Summer Essentials- Sun Protection

sunprotection2Protecting your skin from the sun is very important. The sun can damage and prematurely age your skin as well as cause cancer. It is important to not only wear suncreen but protective clothing and gear like hats and glasses.

Picking a sunscreen can be hard, especially since so many of them are full of harsh chemicals. So what are the best and most natural options available?

Badger Balm– This is one of my all time favorites. They use non-nano particle zinc oxide and have SPF’s ranging from 15 to 35. They even have a bug repellent sun screen!

Miessence– This is a great sunscreen with a lower SPF at 15 (third parties rated it at 29.5 though). It uses at least 70% certified organic ingredients and the rest are naturally produced minerals it contains no synthetic chemicals or GMO’s.

Green Beaver- Here is another certified organic sunscreen. They have a face, and spray version available!

Be sure and get a good pair of sunglasses, here is what the EWG’s Sun Safety Campaign has to say about how to pick the best sunglasses.

  1. Buy a good pair of general-purpose medium to dark sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound design (Health Canada 2010). UV can enter the eyes from the side. As well, light shining from a source behind the head can be reflected off the inner surface of sunglasses and into the eyes, making the shape of the curved sunglasses particularly important (Behar-Cohen 2014). Daily-use outdoor sunglasses should block 60 to 92 percent of visible light and UVA rays and 95 to 99 percent of UVB rays.
  2. Wear sunglasses from morning to night.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor and avoid bright midday sunlight.
  4. Don’t wear lightly-tinted “cosmetic” sunglasses when outdoors. They do not protect the eyes sufficiently.
  5. Don’t wear sunglasses made for prolonged sun exposure for driving because they are deeply tinted and can block up to 97 percent of visible light, 98.5 percent of UVA rays and at least 99 percent of UVB rays. Overly dark lenses interfere with the driver’s view of traffic signs and signals.

 

Have fun and be safe in the sun!

 

Look out for the next part of our Summer Essentials Series “DIY Sunburn Spray”.

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New Certified Organic Product Line!

MiessenceProductRangeHigh2 Moms Natural Skin Care is so excited to be selling a new product line Miessence. This line is certified organic. Many of it’s products are certified food grade organic which means you could technically eat them! They use the freshest ingredients possible and none of the ingredients are exposed to synthetic chemicals. They do not use water in their products instead they use aloe vera so that their products are not tainted with any of the chemicals in tap water.

All of their products are made fresh every month then delivered straight to your door. They do not use any fillers so the products are muchmore potent than others on the market. They may be a little on the pricey side but in my mind it is totally worth it for the quality of ingredients and the openess of their company.

I will be putting up a whole section about the company and the products soon, until then if you have any questions just ask me and I will be glad to answer.

Products 101 from Miessence on Vimeo.

https://www.miessence.com/2momsnaturalskincare/en/

DIY Pineapple Face Mask and Exfoliator

pineapple2This is a great recipe for those with acne prone or dry peeling skin. Pineapple is high in salicylic acid and other enzymes that help exfoliate your skin and break down dead skin cells. It almost acts as a light skin peel and moisturizes your skin too. I use this mask once a week and it has helped my skin so much, it has almost completely stopped my breakouts!

Here is what you’ll need.

1/2 Pineapple cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until it forms a runny paste. Apply to clean damp skin and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse off.

Your skin will feel so soft after this.

Message To a Future Mom

As a mother and volunteer at a special needs therapy center this video is so touching to me. Today, March 21 2014, is World Down Syndrome Day, so please take a moment today to find out more about down syndrome if you do not know much about it already and please share this video and bring awareness to others about Trisomy 21.

 

Remember each person is unique, important, and special no matter their perceived “disability”.

To find out more about World Down Syndrome Day go here.

To find out more about Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21 go here.

DIY At Home Spa Day

aromatherapy-massage-spa-fashion-health-free_408857  So we had a bunch of snow here a few weeks ago and I was stuck in the house for the week with my husband and babies. I decided that since he was going to be home, I could take a day and treat myself while he watched the kids.

I started off with a nice hot oil hair treatment.

After that I did a great facial steam using essential oils.

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Cutie Patootie Booty Balm

So we have another new product out. Our Booty Balm! I love this stuff and have been using on my twins since they were born, it has taken me six months to perfect this recipe. Lots of small batches and quality control checks on first myself then the twins. We have have finally come up with a product that we are proud to call ours and love to use on our own children. Because why sell something if you won’t use it yourself?’

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So what is so great about this Booty Balm you ask?

Well first off we have included some wonderful healing herbs!

  • Chamomile- Soothes rashes and reduces inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties.
  • Calendula-This herb helps disinfect the skin it also has soothing and immuno-stimulant properties.
  • Comfrey-High in calcium and vitamin C. It is anti-inflammatory and speeds healing due to high levels of allantoin present in the herb.

We have also put in some great antibacterial butters and oils:

  • Cocoa Butter- Full of antioxidants in vitamins, it is gentle on skin and a great moisturizer.
  • Coconut Oil- This is anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, and has even been shown to kill yeast. It is also a great deep moisturizer for skin.
  • Shea Butter-Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Strengthens skin and stimulates collagen production
  • Sweet Almond Oil- Full of vitamins A,B, and E.
  • Olive Oil- Has anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties
  • Lavender Essential Oil- Lavender essential oil helps stimulate skin cell growth as well as being anti-bacterial.

We also have three optional ingredients that you can request be added at checkout:

  • Zinc Oxide-Provides a thicker water barrier. We use non-nano particle  zinc oxide so that it is not absorbed by your babies skin.

Or

  • Arrowroot Powder-Absorbs moisture.
  • Neem Oil- Anti-bacterial. This stuff is great if baby has a yeast infection. It does smell rather strongly of garlic/grass though.

This product is also great for other skin conditions:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Minor rashes and burns
  • Bugbites

You can get Cutie Patootie Booty Balm here.

 

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease.