2020 Spring Awakening in Natural Skin Care

The first day of Spring is a month away but I am already seeing glimpses of plant-based beauty that lead me to think it’s time to get our skin out of hibernation, starting now. The year 2020 has brought us exciting avenues for skin care especially in the areas of technology, science and dermatology. Most importantly we are now more than ever looking at our lifestyle and making choices based on what kind of life we want to live. Such choices effect our mental and physical health and thus our skin. What’s on the inside of us effects the outside and vice versus, impacting our bodies in health and appearance.


In 2020 we will be looking at more personal and customized skin care practices and routines that influence our sense of well-being, as well as the sustainability of our choices and how it effects our environment.   We subscribe to a full spectrum, holistic approach that is good for us and our environment.


Plant Based Beauty is leading and soon to become our norm.  Plant based beauty involves:


  1. Vegan and cruelty free products
  2. Well-being of one’s self and our environment.
  3. Customized and personal routines with the aid of technology.
  4. Sustainability, upcycling, zero waste (Blue movement)
  5. Beauty merging with physical and mental health
  6. Old world practices merging with new technology and science


Upcycling is all about repurposing items to extend their life so we can avoid more over-flowing landfills. Sustainability is about streamlining packaging using recyclable and biodegradable materials. Or eliminating outside packaging altogether to make so called “naked” products. The Blue Movement is advocating zero waste and supporting environmental ethics that aim to protect the oceans and water supply.


We also see old world practices like Ayurveda mixed with new world science and technology. This blend of practices can balance the entire body, support digestive health (gut health) and optimize energy level. Science can help boost skin’s good bacteria, called microbiome or flora, keeping skin healthy and the skin’s barrier intact.


The use of technology like digital skin care journals and skin care apps will help us personalize and customize our skin care and wellness practices. Yet, we should always discuss specific skin care concerns with our skin care aestheticians and/or dermatologist for severe cases.


I came across two apps that I absolutely LOVE and they are FREE to download.  One is called ThinkDirty. This app identifies any risky or toxic ingredients in any product in their database.  They also offer a monthly beauty box!  You can also visit EWG’s Skin Deep database and plug in any ingredient and receive a rating on any ingredients.  The other app I found is called SunZapp. It can time your UV exposure and send you alerts and reminders when it’s time to reapply sunblock. How cool is that?


It’s an exciting time. We are changing our definitions and beliefs on what beauty is and what is important to us to feel happy and look good. Our lifestyle choices and where we spend our money lead that effort.  One thing we know for sure is that plant-based natural skin care is a healthy and sustainable way to always be in style!

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Give Your Sweetheart a Sensory Spa Experience at Home

Home is where the heart, head and back are these days. The annual U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey shows that 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home. Women spent an average of 2.6 hours, while men spent 2.0 hours a week doing household chores including housework, cooking, lawn care, and household management. As for leisure activity at home, watching TV occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day). It’s time to turn off the TV and enjoy some luxe wellness in your home! Here’s how you can create a sensory spa experience at home by focusing on and pleasing your five senses.


Sight – color

Warm, organic color tones inspired by nature promote feelings of health and wellness, bringing an outdoor airiness to even small rooms. Color psychology studies have shown the impact color can have on emotional well-being whether it elevates energy levels or relaxes the nervous system. Yellow, a warm color, encourages connection. Blue offers tranquility, harmony and calm. Green is a restful, relaxing, comfort color. For a spa experience the idea is to have one color flowing together in complementary shades, not a mish mosh of contrasting colors. Of course, clear any clutter from eyesight. Add a glow to your skin by cleansing, exfoliating, eating antioxidant-rich foods, and hydrating.


Sound – silence

The World Health Organization has warned that too much noise puts our bodies into a fight or flight mode that increases stress hormones, elevates blood pressure and aggravates skin conditions. Silence however relaxes the body even more so than when playing classical music. Enjoy the peace that silence brings. New brain cells linked to learning and emotion are created after two hours of silence. Communicate without words. Leave any electronic devices behind. Even the anticipation of an email, text or call draws your attention. Consume silence, most of our “aural diets” are overloaded with noise. Consider that it is the silent intervals around musical notes that trigger the most positive brain activity according to neuroscientists at Stanford University. Brain neurons fire in the absence of sound allowing the mind to maintain attention and set memories.


Touch – texture

A soft rug under your feet, warm bath water, plush towels around your shoulders. These tactile touches are felt through your skin and add interest to the intentional space you are creating for your spa experience. Explore the subtlety of touch. Touch soothes and bonds us with others. It stimulates oxytocin, the love hormone. While bathing massage the scalp, use a scrub or body brush to nurture your skin. Acknowledge the pleasure it brings. Moisturize your body using long strokes while applying a natural, organic body cream. Moisturizing is an easy, effective way to relax. Massage elbows, knees, ankles and feet using firm but light circular motions to calm the body and mind. Touch is the best way to regain focus and de-stress.


Smell – aroma

Natural aromas from lavender soap, flowers, or essential oils are some of the options you can use to breathe in the relaxing, romantic atmosphere you’ve created. Smell is our strongest sense associated with memory. Create an unforgettable experience by incorporating aroma in your mix of sensory details. A reed diffuser dispenses a favorite scent naturally. Skin care containing essential oils offers a subtle, fleeting scent to the skin.


Taste Red wine, ginger tea, chocolate

Swish a sip of red wine or ginger tea around in your mouth and savor its distinct flavor. Red wine contains resveratrol, a plant compound that helps relieve stress and is healthy for your heart according to recent studies. Ginger tea is known to relieve stress and tension. You may want to pair your beverage with a piece of dark chocolate that contains 70 to 85% cocoa. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants. It also contains flavanols that protect skin against sun damage. It improves blood flow to the skin and increases skin hydration.


These are just some ideas that can help you create a spa experience at home that celebrates the senses. We think you’ll agree that it’s better than working, doing chores, or watching TV.   (Image: Jonathan Borba | Pexels)