Skincare: Beneficial Ingredients

In last week's post, I talked about what ingredients to avoid when choosing skincare. Many of my readers (hi!) were surprised, as was I, to see commonly used natural ingredients like witch hazel on that list. Here's the thing: Some natural ingredients can have both beneficial and harmful properties. Here's a list of natural ingredients with only beneficial properties:

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Skincare: Harmful Ingredients

I've always had pretty sensitive, reactive skin. I was that kid who broke out into a rash when their mom tested out a new laundry detergent. Interestingly enough, I also never really paid much attention to the ingredients in my skincare, because I tried to use "gentle" and "sensitive" products from well-known, trusted companies. But my red, irritated skin prevailed. In the past year, I've done some research for myself about the ingredients that I'm putting on my face--not for fear of cancer (which I know will be my next phase of getting "clean")--but just to calm my skin. With the huge organic and all-natural lifestyle becoming more and more popular, I wondered what companies or products I could trust so I could just buy everything from that company and be done researching. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, dear Readers! Another year has flown by, can you believe it?! What a wonderful year it's been, too. Thank you so much for letting me into your homes and lives. It's been my honor to get to know you and your beautiful faces. You've trusted me on so many of your very special days and I am so appreciative of that. It has felt so incredible to finally pursue my passion. I wouldn't be able to do it without you--Thank you for supporting me! 

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Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Christmas, for me, is all about family togetherness. Growing up, my family would gather together, all of the generations and extensions at one table. It was never about the gifts under the tree. There's a certain magic about Christmas dinner. Everyone coming in from the cold, bringing the yummiest homemade dishes. The hugs, the laughter. It's pure joy.

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