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What is CBD Oil?

Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Many of us associate CBD with marijuana, but this is not the case. CBD is one of hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant, accounting for 40% of the plant’s extract. THC is also one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, and is the psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD is not marijuana: it is completely safe and in fact, is being renowned for the numerous ways in which it can support our body’s own healing abilities.

Did you know?
One of the most powerful neurotransmitter networks in our body is called the Endocannabinoid System. This complex system was only discovered in the last 25 years. It helps regulate a wide variety of physiological functions, including immune-response, metabolism, and sleep - as well as psychological functions such as mood, memory, and social anxiety.

Why are you telling me this?
I am sharing this extremely over-simplified explanation of CBD and the Endocannabinoid System with you because CBD products have played an important role in my health over the past 2 years, helping me overcome a debilitating case of anxiety and insomnia.

Making the decision to take a natural approach in dealing with my condition was not easy. There are many CBD products available here in Colorado and it was difficult to muster the energy to research my options while feeling so bad. I serendipitously discovered Joy Organics products early on - and they have been life-changing for me, to say the least.

I am very excited to be joining with Joy Organics as a wholesale partner. Because these products contain zero THC, they have no psychoactive effects and can be purchased by anyone and shipped anywhere throughout the country.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  

For a comprehensive explanation of the Endocannabinoid System and how it can support the body, click HERE.

You can also visit the CBD Awareness Project’s website HERE for many great resources on all things CBD!

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!

A Peek at the Complexities of Sunscreen

Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

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

Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

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.

New Year, New Wellness Resolutions

Organic Skin Care, Health & Wellness, Home, FamilyJessica AndersonComment

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

Family, Health & Wellness, Home, Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

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.

3 Back-to-School Skin Care Tips for Teens and College Students

Organic Skin Care, Health & Wellness, Skin ConditionsJessica AndersonComment

We know, you don’t want to think about it yet, but back-to-school is just around the corner. It’s time to start getting together your gear for the fall. Especially if you are heading off to college for the first time, you’ve probably already been collecting all the things you will need to take with you to be set for a year away from the family. But while you are getting things together for your dorm, apartment, or just stocking up on school supplies, don’t neglect revamping your skin care regimen as well. Here are 3 back-to-school skin care tips for teens and college students.

Know your skin:

Skin care is not “one size fits all.” Knowing what kind of skin you have will help you buy the right products. If you aren’t sure what kind of skin you have, check out this quiz from SheKnows. SkinDeep Naturals is happy to help you personalize a skin care regiment that is right for you. Just give us a shout!

Don’t neglect your 3-step regimen:

Using a 3-step regimen every day will help your skin stay balanced and clear. SkinDeep Naturals has a 3-step regimen for oily/acne prone skin and one for dry and combination skin as well.

Avoid the cheap stuff:

For young people, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest products because you are working with a tight budget. But the cheaper products are more likely to be loaded with ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrances, and synthetic colors—all of which are linked to causing cancer. Check out this article for more information on ingredients to avoid in your skin care products. Splurging for natural products is going to be much better for your body and your skin in the long run.

At SkinDeep Naturals, we want to set you up for success when it comes to heading back to school. For more information on our natural skin care products, contact us today.

Get Skin Care Products to More People You Love

Organic Skin Care, Health & WellnessJessica AndersonComment

At SkinDeep Naturals, we sell our products locally in Northern Colorado and on the web. Another way we are excited about distributing our products is through interested retailers. Did you know SkinDeep Naturals offers wholesale to companies who want to carry it?

Wholesale natural skin care is a great way for you to introduce your customers to the products you already love. If you are interested in carrying some of our products in your store, just fill out this web form answering a few questions about your business and we would love to chat. But what are some of the benefits to carrying SkinDeep Naturals in your store?

Products You Trust:

Buying from SkinDeep, you know the products are small batch and made using natural ingredients. Your customers aren’t receiving any harmful chemicals and get the benefits of products made with bee products, essential oils, and other natural components.

Support a Small Business:

Chances are, if you are considering a wholesale account with SkinDeep Naturals products, you also run a small business. As small business owners, we like to stick together and support one another. Your clients can go to a big box store if they are looking for something ordinary. They come to you if they want a product and experience that is unique and high-quality.

Providing your customers with natural skin care is the perfect way to boost their skin care regimen with products you trust and support another local business. If you have more questions about what it would look like to carry SkinDeep Naturals in your store and get wholesale prices on products you love, contact us today.