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Where to Find All Things Fall in Northern Colorado

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Who doesn’t love fall? The colors are changing, hello pumpkin spice, fall decorating, cozier weather—so much to enjoy! At SkinDeep Naturals, we are busting out our cozy socks and sweaters and wanted to share with you all our favorite local fall things here in Northern Colorado.

Lattes at Dutch Brothers

Arguably the most popular new drive through coffee shop around, Dutch Brothers is the perfect place for your to fulfill your pumpkin spice craving. Although they have lots of other fall flavors to try if you aren’t into the pumpkin spice. Try a cinnamon roll latte or one of their tasty spins on a chai latte. They have convenient drive through locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and are coming soon to Greeley as well.

New Sweaters

Housed in the lovely Jessup Farm, Heyday is a wonderful boutique to visit if you need a new fall sweater. Support a local business and update your fall wardrobe at the same time! They have lots of other fun things too if you are in the mood for a little shopping.

Fall Fun for the Family

Speaking of Jessup Farm we recommend their Fall Fest, this year held on October 6th, if you have young children. This is a fun and free event for the family, geared towards families with younger children. You can grab a coffee from Bindle to sip on while your littles get to decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted, and learn about beekeeping. The event is from 10 am until 2 pm.

If you were looking for somewhere to get your fall fix, we hope this gives you some ideas. And for your natural skincare needs in Northern Colorado, please contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Summer Skin Care Tips

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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.

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.

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.

A SkinDeep Naturals Story

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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.

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

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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.

2 Simple Tips to Defy Your Age

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People—especially women—are often looking for ways to look and feel younger. But while there is nothing you can do to turn back time, there are simple things you can add to your daily routine that will help you defy your age. We aren’t talking about visiting the medispa for hundreds of bucks a pop, we want to give you tips that you can apply today, for a reasonable price or even for free.

1)    Get Your Beauty Sleep: There is a reason why they call it beauty sleep. Athletes and movie stars alike will swear by sleep for maintaining their skills and looks, to the tune of 12 hours a night. While that isn’t possible for most of us, getting 8 hours of sleep a night will help you both look and feel younger. While we are sleeping, our body produces the growth hormone, restoring and rejuvenating your body. Skin cell renewal is also at its peak while you are sleeping. So, getting your rest will help your body feel young and your skin look fresh.

2)    Use a Good Night Cream: Speaking of sleep and skin cell renewal, using a good night cream will help you maximize what your body already does naturally. Revitalizing Night Cream from SkinDeep Naturals is intentionally designed with natural ingredients to make your skin look and feel younger. Neroli essential oil, wheat germ oil, frankincense oil, Immortelle, and carrot seed oil work together to moisturize your skin, boost your collagen, and reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles.

It’s as easy as that! Getting good sleep and maximizing your body’s regeneration by using a night cream will help you defy your age, both in your body and in your appearance. For more information on SkinDeep Naturals natural skin care line, 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.