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18 Best Skincare Products and Trends We Took With Us Into 2022

LESS IS MORE. The biggest, and most relatable, skincare trends of 2022 rolled over from 2021 – Skinimalism, At-Home Cryotherapy, Targeted and Personalized Skincare, and Natural (Realistic) Beauty. The focus is shifting to a gentler beauty routine, one that does not require a ten step skincare routine. Personalized and minimal skincare routines help us stay loyal to brands we truly love. At the end of the day, trends come and go, but we all have different skincare needs. Healthy skin should be the goal! In 2021 we tried a lot of skincare products. The brands that have a serious dedication to healthy skin and easy routine won us over. Here is what we took with us into 2022. FACIAL MASKS Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask Youth To The People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial BALM CLEANSERS Aypa Raw Face Cleanser and Moisturizer with Copoazu Ipsum Best Skin Cleansing Oil Balm EYE CREAMS Sahajan Ayurvedic Eye Cream Kypris Rich Nighttime Eye Cream EXFOLIATORS Moon Juice Acid Potion BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Tetrafoliant® 10% Peel Pads …

Beauty Discovery: Skincare Finds We Tried & Love Right Now

When shopping for skincare, the options are plentiful. At times it can feel like the market is overflowing with brands. Beauty discovery should not be complicated, which is why we test (someone has to do it), love and recommend brands for their effectiveness, toxic-free ingredients, transparency and innovation. Whether they are indie, luxury, spa, a household name or just starting out, we enjoy exploring the alluring world of skincare. Here is what we found this Autumn! Retinol Beginner VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Retinol products can be tricky. Our advice – start with a gentle formula, apply retinol at night and use sunscreen during the day. If you happen to be a first time retinol user or have sensitive skin, this Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is for you. We love a good retinol product, and VERSED passed our sensitivity test. It is gentle, yet effective, without being harsh on your skin. Best of all, it is affordable. They even added antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which means you get the glow but not the redness. Sleep …

Powerful Mushroom Supplements, Tinctures and Skincare To Try Right Now

Foraging for mushrooms is not exactly art – it is a cultural pastime and a culinary adventure. In most Central and Eastern European countries, foraging was not only a skill pased down by our caregivers, it was at times a necessity. When I close my eyes I can still remember the earthy scent of drying mushrooms in our attic. The precious trophies were sliced and laid out on newspapers in the hottest and driest place in the house. It was a bounty any forager would be proud of and a promise of warm winter soups and a special cabbage dish for Christmas dinner. Among europeans mushroom picking can get quite competitive, and you never reveal the locations of your finds. Certain fungi typically grow in the same spot where you found them the year before. Immigrants brought this hobby with them to the US and never gave it up. Every fall my father still seeks out mushrooms and promptly makes a soup unlike any you will find at a fine restaurant. Foraging in the US …

Celebrating National Lipstick Day: Cheer Up Your Lips With These Brands

The ritual of humans coloring their lips has been around for thousands of years. Lip colors, their source, and the vessels they came in have changed throughout the years – thankfully in 2021 we have the option of transparency on ingredients and even design. Considering we ingest some of the lip color throughout the day, that is a very good thing. Lipstick is not going anyplace, in fact it the one stable product which sells no matter the economy. Even if you love lipstick due to mask wearing we have had to do without. Let’s change that today and put on a bright color to cheer up your day. Here Are Our All Time Favorite Clean Brands For Lipsticks That Stick Out In the Crowd. La Bouche Rouge Refillable Lipstick, Elsa Hosk x La bouche rouge collection Aveda Feed My Lips Collection of lipsticks, pencils and liquid color balms W3LL PEOPLE Optimist Lipstick, Brave Kjaer Weis Lipstick Glossier Ultra Lip hydrating shine + color Kosas Weightless Lipstick Rituel de Fille Devil’s Claw, Bright Red rms beauty …

How To Cool Off This Summer: Take a Cold Plunge In Style And Beat The Heat

It’s a heat wave! No matter how you choose to celebrate the longer hours of summer, do it with the right tools in hand. Presenting ways to stay cool and safe this summer. At-Home Cold Plunge Don’t have access to a pool? On a particular hot day, cool down with a cold bath. Yes, a cold bath is a real way to bring the temperature down, improve circulation, relieve depression, and improve deep breathing. If you are afraid to take the plunge, cold showers are a great way to help you ease into a cold bath. When it’s truly hot and humid, you likely won’t mind getting in. Limit your time until you cool down, physically and mentally. The trick to tolerating a cold shower or bath is to take deep breaths, with slow exhales. If that still seems like too much for you, try the contrast shower. First shower as normal, then at the end switch between cool and warm, 20 seconds each. End your shower with cool. This therapeutic shower will improve your …

8 Toxic-Free Dry Shampoos Honoring National Dry Shampoo Day

Yes, National Dry Shampoo Day is real. Our obsession with dry shampoo began about ten years ago, but little did we know of all the harm it can do to our hair, scalp, and the environment. No, we have not given up on dry shampoo entirely. In fact, giving our hair a break during the pandemic has made us want to use it even more. If you are in need of a cleaner dry shampoo, look no further. We compiled a list of our top eight brands to try, and fall in love with right now. Vegamour GRO Dry Shampoo Vegamour has become synonymous with hair wellness. This modern brand focuses on hair growth and their GRO Dry Shampoo is no different. The plant-based dry shampoo is fortified with the same proprietary blend of phyto-active ingredients found in their best-selling GRO Hair Serum. Using it will ensure a healthy hair ecosystem, plus the volume and texture you desire. It is 100% vegan, clean and cruelty-free. Lulu Organics Hair Powder Lulu Organics packaging will stop you …

The Most Nourishing and Luscious Body Butters You’ll Ever Experience

SOOTHING SELF-MASSAGE TO THE RESCUE We said it before and we will say it again – skin is your largest organ, one that protects you, feed it luxurious skin food and it will thank you back with health and radiance. Testing body care products is one of our favorite perks of the job, and these brands know how to quench the thirst with hydration and flurry textures. ENGLISH LUXURY If your budget allows for one luxurious collection this winter, make it this English brand. Lola’s Apothecary has artisans whip up each and every product, and their body soufflés are beautifully designed glass tubs of goddess containing a fragrant cloud of tranquil aromatherapy. The one-of-a-kind scents will have you keep coming back. As soon as the product touches your skin it melts in like butter. Among other rich ingredients, this soufflé is made up of shea butter, coconut oil, and rosehip CO2. Use it as a skin treat after a bath or shower, and let it all seep in with a proper self-massage. WHIPPED INTO PERFECTION …

Sleeping Beauty: Overnight Masks, Serums & Potions For Restored Morning Skin

The sweetness of slumber is even sweeter when you wake up with soft and radiant looking skin. A healthy sleep hygiene is a beauty secret we often hear about from doctors and skincare experts alike. We all want to look refreshed and restored, but in reality naps and eight hour sleep schedules compete with life and stress. So, let effective products pull their weight in lending a hand in your quest for the best skin of your life. The goal is not perfect skin, but healthy and happy skin. All you have to do is take good care of your skin before bed, and the rest is taken care of by nature and science. We’d call it magic, but a lot of hard work has gone into these creations. Here is our list of tried-and-true products that are so effective, you see instant morning results. SLEEP & RESTORE Commit to better skincare, then reap the results in the morning. “Some things are best done under the moon and stars.” This is exfoliation season and we’re …

Product Highlight: Kansa Organics Kansa Wands

Kansa Organics Takes Face Massage To a Whole New Level PRODUCT HIGHTLIGHT | Kansa Organics Massage Wand Massage plays an essential role in the Ayurvedic healing system. In fact, the healing power of touch can be traced back to India as far back as 3000 BCE (or earlier). The Kansa Wand was born out of that belief, practice and love for massage. When it comes to facial, and body massage, we find this tool to be far more sophisticated than facial rollers and even Gua Sha tools. The reason for this is its history rooted in healing the mind and body and easy to use design. We find ourselves using it a lot more often than other tools, and adding it to our skincare arsenal has greatly improved our love for facial and body massage. WHAT IS THE KANSA WAND? The Kansa wand is a small domed tool (shaped like a bell or a cup) that can be used to massage the face + body. Kansa wands are made with India’s sacred and healing metal (Kansa). …

Skincare Spotlight: Skincare That Will Change Your Mind About Facial Oils

While many understand the benefits of using facial oils, cleansers and serums, some stay away from them. One of the biggest misconceptions is that a facial oil will clog up pores, result in break outs, and sit on your skin while feeling greasy. This could not be far from the truth. In fact, a lot of facial oils are excellent at reducing pore size and clearing up acne. The trick is to know what type of facial oil is right for you. Dermatologists agree, acne is likely to be caused by dry skin due to overwashing or using drying face washes. If you are prone to breakouts, look for ingredients like tea tree oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. In addition, look for labels that say: clarifying, healing, dry oil, lightweight, and balancing. For those with dry skin, using a facial oil is a no-brainer. Any kind will do, but for ultimate effectiveness, look for ingredients like rose, calendula and squalene. Our editor picks for oils that we know work, use unique ingredients, and won’t …

The Lipstick Effect: 10 Best Clean Makeup Products To Try Right Now and While Wearing a Mask

The pandemic has changed the way we spend money. Is lipstick still in demand? We know so. With today’s economic ups and downs, the lipstick effect theory is relevant once again. What is the lipstick effect theory? The theory states that consumers are less likely to spend money on large items or big luxuries during an uncertain economy, while opting to spend more on smaller luxury items instead. Skincare, wellness products and luxury cosmetics fall under that much sought-after category. In short, consumers will still invest and indulge in makeup. It makes them happy, and it certainly does not break the bank. Our clean beauty edit is always comprised of tried-and-true products, but we feel that it is more important than ever to personally try, and approve of what we recommend. Our seal of approval guarantees that we tried it, loved it, and will continue using it. Wearing a face mask makes makeup application a bit more complicated, but not entirely impossible. If you love makeup, as much as we do, try these non-toxic, colorful, …

Important & Useful Ways To Educate Yourself, Listen & Support the Black Community

Our world view is shaped by our environment, but we don’t have to remain within its bubble. Education is key. Let’s put some work into becoming better, more empathetic, and open minded people. If you feel like you have no idea how to feel, or what to think, then stop, and listen. This feels like what is hopefully a revolutionary time, one that will allow the black community be heard. It is time for change, the time has been long time coming. The beauty of life is that we can change and evolve. If you feel as if you have been living in ignorance of what the black community has endured, not just now, but for decades – this is what you can do. Amplify black voices and listen to their experiences, support black businesses, read educational books with different view points, get the facts and statistics of what goes on in your community, and provide a helping hand to the disenfranchised. The work will not be done in a day, but taking that first …