Kale-lalu-yAHA

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Kale-lalu-yAHA

$25.00

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"My skin feels congested and clogged.

 I want to regain the youthful glow I lost."

"My skin feels congested and clogged.  I want to regain the youthful glow I lost."

Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

$16.00

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Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

$16.00

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"I need to wash off the nasties

 but I don’t want to lose any moisture!"

"I need to wash off the nasties  but I don’t want to lose any moisture!"

Out of office: In-Flight Skincare Tips

Welcome on board to your in-flight skincare routine! Traveling can leave us feeling exhausted and stressed, and you bet our skin will feel it too. Here are some in-flight travel tips to keep your skin glowing in your insta photos: TIP #1 - STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW Bring what your skin already knows! Traveling can be extremely draining so it’s important not to introduce new products that your skin may not react well to. Grab some travel containers and pack them with products that your skin already loves and continue to nourish it as you explore new cities! TIP #2 - PRE-SOAKED CLEANSING PADS Makeup wipes can be filled with tons of preservatives to prevent molding, so the best thing to do is make your own! Fill a ziploc bag with your favorite cotton pads and soak them with the cleansing water you are currently using. This is a great way to save on luggage space and your skin will love the fresh clean feeling before you start your normal routine. TIP #3 - DRINKING WATER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND Rumor has it that the water in airplane bathrooms isn’t exactly the cleanest 😣 So if you plan on washing your face during the flight, be sure to use drinking water! The easiest way to not make a mess is to pour the water directly onto a dry cotton pad. Gently wipe off the residue of the cleansing water and excess makeup that is left behind, and voila, clean skin! Extra tip: drink extra water to keep your body and skin hydrated throughout the flight! TIP #4 - DIY SKIN MASK Airplane air is very dehydrating to our skin so we must hydrate starting at the deepest level. The best way to do this is to soak a few cotton pads with your favorite hydrating toner or essence (see video below, @1:39) and leave them on as a DIY skin mask. Just make sure your products don’t include any drying ingredients. TIP #5 - KEEP IT SIMPLE BUT OCCLUSIVE In addition to your normal skincare routine, add a facial oil! Facial oils are great in making sure that your skin does not dry out and lose water due to the constant dry air circulating in the cabin. TIP #6 - SLEEPING MASK > SHEET MASK We’ve all seen the photos of people sheet masking on flights, but often times sheet masks don’t give enough moisture to last longer than 20 minutes. Instead, try applying a thick layer of a sleeping mask and feel your skin soaking up the moisture. Sleeping masks work much better as a barrier to keeping your skin hydrated, nourished, protected, and uncompromised to water loss in the air. TIP #7 - LIP BALM! An occlusive lip balm or ointment can be a game changer on flights. Use it on the driest areas of your face such as your lips and under eye areas and say hello to a fresh dewy face when you land. At the end of your flight, be sure to wipe away the sleeping mask with an essence. Typically there is no need to do your skincare routine again because your skin should be quite moisturized, but if you want that extra boost, feel free to do so! You’re all finished! Please have your seats upright, tray tables locked away, and prepare for new adventures.

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Out of office: In-Flight Skincare Tips

Welcome on board to your in-flight skincare routine! Traveling can leave us feeling exhausted and...

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Am I Using the Wrong Cleanser?

WHAT'S THE DEAL? Cleansers are important. They contain surfactants, which are responsible for making dirt, oils, and bacteria we accumulate through the day water-soluble, and hence enabling us to wash all that gunk off of our skin.  However, extended use of a wrong cleanser with harsh surfactants can unnecessarily dry out the skin and can even damage its natural moisture barrier, making it harder for skin cells to protect themselves from external environmental factors (i.e. bacteria and microorganisms) and retain moisture. TYPE OF THE SURFACTANT There are 4 major classes of surfactants based on their molecular charge or the lack of thereof:  anionic (negative charge)  cationic (positive charge)  amphoteric (charges changes depending on the pH of the formula)  nonionic (no charge) The type and amount of surfactant in a cleansing agent have a bearing on its drying and irritancy potential.  Studies show that amphoteric and nonionic surfactants are less likely to irritate the skin and damage it, while being just as effective at liquifying fats and dirt as cationic and anionic surfactants. PH OF THE SURFACTANT The normal pH of the skin is within an acidic range, with estimates ranging from 4.0 to 6.5. To maintain skin’s health it is important to use a cleanser that does not exceed out of this range too much. Studies identify that high pH levels can potentially lead to damaging intercellular lipids, which, in return, compromises skin’s natural moisture barrier. SO WHAT ABOUT OUR MATCHA HEMP HYDRATING CLEANSER This cleanser strikes the perfect balance between washing off the dirt while preserving your natural moisture barrier.  It contains nonionic and/or amphoteric surfactants Coco-betaine (amphoteric), Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract (nonionic), Coco-glucoside (nonionic), Decyl Glucoside (nonionic), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (anionic)      It has a pH that is close to skin’s natural pH (~ 4.0-6.5) The Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser’s pH is estimated at 5.0-6.0, batches may vary! ✨

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Am I Using the Wrong Cleanser?

WHAT'S THE DEAL? Cleansers are important. They contain surfactants, which are responsible for ma...

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Why Your Acne Products Aren't Working

Have you been using your acne products for over a year with no results? Are you still getting new pimples? We are going to help you dissect why your current acne treatment methods aren’t working for you. #1 You’re using products that are heavily alcohol based or oil-free The skincare industry has led those of us with oily acne prone skin to believe that we need to strip all the oil from our skin in order to prevent future breakouts. Truth is by achieving that “squeaky clean” feeling, we are stripping our skin from all its natural oils causing it to produce more sebum to prevent dehydration. So while heavier oils can possibly clog pore, a lot of lighter oils that are high in linoleic acid content can be beneficial to oily and even acne-prone skin. Oil can help: 1. Prevent acne from dehydration 2. Regulate excess sebum production 3. Heal acne (ex. hemp seed oil, rosehip seed oil, squalane oil)   #2 All of your products have the word “Acne” in the title The majority of conventional acne fighting products work by excessively drying out your pimples which can help mask the problem temporarily, however it isn’t a cure to treat the acne. In fact, many of acne-prone skin users use these drying products on their entire face which can leave the skin dehydrated and prone to even more outbreaks. Solution: Acne spot treatments are much more effective when you’re trying to get rid of that stubborn pimple and can be a quick-fix solution, especially if you have an important event the next day. Just remember that these types of treatments only provide a short term solution to an underlying issue. #3 You are overwashing your face Having acne does not mean that your skin is “dirty” and washing your skin several times a day is not going to improve your breakouts. In fact, it compromises your skin barrier and makes your skin more sensitive. You might think that you are washing away the bad bacteria but in reality you are also washing away the good bacteria which helps you maintain healthy skin. Solution: Try skipping your morning cleanse, doing this may seem counterintuitive, but it helps prevent acne by keeping the skin barrier intact thus regulating sebum production. Just splash your face with lukewarm water and continue on with your normal skincare routine. #4 You are scrubbing with physical exfoliators Acne are physical wounds on your face that become aggravated when you use extremely harsh scrubs. Physical exfoliators make your skin more vulnerable and can lead to a higher risk of moving that infection around to other parts of your face. Solution: Switch to AHA and BHA products, such as our Kale-Lalu-yAHA, which can be much more gentle while still increasing your cell turnover rate.   #5 You are using sensitizing products In today’s day and age, we’re all guilty of wanting to try every new product that comes to market, but truth is, you are probably switching between too many products and making your skin sensitive and prone to breakouts. Solution: If you feel like your skin is always inflamed, stay away from these harsh ingredients such as: - Essential oils (fragrance oils such as lavender, lemon, citrus oils) - Fragrance - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - Products that are drying No one knows your skin better than you, so be sure to pay attention to how it reacts to the application of products old or new and customize a routine that works perfectly for you!    

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Why Your Acne Products Aren't Working

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Kale-Lalu-yAHA Pop Quiz!

Can I use Kale-Lalu-yAHA if: ✅Acne Prone Skin ⛔️Rosacea ✅Whiteheads ✅Issues with Skin Texture ✅Aging Skin ⛔️Eczema ✅Dull Complexion ✅Congested Skin There are so many benefits associated with regular exfoliation ✨that youthful glow and radiance ✨normalized cell turnover rate (especially for mature skin) ✨your skincare products just absorb better ✨decongested skin helping with fewer breakouts   AHA is like that divorce lawyer that finally forces you and your dead skin cells to break up for good while also aiding in the absorption of your expensive skincare products, thanks Kale-Lalu-yAHA! 😉😘 BUT, if you suffer from severe rosacea and eczema, chances are your skin barrier is damaged and our little green potion might be too strong (despite how gentle it may be for healthy skin). If you are suffering from these skin conditions, shift your priority to restoring the skin barrier rather than sloughing off the dead skin cells. #PressReset and go back to the basics by avoiding aggressive active ingredients. Wherever you are in your skin journey, remember to listen to what it craves 💚

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Kale-Lalu-yAHA Pop Quiz!

Can I use Kale-Lalu-yAHA if: ✅Acne Prone Skin ⛔️Rosacea ✅Whiteheads ✅Issues with Skin Texture ✅A...

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Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Skincare

image courtesy of @alphafoodie We live in an age where we are forced to absorb more information than we can handle. It’s so easy for us to get distracted by a trendy diet that’s supposed to make us look like the Kardashians or a new skincare product that promises baby soft skin, but the worst part is, WE WANT TO TRY THEM ALL.  I’ve tried and failed at dieting more times than I can count. I started researching the health benefits of all different kinds of diet, like ketogenic, paleo, atkins, raw food, celebrity diets etc. and became OBSESSED.Each diet makes their outcome sound amazing while simultaneously making you feel like you've been doing everything wrong your entire life. Before I knew it, I was counting every calorie, restricting myself, and stressing out every time I had to eat. I started this diet because I just want to feel good about myself. But it didn’t take long before I started losing that feel-good factor and was left with is overwhelming disappointment and self-hate. After failing so many times and returning to point zero, I knew something had to change.I dropped my obsession with calories and started to listen to my body instead. Eat when I'm hungry. Stop when I'm full. Stop labeling and categorizing foods as "good" or "bad". Eat what I want, when I want.In addition to a healthy dose of exercise, I dropped more than 22 pounds. This jumpstarted my much healthier relationship with food. I realized that food was not the enemy, but a friend that nourished my body. Paying attention to those little cravings completely changed my perspective of what I was putting in my body.   image courtesy of @beawuty So why am I talking to you about this on a skincare blog? Because that is the exact same thing that is happening with us and our skincare products. We put our skin through constant abuse with aggressive skincare habits while feeding it way more than it needs. The core mission of our brand is to teach you to pay attention and listen to your skin, the signs are there but we’ve learned to ignore them because we don’t know how to recognize them. We’ve been conditioned to listen to what skincare brands advise rather than the inflamed red spots that developed on our cheek this morning. Skincare should be done intuitively and whether you realize it or not, YOU are the expert of your own skin and body. Now you're probably wondering, HOW THE HELL DO I LISTEN TO MY SKIN WHEN IT DOESN’T TALK BACK TO ME?! If your current cleanser dries out your skin, switch. If your skin seems dull and congested, skip makeup and add a gentle exfoliant. If your skin is red and sensitive, stop everything and give it a break. If you're working long hours in a stressful environment, add some antioxidant oils to nourish it. If your acne constantly forms in the same spot, investigate internally...so on and so forth!So let's drop the obsession of settling into a perfect "routine". Instead, be flexible with the products you use according to your skin's needs each night. The resiliency of your skin fluctuates tremendously depending on your hormones, stress levels, and tons of other factors as well, so let's not ignore that. Add more when your skin is more receptive, subtract when it isn't.Feed what your skin craves. - Liah xx  

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Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Skincare

image courtesy of @alphafoodie We live in an age where we are forced to absorb more informatio...

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