The #1 Secret to Effortless Natural Beauty, Perfect Skin and Hair!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

What if I told you that you’re slathering toxic, cancer-causing chemicals on your skin every day?

Not to fall prey to sensationalism, but for many of us, it’s true!  Most of the products you are using every day on your skin, hair, and body are loaded with more toxic chemicals than beneficial ingredients.  These chemicals:

Dramatically increase your risk of many different types of cancerCause all kinds of skin issues, exacerbating sensitive skin, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, eczema and other irritationsDry out your hair and scalp, cause split ends, and reduce hair vitality and moistureDisrupt your hormonal balance, leading to a whole slew of issues including, but not limited to, fertility issues, PMS, elevated estrogen (for both genders), and weight gainIncrease your risk of passing along birth defects to your unborn babiesAnd more general unpleasantries

Plus, these toxic chemicals are horrible for the environment!

But guess what?  Going the natural route is less expensive, more effective, and actually good for your body!  But you need to use the right stuff…

In my next free webinar in my magical, secret-revealing 3 webinar series, I’m going to share:

My #1 Secret for Effortless, Natural Beauty, Glowing Skin, and Lustrous Hair

We’re going to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, and  you’re going to save yourself and your families a whole lot of health problems down the road by listening in and making a few simple changes to your daily beauty and grooming routines.

This free webinar will take place on Friday, February 21st at 12pm EST.

Click here to register!

This webinar is especially important for you if you’re pregnant (or planning to be), have kids, have a family history of cancer (or have had any precancerous cells in the past), or if you just want to extend your life and be your most beautiful, glowing self without all the nasty disease-causing side effects!

Hope to see you there!

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The #1 Secret to Effortless Natural Beauty, Perfect Skin and Hair!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

What if I told you that you’re slathering toxic, cancer-causing chemicals on your skin every day?

Not to fall prey to sensationalism, but for many of us, it’s true!  Most of the products you are using every day on your skin, hair, and body are loaded with more toxic chemicals than beneficial ingredients.  These chemicals:

Dramatically increase your risk of many different types of cancerCause all kinds of skin issues, exacerbating sensitive skin, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, eczema and other irritationsDry out your hair and scalp, cause split ends, and reduce hair vitality and moistureDisrupt your hormonal balance, leading to a whole slew of issues including, but not limited to, fertility issues, PMS, elevated estrogen (for both genders), and weight gainIncrease your risk of passing along birth defects to your unborn babiesAnd more general unpleasantries

Plus, these toxic chemicals are horrible for the environment!

But guess what?  Going the natural route is less expensive, more effective, and actually good for your body!  But you need to use the right stuff…

In my next free webinar in my magical, secret-revealing 3 webinar series, I’m going to share:

My #1 Secret for Effortless, Natural Beauty, Glowing Skin, and Lustrous Hair

We’re going to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, and  you’re going to save yourself and your families a whole lot of health problems down the road by listening in and making a few simple changes to your daily beauty and grooming routines.

This free webinar will take place on Friday, February 21st at 12pm EST.

Click here to register!

This webinar is especially important for you if you’re pregnant (or planning to be), have kids, have a family history of cancer (or have had any precancerous cells in the past), or if you just want to extend your life and be your most beautiful, glowing self without all the nasty disease-causing side effects!

Hope to see you there!

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What to Look for in Natural Skincare

The world of natural skincare and beauty is definitely having its moment, but just because something claims “organic” or “natural” on the label, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Just like with everything we put in our mouths, we have to be super conscious of the ingredients we are putting on our skin.  Check out the awesome infographic below to help you know exactly what to include and avoid to be truly naturally beautiful.

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6 Best Natural Sunscreens To Use This Summer!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Best Natural Sunscreens

Sunscreen is one of those problematic areas of natural beauty: on one hand, you need it to prevent skin damage, cancer, and premature aging; on the other hand, most commercial sunscreens actually do more damage than good, by soaking harmful, hormone-discrupting, and carcinogenic chemicals (like oxybenzone and homosalate) into your skin!

Thankfully, the natural beauty has finally caught up with demand, and there are now lots of great mineral sunscreens on the market that offer up all the protection you need, without the damaging side effects.  Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be found in our top picks below, alongside some awesome, potent ingredients that your skin will love! Of course, all the products we recommend are paraben-free and cruelty-free.

For All-over Protection:Yes To Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen (SPF 30)

We love the Yes To lines for their affordable, potent, and natural skincare products that you can get at your corner drugstore (check out our review of the full line), and their natural sunscreen is no exception.  In addition to safe mineral sunscreens, you also get the benefit of cooling organic cucumber extract, antioxidant green tea, and soothing aloe.  A win-win!

Aubrey Natural Sun Active Lifestyles (SPF 30)

This moisturizing formula is loaded with hydrating oils like macadamia and kukui nut, which improve your skin’s texture and are beautifully anti-aging.  In addition to powerful mineral sunscreens, this tropical-smelling sunscreen also jojoba oil, shea butter, and aloe to nourish skin and counteract the effects of the sun.  Pretty much a perfect all-over sunscreen!

Coola Sport (SPF 35)

This moisturizing sunscreen from Coola is mostly organic, super water resistant, and stays on top of your skin, making it super effective.  It’s also loaded with awesome skin-nourishing ingredients like coconut, kukui, and safflower oils, and protective nutrients like arnica, plankton extract, and citrus.  It also smells amazing!

For Face:100% Pure Argan Oil Facial Moisturizer (SPF 30)

This powerhouse moisturizer is absolutely jam-packed with all our favorite skincare nutrients like argan oil, aloe, green tea, rosehip, grapefruit seed, and tons of herbs to provide all kinds of healing and antioxidant care for beautiful skin.  It also has  super high zinc oxide content, which ensures the most protection for your skin if you’re going to be out in the sun!

Coola Cucumber Matte Finish (SPF 30)

Ideal for normal and oily skin, this light, line-smoothing, matte-finished mineral sunscreen is packed with antioxidants, and skin beautifying ingredients.  Rosehip oil, evening primrose and flax, plankton, cucumber, and shea butter make this a powerhouse formula for skin protection and beauty.

Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer (SPF 30)

For those of us who like an all-in-one product, this tinted moisturizer provides light, even coverage, tons of antioxidants like organic apple, cucumber, white grape, and of course, safe mineral sunscreen.  It’s super hydrating with coconut, sunflower, and jojoba oils, and provides anti-aging awesomeness with plant-based hyaluronic acid.  An awesome BB cream that just keeps on giving!

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Best one-stop natural beauty shops!

The last few years have been super exciting in the world of natural beauty. Not only are major retailers like Amazon, Sephora, and Target carrying many organic beauty products side by side with beauty industry mainstays, but the last few years have also brought on a whole new crop of online natural beauty retailers only carrying products that meet a strict set of guidelines regarding ingredients and quality.  Whereas I used to have to scrupulously read every single ingredient in reportedly natural products at major retailers, now I can pretty much completely trust that if a product is stocked in one of these online one-stop natural beauty shops, they meet my high standards of safety.

I’ve been using several products from each of these awesome online shops for the better part of a year now, and love the brands they carry, their great mission statements, and their commitment to quality, safe, organic beauty.

Here are my three favorite one-stop natural beauty shops!

Renew Bath & Body

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This lovely online shop carries 20 brands, all of which are all-stars in the natural beauty world.  From longtime favorites like 100% Pure, Suki, and Whish to rising organic beauty brands like One Love Organics and Sumbody.  They only carry products that are sulfate, paraben, and animal by-product free, and are committed to healthy, effective skincare and home products marry nature with science.  I’ve been obsessed with the 100% Pure Coffee Cherry Sun Damage Corrective Cream (currently out of stock in the shop, but it’ll be back soon!), which I’ve been using on my face and back of my hands to counteract the sun damage I started getting since moving to Los Angeles.  I love the whipped texture, the yummy smell, and of course, the good-enough-to-eat ingredients that are characteristic of 100% Pure (stay tuned for my full review of more of their products!).  I also love love love the Sumbody Milky Rich Salt Scrub, with sea salt, pistachio and sunflower oils, and goat’s milk, which has been amazing to use on rough patches on my arms.  Sumbody also has a line of baby products that are infused with essential oils, with adorable names like Go to Bed Sleepyhead and Baby Dew Laugh, designed to uplift, soothe, or calm your little one.  I can’t wait to try them!

They also carry some awesome men’s products like Beardology beard oils, washes, and balms, and New York Shaving Co. products, as well as beer-infused soaps from The Beer Soap Company.  In addition to skincare, Renew Bath & Body also has a few other favorite products of ours, like wine-infused handmade soy candles from Rewined, and cult favorite stainless steel water bottles from S’Well.

Renew Bath & Body also has a brick and mortar shop in Buffalo, NY.

www.renewbathandbody.com

 

The Organic Project

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The Organic Project is an Australian-based company that specializes in newer, small-batch companies, mostly out of Australia.  I’m so excited that they’ve brought their awesome natural beauty lines to the US! It’s been so fun trying out these amazing products that we don’t find here in the states. They carry 15 boutique natural beauty brands, many of which are certified organic, that span skincare and body care, makeup, and even natural fragrances.  I’ve love the Erica Brooke Deodorant Creme (we’ve been using the Him & Her unisex variety), that keeps me dry with coconut oil and baking soda, and yummy smelling essences of lemon, niaouli, peppermint and lavender.  I’ve been using the DnA Elements Herbal Bath Oil every time I shower, and have had the softest, smoothest, loveliest smelling skin.  And I’m happy to report that my quest for a non-clumpy, lengthening natural mascara has finally ended with Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara, which is luscious, shiny black lashes that don’t smudge, and are totally safe for my sensitive, contact lensed eyes.

They have so many other brands I’m dying to try, like the 100% natural fragrance sprays for men and women by Vanessa Megan (she even makes one for pregnant mamas that won’t aggravate sensitive noses and actually relieves morning sickness!), and Adorn Mineral & Organic Lipsticks, which look absolutely heavenly.

www.theorganicproject.us

 

Spirit Beauty Lounge

This lovely online natural beauty shop has been around for a long time (I first reviewed them in 2011!) , and carries a super broad range of organic beauty products and brands, and has super strict standards for brands they’ll carry, including a commitment to 100% recyclable or biodegradable packaging and long list of banned ingredients.  This is the place to stock up on all your favorite (or my favorite, if you’re new to switching over to organic beauty ; ) natural products like RMS Beauty makeup and nail polishes (the RMS Lip to Cheek Balm has made our top product lists over and over again), Rahua Haircare, and luxurious Tata Harper Skincare.  Spirit Beauty Lounge is also the best spot for gifting organic beauty products, with their awesome Gift Sets and gift guides (sorted into great categories like Baby Mama, Little Princess, and For Him).

www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 

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What to Look for in Natural Skincare

The world of natural skincare and beauty is definitely having its moment, but just because something claims “organic” or “natural” on the label, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Just like with everything we put in our mouths, we have to be super conscious of the ingredients we are putting on our skin.  Check out the awesome infographic below to help you know exactly what to include and avoid to be truly naturally beautiful.

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Nourish Your Skin with Nourish Organic + Mega Giveaway!

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The biggest complaint I hear from my readers about switching over to healthier, natural products is the cost.  I get it! Sometimes you have other things to spend that money on, and your beauty products just aren’t that high a priority.  So I get really excited when I discover effective, organic beauty products that are also affordable and accessible.

I’ve had my eye on Nourish Organic Skincare since I first spotted the line at Whole Foods. I noticed a full spectrum of natural beauty products at a super affordable price, and was really impressed by the list of natural, vegan, organic ingredients and cruelty-free ethos. So when I got the chance to try the products for myself, I jumped on it.

I found the Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser ($13.99) and Body Wash ($9.99) to be light, refreshing, cleansers that were super gentle and non-drying.  The face wash is loaded with detoxifying, cooling and balancing cucumber, aloe and watercress, and moisturizing coconut, sesame, sunflower and neem oils, and comes in a fragrance-free formulation that’s great for sensitive skin.  The body wash has a similar base, with the addition of vitamin E, coconut milk, jasmine and marshmallow.  It’s low sudsing, and left my body squeaky clean without drying it out.  I love the natural Almond Vanilla scent, but am excited to try the other delicious scents like Lavender Mint, Fresh Fig, and Lemon Thyme.

After cleansing, I loved using the Rejuvenating Rose Hip and Rosewater Body Oil Mist ($19.99) which deeply hydrates skin with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins.  It’s super lightweight, and left my skin soft, supple, and with a light lovely sheen after use.  The Renewing and Cooling Eye Treatment ($19.99) with avocado and argan oil is a daily standby for me, with it’s gentle, lightweight hydration and uniquely cooling metal applicator that de-puffs tired eyes.

At night, I love smoothing on the Replenishing Argan Oil Balm ($19.99) on any dry spots on my face and body — my chin, elbows, back of my arms with the delicious smelling roll on. Formulated with sweet orange, palmarosa, and cupuacu, this balm is amazing for evening out skin tone, improving skin’s elasticity, and most importantly, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Love love love it.

I also like the Organic Aluminum-Free Deodorant Cream ($9.99), which smells great, rolls on smooth, and kept me dry on warm summer days, though admittedly, I needed something a little more potent for super hot sweaty days.  It comes in several yummy scents, for both men and women, and is completely safe to use on the delicate underarm area, even during pregnancy!


 

And guess what?! I’m giving away the whole set of products above, a value of $89.99!

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6 Best Natural Sunscreens To Use This Summer!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Best Natural Sunscreens

Sunscreen is one of those problematic areas of natural beauty: on one hand, you need it to prevent skin damage, cancer, and premature aging; on the other hand, most commercial sunscreens actually do more damage than good, by soaking harmful, hormone-discrupting, and carcinogenic chemicals (like oxybenzone and homosalate) into your skin!

Thankfully, the natural beauty has finally caught up with demand, and there are now lots of great mineral sunscreens on the market that offer up all the protection you need, without the damaging side effects.  Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be found in our top picks below, alongside some awesome, potent ingredients that your skin will love! Of course, all the products we recommend are paraben-free and cruelty-free.

For All-over Protection:Yes To Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen (SPF 30)

We love the Yes To lines for their affordable, potent, and natural skincare products that you can get at your corner drugstore (check out our review of the full line), and their natural sunscreen is no exception.  In addition to safe mineral sunscreens, you also get the benefit of cooling organic cucumber extract, antioxidant green tea, and soothing aloe.  A win-win!

Aubrey Natural Sun Active Lifestyles (SPF 30)

This moisturizing formula is loaded with hydrating oils like macadamia and kukui nut, which improve your skin’s texture and are beautifully anti-aging.  In addition to powerful mineral sunscreens, this tropical-smelling sunscreen also jojoba oil, shea butter, and aloe to nourish skin and counteract the effects of the sun.  Pretty much a perfect all-over sunscreen!

Coola Sport (SPF 35)

This moisturizing sunscreen from Coola is mostly organic, super water resistant, and stays on top of your skin, making it super effective.  It’s also loaded with awesome skin-nourishing ingredients like coconut, kukui, and safflower oils, and protective nutrients like arnica, plankton extract, and citrus.  It also smells amazing!

For Face:100% Pure Argan Oil Facial Moisturizer (SPF 30)

This powerhouse moisturizer is absolutely jam-packed with all our favorite skincare nutrients like argan oil, aloe, green tea, rosehip, grapefruit seed, and tons of herbs to provide all kinds of healing and antioxidant care for beautiful skin.  It also has  super high zinc oxide content, which ensures the most protection for your skin if you’re going to be out in the sun!

Coola Cucumber Matte Finish (SPF 30)

Ideal for normal and oily skin, this light, line-smoothing, matte-finished mineral sunscreen is packed with antioxidants, and skin beautifying ingredients.  Rosehip oil, evening primrose and flax, plankton, cucumber, and shea butter make this a powerhouse formula for skin protection and beauty.

Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer (SPF 30)

For those of us who like an all-in-one product, this tinted moisturizer provides light, even coverage, tons of antioxidants like organic apple, cucumber, white grape, and of course, safe mineral sunscreen.  It’s super hydrating with coconut, sunflower, and jojoba oils, and provides anti-aging awesomeness with plant-based hyaluronic acid.  An awesome BB cream that just keeps on giving!

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Slay your 2016 #skingoals in 90 days

The new year is an awesome time to finally address all those skincare and beauty woes that are always standing in the way of you looking and feeling your absolute best, and I am here to help. In honor of this beautiful year of the monkey (hehe), over the next few months I’m going to post a series addressing all the skin and beauty issues you guys ask me about the most.  We’re going to vanquish your dry skin, brighten up that dull visage, eradicate redness, clear up acne, deep clean face and body, and smooth away wrinkles and bumps.  How’s that for some #skingoals? Whoa.  2016 is looking mighty fine, is it not?

To get us started, it’s crucial to have a regular daily, weekly, and monthly healthy skincare regimen. Doing a mask every once in a while, or drinking a glowing green smoothie when you feel like it isn’t going to cut it, ladies.  That covetable, confidence inducing radiance comes from committing to a regular routine of self-care. This awesome infographic from Holland & Barrett breaks it all down for you with easy to follow steps, and some great natural beauty DIY’s for a holistic approach to true radiant beauty. Ready, set, go!

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#skingoal 1: Drive Away Dry Skin#skingoal 2: Amp Up Anti-Aging#skingoal 3: 5 Steps to Clear Skin

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