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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

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!

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.