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Say Goodbye to Sunscreen Irritation: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Sunscreen Removal for Sensitive Skin

Say Goodbye to Sunscreen Irritation: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Sunscreen Removal for Sensitive Skin

Is Your Sunscreen Aggravating Your Skin?

Do you feel as if your sunscreen is aggravating your skin? The truth is, it very well could be. For many people, the chalky, dragging feel of mineral sunscreen, which must be applied and reapplied to be effective, can start to irritate their skin. Regularly wearing water-resistant sunscreen to hold up against heat and sweat can cause clogged pores, bumps, and breakouts. It’s also difficult to remove because it’s water-resistant. But we have some solutions!

Proper sunscreen removal is crucial in preventing clogged pores, breakouts, and irritation on your face and body. Here is the best way to remove different types of sunscreen from your face and body:

Face Care: Removing Sunscreen Effectively

Step 1: Cleanse Your Face with Effortless Enzyme Cleansing Oil

The type of cleanser you choose is SO important. You need to use a cleanser that contains oils, instead of a water-based cleanser. This is because water-resistant sunscreens contain emollients that are designed to repel water. If you use a water-based cleanser to remove water-resistant sunscreen, it won’t break it down properly, which means you won’t be cleansing properly.

Apply Effortless Enzyme Cleansing Oil  to DRY skin and gently massage it for 60 seconds. Be sure to include your neck, chest, and upper arms if they need some TLC. After that, wet your fingertips and massage it through again. Then, rinse it off. The most important part comes next. Wipe the skin with a gentle washcloth to lift away everything you just dissolved with the cleanser.

Step 2: Apply an Antioxidant Serum

Since your skin’s natural antioxidant supply has been depleted from being outside (even if you applied a vitamin C serum in the morning), you want to restore it. This means applying an antioxidant-rich serum, high in Vitamin C plant oils like Luminous Liquid.

If it’s the end of the day and you’re headed to bed, give Luminous Liquid a chance to soak in, then follow up with Evening Gold for an added boost of nourishment.

Body Care: Removing Sunscreen Without the Hassle

Step 1: Cleanse Your Body with Our Hand + Body Washes

If you’ve used a mineral-based lotion sunscreen, hop in the shower and lather up all over with any of our hand + body washes. During the summer, we’re particularly partial to Pink Grapefruit + Fruit Enzymes Hand + Body Wash. Our washes are slippery and sudsy, effectively lifting the sunscreen without stripping your skin the way many liquid castile and bar soaps can.

If you have used a water-resistant, oily balm-based sunscreen, apply several pumps of our hand + body wash onto your dry skin before hopping in the shower. This is the same technique we suggest after a pre-shampoo oil treatment because the cleanser does an incredible job of cutting the oil when it goes on dry. If it’s super difficult to spread, wet your fingertips to give it more glide. Then you can hop in the shower, lather up, and rinse. You will definitely feel the difference.

Step 2: Replenish Your Body with Sun Solace Solar Recovery Body Oil

Just as you restored the depleted antioxidants to your face with Luminous Liquid Antioxidant Facial Serum, use our Sun Solace Solar Recovery Body Oil to replenish the rest of your body. It has the added benefit of three different plant infusions—lavender, calendula, and astaxanthin—plus carrot seed, red raspberry, and sea buckthorn berry oil to help your skin recover.

By following these steps, you can ensure your skin stays healthy, clean, and free from the irritation caused by sunscreen. The antioxidant oils help your skin recover from sun exposure. Say goodbye to clogged pores and hello to smooth, happy skin!

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Purple Shampoo: What I've Learned from 3 Years of Using It!

Purple Shampoo: What I've Learned from 3 Years of Using It!

For the past 3 years, my hair care routine has included consistent use of the award winning purple shampoo I formulated. It has been my go to solution for combating unwanted brassiness on the blonde ends and maintaining the vibrancy of my silver top. I’m sharing my insights into the benefits from a formulator’s perspective and also what I’ve learned from years of use.


Understanding Purple Shampoo

Purple shampoo, with it’s distinct hue, is not just a colorful addition to your shower routine and it should not be used by all hair colors. Composed of purple pigments, it serves a crucial role in neutralizing unwanted tones in light colored hair. Specifically, if you are blonde seeking to banish brassiness or you are someone with silver or gray hair looking to enhance cool tones, purple shampoo might just be your secret weapon.


How Most Purple Shampoo Works

There is a science behind color theory, and conventional purple shampoo works to deposit chemically enhanced purple pigments which will neutralize warm tones. So the orange brassiness that sometimes happens with blondes will become a cooler, ashy tone. The yellowing you see on gray or white hair will become cooler and brighter.

A secondary point of most conventional purple shampoos is to remove the yellowing buildup that becomes visible on lighter colored hair. This tends to be approached as most conventional  clarifying options are-with more cleanser. Unfortunately, this leads to over drying and stripping your hair along with depositing the purple pigment. Many people give up on conventional purple shampoos due to the drying effects and also the potential sensitivities from the chemically enhanced color used or their hair can get oversaturated with too much purple color leading to dullness.

How Vibrant + Violet is Different

The purple shampoo I formulated is an incredibly gentle blend of cleansers knowing that blonde hair and aging silver or gray hair can be a bit more fragile than other types. The violet color comes completely from plants so it is more gentle than it’s chemically derived counterparts and will not “stain” your hair as can happen with some conventional purple shampoos. The Vibrant + Violet line has 3 products that work together as  a system. I really encourage you to experiment with each of these products to find the best clarifying, color deposit and conditioning regimen that works best for your hair. 

Different hair types absorb pigment differently-so while the shampoo alone might be enough to brighten some hair types, others will need the clarifying effect and the deeper pigment that is offered by adding the Violet Booster into the Vibrant + Violet Shampoo. This violet powder can also be added to the purple conditioner and left on as a mask to increase tone on the ends of hair.

I also encourage you to incorporate another set of protein rich shampoo + conditioner into your routine to maintain the health of your hair. Vibrant + Violet intentionally does not contain any protein to allow for better pigment absorption. But your hair needs protein for maintaining moisture, bounce and shine so loop another one of our shampoos into your routine for best results.

In conclusion, my three year journey with purple shampoo has been eye opening! I’m incredibly proud that we have been able to offer a healthy, effective alternative for everyone with a sensitive scalp who can really benefit from looping purple shampoo into their routine. My transition from blonde to silver is still happening and I have been able to embrace it completely by toning and brightening my hair with this system.

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5 Expert Tips for Fixing Chapped Lips

5 Expert Tips for Fixing Chapped Lips

Here Are 5 Tips to Care For Your Sensitive Lips.

Here is why it happens, how to prevent it and what to do to fix them.

Why Do My Lips Get So Chapped in the Winter?

The truth is that  cold air doesn’t retain humidity very well. Moist air is usually warm air. So, cold air will pull moisture from the surrounding environment to balance. The result is that your lips tend to lose moisture faster than they can replenish it. (This is happening to the rest of your skin, too).

Add in the fact that:

  • Lips have a thinner moisture barrier compared to the rest of the skin 
  • Lips don’t contain any oil glands to secrete natural moisture 

You have the perfect scenario for sore, cracked lips. Ouch.

How Can I Fix and/or Prevent Chapped Lips This Winter?

1. Don’t Lick Your Lips

This one is easier said than done, but there are some really convincing reasons why you should avoid doing this. Remember how cold air tends to steal moisture from the surrounding environment? Well, every lick of your lips basically starts a wet-dry evaporation cycle that disrupts the skin’s natural barrier.

Also- saliva contains digestive enzymes so it  is subtly breaking down the lips’ barrier and causing cracking. Trust me, you’re not doing yourself any favors! Stopping the licking cycle  is one of the best things you can do to prevent chapped lips.

2. Skip the Lip Scrub. Instead, Exfoliate Your Lips With a Gentle Sugar Scrub or Soft Washcloth

Instead of a pre made lip scrub full of emulsifiers, preservatives and potentially irritating essential oils, try using a soft washcloth or adding sugar crystals to our gentle raw honey lip mask. These are safe ways to slough off the buildup of dead skin so your lip balm can moisturize more effectively. Both honey and sugar crystals are humectants that draw moisture to the area. That is what helps in healing-plus sealing the moisture in with a balm.

 

3. Check Your Lip Products for Potential Irritants Remember how I said you should avoid potential irritants in your lip scrubs? The same goes for all lip products (like glosses and lipsticks) as well as standard lip balms, too. Avoid using anything that leaves your lips feeling dry or plumping products that cause a tingling sensation. This sensation is actually a sign of irritation, so it’s definitely something you should try to avoid. Some potential irritants to look out for in these types of products include menthol, camphor, peppermint, fragrance, and essential oils.

***Expired lip balms are terrible irritants as well! This is not as common with petrolatum products which never go rancid-but petroleum is also not as beneficial as plant oils. Rancid lip balms will burn and irritate your lips as well as feeling dry and dragging on your lips. 

What turns them rancid? Leaving them places where they will freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw-like the cupholder of your car. Put them in your pocket instead.

4. Protect Your Lips With SPF

Your lips contain fewer melanin-producing cells than the rest of your skin, which makes them more susceptible to UV damage. A lot of people overlook using SPF on their lips, but it’s an important step because it protects them against skin cancer and prevents the breakdown of collagen (which is what keeps our lips looking nice and plump). I suggest applying your mineral facial sunscreen over your lips on top of our lip balm.  This is even more important if you’re into winter sports, like skiing, and you’re consistently exposed to UV rays.

5. Sleep With a Humidifier

Sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom can help address one of the root causes of chapped lips in the winter—dry air. By keeping the air moist while you sleep, you won’t have to start at square one each morning, making up for lost hydration. The closer to your bed, the better. 

Also-in case you were wondering, you cannot drink enough water to keep your lips and skin hydrated when the air around you is working against that. Yes, drinking water and keeping your internal organs hydrated is good. No, it will not reach your skin.

 

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10 Tips for Sensitive Skin + Scalp

10 Tips for Sensitive Skin + Scalp

Sensitive skin requires patience and a proactive approach to avoid irritation and discomfort. Everyone's skin is different, so it may take some experimentation to find the right products and routines that work for you. Go slowly and pay attention to what is working for you.
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Facial Oils Demystified: A Simple Guide to the Differences

Facial Oils Demystified: A Simple Guide to the Differences

Facial oils have rapidly gained popularity in the world of skincare, and it's no surprise why. These elixirs offer a wealth of benefits for the skin. But with the ever-growing array of facial oils available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your specific skin needs.
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After the flood: Practicing gratitude+resilience.

I truly mean it when I say that I have been blown away by the overwhelming support I have received following my home flooding last week. So many people wrote encouraging notes on their orders, stopped by the store, and shared our story. Thank you, thank you
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Vitamin C for Sensitive Skin

Vitamin C for Sensitive Skin

 In case you missed it, Vitamin C-especially in serum form- is all the rage. And while this antioxidant is beneficial for most people, those of us with sensitive skin have to proceed with caution. 
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Summertime Oils for Day + Night Skincare

Summertime Oils for Day + Night Skincare

Incorporating facial oils into your summer skincare routine can be a great way to provide your skin with nourishment and help it retain the hydration it needs to look and feel its best. 
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Reduce, Refill, Reward - Earn Points with Every Refill Pouch Return ♻️

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Reduce Waste, Earn Rewards – Return Your Refill Pouches and Earn Points Towards Your Next Purchase!

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Do You Really Need a Clarifying Shampoo?

Do You Really Need a Clarifying Shampoo?

Typically, clarifying shampoos are formulated with a higher percentage of cleansers to remove excess buildup or residue on your hair or scalp. 
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Defective Shampoo Pumps and How We’re Fixing It.

Defective Shampoo Pumps and How We’re Fixing It.

What started out as just a few defective shampoo pumps reported by just a handful of people quickly snowballed into a bigger problem. It isn’t that the pumps were locked or sticking. That happens sometimes. This was an issue that I couldn’t quite believe until I saw it happening myself. These defective pumps were just continuously pumping out shampoo when left alone in the shower.
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Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Hair Questions

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When doing a 1:1 hair consult, it seems like everyone has the same questions. I know that not everyone reaches out when they're wondering about something, so here is a rundown on the Top 5 Questions I get on repeat. It might make you feel good to know that other people are wondering the same thing that you are.
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