Natural Beauty

How to Make A Custom Face Oil Blend (Perfect for YOUR Skin)

Looking to make your own face oil blend or face serum? It’s really so easy! Let’s take a look at the difference between essential oils and carrier oils, which of each are best for your unique skin needs, how to properly dilute essential oils in carrier oils, and how to use your custom face oil blend. Originally Published on Apr…

The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Looking to add essential oils to your skincare routine? Wondering which ones and how!? Let’s take a closer look at which are best for your unique skin needs, how to safely use essential oils on skin, and some fun, simple ways to start adding them to your routine! Originally Published on February 16, 2014 | Updated on April 26, 2020…

Why Face Oils? Are They for Everyone?

Oil on your face!? Oh absolutely. No matter your skincare goal — silky smooth moisture, keeping pores and skin clear, slowing the signs of aging — face oils belong in your skincare routine. Over the years, I’ve tried dozens of different face oils. Their unique vitamin and mineral contents, scents, and textures in addition to the varying fatty acid compositions…

A Holistic Esthetician’s Guide to the Ultimate At-Home Facial

How to do a facial at home? A holistic esthetician shares her simple formula and best tips for the ultimate spa-worthy, at-home facial! There’s nothing quite like that post-facial glow. But fitting a regular visit to the spa into your schedule or budget can be tough. Luckily, you can give yourself a spa-worthy facial at home following a simple formula…

My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare And Beauty Routine

Looking to make the switch to an all-natural skincare and beauty routine? Wondering where to start and which products actually perform!? Take a peek inside my super simple routine, targeted to prevent blemishes and fight the signs of aging… naturally of course! UPDATED ON JANUARY 5, 2020 A lot of readers ask me for all the details on all the…

Gua Sha Tools vs. Jade Rollers: What’s The Difference?

Gua sha and face rollers have become incredibly trendy recently, though they have a long history that’s rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. But what do these skincare tools do exactly, and is there a difference between the two? Let’s take a closer look at gua sha, face rollers, the benefits of each, the differences between the two, and whether they’re…

The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

Face oils are a wonderful addition to your natural skincare routine, but they’re not one-size-fits all! Let’s take a look at the best face oils for each different skin type: blemish-prone, oily, dry, aging or mature, and sensitive or irritated skin. So maybe you’ve heard about how amazing face oils are for your skin… How face oils are naturally rich in…

All About the Skin Microbiome: Expert Skinterview with Jasmina Aganovic

What is your skin microbiome and how can we keep it healthy and balanced for healthy, clear skin? In this interview, I sit down with Mother Dirt founder and CEO Jasmina Aganovic to talk all about the skin’s microbiome. Welcome to the Expert Skinterviews Series, where I sit down with experts in the holistic health and wellness fields to discuss…

5 Ways Your Anti-Acne Skincare Routine May Be Making Your Acne Worse

As with diet, topical skincare and beauty products can either help to heal and balance the skin to prevent breakouts… or make acne way worse. Even your anti-acne skincare routine may be contributing to your breakouts. Here’s how. I see it time and again with new clients: with the best of intentions, they’re accidentally making their acne worse. They’re using…

This 3-Ingredient Exfoliating Matcha Face Mask Gives Skin an Instant Glow

This simple 3-ingredient DIY face mask gives skin an instant glow thanks to exfoliating yogurt, hydrating honey, and high-antioxidant matcha green tea. It’s great for all skin types — even (especially!) acne-prone skin. One of my absolute favorite homemade face mask recipes is also one of the easiest to make… And made with ingredients many of us already have waiting…

6 Foods to Kick off Your Dinner Plate for Clearer, Healthier Skin

There’s no doubt about the fact that our diet impacts our skin. After all, the skin is the body’s largest organ, and the body is one complex, interconnected system. How could it not!? The foods we eat can impact the skin in a number of ways: Calm inflammation OR inflame the skin, accelerating aging and instigating acne and other inflammatory…

Your Hormones Impact Your Skin. But Can Your Skincare Impact Your Hormones?

There’s no doubt about the fact that your hormones impact your skin — just ask any teenager, pregnant woman, woman in the midst of IVF or who just stopped hormones birth control, or menopausal woman experiencing breakouts! And as we age and estrogen decreases, our skin loses elasticity and moisture. Elevated cortisol slows wound healing, thins the skin, and can…

Oil Cleansing Method 101: How to Wash Your Face with Oil

Have you heard about the oil cleansing method or washing your face with oil? Wondering if or how it works!? Let’s take a look at: How the right face oils keep skin clean and clear Which carrier oils and essential oils are best for the oil cleansing method The exact steps to follow to wash your face with oil I…

Luxurious Tangerine & Rose DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

A homemade body scrub that’s undeniably spa-worthy? This luxurious Tangerine and Rose Sugar Scrub recipe smells amazing, leaves skin silky smooth, and is incredibly easy to make! What if you could have a luxurious spa day EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK? Multiple times a week? Without even having to leave the comforts of your own home!? Well you can easily transform your…

Moisturizing Mojito DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for a DIY sugar scrub that smells amazing, leaves skin silky soft, and is incredibly easy to make? This Mint Mojito Sugar Scrub recipe is it! Skin in need of a little pick-me-up after hibernating all winter long? Nothing a great sugar scrub can’t fix! Not only do sugar scrubs exfoliate the skin and slough away dead skin cells,…

My Hunt for the Best Natural Mascara (Spoiler: Found it!)

Looking for the best natural mascara and daunted by all the different options? Well I’ve done all the footwork for you — I put 8 popular natural mascaras to the test. Which one came out on top? Let’s take a look… I don’t always wear makeup… but when I do, it’s mascara. With one swipe of a little wand, I suddenly…

Gua Sha: The 5-Minute Face Massage that Gives Skin a MAJOR Glow

Gua sha facials and at-home gua sha tools are becoming more and more popular… and for good reason. You’d be surprised at what this simple face massage can do! By stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow, gua sha keeps skin healthy, clear, and youthful. Here’s everything you need to know. “No flow, no glow!” These words forever changed my skincare routine….

The Best Natural Sunscreens (for you AND the environment!)

Not all natural sunscreens are created equally: some will leave you looking like a ghost while others sink into the skin and provide a mega dose of free-radical fighting antioxidants! After trying oh so many different options over the years, here are the absolute best natural sunscreens I’ve tried… Looking for the safest, best natural sunscreen that won’t leave you…

DIY Hot Coconut Oil Hair Treatment with Essential Oils for Thick, Healthy Locks

Are you using coconut oil for hair care yet? This simple at-home hot coconut oil hair treatment moisturizes hair, improves scalp health, and prevents breakage for thicker, healthier hair. *pours coconut oil over entire life* Have you heard this joke before? It makes me giggle every time! Because every naturalista knows coconut oil is Mother Nature’s duct tape! It’s a…

Why Coconut Oil Does NOT Belong On Your Face + Which Oils to Use Instead

Is coconut oil good for your face? Contrary to what you may hear from many (misinformed!) health and beauty bloggers, coconut oil for face skincare isn’t a great idea. In fact, for many people it’s a downright terrible idea! Here’s why. Do the benefits of coconut oil have a place on your face? If we gave out Golden Globe Awards…