Tiny but mighty, chia seed oil packs more punch than most superfoods. Chia, often seen by its Latin name salvia hispanica on skincare ingredient labels, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. Native to Central America, it … Continued
Years ago, the spa I worked for was implementing the oil-cleansing method into their facial practice. It was my first introduction to oil cleansing and I remember how uncomfortable I felt as the company’s trainer slathered and massaged thick oil directly onto my dry, makeup-covered skin, not once, but TWICE. That’s right – a double oil cleanse to make sure my skin was really clean. Having suffered from cystic acne for much of my life, I was skeptical of the process, and a bit terrified about how my skin would respond. While some estheticians at the spa embraced this new practice, others shunned it. I was intrigued, but it wasn’t something I was going to do regularly. And I didn’t, until a few years ago.
I’ll admit it. I’m a chocoholic. And I don’t feel the least bit of shame about it. Thanks to the raw cacao bean, this is a guiltless pleasure that makes me happy from the inside out, and surprisingly, from the outside … Continued
Woman have been painting their faces for millennia, and while it’s easy to dismiss the act of self-beautification as superficial, we see it as downright spiritual. Let’s face it: anything with that kind of staying power is satisfying a deeply … Continued
Some would say the awareness of the natural beauty movement is growing, when in fact, it’s just a refined return to the way beauty products were crafted before the Industrial Revolution. Farm-to-skin, a seemingly new movement, is a remembering of … Continued
I remember it well; my first sighting of an Ayurvedic-inspired treatment on a luxury spa menu was in 1998. I had recently learned about Ayurveda from my mentor and Spa Director who was training under pioneering Ayurvedic sports coach, John … Continued
The next chapter to the sun and skin story addresses a very important theme: do essential oils lead to photosensitivity in the skin? As we shared last month, Beauty Heroes believes daily sunscreen use is a non-negotiable. And we recommend a physical non-nano zinc … Continued
Just face it. Literally. It’s summer, so sunscreen should be taking a front-seat in your skincare regime. And while we’ve all been told that wearing sunscreen daily is essential to preventing premature aging, sun damage and skin cancer; the summer … Continued
Can lipgloss make us more compassionate? For Katie Hess, flower alchemist and founder of Lotus Wei, the answer lies not only in the ingredients, but in the intention. When she collaborated with Modern Minerals to create a line of Emotive Makeup, she intuitively selected her own flower and gemstone essences that are known to dissolve negativity and promote clarity and loving kindness. Fully bloomed flowers are hand-picked at the the exactly right moment in their moon cycle and after several dilutions, only the energetic imprint remains. This is the essence of flowers, and for Katie, it is the sacredness of her art form.
Ever wished for the proverbial ‘blue pill’ to alleviate major skin concerns like redness, irritation, rashes or burns? We discovered something better, safer and more magical than any pharmaceutical. It’s found in nature, of course, and through a fascinating process that involves enzymes, inhibitors and catalysts, this botanical compound, called chamazulene, offers healing gifts to the skin. It’s been studied for the potent anti-inflammatory effects has when applied on the skin. A natural anti-histamine, the phrase ‘chamazulene effect’ was coined due to its calming properties.