cherries. People around here are still crazy about cherries even though there aren’t many orchards left. Do a little research on local crops before you head to the farmer’s market and get more connected with your roots by partaking in a local favorite.

Fresh Flowers

Who doesn’t love a bunch of fresh flowers for their kitchen table? We like to support local farmers by snagging a bunch of locally grown flowers before hosting a party or just to spruce up the home.

What do you make sure to get whenever you go to the farmer’s market? We’d love to hear from you! And as always, please contact us if you have any questions about our natural skin care products.

A Peek at the Complexities of Sunscreen

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If you spend any time on social media or watching the news, you’ve probably heard the latest
sunscreen news; “Baby Get Face Burned Off by Sunscreen”, “Sunscreen Now Causes More
Cancer Than the Sun Itself”, and so on. But it can be hard to know among all the fear-
mongering articles what the truth is about sunscreen. Although we have touched on sunscreen
before on this Northern Colorado natural skincare blog, we want to dig a little deeper into the
great sunscreen debate and throw in our two cents as well.

Why Wear It?
If you have fair skin, you already know sunscreen helps you avoid painful sunburns and
blisters. And it is widely believed sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, even for those with dark
pigmented skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports a study from Australia showing those who
regularly applied sunscreen to their face, neck, arms, and hands were 50% less likely to have a
melanoma. If sunscreen is so vital to preventing skin cancer, where are we going wrong?

What are the Concerns with Wearing Sunscreen?
The Environmental Working Group points out sunscreen is a very complicated substance. It
must be strong enough to fight off the sun’s rays while being gentle enough to not cause rashes or irritations. It needs to bond with skin so it doesn’t rinse right off - but it needs to be non-toxic in case of absorption, or accidental consumption or inhalation.

The active ingredients in sunscreens are either mineral or chemical. Many of the common
chemical ingredients are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and
octinoxate and usually there is a combination of at least two of these ingredients. Common
mineral sunscreens are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

One of the main concerns raised by the EWG and many others is that 16 of the 19 FDA-
approved chemical active ingredients in sunscreen have no documented tests on if these
chemicals themselves cause cancer. Other concerns include skin allergies, rashes, and
unwanted hormonal effects.

Conflicting Stories
While the Skin Cancer Foundation publishes articles like this, advocating that sunscreen does
not cause skin cancer and that everyone ought to wear sunscreen to avoid development of
cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, other sources post articles saying quite the contrary. Online
sources like The Truth About Cancer maintain sunscreen is not safe and should be avoided,
even providing recipes for homemade sunscreen that is safe with ingredients like cocoa butter
and vitamin E.

Other sources seek to explain the problems we are seeing. For example, if you have seen the
viral story going around on social media about the baby who had a sever burn from Banana
Boat sunscreen, WebMD explains it was probably a photo-allergy. This photo-allergy was an
allergic reaction caused by the interaction between the sun, the product, and an allergy the
young girl had to one of the ingredients. Dr. Alok Vij from the Cleveland Clinic explains:

“It’s not very common, but sunscreens are a common cause of that [photoallergic] reaction.
The thing that makes it harder to diagnose is that there are a lot of potential allergens in the
chemical sunscreens. Fragrances, preservatives -- a lot of ingredients that sunscreen companies use to make them spread more easily, absorb more quickly, essentially make them more elegant to put on the skin.”

Where Does That Leave Us?
Our opinion here at SkinDeep Naturals is always that a more natural product is better. Is it
possible for you to use chemical sunscreen your whole life and never have a bad allergic
reaction or have it lead to skin cancer? Maybe so. But will you have more peace of mind and
potentially healthier body systems using products that have natural ingredients? We tend to
lean in this direction.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we think it’s best to go with your gut and of
course ask a medical provider you trust if you have questions. And if you are looking for a
natural sunscreen, we love Raw Elements Sunscreen and SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen by Juice Beauty.

If you have more questions about natural skincare we’d love to chat! Contact us today at
SkinDeep Naturals.

3 Reasons to Switch Up Your Skin Care Regimen

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Is your skin care regimen just isn’t working for your skin type anymore? Or perhaps you are starting to ask questions about the ingredients found in your skin care products and if they are truly good for you. At SkinDeep Naturals, a Colorado natural skin care company, we encourage consumers to read their labels and consider switching up their skin care regimen. Here are 3 reasons to change up your skin care.

  1. Shelf Life: Just like you wouldn’t eat food that has been in your cabinet for two years, you might want to think twice about putting things on your skin with a long shelf life. Products with a long shelf life are made of artificial ingredients. Try small batch products made with natural ingredients instead.

  2. Ingredients: As many people make the shift to preferring whole foods over processed foods, they are also preferring skin care products with natural ingredients as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to use a skin care product with only ingredients you can pronounce and actually know what they are?

  3. Skin Type: You know it’s time to switch up your skin care regimen if you are having problems you haven’t had in the past. Perhaps your skin is overly dry, you are experiencing oily patches, or more frequent breakouts. If so, try something new and natural to see if you can get your skin to regulate.

No matter what the reason is that has you looking at new skin care products, we would love for you to give us a try. Contact us at SkinDeep Naturals today for more information.

What is Causing My Acne?

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Acne can be a troubling skin condition for both teens and adults. But there are a variety of different kinds of blemishes that get lumped into the acne category and they all have different causes.

At SkinDeep Naturals, a Fort Collins natural skin care company, we provide ingredient-conscious individuals with the right skin care products to clear up break-outs. And we also wanted to inform our readers a little bit more about the types and causes of acne so you can eliminate any controllable factors contributing to your skin issues.

Blackheads: Blackheads are caused when pores are filled with bacteria, dirt, or dead skin. This can happen to anyone but can be lessened by using an exfoliating cleanser like our Daily Exfoliating Cleanser.

Whiteheads: Whiteheads occur when a blackhead closes over.

Acne Cyst or Nodule: These painful, inflamed lumps arise when the bacteria that lives on our skin get trapped inside a clogged pore. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is the perfect place for that bacteria to multiply.

Jawline Acne: Jawline acne is more common in women than men, although can be caused in men by shaving with a dirty razor. For women, jawline acne is often hormonal and doesn’t look the same as typical pus filled zits you might experience elsewhere. If you are a woman and prone to jawline acne, it can also be a symptom of poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which is an imbalance of hormones. And for those with sensitive skin, it can even be cause by the rubbing of a chin strap on a helmet, make up, or touching your skin too much.

For many cases of acne, washing your face daily can help alleviate the problem. If you have questions about any of our skin care products or are wondering if they could help you with your breakouts, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals. We would love to help!

Cucumber and Matcha Face Mask

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It's easy to whip up this antioxidant, anti-aging, cooling mask with ingredients you probably already have! This recipe was taken from Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton's LOVELY book: Handmade Spa. Take a few minutes to treat your skin to this  nourishing skin treatment:

You will need:

1 tsp Matcha Green Tea powder

1 cucumber

1/2 tsp Vegeset

20 drops lime essential oil

Combine the matcha and 10 ounces of hot (not boiling water). Stir until the tea dissolves and let it cool completely. Toss the cucumber in a blender, add the green tea mixture and blend. Add the vegeset and blend again. Place the mixture in a pan over low heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches boiling, remove from heat and cool completely. Add the lime essential oil and hand-stir. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and place in the fridge to set. 

Spread all over clean face, neck, and chest. Cover with a disposable cotton sheet mask if you have one. It's okay if you don't! Leave on for 5 - 10 minutes before removing with warm water.  Follow with toner and moisturizer

3 Plants to Put in Your Garden That Have Medicinal Uses

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Spring is here -  and it’s time to start thinking about what we will plant in your garden this year. Whether you have a window box, a raised bed, or a large garden at your home, you can enjoy watching a little green sprout in your home and yard too. In this post, we wanted to look at 3 herbs you can plant that have medicinal uses to aid in your natural living.

1) Basil: According to this article from Reader’s Digest, basil has many medicinal uses. It
helps with flatulence, lack of appetite, and can be placed on cuts and scrapes. Basil even
has antibacterial properties and can help prevent infection on a cut. To read more about
the medicinal uses of basil, check out this article from Off the Grid News.

2) Chamomile: You’ve probably heard of chamomile tea, but did you know that you can grow the flowers yourself to help with anxiety, calm digestive issues, and even soothe newborn baby colic? Lots of parents swear by chamomile tea on The Baby Center - as long as the chamomile tea is given at a lukewarm temperature and in small doses.

3) Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is like peppermint and helps with digestion, anxiety, insomnia, and wound care. Lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages for its medicinal properties. Use it in a tea or in cooking. Read about nine of its health benefits here.

These are just a few plants you can plan to put in your garden to use for daily maladies. For more examples of herbs you can easily grow and use at home, click here. For more about natural living and natural remedies, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

A Not-So- Average Way to Spoil Your Mom This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is not too far away - and it’s not too early to start thinking about ways to celebrate your mom! This year, skip the flowers and card, and get your mom
something unique. Or better yet, do something fun with your mom if you can!

Here are 3 not-so-average ways to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day:

At-Home Spa
Of course, a spa day with your mom is wonderful, but what if you flip the script and come up
with something more intimate and less expensive? Check out some of our past blog posts for
ideas on how to do at-home facials with some favorite SkinDeep products and recipes for
homemade masks
too! You can do this with just you and your mom or get a handful of ladies
together to celebrate each other and relax.

SkinDeep Gift Basket
If your mom isn’t close enough to get together with her for a spa day, you could send her a
basket with some natural skin care products for her to enjoy. Great gifts for mom from
SkinDeep include our 3-Step Age Prevention Kit, Organic Reusable Cotton Rounds and Wash Cloths, and Organic Rosewater Hydrating Mist.

Get Outside
Plan something outside with your mom and enjoy the beautiful spring weather together.
Whether it is an outdoor brunch, a round of golf, or a local hike - find some activity you and your mom can enjoy together, soaking in some Vitamin D while you’re at it. And if you need some natural sunscreen, we love Raw Elements because the ingredients are safe and effective.

We hope this gives you some fresh ideas of how to spoil your mom this upcoming Mother’s
Day. To learn more about our Northern Colorado natural skin care products, contact us at
SkinDeep Naturals today!

Natural Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is so close we can almost taste it - and that means at this Fort Collins natural skin care
company
, we’ve got the itch for spring cleaning. If you don’t already have a go-to plan for
spring cleaning, we wanted to get you started with four spring cleaning tips so your home feels
fresh and as ready for the new season as you are. When applicable, we have included our
favorite natural cleaners and tools in lieu of chemical cleaners.

*  Clean with Vinegar: If you don’t mind the smell, vinegar can replace many store-bought
cleaners you use in your home. You can mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray
bottle to clean windows, stainless steel, and get buildup off faucets. Check out this
article
from Today to read about 28 uses for vinegar.

*  Clean with Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is another item you probably have
at home that is great for natural cleaning. It is perfect for removing stains from clothes
(especially blood and dark stains from berries). And it is used as a disinfectant (while
vinegar is not a registered disinfectant) so it can clean areas more prone to gathering
bacteria like counter tops and sinks.

*  Refresh Drapes in the Dryer: An article from HGTV recommends refreshing drapes by
throwing them in the dryer with a wet towel on an air-fluff cycle for 15 minutes. The
wet towel will draw away the dust and you will have fresh drapes to hang back up. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a few wool dryer balls to add a refreshing scent!

*  Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fresh Air: For large or bulky items that might not
need to be washed (like pillows and comforters), you can air them off on a clothes line
outside to remove the stale smell on being in a closed-up house all winter.

At SkinDeep Naturals we are always looking for simple ways to make our lives more natural.
What are your favorite natural cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us today for
more information on our natural skin care line.

DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen

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Here at SkinDeep Naturals, your go-to for Northern Colorado natural skin care products, we are all about natural living. So today in the blog we wanted to share with you a DIY project to create an herb garden for your kitchen. That way you can grow your own organic herbs for cooking, mixing cocktails, and wellness remedies.

To begin, you must decide if you want to do a DIY project. If not, there is no shame! We found this very cute and functional set up that would be perfect for herbs at Ikea. You can use a FINTORP rail, the FINTORP hooks, and a few FINTORP utensil holders to plant your favorite herbs to get a similar set up to the one we are about to describe.

What You Need:

A wooden board (for the best effect, up-cycle something you’ve found)

Pipe clamps

Nails

Mason jars

Triangle ring hangers

Hanging wire

Chalk paint (optional)

Chalk (optional)

Potting Soil

Herbs (oregano, cilantro, chives, basil, rosemary, etc.)

What to Do:

1) Space the jars out evenly on the board (with the board either vertical or horizontal). Use a pencil to mark where you want the jars.

2) Nail the pipe clamps to the board where you want the jars.

3) On the back of the board, nail in the ring hangers and tie the wire between them.

4) Plant your choice of herbs in the mason jars and place in the pipe clamps.

5) Use a screw driver to tighten down the pipe clamps.

6) If desired, paint sections of chalk paint near each jar and write the names of the herbs with chalk.

7) Hang your crafty herb display in your kitchen, ready to enjoy the next time you cook!

We got our inspiration for this project from Camille Styles but there are many other varieties you can find on Pinterest if you want more detailed descriptions or another look to match your kitchen. To find out more about who we are and what we care about at SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.

Love Your Lips

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it seemed fitting to post a blog that
will get your lips in kissable shape. Did you know your lips don’t create oils like the rest of your
skin does? That is why they dry out so easily. The same is true about the skin around your eyes,
which is why the skin around the lips and eyes age faster. Here at SkinDeep Naturals, a Fort Collins organic skin care company, we create small batch, made-to- order remedies for dry lips.

Here are our top 3 products to show your lips some love:

Pure Moisture for Eyes and Lips:
Pure Moisture for Eyes and Lips is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to minimize the
appearance of wrinkles and give your chapped lips a burst of moisture. We recommend you
apply this product morning and night to your lips. And make sure you give it about 15 minutes
to absorb before putting on lipstick. Nearly all the ingredients are certified organic and Pure
Moisture is scented with essential oils.

Spearmint Lip Butter:
This lip balm glides on easily and is made with all organic ingredients and beeswax from our
own beehive here at SkinDeep Naturals. It comes in a tube for easy application and you can rest-assured that there aren’t any ingredients like petroleum that actually aggravate chapped lips.

Lip Butter with Propolis:
What makes this lip butter so special is propolis, an ingredient we get from our bees. Bees
make it to seal up any spaces in their hives for protection. We harvest excess propolis when
inspecting the hive. This amazing substance has been used for centuries for its healing
properties.

If you want to make sure your lips are especially kissable this Valentine’s Day, contact us
today to order one of our amazing natural products for lips.

Winter Skin Hacks

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If you’re like us at SkinDeep Naturals, winter means dry air and dry skin. You might be running the humidifier day and night and slathering on the lotion, but your skin is still red and cracking. Since this Fort Collins natural skin care company is nestled right along the edge of the Rocky Mountains, we have learned a thing or two about protecting skin in the winter.

Here are 3 winter skin hacks to help you survive until the moisture comes back.

1) Try to use lukewarm water. Yes, we know - we want to jump in a hot bath as much as you do in the winter to warm our bones. But sadly, hot baths, showers, and washing your hands and face in hot water further strips your skin of the oils you so desperately need. When you can handle it, try to make the water less hot. Your skin will thank you.

2) Choose natural lotion. While you may already be using lotion, read the labels carefully. Many lotions from the drug store are petroleum-based, meaning they will dry your skin out more. Even lotions labeled as "natural" have drying ingredients that in no way nourish your skin. Read the ingredients label to make sure you know what you are putting on your skin. Because what goes onto your skin also enters your bloodstream! Check out the various moisturizers we offer at SkinDeep Naturals. Natural ingredients like jojoba oil, organic plant hydrosols, beeswax, coconut oil, and organic essential oils are easier for your skin to soak up and use.

3) Protect your skin when out in the elements. Wearing gloves and scarves over exposed skin can help protect your skin from the wind and cold. Often, our hands bear the brunt of dry skin troubles - so gloves will help your hands especially.

Hopefully implementing a few of these tips will help you get through the next few months of
cold weather. If you live in a cold weather climate like we do - what are your winter hacks for skin trouble? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

What You Need to Know About Skin Types

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Just like every person is unique, everyone has unique skin. People have different sensitivities, water content, and lipid or oil content in their skin. These factors affect which products you should use on your skin and different elements to add to your skin care regimen. It’s also important to note that skin type can change over time - so listen to your body and change your skin care regimen as needed. These are the 5 main skin types and a few tips for caring for them, according to WebMD.

Normal: Normal skin doesn’t have any sensitivities and very few blemishes. This is a result of the right balance of lipids and water. An important note here is that normal skin doesn't mean "do nothing" skin. The more preventative approach you take at this stage, the better off your skin's health will be in the long run. A regular 3-step cleansing system and use of sunscreen when spending time in the sun are key. Prevent sun damage, prevent dehydration, and prevent clogged pores so that your skin ages well.

Dry: Dry skin has less elasticity, more visible lines, red patches, and a dull complexion. Ways to help dry skin are avoiding long, hot showers, avoiding harsh soaps and cosmetics, and using a rich moisturizer right after bathing, while skin is still damp. This combination of water and lipids mimics and nourishes the skin's acid mantle barrier. Check out our Rosewater Hydrating Mist and Total Nourish Facial Serum for dry skin.

Oily: Oily skin is common during adolescence and is characterized by an oily complexion, visible pores, and black heads. Treat oily skin by limiting washing the face to two times a day and using products labeled for oily skin. Avoid aggressive popping and squeezing blemishes since that can lead to scaring. Instead, try giving yourself an at-home skin care treatment so that pores can be properly extracted.

Combination: Combination skin is just as it sounds, perhaps dry or normal in places and oily in others, especially along the t-zone. If you have questions about which products are right for your combination skin, please contact us.

Sensitive: Sensitive skin is characterized by redness, itching, or dryness. Natural skin care products are a great choice for sensitive skin because there aren’t any chemicals or unnatural fragrances or coloring to aggravate skin.

If you have a difficult time discerning which products to use with your skin type, contact us at SkinDeep Naturals. We would love to set you up with products that are going to make your complexion glow.

Treat Yourself to an At-Home Facial

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Facials shouldn't be considered a luxury - but an important ritual of self-care. Keep reading for steps on how to treat your skin to an effective spa-like treatment in the comfort of your home! 

Step One - Remove makeup with Coconut Dream Cleanser:

Coconut Dream Cleanser

Rub a dime size amount of Coconut Dream between palms to melt, gently press and massage over face and neck to dissolve makeup and impurities. Wipe with warm wet cloth.

Step Two - Steam skin to soften dead skin cells and remove any residual makeup:

Organic Cotton Compress

Fill a basin with very warm water, add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil, immerse an organic cotton cleansing cloth and swish around a bit. Squeeze some of the excess water out (but not too much) and apply to face until the cloth cools off. Repeat 3 - 5 times, re-heating water if it cools off.
*Use organic lavender essential oil as a soothing compress - good for all skin types.
*Use organic citrus essential oils as a wake-up compress - good for normal, oily, or combination skin types.
*Use organic tea tree essential oil as a purifying compress for skin prone to acne breakouts.

Step Three - Slough off dead skin cells with Daily Exfoliating Cleanser:

Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Scoop a small amount of scrub with clean fingers, smooth it on to wet hands, rub together a couple of times to get a nice lather, gently press and massage into face and neck. Pay special attention to areas where pores are enlarged or visibly clogged. Rinse with warm water.

Now is the time to perform extractions if needed, while the skin is still warm and pores are open. Gently apply pressure to the area surrounding the clogged pore or pimple to try and release any pore debris. Don't be forceful - if the pore does not empty with ease, try a few more warm compresses with essential oil to further soften the debris and open the pore.

Step Four - Mist skin with the appropriate toner for your skin type:

Toner

Applying toner is an important step in the process. Our toners provide different levels of astringent properties, close pores after cleansing, and our Hydrating Mists provide beneficial moisture. All of our toners assist in the distribution and absorption of our hydrating facial serums.

For normal to dry skin: Rosewater Hydrating Mist or Cucumber Hydrating Mist. For skin prone to breakouts: Blemish Control Toner.

Step Five - Finish with 2 - 3 pumps of hydrating serum:

Hydrating Serum


While skin is still wet from toning mist, apply several pumps of serum to hands, rub together and press and smooth over face, neck and chest. Use Total Nourish Serum for normal to dry skin - and for skin prone to breakouts, use Blemish Control Serum.

*Always combine treatment serum with toner. This combination of floral water and lipids mimics and nourishes the skin's acid mantle barrier.

I recommend this type of skin treatment at least once a month - more often if time allows! Please contact me with any questions or feedback. 

 

New Year, New Wellness Resolutions

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As we head into 2018, you will probably set about making some New Year’s resolutions. At SkinDeep Naturals we want to encourage you to look at living more cleanly in 2018. This can mean different things for different people.

Maybe you have never been very conscious of the food you buy, the products you put on your skin, or the clothes you wear. Maybe you are very conscious of some of these things but not others. Or perhaps you are very aware of each of these things. Regardless, we want to give you some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

Food: You may not be able to shop all organic, non-GMO, and free range. But looking at your labels and making some conscious decisions about the food you eat is a great place to start. Consider joining a produce co-op like Bountiful Baskets if there is one near you. If you eat meat, buying a half or quarter of a cow is a great way to make sure you are eating meat all year that you know came from a good source at a reasonable price too.

Cosmetics/ Skin Care: If you are shopping at SkinDeep Naturals, you are probably already someone who is conscious about using natural skin care products. When you get your products from us, you know they are free from harmful parabens, fragrances, and coloring. But if you are shopping for items at the drug store, check your labels. Choose options that say “paraben free”, “fragrance free” and so on.

Clothing: Clothing is a tough one for many people because of the expense. But adding more organic cotton clothing to your wardrobe is always a good idea. If you want to learn more about organic cotton, check out this article. Another more affordable option to reduce your environmental footprint (although it doesn’t address allergy issues) is shopping at consignment shops.

We understand that we can’t each do all of these things overnight. But consider taking a few small steps towards some of these cleaner ways of living as you plot out your resolutions this year. For more information on Northern Colorado natural skin care, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Treat Yourself—How Using a Cleansing Mask Beautifies Skin

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Perhaps you have memories of doing masks at sleepovers in high school or smearing mashed up avocado on your face in college. But masks aren’t just for sleepovers or from scenes in chick flicks. Masks are an important part of a healthy skin care regimen. At SkinDeep Naturals, a Fort Collins and Loveland natural skin care provider, we create a wonderful cleansing clay mask. And we have even shared some of our favorite DIY masks to make at home in a previous blog post.

Why use a mask, and how it is different than a daily cleanser?

A daily cleanser is meant to remove  make up and oils from the day, provide light exfoliation, and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh. A mask is used less frequently and works deeper to unclog pores, drawing out impurities, and decreasing the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. With our Cleansing Clay Mask, we recommend using it one to three times a week to prevent breakouts and leave your skin glowing.

Cleansing Clay Mask—Purify and Detoxify

The ingredients we use in our mask are especially picked to help you have the healthiest skin. The clay has a high mineral content that stimulates blood circulation and exfoliates. Vegetable glycerin locks healthy moisture into the skin while helping clear our impurities. Our mask restores your skin with Omega 3,6,7, and 9 in the sea buckthorn oil. Plantain leaves speed up the recovery of damaged skin.

Use this mask by mixing a teaspoon of the mask with ½ teaspoon of water, mixing into a paste in the palm of your hand, and rubbing the paste on your face, neck, chest, or back. Steam from a warm bath while you allow the mask to sit on your skin will only increase the benefits by opening your pores. After five to ten minutes use a warm cloth to remove the mask. You can mist before, during, and after this process with our Hydrating Cucumber Mist as well.

We hope you take a few moments soon to treat yourself with a mask. And for more information about masks or natural skin care in general, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Northern Colorado Holiday Shopping Guide from SkinDeep Naturals

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It’s hard to believe but we are already getting close to Christmas and the holidays. Now is the time to start considering what you will get for people on your list. At SkinDeep Naturals, we want to give you a start on your Christmas shopping, highlighting some of our products and other local favorites.

For Teachers, Child Care Workers, Babysitters, Etc.

Want to give something small to people you appreciate? Since we are a Northern Colorado natural skin care company, we love other Colorado businesses that share our vision. A thoughtful and less pricey Colorado gift is a box of Celestial Seasonings tea and maybe a holiday mug like this mug designed after the holiday flavor—Candy Cane Lane. Celestial Seasonings has an organic line of teas as well.

For Mom, Sisters, or Best Friends

Give the luxurious gift of Ginger + Citrus Pure Moisture Body Lotion to the women (or men!) you love. This lotion is full of vitamins and fatty acids our skin loves. Plus, it is scented with organic essential oils for a refreshing boost.

Stocking Stuffers

Looking for stocking stuffers or a little way to say “thank you and happy holidays” to co-workers and friends? SkinDeep Naturals Spearmint Stick Lip Butter leaves lips feeling moisturized and protected and they are only $5!

For Dad, Brother, Husband, Etc.

If you’ve ever been to Northern Colorado, you know we are all about our breweries. New Belgium is perhaps one of the most well-known Northern Colorado breweries and if you have people in your life who love craft beer, New Belgium has lots of great gifts. From men’s workshirts to Frisbees, they have something you can get for the men or beer lovers on your list. Plus, we love New Belgium because they care about sustainability and giving back to the local community.

Hopefully this Northern Colorado shopping guide gives you some ideas for the loved ones on your gift list. For more information about natural skin care products from SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.