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What is Causing My Acne?

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

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!

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.

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.

Product Highlight—Coconut Dream Cleanser and Eye Makeup Remover

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There is nothing quite like taking off your makeup and washing your face at the end of the day.
A soothing bedtime routine is an important part of proper sleep hygiene and using natural skin
care products in your bedtime routine can be a part of that.

Coconut Dream is a Northern Colorado organic skin care product that is meant to be a part of
your routine at the end of the day. Simply rub a dime-sized amount of the cream between your
palms and massage it on your face and neck. Then wipe it off with a warm, wet cloth to remove
makeup and any impurities from the day. We like these organic cotton cleansing clothes here at
SkinDeep for wiping off the cleanser.

Coconut Dream Cleanser and Eye Makeup remover is perfect for dry or mature skin types, not
necessarily those prone to oily skin. We also recommend following up this cleansing process
with Organic Cucumber Hydrating Mist or Organic Rosewater Mist as a toner. You can rest
assured we make Coconut Dream from organic, raw and unfiltered coconut oil and organic
essential oils for a soothing aroma and restorative qualities.

Removing your makeup at the end of the day prevents your pores from getting clogged by your
makeup and of course waking up with black circles around your eyes from smeared mascara. To
order your Coconut Dream or to learn about any of our other products, contact us at SkinDeep
Naturals today.

How Climate Affects Your Skin

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As a Northern Colorado skin care business, SkinDeep Naturals knows a thing or two about dry climates. In fact, according to currentresults.com—a website dedicated to communicating weather and science facts—Denver is the third driest major city in the nation, proceeded only by Las Vegas and Phoenix. It is common for people to have dry skin year-round and even more so in the winter. But we also know people use our products in places with more humidity than Colorado which affects their skin too. In this blog post, we will explain a little about how climate affects your skin and what you can do about it.

Dry Climates:

Anyone who has spent any time in a cold, dry climate knows it can cause their skin to crack, get red, flake, and become itchy. How Stuff Works recommends avoiding long, hot showers and applying a daily moisturizer. We like Ginger + Citrus Pure Moisture Body Lotion. They also recommend keeping your skin covered when you are outside and increasing the moisture inside you home by running a humidifier.

Humid Climates:

Humid climates tend to make people sweat more which can lead to breakouts. Using a cleanser and other products made for oily skin can help dry up some of the oil brought on by sweat and humidity. Our Blemish Control Toner and Blemish Control Serum are designed to bring relief to acne-prone skin.

If your local climate is causing trouble to you skin, you are not alone. Check out some of our products and find other ways to help your skin like using a humidifier in dry climates  and protecting your skin from the sun in hot and sunny climates. For more information, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Product Highlight—Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Refill

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If you don’t already enjoy the daily routine of washing your face at night, now is a great time to try it. Along with brushing your teeth and your other bedtime rituals, washing your face is a relaxing way to take the day off. SkinDeep Naturals has a Daily Exfoliating Cleanser that is perfect for removing the dirt from the day as well as makeup and dead skin.

This Northern Colorado skin care product is made from all-natural ingredients like organic rice flour, sugar, organic olive oil, and organic essential oils. It also contains jojoba oil and vitamin e to rejuvenate your skin. Unlike some scrubs on the market, this sugar scrub is gentle enough for everyday use but still smooths out the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

Something remarkable about our cleanser that shows our attention to the environment is that we sell refills in disposable packages that lessen your environmental impact as you reuse your existing glass jar. We recommend running the jar through the dishwasher and then letting it dry all the way. Then with some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, wipe out the inside of the jar and let it air dry. This ensures the jar is sterilized and you can add your refill from the pouch. This refill process saves you a few dollars and allows you to reuse!

Our Daily Exfoliating Cleanser is best followed by our Organic Cucumber Hydrating Mist and Facial Serum. For more information about our natural skin care products, 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

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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.

3 Home-Made Mask Recipes to Pamper Yourself

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You don’t have to go to a spa to do a little pampering. Plan a spa night at home with some good friends and make a few of these home-made facial masks. All you will need are a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand and maybe a bottle of wine and some healthy snacks!

Kefir is one of my favorite DIY facial ingredients due to its beneficial bacteria and naturally occurring Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. AHA’s are great for your skin because they rid the skin of dead surface cells and stimulate the production of collagen. If you aren’t already making your own kefir at home, you should consider it. It is very simple to do and only takes minutes a day. Use what you need for your daily probiotic intake, and save the rest for your skin care routine! You can find more information on how to get started making your own kefir here.

For Normal Skin:

Blend together 1/2 banana, 2 TBS of kefir, and 1 TBS of honey. Apply to the face, neck, and chest area and let set for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a cloth. Bananas are incredibly nourishing for your skin and honey works as a natural humectant. No need to moisturize after this treatment, your skin will be incredibly soft and hydrated!

For Oily/Acne Skin:

Whip together 2 TBS of kefir, 1 egg white, and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Apply evenly to the face, neck, chest, and/or back area and let set for 5-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a cloth. Follow with 1 pump of Blemish Control Serum combined with 2 pumps of Organic Cucumber Hydrating Mist or Blemish Control Toner. Repeat this mask every 2-3 days to clear up acne breakouts.

For Dry Skin:

Combine 1/2 ripe avocado, 1 TBS of kefir, and 1 TBS of honey until blended well. Apply to the face, neck, and chest. Make sure you massage it in very well. Let it set for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water and a cloth. Follow up with a few mists of Organic Rosewater Hydrating Mist. Use the other half of your avocado for a delicious serving of avocado toast!  

We hope you love these recipes and have a little rest and relaxation time as you try them out. Contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals for more natural skin care solutions.

Why Shopping Local Matters

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As you know, SkinDeep Naturals is a small business. We make our products to order, creating quality small-batch skin care products. We use local products when possible—even bee products from bees kept on our property. We love being an Internet business and getting the products we care about to people all over the country. But we also support and promote shopping local. That’s why we wanted to talk about the importance of shopping local in this week’s blog post.

While the general consumer trend is to find more and more items at big box stores, there has also been a call to support local business rising from various voices. Things like Small Business Saturday (following Black Friday) was started by American Express to promote shopping at small businesses when you do your holiday shopping.

Even Forbes published a recent article on the importance of shopping at small, local businesses. Author Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle points out a number of misconceptions that keep people from shopping at local stores. One thing she reminds readers is that a small business will most likely go out of their way to get you something that is out of stock. A local business wants you to be their customer, so they will often go out of their way to help you. Excellent customer service is a big benefit of shopping locally.

Leinbach-Reyle also points out that local businesses often have a better and more surprising selection than a big box store and they are more likely to give back to your community. Shopping at local businesses keeps money in your local economy and helps the business owner maintain their livelihood. But there are also many benefits to shopping local to you, the consumer, like the Forbes article points out.

At SkinDeep Naturals, we are thankful that the Internet allows us sell our products far and wide. But our local customers have a special place in our hearts. For more information on our small-batch, locally made products, contact us at SkinDeep Naturals today.

How This Online Retailer Strives to Stay Green

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At SkinDeep Naturals, we are a Northern Colorado skin care line that focuses on all natural products, using ingredients from the earth, and sustainability. But when it comes to being a mostly online retailer packaging and shipping most of our orders, that can cause some problems for a company wanting to make as small of an environmental footprint as possible. So, we have worked to come up with creative solutions to make sure we remain true to our values.

First, we use packaging peanuts made from corn starch which means they are 100% water soluble.  Unlike traditional packing peanuts that sit in landfills or float around in the ocean for many years, our non-toxic packing peanuts can go straight into your compost pile or dissolve in the sink. And another bonus—they do not have an electrostatic charge like traditional packing peanuts do, making them a lot less of a hassle when unpacking your items.

The next step we take in our conscious packaging is to use newspaper end rolls from the local newspaper office. Newspapers are printed on enormous rolls, but there can be thousands of square feet of blank newspaper left on a roll after printing is done. We buy these leftovers for just a few dollars for our shipping needs. (Attention parents—these rolls are also perfect for art projects for kids!)

Lastly, we work with another local Northern Colorado business EcoEnclose to get our poly mailers for shipping. All their products are either biodegradable, recycled, recyclable or reusable.  Also, these poly mailers have 2 tear-tabs so that they can be sealed for 2 uses!

Hopefully you can see we strive to be intentional about each step in our process of creating natural skin care products that will help your skin and body. For more information about SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.

Why Fresh Skin Care Products Are Better Than Those Sitting on a Shelf

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Do you find it a little disconcerting to read the labels of your food and see they don’t expire for months or years to come? Or you have probably seen the horrifying photos that circulated the Internet a few years ago of a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries that were left out for 10 years unrefrigerated and basically looked as good as new a decade later. You would never accept eating a meal that had sat on a shelf for years, so why is it different with skin care products?

While you don’t ingest your skin care products, there are several compelling reasons as to why fresh skin care products are better. Skin care products weren’t meant to sit on a shelf in a warehouse for long periods of time, waiting to make their way to your local drug store or beauty store when you pick them up.

Products that last that long are full or preservatives and artificial ingredients that create that longevity. When you buy products from SkinDeep Naturals, you are buying products with fresh and active ingredients, without weird preservatives. They have a shorter shelf life, because like your food, they are best when they are fresh. Our products are small-batch and made to order. Can you say that about the last skin care line you bought at Macy’s or Ulta?

For more information on our process and the benefits of fresh skin care products, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.