2016 is the Year of Natural Skincare

01.05.2016

I’m here to tell you why natural is better and why switching to natural skincare products should be at the top of your new years resolution list!

The obsession of natural skincare is becoming a trend in recent history. More and more people are buying from the natural or organic aisle and even making at-home DIY recipes in replace of their current products.

The available data and statistics out there about current skincare brands and their chemically laden products are right at consumers fingertips. People are becoming more aware of what is actually packed into their products. Marketing tactics and pretty packaging can only go so far. The real hidden truth behind all of these big brand companies is quite eye-opening.

Did you know that the average woman wears 515 chemicals A DAY?! We absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin. (Children absorb 40-50% more than adults.) From lipstick to foundation to shampoo to hairspray, a woman is essentially covering herself in chemicals everyday. Even when you think you aren’t, you are. So you didn’t wear makeup today or do your hair? But you did just wash your face with this cleanser. Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Mannitol, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose, Met

Check out the ingredients list. This cleanser has a bunch of ingredients I can’t even pronounce and also contains parabens and micro-beads. (Micro-beads are tiny plastic beads used for exfoliating, they are harmful to the environment and unnecessary for your skincare. Use natural sugar instead.) Fragrance was added for pleasure and sodium laureth sulfate was added for no other purpose but to make the cleanser suds up. It has been found that sodium laureth sulfate is actually a skin irritant and so are non-natural fragrance additives. I’m not educated enough to tell you what the rest of these ingredients do or don’t do for your skin but I can say that they are not necessary to get your face clean. This cleanser is just one example from the face wash aisle. There are many, many more with the same flashy packaging that are filled with chemicals.

The real truth is that these skincare products are packed with chemicals that could be potentially harmful to your health and they aren’t even necessary to maintain healthy, glowing skin. Research has solid evidence that these toxic chemicals in skincare products can be the cause of a number of health concerns including:

  • Skin allergies
  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects
  • Reproductive problems
  • Learning disabilities

It is important that we start eliminating some of these toxic chemicals from our daily routine. Take a look at the image below. The face wash from above compared to an all-natural face wash from Lemongrass Spa. Look at the ingredients!

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Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather be able to pronounce and recognize the ingredients I am putting on my skin!

If you’re not ready to stray from your beloved face wash, try taking smaller steps by substituting your lotion for an all-natural one or start using an all-natural lip balm instead of your drugstore brand. Little steps count! Wouldn’t you rather decrease the number of chemicals you expose yourself to from 500+ to less than 200 and maybe eventually be chemical-free?! It’s possible when you switch to an all-natural skincare line like Lemongrass Spa.

Refresh your skincare routine by adding these fresh, clean and natural products and replacing those chemically-laden products. Contact me today to learn more about making the switch! Host a spa party and earn free products! Ask me more at haleyquade@gmail.com

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5 all-natural skincare products you need

11.12.2015

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Happy Friday Eve y’all! I want to dedicate this post to giving pointers on going all-natural in you skincare routine. I know some of you may freak out and think “absolutely not, no way I’m giving up my Mac lipstick in the shade “Diva.”” While that’s all fine and good you should at least consider ditching your chemical-laden face washes, toners and moisturizers.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the most delicate as it is constantly exposed to the harsh pollution and chemicals in the air and in your store-bought products. I think we can all agree that we would like to preserve our skin and keep away fine lines and wrinkles. There are many products out there that offer this but if you flip the product and check out the ingredients, you will hardly be able to pronounce them. Many of those chemicals are directly linked to cancer and can actually be hormone disruptors which can be bad for your health as well as the health of your reproductive system and future children. Scary. There are so many benefits in ingredients that are natural to this Earth so why not embrace them and use them to our advantage?

I want to share with you 5 must-have, all-natural, skincare products you should be using. I’ll make it super easy for you and provide the link to shop each product on my Lemongrass Spa website!!

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1. Face kit for normal to dry or oily/blemished skin. All kits are made for either normal to dry or oily/acne prone skin, each with different ingredients, so depending on your skin type you will choose a kit that suits your needs. The kit I love the most includes a bar of soap, hydrating face creme and eye creme. I was surprised that a little lather from the bar of soap COMPLETELY removed every trace of makeup and left my skin super soft and balanced my skin tone! I use the tea tree kit for oily/blemished skin. You can choose from a wide variety of kits that include clarifying mists or cleansing gel instead of the bar of soap. You can feel good knowing that all products are organic and natural!

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2. Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin types. This mask will do good for just about any skin type and it smells like a DREAM!  It contains pink kaolin clay to draw out impurities of skin while hydrating with shea and olive butters. Infused with pomegranate seed extract and honeysuckle hydrosol, this creamy mask improves elasticity and skin tone. Use once a week for ten minutes for a home-spa facial treat! If you have oily or blemished skin try using the Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask which contains green clay and essential oils to draw out impurities without leaving skin desert-dry!

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3. Instant Renewal Microdermabrasion Creme for all skin types. Used to soften age spots and smooth fine lines with deep exfoliating, volcanic microcrystals suspended in a conditioning creme. Gently polish skin at home once or twice per week. Gentle alternative to chemical peels and harsh resurfacing. Enhanced with green tea, chamomile, licorice root and sunflower seed oil. Not recommended for extra-sensitive or thinning skin. You can never start too early preserving your skin’s youthful glow!F5601_large4. Organic Anti-Aging Oil Serum for all skin types – normal, dry and sensitive. Avocado fruit oil has been shown to boost collagen production.To stimulate cellular rejuvenation use this serum daily to aid in reversing the signs of aging. Vitamins B, C and E help guard against free radicals and boost luminosity. Apply morning or night before your moisturizer, if needed. This stuff is awesome and super moisturizing, especially in those harsh and cold winter months we experience here in Maryland. Totally recommend – this stuff is amazeballs!

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5. Healing Elements Balm. I saved the best for last! This stuff is incredible and one of our best-sellers. It has so many uses and works like a charm. It smells amazing and lasts forever! This balm can be used on severe dry skin, eczema, acne, mild burns, skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and more! Healing elements contains a special blend of Lavender and Vanilla Essential oils for a subtle essence. Amazing combination of oils for ultimate healing. Every family should have this natural salve which has dozens of uses! Healing elements contains zinc oxide which is the #1 pediatrician’s choice for healing skin rashes for children. Enhanced with Vitamin E oil, calendula extract for soothing itchy spots and shea butter for excellent moisturizing benefits. MUST-HAVE!

I hope this short list of all-natural products gave you some better insight on Lemongrass Spa products and what amazing benefits you can get by using fresh, clean, and natural skincare! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments – I would love to hear your feedback! If you’re interested in a lot of these products you have the option to host a spa party with your girlfriends and earn them for FREE!!

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How many chemicals are you wearing today?

11.10.2015

Did you know…

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That’s an insane number of chemicals you are literally putting all over your body! The scariest part about this is that it only takes 26 seconds for these chemicals to enter your bloodstream upon using.

I was shocked to learn how many harmful ingredients go into our everyday products. The FDA hardly even approves them. Parabens, carcinogens, endocrine-disruptors and DNA-damaging ingredients are present in many of your everyday products. Many of these ingredients are directly linked to cancer. These chemicals are found in face wash, face lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, deodorant, perfume, mascara, eye shadow, foundation… and the list goes on. The FDA classifies these products as “cosmetics.”

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One of the most harmful hygiene products on the market is your typical antiperspirant deodorant which contains aluminum. Aluminum basically acts as a sweat gland blocker. Yay! No more sweaty armpits! Well, think about this… Your body was built in a way to benefit you. Obviously we have sweat glands for a reason, to release bad toxins from our body by eliminating them through sweat. Where are all of these toxins going if you are blocking them from exiting your body? They are headed straight towards the surrounding tissues aka your breast tissues and underarm areas. Do you really want toxins to build up in your breasts? Nah.

Learning this information was scary to me. I have many great aunts who have had breast cancer and my grandma survived it as well. I want to do anything and everything I can now to help prevent this from happening to me later in life. I know it seems like everything today causes cancer so people just seem to go on with their lives and shrug it off. But if I can make small changes everyday to ensure my health and well being down the road then I absolutely will.

Getting into good habits and doing research on products is where I am starting. I want to know as much as I can about the products on the market so I know what to avoid and what is tolerable. I am so glad I am starting this now that way I can instill good habits in my children and friends and family around me.

I have slowly begun to throw away my chemical-laden products and adding the Lemongrass Spa products into my routine. There are so many benefits and healing powers found in natural ingredients and it makes me feel good knowing that each day I am working towards a healthier lifestyle. Eventually I will even switch to our all natural sheer minerals makeup. Slowly but surely I am ditching the chemicals.

You should consider making the switch! Lemongrass Spa products are very affordable compared to most other natural skincare products. You can even host a spa party with friends in your PJs and earn FREE things!

Even just making a few changes will make a difference in improving your health and well being. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me to learn more about Lemongrass Spa’s all-natural products and making the switch to a healthier lifestyle!

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