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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

A SkinDeep Naturals Story

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

If you already use our Northern Colorado natural skin care products, you might know a little bit
about us. But in this blog post, we wanted to let you know more about our passion and our
story.


SkinDeep Naturals is the invention and passion of Jessica Anderson—a mother, wife, and
entrepreneur in Loveland, Colorado. Jessica worked as an esthetician while putting herself
through college and fell in love with an Ayurveda skin care line used at her day spa. Later, while
working in the I.T. industry and staying home as a mom, Jessica found her friends and family
often approached her with questions about skin care because of her history of working as an
esthetician.


In 2008, Jessica decided to put her training and passion together to create a line of natural skin care products for the whole family—SkinDeep Naturals. She opened an Etsy store and then
became both an online retailer while several local shops began selling some SkinDeep products in-store.


At SkinDeep Naturals, we value using truly natural ingredients to create products that alleviate
common skin issues like teen acne, adult acne, premature aging, rosacea, and dry skin. We
want to make our products accessible and affordable. Each product is made-to- order, meaning it is created in small batches and doesn’t sit on the shelf for months until it gets purchased. In Colorado, people tend to value what is healthy and natural. We want to spread our product to others throughout the country and the world who appreciate natural products and taking care of themselves and the Earth. For more information on our products or what we believe at SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.

Protect Your Skin Naturally with Raw Elements Sunscreen

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We may be out of the dog days of summer, but if you have any fall camping trips planned or know you will be hitting the slopes this winter, now is a good time to stock up on a few products we love from Raw Elements. As a Northern Colorado natural skin care company, we know that you are just as likely to get a sunburn on a hike during Indian Summer as you are in the heat of July.

Since we love supporting other natural skin care lines that share our vision, at SkinDeep Naturals we sell two Raw Elements products, the SPF 30 Sunscreen and the Tinted Sunscreen Travel Stick.

The travel stick is great as a daily moisturizer, or slathering on your kid’s face before they escape your grasp. It is full of certified organic minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants so you can feel good about putting it on your face every day.

If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean this fall or winter and want to snorkel in a reef, the sunscreen is reef safe. This means it won’t leave behind any toxic chemicals that will harm the coral or fish. Some snorkeling venues around the Caribbean even require this kind of sunscreen so it is a great buy if you have a vacation coming up.

If you want to remain diligent about protecting your skin year-round, check out the Raw Elements Sunscreen and Tinted Sunscreen Travel Stick. For more information, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Product Highlight—Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Refill

Product HighlightsJessica AndersonComment

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.

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

Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

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.