DIY Face Masks

At home DIY facial masks are fun, simple, affordable and effective! One of my favorites is to simply use organic plain whole yogurt. You can mix honey into this if you want to and your skin will eat this up! Use one or two tablespoons and massage into clean damp skin. Then let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes and remove gently using a washcloth and warm water.

Another mask that I love to do weekly is a French green clay mud mask. Here in San Luis Obispo, we have a great little store called the Secret Garden. You can find French green clay there as well as a Moroccan red clay. Depending on your skin type, you can mix this mud powder with different things to achieve different results. You can use cranberry juice for skin that is prone to acne or if you are looking for an anti-aging mask, mix the powder with green tea.

Think of a mask as a really good meal for your skin. Your skin is considered a non-vital organ. Your body will feed all of the other vital organs before providing to the skin. It will actually suck water and nutrients out of the skin to feed vital organs inside of your body. When you apply a mask to your face you're feeding your skin directly!

I have also blended up some great masks using things like avocados, raspberries and bananas. If you looking for something to utilize in a mask that would be lying around your home, use natural ingredients that are packed full of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. What's preferable about doing this as opposed to a store bought mask is your skin is getting fresh enzymes and ingredients that may still be alive and active versus something that has been sitting in the jar.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED IN THE WINTER

During the winter, it is important to keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. Here's how you can do that!

The first step is to exfoliate. Ideally you want to exfoliate daily. If you don't have an exfoliant, don't panic! If you have baking soda, you can easily use a baking soda slough. It is pH balanced and great for your skin. Be careful though! Some exfoliants can be really harsh on your skin and do more damage than good. The molecules in baking soda are perfect for removing dead skin cells that cling to the surface of your epidermis. If you look at the skin closely under a magnifying lens after using a harsh scrub, you can see lots of little abrasions. It feels like it's scrubbing really well but it's actually causing little cuts and scrapes on the surface of your skin.

If you want an exfoliant that will penetrate past the epidermis, we at Poppy Products make a certified organic custom blended enzyme peel. (You can email us at info@poppyproducts.com if you would to order.) Using an enzyme peel not only dissolves the dead skin cells on the surface but it also penetrates past the epidermis to promote new cell growth, turnover, and renewal.

With that being said, you want to treat your skin gently in the winter. You don't want to over exfoliate and expose your skin to the elements like sun and wind. Doing something like a baking soda slough daily in the shower is a perfect way to exfoliate and then following with a deeper treatment like the enzyme peel, once a week. Also, if you know that it's going to be cloudy and rainy, the winter is a good time to do a series of peels at your aesthetician or dermatologist.

After you exfoliate, always follow with a good hydrating toner and then your facial oil, serum, or cream.

In the winter it pays to spend extra attention on your hands feet, knees and elbows. Exfoliate them before bed with a loofah and then apply a rich hydrating cream like cocoa butter or Poppy Organic Orange Blossom Baby Lotion.

Recipe: Natural DIY Hand Sanitizer

Make your own all-natural hand sanitizer!

Traditional hand sanitizers are made from rubbing alcohol, which is a byproduct left over from making propane. It is a toxic substance and can be fatal if swallowed.

That's why making your own all natural hand sanitizer has many benefits!

First: it's super affordable. Even if you're buying your hand sanitizer at the dollar store, making your own is still cheaper.

Second: if you or your children accidentally swallow it, it won't be a problem!

And third: it does not dry out your skin like the other alcohol based hand sanitizers do.

As always, leave me comments below on your thoughts on this recipe, and let me know if you have one of your own to share! 

Essential Oils for Seasonal Relief

Happy May, everybody!

It’s great to see so many flowers blooming, especially here in SLO, where you can see them dotting the hillsides with purple and yellow. But I know for a lot of people, those flowers mean itchy eyes and sneezing fits - allergy season is in full swing. 

You could turn to over-the-counter drugs for relief, but they have side effects. They also only address the symptoms versus treating them. Using essential oils will help calm your symptoms naturally. Essential oils offer seasonal allergy relief without any side effects - and chances are, you might even have some of these in your home already!

The best essential oils for allergy relief are lavender, peppermint and lemon. They are both a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.

You can take one or two drops of each in a small glass of water or into empty veggie capsules like these ones. Just be absolutely sure that the bottle says it’s safe to take the oils internally!

You can also diffuse them in the air by using a diffuser like this one or putting a few drops of each oil into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture into your mouth, onto the bottoms of your feet or around your chest and sinus area.

Make sure to apply your essential oil treatment a few times a day for best results, so you’ll be able to go outside and enjoy those beautiful blooms sprouting everywhere!

Do you have any natural seasonal relief you swear by? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Recipe: Natural Sunscreen You Can Make At Home

I'm so excited to introduce my blog! 

Since summer is right around the corner I thought for my first post I would share a delicious natural sunscreen recipe that I make every year for my friends and family.


Why wear natural sunscreen?  Toxicology experts agree that chemicals (like oxybenzone) found in traditional sunscreen can potentially cause damage to skin cells and even lead to skin cancer.

Making your own sunscreen is so simple.  Its as easy as making a batch of cookies.

A very simple way to make your own sunscreen is to add two tablespoons of non-nano Zinc Oxide to 8 oz. of natural lotion (like the POPPY organic orange blossom baby lotion).

If you would like a water resistant sunscreen, use the following recipe:

  • melt 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil
  • add 1/2 cup of organic jojoba oil (you can also use almond or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup of beeswax pellets

  • 2 tablespoons of organic shea butter

  • (optional:) essential oils of your choice. I love lavender and frankincense these oils are soothing & skin rejuvenating and smell delicious.  I personally always add helichrysum (aka Immortelle) to up the SPF.

Pour all of these ingredients into a clean mason jar and then add

  • 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide (nano zinc has too small of a particle and will absorb into your skin)

Use a pot-holder, contents may be hot.  Screw the lid onto the glass jar and shake to blend the ingredients together.  Do not inhale the zinc oxide.  As the liquid cools you can pour your sunscreen into whatever container you like.

NOTE: No sunscreen is “waterproof” it is a lotion that washes off after time.  When a sunscreen is labeled waterproof that is just a term used for marketing purposes.  It is smart to reapply sunscreen every 20-30 minutes while in the water. 

Some oils that naturally contain SPF:

  • Helichrysum essential oil: 30-50 SPF
  • Red raspberry seed oil: 28-50 SPF
  • Carrot seed oil: 38-40 SPF
  • Shea butter: 5 SPF
  • Almond oil: 5 SPF
  • Coconut oil: 4 SPF

Do you have a favorite natural sunscreen recipe? Tell me about it in the comments!