Holiday Gift Must-Haves | Mini Gift Guide

Our annual guides aim to make holiday shopping personal, thoughtful, and more than a little natural. We’ve got you covered from gifts for family, teens, teachers, soap lovers, and more. Don’t procrastinate- these natural gifts don’t last long.

Scents of the Season

 

Zum Christmas Chi – Spruce & Sage

This Glow Votive is a little ballad of seasonal scents that make the days brighter and fills your home with the true Christmas spirit. Enjoy this candle and make your home a little jollier this year. Great gift for the Christmas enthusiast. Check it out.

Bourbon Cedar Candle

This beautiful copper vessel with a cedar top for storage emits bourbon cedar features with notes of rich red cedar and smoky vanilla. This candle is perfect for the man in your life that wants to keep it casual with his candle arrangement. Get it here.

The Christmas Collection

Goodlight has given you the perfect holiday collection to deck the halls in your home this year. Think scents of orange clove and cinnamon. With vanilla nutmeg and cardamom. Finally, infuse the season with noble fir. We can’t decide between the three of these season scentful packed tins. Get them all.

Deck the Shower with Soap

 

Good Tidings

The scent of almond is a holiday favorite. Now you can carry that scent around with you all day long while you enjoy scratch made soap by A Wild Soap Bar. May your days be merry and bright with this natural holiday soap. Stock up.

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning is a special day, but you don’t have to experience it just once a year. This soap combines essential oils to leave you feeling and smelling like Christmas. Get it now.

Bundle Up

We just can’t decide. With goat’s milk and 100% pure essential oils in the Holiday Zum Bundle from Indigo Wild, you’ll get moisturized skin without stripping your natural oils or making you feel dry and parched. The Green (or Red!) box contains 9 ounces of Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Sample Size Soap Slivers so you can easily use them without having to hassle with a bulky bar. Indigo Wild brings you high quality, handmade, all natural goods made with pure essential oils. These gnarly avengers say no to all things toxic, manufactured, harsh, chemical and unnatural. Buy the bundle.

Silver Bell Bath Lovers

 

Bath Bombs Trio

Jump into a warm and essential oil luxury bath with some of Hugo Natural’s bestselling bath bombs. This trio will destress your skin and your soul this season. Unwind, relax and get it here.

Chakra Around the Tree

The Zum Chakra Salts Gift Pack pairs an invigorating scent with each of the body’s seven chakras. Infused with shea butter, pure essential oils, and all-natural micas, these natural sea salts will help you balance and align your chakras and relax into a higher plane this holiday season. Sink in and soak here.

Elfs a Foot Candy Mint

Deep Steep’s Candy Mint Therapeutic Foot Scrub conditions and nourishes skin while exfoliating to reveal soft, smooth skin. Enjoy the soothing effects of Peppermint essential oil while revitalizing the senses with the scents of the season. Scrub and Soothe here.

Get Glowing Protocol

Are you ready for this? I have selected some specific Soap Hope products that work together to support the skin’s optimal turnover, circulation, healthy boost, and supple balance. Sound good? Then follow this AM/PM protocol 1-2 times a week to revive the skin, even out the tone and get it glowing for the next holiday party, special occasion or just because you’re feelin’ it!

P.M. ROUTINE:

At night, your skin is solely focused on rejuvenating itself while you sleep. The following heroes set the stage for success, starting with a super yummy pre-cleanse…my favorite part!

The Pre-Cleanse with Badger’s Sea Buckthorn Face OilSea Buckthorn CO2 Extract, which contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, along with Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, is awesome to soften and soothe. Massage 2-3 pumps of oil into damp or dry skin to loosen makeup, dirt, and soften debris in the pores. Use light, upward strokes to the face, neck, and chest to stimulate healthy blood and lymph flow, which helps the skin hydrate and detox more efficiently.

Full Cleanse with Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon + C Creamy Cleanser. Lather up a nickel-sized dollop of cleanser with water and work it over using only your fingertips. Rinse with luke-warm water and gently pat dry. Vitamin C and juice from Meyer Lemons naturally work to brighten and Manuka honey protects moisture balance and healthy microflora on the skin.

Enzyme Exfoliation is never better than with ACURE’s Brightening Vegetable Peel. Pineapple and papaya fruit enzymes digest and loosen the dead, damaged layers, and decongest the pores. Chlorella Growth Factor And Kale dive deep to feed active skin cells firming superfood power to even skin tone and boost collagen regeneration. Apply a thin layer to face, neck, and chest for 4-8 minutes (depending on your sensitivity level). Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Tone with Zum Face’s Lemon-Geranium Zum Face Gentle Facial Toner.  A good toner is key to bring your skin pH back to a more acidic happy place. This one engages aloe, marshmallow root and rosemary to help soothe inflammation, redness, and bring lovely hydration. Apply to an organic cotton ball or cotton round and lightly spread to face, neck and chest.

Moisturize using Olivina Age-Defying Day & Night Face Rescue (a line designed for men but excellent for ladies too!). As the skin works hard rejuvenate while you sleep, it’s also losing a lot of hydration in the process. That’s why I love this light application of omega 3,6 and 9 through two of my favorite oils…Olive and Hemp Seed! They help draw moisture from the air into the skin with their humectant properties. Also full of essential amino acids they help support younger, smoother-looking skin and reduce inflammation. Plant-derived squalene acts as a natural lubricant and skin barrier to protect and slow moisture loss. It also helps boost the penetration of other ingredients.

Now sleep tight, beautiful!

A.M. ROUTINE:

Once you wake, it’s key to cleanse all that your skin has shed and purged overnight, and apply optimal acidic protection and support for the day.

Cleanse/Exfoliate with the ACURE’s Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub. Moroccan red clay helps gently draw impurities from the pores as black jojoba beads softly slough away the dead skin cell layers you loosened the night before. It helps improve skin clarity and elasticity, stimulate collagen support, and most importantly, soothe inflammation to moisturize, remineralize, and brighten!

Tone once again with Zum Face’s Lemon-Geranium Zum Face Gentle Facial Toner. Remember, the skin is happiest at a more acidic pH. Even water can be too alkaline and stripping, so a toner like this helps to re-establish your acid mantle and pull more hydration into the skin with aloe and glycerine. Apply to an organic cotton ball or cotton round and lightly spread to face, neck and chest.

Moisturize using Olivina Age-Defying Day & Night Face Rescue. A bean-sized amount will do and don’t forget to apply to your neck and chest too…hey, that rhymed!

Seal the deal with an additional pump of Badger’s Seabuckthorn Face Oil. This extra kick of nutrition in a lightweight oil delivery adds brightening, plumping and skin firming radiance. 1 pump pressed into the skin on top of your moisturizer, protects your hydration and supplements your barrier function for optimal support from the weather, pollution, and irritations of the day….now that’s what I call the perfect cocktail for the skin!

You are ready for the day…glow on with your bad self!

Three Tips to Tame Thanksgiving Indigestion

When this time of year rolls around, gratitude is in the air. Even if we’ve weathered some storms over past months, we’re thankful for so much. But that stomachache or hazy food hangover that follows a holiday meal? Not so much.

Yes, there is a dark side to the holidays that few take seriously but most feel internally: gastrointestinal distress. When you approach the holidays as permission to overindulge, a pleasant occasion can precipitate minor discomfort or degenerate into physical agony—and every gradation in between.

This isn’t merely unpleasant. According to the healing tradition of Ayurveda, which minces no words when it comes to indigestion, this is the root of all disease. Moreover, indigestion impairs fertility and compromises the nutrition of the children you might already be nourishing. It’s a multigenerational problem!

So you do well to mind your tummy this holiday season, for your future health as well as your temporary comfort. These 3 simple tips can help.

Chew your food

This is a fundamental, easy, but often overlooked step, yet the mouth is central to human digestion.

While Ayurveda has lauded saliva for thousands of years, modern scientists are finally latching on. In fact, one researcher built a laboratory simulator of the human digestive system and though confronted with all the wonders of our internal structures, concluded that chewing is the single most important step in the process. It allows saliva to moisten food and mix with enzymes that begin the breakdown of starch. It’s also critical for the proper production of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), which contrary to popular opinion is deficient in 90 percent of people experiencing heartburn.

So do yourself a favor and avoid acid blockers for digestive distress; they actually do more harm than good (but that’s a topic for another day). Instead, try chewing your food.

Aim for 25 to 50 chews for each mouthful of food, or simply make the food a paste or liquid in your mouth. Follow the adage “chew your liquids and drink your food,” meaning that even beverages should get active mastication and your solids should be liquid before they’re escorted down your esophagus.

Drink this tea

If digestion is seen as a fire, then cold substances put out that fire, impairing the whole process of metabolic breakdown, absorption, and assimilation of nutrition, ultimately creating a breeding ground for disease.

Tea to the rescue! Warm beverages stoke that digestive fire, and enlisting the aid of herbal helpers makes them exceedingly effective.

Cumin, coriander, and fennel (CCF) are powerful digestive spices that create a synergistic blend. As a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for a number of gastrointestinal symptoms, CCF tea deserves a place at your holiday table. Sip it mindfully (read: no chugging) before, during, and after that Thanksgiving feast for less distress.

New mothers also love this drink! In addition to gently removing gas, relieving abdominal distension, and enkindling the digestive fire, the CCF combination aids hormone balance and milk production. Mildly laxative and diuretic, this easy-to-prepare tea benefits both mother and baby, since fussiness may be due to digestive discomfort.

Ginger is also a well-known digestive aid. Gently warming with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, fresh ginger features liberally in autumn and winter fare, as well as postpartum cooking. In fact, Ayurveda affectionately dubs it the “universal medicine,” so throw in a few slices regardless of your season in life!

Cumin-Coriander-Fennel Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • fresh ginger, peeled and sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring seeds, water, and optional ginger to a boil on the stove.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes or more.
  3. Strain and serve hot.

Offer thanks

Not merely reserved for holiday gatherings, a prayer or word of thanks to inaugurating eating encourages optimal digestion.

Pause to breathe deeply (more on that here) and express gratitude before a meal. When done with intention and awareness, this practice switches the body from a state of stress (the sympathetic nervous system) to a state in which we can rest and digest (the parasympathetic nervous system). It not only turns off the stress signal and better regulates immune function but also releases more digestive enzymes and bile, helping your body assimilate the food that comes next. Likewise, pausing for a moment at the end of the meal preserves that parasympathetic state and allows for a more lasting sense of satiety and gratitude.

Conscious breath and a centered heart encourage mindful eating and being fully present, a rare state in our lives of busyness and multitasking. So set the to-do list aside, turn off that football game, and enjoy the sensory engagement and pleasant conversation of a slow meal shared. Your digestion—and your overall well-being—will thank you for it.

Gratitude really is the best attitude—for optimal digestion and so much more. Invite it to your table this season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you want further support, Soap Hope carries products that improve digestion and more. Have you tried these?

Stacy Claxton is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P) and an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) specializing in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She offers a range of services that merge the laboratory investigation of her FDN training and her foundational background in Ayurveda and yoga. As an educator and a clinician, she believes strongly in the transformative power of diet and lifestyle and desires to inspire wise stewardship in the realm of holistic health. Stacy is one half of the dynamic duo behind Preparing to Parent (P2P), where she and her identical twin, Erin, are “growing families with purpose…on purpose.” To learn more about Stacy’s private practice and the mission of P2P, please visit www.preparingtoparent.com.

Sewing A Brighter Future

Inocencia Gomez is a strong woman with a happy spirit and a loving heart. This mother of five children operates a sewing business – creating sheets, curtains, furniture and much more for her community – and sells beauty products on the side.

Hard work has brought this woman a life she loves, but she has not always experienced such happiness.

With the first loan from Esperanza of only $45 dollars, she took the reins of her business and became the author of her own success. The capital enabled Inocencia to buy whole rolls of cloth for the first time, which greatly increased the efficiency of her business and the value of her products.

Over the course of twelve years and with the help of twenty loans, Inocencia continued working and growing her company. She increased her creditworthiness enough to buy a motorcycle, which allowed her to sell her handicrafts in multiple locations including a nearby beach for tourists.

With each loan, Inocencia’s business improved. She bought new equipment and higher quality fabrics, making her business one of the premier sewing operations in her community.

With each improvement came increased profitability, enabling Inocencia to provide a better life for herself and her family. “Now I can buy my food without credit. I’m much better because, with Esperanza, I’ve remodeled my house. Look at the little kitchen I’ve started.”

Inocencia even has enough money to help others in her community, often helping to pay for funerals for those whose families cannot afford them.

As for her future, Inocencia has high hopes for her and her children. “I always hope to live better than how I live now and to help my children live a better life than I had.”

5 Must Fall Cleaning Tips

Fall is the perfect season to complete maintenance projects around the house. The air is slightly cooler, but it’s still not cold enough for outdoor work to be uncomfortable. And since you will soon be spending more time indoors, plugging air leaks, checking and cleaning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as ensuring little creatures haven’t made your home their home for the winter ahead will help make everyone comfortable and safe in your home.

For a beautiful home outdoors and warm indoors, follow these fall care tips.

Clean the porch and terrace

Your porch and deck will not be used as much in the colder months, so take the time to sweep and wash them. If you have plastic garden furniture, use a solution of Better Life dish soap and warm water to wash the table and chairs. Dry your furniture well before storing it or covering it with a waterproof tarp.

If you have potted plants on your porch or deck, bring them indoors before the mercury drops below 60 ° F (16 ° C). Take this time to remove the dead leaves or transfer them to a new pot, if necessary.

Seal slots, windows, and doors

Checking for air leaks in windows and doors prevents cold air infiltration into your home and saves you money on your next heating bill. Several leaks can be identified through a detailed visual inspection of each entrance and window. Less visible leaks can be identified by an infrared thermometer that will detect cooler air temperatures around doors and windows, indicating leakage. Seal these leaks the right way with a sealant that can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Clean and repair the gutters

Remove dead leaves, feathers, and dirt from the gutters before they damage them. Remove large debris using your hands, and then use a small tool such as a spade or garden shovel to remove smaller debris. Remember to install gutter guards to prevent gutters from being clogged in the future.

Fertilize the lawn

To make your lawn greener and healthier next spring, fertilize it in the fall. The roots absorb and store nutrients during the cooler months more than in any other season. For best results, be sure to use the right fertilizer for your lawn and your area. We recommend a natural fertilizer or perhaps even visiting your local farmer for some uh really natural fertilizer.

Check the status of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

When mercury falls, we tend to spend more time indoors preparing hearty meals, watching TV next to the fireplace and celebrating the holidays with our families. That’s why it’s so important to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year, in the spring and fall. First, tell everyone in the house that you are going to test the detector. Then ask someone to stand as far as possible from the detector in the house. If he or she cannot hear it well, you may need to install more detectors in areas where the sound is attenuated. Finally, press the button for the test and hold it down. Change the batteries if the sound is weak, if there is no sound, or if the batteries were last changed more than six months ago. Dust, all detectors with a feather duster, accumulated dust in the grids, could prevent the detector from working, even if you changed the batteries recently.

Heating to point

Check the boiler and purge the vents to eliminate air that may have accumulated in your circuit, as it will impair its operation, it will improve distribute heat and reduce annoying noises.

The chimneys should be checked once a year to remove the soot stuck to their walls. In this way, we will make sure that it works correctly and that the smoke goes out without difficulty while avoiding the possibility of a fire.

Finally make your home feel the warmth of the season with a candle or two throughout. Check out the seasonal scents here.

Are you being “cleanwashed” by big beauty?

Don’t ever fall for cleanwashing!

Stop! You’re checking your dictionary for the meaning of “cleanwashing.” You won’t find it there—this practice is still pretty new and it might take a while for the term to be part of contemporary English.

So, what is cleanwashing?

It means marketing products as “clean” or “non-toxic” without backing up these claims, especially when the claims are not true. It is similar to greenwashing, where products are marketed as being “green” or “environmentally-friendly” when in reality they are not. You should be careful, as cleanwashing is the newer version of greenwashing. Nowadays, words like “clean,” “non-toxic,” “organic,” and “natural” might be misleading. Just because a product is labeled “clean” or “non-toxic” doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Always check the ingredients. Learn what the mean, how they affect you, and how to pick what is best for you. Check out Soap Hope’s product and ingredient rating system here.

So, what does “clean” really mean?

The term “clean,” when it comes to beauty and skincare, has no clear-cut explanation or meaning. No government or third-party certified standard exists to qualify a product as “clean.” Because of this, manufacturers of skincare and beauty products have the leverage with their definition and explanation of clean. As consumers increasingly demand natural and clean products, most brands label their products as clean, non-toxic or natural, and have very little evidence to back up those claims. Amongst the few that make their standards public, they make it so ambiguous that you end up more confused than before. In the end, it becomes more difficult to tell what’s safe from what isn’t.

Are you being cleanwashed?

How do you spot out cleanwashing from all the product claims out there?

Simple! When you’re out shopping for beauty products, watch out for the terms “clean,” “non-toxic,” “chemical-free,” “active,” “plant-based,” “handmade,” “organic,” or “safe” on the product labels.

Though some of the traditional products with such labeling will be more effective than their conventional alternatives, others might be wolves in sheep clothing. It is crucial to set your own benchmark for clean, so as not to fall for cleanwashing. Having done that, you have to do your research and if you discover any of these things, then you’ve caught cleanwashing right in the act:

  • the manufacturers refuse to reveal their standards, even after claiming to be clean or non-toxic on their labeling.
  • when they reveal their standards, they make it ambiguous—if a manufacturer has skeletons in their cupboard, they’ll intentionally make their standards vague, or hide it altogether.
  • There is no team or individual that can be held responsible for their standards.
  • They do not convey the meaning of their ingredients properly or the sources for those ingredients.
  • They say one thing on their product labeling, but the ingredients sing a completely different tune. Always read the ingredients.

Don’t fall for cleanwashing

Aha! Now that you can spot out cleanwashing by due diligence, how do you weed it out on the go? By becoming an ingredients expert of course! By having a good understanding of what ingredients constitute a safe, natural or organic formula for body and skin care products, weeding out cleanwashers becomes an easy task. Before going for any product that claims to be clean, non-toxic, organic, or natural, ensure to scrutinize the ingredients list to see if the ingredients match the huge claim. Most brands indicate natural or organic ingredients with an asterisk. Check out the ingredients we ban at Soap Hope here.

If you come across an ingredient that you’re unfamiliar with or are in doubt regarding its safety or functions, ensure to look it up.  We have many resources at our fingertips now to learn about any ingredient’s concern or safety.

Now that you have a clear understanding of what to look for, be bold enough to choose brands that you can trust and that their products work best for your skin. Always look out for transparency, as the real “clean” brands will have nothing to hide. Shop smart! Shop Soap Hope 😊

A Block Party

Carmen was our last interview at the end of a long week – a week filled with early mornings at sunrise, action-packed afternoons, late evening dinners and debriefings. Not to mention that every woman we had sat down with up to this point had extraordinary stories to tell, which led us to ask the question… “Is every story we hear going to be powerful and emotional?”

I’m not going to answer that quite yet, at least not until I share more about Carmen.

As you walk into Carmen’s house, the first thing you’ll notice is how meticulously clean it is. The floors? Spotless. The walls? Pristine-ly decorated. The furniture? Rather exquisite. But then we were greeted by Carmen – with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Her smile radiated throughout the room and made everything else seem, well, unnecessary. She was so excited to meet us and even more excited to be hosting us in her home. Her excitement and enthusiasm spread through our team like wildfire and made me feel like this was the first interview of the week!

Before I could explain too much, Carmen grabbed my hand and said: “Let me show you my businesses.” Businesses? As in plural? Sure enough, she walked us a short way up the street and showed us a block of stores. She said, “These are mine.”

Three separate stores. And big ones, too. One was all about footwear. Any Nike or Adidas shoe you can think of, she sells it. Next door is a colmado, or convenience store, and finally, there’s a motorcycle repair shop. Now she doesn’t manage these all herself – her son helps run the stores and her grandchildren help out too. In fact, when I asked to purchase a couple gallon jug of water, her 10-year-old grandson jumped in and explained to me that that was his job. He took me around to the spot where they kept the filled jugs – keys in hand – and retrieved one for me. I asked him if I could carry it back to Carmen’s house but he wouldn’t give it up. He insisted he is the one to carry it there.

Now back to Carmen. After getting to witness her entire block of businesses in action, I was eager to learn more. Did she always have these? How has her journey influenced her family? And most importantly, how has the partnership with Esperanza empowered her to do more?

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La Jefa (The Boss)

Sometimes you come across someone that is so impressive you want to spend every moment you can with them. Not to simply chat or to just be around just for the sake of it – but rather to learn, hanging on every word they say and every action they take. Andrea is that someone. Within moments we realized she was La Jefa or the boss.

Every month there are conferences around the world that showcase politicians, activists, and business leaders that have incredible stories and experiences that make people want to listen to them for hours. Well, I’d go so far as to say that Andrea’s story or her presence could command any stage – and I didn’t want to just listen to her for hours, I could have listened for days!

You see, Andrea isn’t just a great great grandmother (that’s not a typo), active business consultant and owner of a fishing empire, she literally runs her community. And she does it in a way that’s powerful and strong, but also entirely humble. You could tell in each interaction she had with a family member, employee, neighbor, or client that they both loved and respected her dearly. Someone doesn’t get both of those unless they know how to lead – and lead well.

While sitting down with Andrea I was a bit surprised at how much she had to say. From sharing about her family to telling us about her journey as a business owner, I felt that unique feeling that many interviewers get. It’s that “I feel like I’ve known you for so long” feeling. Her tone was warm but her words were firm, not shying away from the harsher moments of her story.

The greatest moment, for me at least, came at the end as Andrea shared what she is most proud of in her life. She paused for a moment, took a look outside at her great-grandchildren and that proceeded to tell us her how she is most proud about the fact that she has provided an example for her great-grandchildren of the importance of hard work, serving others, and perseverance.

What’s next for Andrea? She plans to go back to school and get a degree. Considering what she’s already accomplished, that should be no problem for Andrea. After all, she is La Jefa.

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The Rest Stop

Mrs. Ana Nuez and her family were supported by the vegetable garden that her father planted in El Limón, Samaná. A friend of the family who made trips for foreigners showed this space as a tourist attraction where, in addition to selling their home-grown produce, they talked about Dominican agriculture and the process of planting and harvesting.

In 2003 his friend gave them the idea of making a “Rest Stop,” where they offered other attractions to tourists. One of Ana’s brothers
invested his savings to make a place next to his house and so they could grow in a modest but determined way.

In 2006, a friend invited Ana to join a group of women who were going to opt for group loans and training for their business with Esperanza. Her first loan of $125 was approved, and Ana received courses in customer service, how to create handicrafts with coconut, and business administration. With the money she earned through the stop, Ana was able to buy the merchandise they needed to expand their offering of products and services while paying down the family’s debt.

Today, after 26 loans and more than $ 8,000.00 dollars disbursed, Ana and her family have 3 ranches and are planning to open their 4th. They offer an extensive variety of products to tourists such as Noni Oil, cocoa butter, cacao facial cream, coffee, handmade tobacco, local crafts, mamajuana, moringa tea, among others – all produced by themselves or by their community.

Ana and her family dream of continuing to grow. As a visionary entrepreneur, she plans to make a Coconut Tour -showing the process of creating her coconut-based products – and to expand their food services to offer more Dominican cuisine to visiting tourists. Through her business, Ana seeks to continue to help her community prosper and provide better opportunities for study and growth for her children.

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Trick or Treat? Which Mask is Best For Your Skin?

The Best Mask for your skin problem

Your face skin is constantly exposed to negative environmental influences: air pollution, air conditioning, stress, and fatigue are hard times for our skin. The result: a tired, exhausted complexion and tight skin. Facial masks are the solution to regenerate your skin and give it a kick of freshness.

To get to grip with face whims, a weekly mask is necessary. But above all, you have to know how to choose it according to your skin type: oily, dry, mixed, or mature. With each skin its own mask.

I have a combination to oily skin

The mixed or oily skin has too much sebum production, so they need assets that will regulate and absorb the excess.

For that, clay masks are ideal, and also, it is a natural asset. It will even tend to dry the skin, so it is better to pair with moisturizing oil or floral water. Currently loving this rosewater and aloe spray. Generally, oily skin is prone to imperfections, be it shine, blackheads or pimples. So taking care of it is essential.

Masks are important to rid the skin of impurities. Black dots are not resistant to zinc, the pores are closed thanks to essential oils again. Try this bioactive and berry fruit enzyme mask.

I have dry and sensitive skin

Dry skin tugs, peels and is very fragile, especially when the cold of winter arrives. To not suffer all these inconveniences, it is necessary to hydrate them.

The application of a daily day cream is essential, often a night cream too, but a moisturizing and nourishing mask is an essential step to take care of your dry skin. It is, therefore, necessary to choose a mask having, for example, hyaluronic acid which deeply hydrates and fights against the early aging of the skin, to which dry skin is particularly sensitive. Other components are important to provide fatty assets that nourish the skin, including natural ingredients such as avocado, shea butter or argan oil. We love Andalou Natural’s Pumpkin and Honey Glycolic Mask.

I have tired or mature skin

As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and reveals wrinkles and fine lines. A weekly mask can help counteract the early aging of the skin. Try Acure’s Radically Rejuvenating Mask.

For this, we must focus on firming and regenerating active ingredients such as collagen or hyaluronic acid.

Essential oils are also good assets, such as lemon balm, horsetail or white birch that strengthen the tone of the epidermis.

Treat yourself to a mask

Before a mask, it is good to prepare the skin by removing the small dead skin which is encrusted in the pores by using a scrub. Once clean and clean, the skin will be more receptive to the mask’s assets.

For masks made of clay, do not let them sit too long because the dried clay will dry the skin too much and may weaken it.

To remove a mask, use a soft glove moistened with warm water will get rid of any residue, then finish with a quick rinse with cold water to close the pores.