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The Natural Deodorant Journey Continues..

In clean beauty, skincare on September 22, 2020 at 9:39 am

So once again I’m on a path to switching to natural deodorant. Around this time last year, I auditioned 3 natural deodorants over a span of several months that didn’t make the cut. My pits were sweaty. Pungent. Annoyed. To make matters worse, during this time, it seemed like everyone wanted a damned hug. Go away. Me and my armpits are going through something. Needless to say, I aborted my mission and went back to my usual aluminum filled choice that keeps my armpits dry and pleasantly fragrant.

I admire people who use natural deodorant. They’ve achieved a sort of relationship that I aspire to. It leaves me feeling like there has to be something out there that can work for me. But the thought of using a natural deodorant makes me leary. I roll my eyes as if thinking of a lover scorned. Or someone who insists on wearing cropped pants and kitten heels. Anyway – the natural deodorant that I’m trying this month is Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream. This deodorant comes enthusiastically recommended from a few of my cohorts. So I’ve tried it. But only inside the house. Because I’m still afraid of being betrayed by my deodorant. The real test is when I actually apply said deodorant and leave the house for the day. Which I haven’t done yet.

Sweet Pitti deodorant cream is part of Drunk Elephant’s hair and body care line which launched earlier this summer. It is contains mandelic acid, shea butter and arrowroot which will keep the skin under my arms soft, smooth and dry while fighting bacteria that leads to pungent pits. It is also formulated without baking soda, essential oils and aluminum – ingredients that can cause inflammation, irritation, discoloration and breakouts. Now I’m used to and prefer a solid so the cream is different for me. I was concerned that it would feel moist under my arms but the formula did dry down shortly after application. The scent is ok but for me deodorant doesn’t necessarily have to have a scent (although a powder fresh scent is always a delight). Retailing for $16, Sweet Pitti is not a bad price to pay for a healthier alternative to other deodorants on the market.

During my research on and in speaking with those who have made the switch to natural deodorants, there may be a period of time where you may have to reapply your deodorant throughout the day as your sweat glands release toxins that can lead to odor. I will try Sweet Pitti for the next month or so and give an update. Perhaps I should leave the house with it on. 🤔

Have you ever tried a natural deodorant and if so what brands have you used and how was your experience?

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Musings Of The Decolletage

In beauty, skincare on August 5, 2020 at 10:52 am

“I think that each woman, whatever age, needs to recognize something good in her body.  Someone has beautiful legs, someone has beautiful hair, someone else has beautiful decolletage or a beautiful waist or beautiful hands.  Everyone has something great.”  Carine Roitfeld.

 

Many of us know the importance of taking care of our skin.  And for those of us who have a serious skin care routine in place, we usually don’t spare any expense to ensure our skin is radiant, smooth and blemish free.

With that being said, have you ever stopped to consider all of the places you actually apply said skincare?  I mean we apply our various beauty potions on our face and even have a cream or two for the delicate eye area but did you know that you should bring all of  your skincare down to your nipples?  Yes.  Your nipples.  You see, our face actually starts (or stops- however you choose to look at it) at our nipples and skincare should include the area between the bust area all the way up to your hairline.  According to some, the décolletage technically starts at the bottom of your earlobes right down to the areola.

For Mature Audiences Only

Conversations about décolletage can conjure many different emotions.  For some, it is seen as sexy and beautiful – something to be shown off and admired.  For others, it can be seen as something shameful or something to be covered.  Boys drool over it and girls imagine their best lives with it.  Whatever your thoughts are about it – whether it’s something to see or not see – that isn’t the point of this particular discussion.  The point is the decolletage area is skin that should be cared for.

Your décolletage is actually more delicate than the skin on your face.  It contains no follicles or sweat glands.  And  like your hands, your décolletage, which includes the neck and chest area, usually shows the first signs of aging.  Lifestyle habits whether good or not so good – impact what any of our delicate skin looks like as well.  Other factors that affect what our decolletage and the rest of our skin looks like are:

  • Aging.  What else is there to say?  It is the process of life and our bodies go through many changes as we age.  Fortunately, there are many products (and procedures) available to help us age gracefully instead of looking like we have crashed and burned.
  • UV Rays.  UV rays, in addition to the natural aging process, ultraviolet rays cause collagen and elastin to break down causing us to experience an increase in wrinkles and loss of firmness.  Long term exposure to UV rays – childhood through early adulthood  –  also helps to accelerate the aging process.
  • Diet.  Not being the food police here  – eat whatever you want and enjoy.  The fact still remains that what we put in our bodies will show up on the outside of our bodies and on our skin – whether good or not so good.
  • Gravity.  Like aging, gravity is a mutha.  It can really be a drag so it is important to re-evaluate your beauty and lifestyle routine as you progress in age.

So what do you need to do to ensure that your deocolletage gets the care and attention it deserves?  Treat this area the same way you would your face.  After all, we spend a lot of time and money on our faces.  We don’t want our décolletage to look 30 years older than the rest of us.

  • Cleanse.  Since this area is more delicate use a gentle cleanser.  A cleanser with brightening or treatment ingredients are also options if you have specific concerns about this particular area.  Rinse and pat dry.
  • Exfoliate.  Once or twice a week, use a gentle exfoliator or buffing cream to slough  off dead skin cells.  You can also choose to use a device such as a Clarisonic that has  the attachment for body or buffing gloves that will cleanse and smooth the area as well.
  • Treat/Firm.  Those same treatment/firming serums and oils you use for your face, bring them down to the neck and chest area.  Gently massage the product into your skin.
  • Moisturize.  Never forget this step which will help keep this area soft and supple.  Remember there are no sebaceous glands so this area can tend to be more dry.
  • Sunscreen.  Just like we use sunscreen for all of  the other areas of our bodies, it’s important to use sun protection in this area, especially when that area is exposed.  Remember that prolonged exposure to UV rays accelerates the aging process which leads to wrinkles.
  • SleepSleep has regenerative properties not only for our brains and physical body but also for our skin.  Lack of sleep ages the skin therefore making our skin more lackluster and vulnerable to aging.  And when you do sleep, try doing so on your back which can help prevent wrinkles and creasing on your face and chest area.  Sleep wrinkles really are a thing.
  • Posture.  Many of us find ourselves slumped over desks, laptops, and cell phones which compromises good posture.  Remember to sit and stand with shoulders back and our heads up like we are balancing a stack of books.  Walking should take on a similar fashion, as if there is a gentle wind in the small of our backs.  Sure it feels strange and uncomfortable initially but it will help you in so many ways in the long run.
  • Glow.  This is of the utmost importance, especially when wearing low cut to lower plunging necklines.  We love our bronzer and highlight on our faces – it’s equally important to not forget the decolletage.
  • Lift The Girls Up.  With a good  bra (or good underwear for that matter) you can conquer the world.  A proper fitting bra will  help with posture, make your clothes look better and help the girls to sit up nicely, reducing pressure off your back and possibly help the skin not to sag as much.

Products to consider adding to your décolletage skincare repertoire:

 

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6  Beauty Products Or Concepts I Am Investing In

In makeup on August 3, 2020 at 9:01 am
Image Courtesy of Skitterphoto from Pexels

 

As if any of us need any more makeup or skincare that isn’t just a refill.

Usually when there is a slew of new beauty products that are supposed to be the hottest trends of the season, I just roll my eyes.  I’ve seen and used a lot in my day on myself and on clients and my thought process is that some products are just not necessary or that I have something that works just as well or better. But every now and again a new product or concept makes it’s way onto the scene or a product from back in the day will have a bit of a resurgence and I have to take note.  Or make a purchase.  Whatever the case, below are 6 such products, concepts, or categories that I own or that I’m about to own:

Lip Oils.  While you shall never forget all of the wonderful things a bold red lip (matte) can do for you, there is definitely a movement toward shiny lips.  And not just a regular shine but a high shine which is a departure from the sometimes aggressive finish of our favorite matte lip stains.  Lip oils provide the smoothing and moisturizing benefits of a balm and the shine of a gloss without the extra stickiness. Options range from clear to sheer washes of color and can be found anywhere from your local drug store to your favorite department/beauty retailer.  Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss 

Clean And Sustainable Brands.  Sustainability, not only in fashion but in beauty is becoming the industry standard.  What we will continue to see now and hopefully in years to come are brands that are reformulating to become clean but who are also changing/upgrading their packaging to become sustainable.  These brands are also considering ways to give back to the environment and community and looking for ways to reduce packaging all together.  Also, in the past, clean/natural makeup and skincare was not associated with ingredients that were high performing but this is no longer the case.  Brands are now able to offer amazing products such sheer serum based foundations, lip oils/tints, setting sprays and balmy highlighters that are not only good for you but also make you look amazing. Tower 28, nolaskinsentials, ilia

Primer Oils/Serum.  Primers have come a long way from silicone finishes that just create a barrier on the skin prior to foundation application.  Primers have upgraded with a lineup of ingredients that boast skin loving ingredients in the form of oil.  These formulations can even be used as a part of your regular skincare routine.  Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid 

Fluffy//Bushy Brows.   Brows will always be a personal thing and should ultimately be worn to compliment one’s features and personal style.  However, last year I saw bushy brows take center stage and still appears to be the move for many this season.  Not quite the highly constructed Instagram brow that many still wear but this brow is a bit more relaxed or free, if you will.  If you have more sparse brows, you can use a brow pencil or brow marker to achieve hair like strokes and if you have a fuller brow, you can use a brow gel (colored or clear) to fill or control the hairs. Benefit Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint, Anastaisa Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Glowing/Glass Skin.  We know that some of the best ways to achieve glowing skin is with a healthy lifestyle -getting plenty of rest, drinking water, healthy eating and minding your business.  We also know that a consistent skin care routine for your skin type is paramount to healthy, glowing skin.   If you want to level up on that glow, you can always your apply your favorite highlighter or illuminator.  However what I have seen gain more traction to add more of a glow to the skin are sprays and balms.  These sprays not only add glow but can be used to prime, set and refresh.  Balms aren’t necessarily iridescent shiny but can provide more of a natural glow.  Note:  If you find that you still need to use a powder to help control excessive shine, do so strategically in the hot spots such as the nose and forehead with the lightest application of powder in a pressing motion.   Pixi Glow Mist, Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm

Colored Mascara.  Although black mascara is a staple in many makeup arsenals, colored mascara is a wonderful alternative to the norm.  Whether you want a bold or subtle look colored mascara can be worn by itself for an alternative pop of color or in addition to a colorful eye look for maximum impact. Sephora Collection Volume On Mascara

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