We often reserve the term “Peak Performance” for endurance-related activities, from athletics to cognitive stamina. Particularly in our Western culture, how hard we push, and even how little we rest, has become synonymous with ambition. “Pulling an all-nighter” or “burning … Continued
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 … Continued
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
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
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.
With the rise in awareness about ingredient safety, a host of new organizations, technologies and certifying bodies have cropped up as well, each with the aim to help educate and navigate the ever-changing landscape of formula transparency. EWG pioneered the movement with the launch of SkinDeep Database and Skin Deep App, followed by their EWG Verified certification, launched in 2015. Blogger-activist Sarita Coren recently took an in depth look at Skin Deep, and offered a unbiased account of its strengths and limitations to help citizens understand how to best use this tool. Also on the scene, Think Dirty is another popular tool that rates ingredient safety.
Recognized by its rich aubergine skin and loved for its succulent sweetness, Mangosteen reigns as the ‘queen of the fruits’ in India and Southeast Asia. While it may be small (only about the size of a fig), it packs a … Continued