As any busy lady knows, multitasking efficiently is nearly impossible. To our delight, there are plenty of products with truly unexpected combinations of purposes. Whether you’re traveling across the globe or rushing from desk to a date with Bae, a multitasking skincare buy is the answer to looking polished without an arsenal of products. These functional double – and even triple – duty gems of ours will save you time and debulk your makeup bag without compromising on results.
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This list will be updated as we find many functional use our products!
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Quite a few people have reached out inquiring about products to help reduce under eye circles and bags. So here's the deal...The skin on and directly around the eye area is thinner than the rest of the skin on your body. Under eye circles tend to fluctuate with changes of seasons, changes in lifestyle, and changes in age. While you may be tempted to cover those bad boys with a heavy layer of concealer, try listening to what you skin is telling you to find some lasting solutions. As collagen decreases, veins show through more prominently, increasing the advent of dark circles.
Thin skin also fills more easily with fluid, which can lead to puffiness around the eyes. Under eye darkness is usually caused by blood pooling beneath the thin skin under the eyes. Pooling occurs when the blood vessels around your eyes constrict due to inflammation. Darkness is most noticeable in the morning because you’ve spent the last 8 hours laying down, without the help of gravity to get that blood moving.
In some cases, and most often in those with dark skin, under eye darkness might appear brown or reddish. This is generally not caused by blood pooling, but rather by hyperpigmentation around the eyes.
Test: To determine the cause of your dark circles, gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If the area becomes darker, then the circles are probably due to thin skin and diminished collagen. If the color doesn’t change, UV rays causing hyperpigmentation are probably the problem. Blood that accumulates under the eyes, often due to poor circulation or lack of sleep, can be more obvious in fair or thin-skinned people, especially as fragile capillaries stretch and leak.
Be mindful that other reasons that cause dark circles under the eyes can be allergies, anemia (iron deficiency), smoking, thyroid conditions, dermatitis (skin irritation from products/makeup...etc.), eye drop treatments for glaucoma (bimatoprost), and a reduction of fatty tissue around the eyes.
THEN!...Make Lifestyle Changes
Add another pillow: If you notice intense darkness when you wake up, try propping your head up with an additional pillow while you sleep to discourage blood from pooling. You should also try to sleep on your back to minimize trauma to your skin. Propping up on a few pillows will also help when you have a runny nose! Just thought I would throw that quick tip in there! Hydrate: dark circles intensify when the body is dehydrated, drink plenty of water to minimize inflammation. Eat: Get sufficient sleep; eat fruits with vitamin C, vegetables and herbs high in vitamin K like basil, spinach and collard greens.
Here are some ways that you can clear up those under eye circles at home.
Raw Potatoes – Raw potatoes contain antioxidants and possess natural bleaching properties. It has nutrients which benefit the skin and also nurtures the ultra-thin skin around the eyes. It also reduces the inflammation and swelling of blood vessels. Grate a potato or cut an extra thin slice. Place the slice on eyes for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water. Repeat the process every day to get rid of dark circles.
Cucumber – Do you remember watching old movies, where the women would put cucumbers over their eyes and lay back in complete relaxation. Ha! Neither do I. Anyhow, cucumber is indeed refreshing as well as soothing. It is completely capable of fixing those raccoon eyes. Cut thick cucumber slices and keep them on both the eyes for half an hour. You can also grate the cucumber and apply at the bottom of the eyes for better results. Cucumber is high in water and vitamin C content and helps to sooth, moisturize & nourish the skin while reducing swelling.
Rosewater – Rosewater is known for rejuvenating the skin but do you know it is instrumental in reducing dark circles. Not only this it has a soothing effect on the eyes. As rose water possesses mild astringent properties it works as a skin toner. Apply rose water on the dark circles with (reusable) cotton pads. Soak a cotton pad in rose water and place them on closed eyelids. Repeat the process for at least three weeks for better results.
Cold tea bags – Green Tea contains tannins which have astringent properties that help reduce the dark circles and puffiness. Dark circles are caused because the blood vessels get dilated. The caffeine in Green Tea has antioxidant properties that stimulate blood circulation, constricts the blood vessels and thus reduces the dark circles. Take two tea bags and dip them in cold water. You can also refrigerate the water for some time. Keep both the tea bags over your eyes for a while (10 to 15 minutes) and then wash your face with cold water.
Massage- Go ahead and gently massage around the eye area to help improve circulation. This will probably feel more pampering if you use your favorite Carrot & Shea Skin & Eye Cream or Night Serum which contains antioxidants.
Some people have dark circles naturally. The best solution to genetic under eye circles: Kojic acid can help make hereditary dark under-eye circles less noticeable by blocking the production of melanin (the substance that gives the skin its color). Or embrace it because you're beautiful either way!
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Eczema, the dreaded skin condition that no one wants. While, thought to be caused by many different things, it's linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant. It can show up as a red or rash in lighter complexions. If you have darker more melaniated complexion, eczema tends to look dark brown, purple or grey in color. Sometimes doctors can fail to diagnosis eczema due to the absence of the characteristic redness that they are used to seeing. Even when the eczema flare up has healed, the skin may look darker or lighter than the surrounding normal skin.
So let’s get right too it, because who really needs a lecture, you need a solution! I battled with eczema and related dark spots & scarring through out my childhood so I’m pretty much a self-proclaimed expert. I’m bias here, I have been told on several occasions that I apply way more moisturizer than the average person. However, I receive many compliments on how smooth, soft AND FREE OF ECZEMA my skin is…so extra moisturizer is key!! Follow this eczema treatment home remedy below and you will be eczema free in no time.
Follow these steps and you will be on your way to being steroid, Rx cream & oral medication free in no time.
Some other tips that work well to prevent eczema flare ups is keeping the skin moisturized and staying hydrated (drink water). Dont be afraid to use the Body Butter generously. The thing about Eczema is that its essentially dry skin that has become inflamed. This skin condition can flare up with diet, so if you have a food intolerance or allergies, your eczema can get worse if you continue to eat things that your body doesn’t like. However, I have successfully cleared up eczema in adults, children and babies with the steps above no matter their diet.
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The very best benefit to handmade soaps are the ingredients. Many of my customers have told me that our soaps have not only improved their skin, but changed their lives by relieving them of itchiness, dryness and skin conditions such as eczema. Handmade soaps not only clean and moisturize, their natural oils and butters heal the skin, as well as providing antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Most commercial store-bought soap isn’t soap at all. It’s a detergent made out of chemical hardeners, artificial scents, and chemical foaming agents.
Our made handmade soaps are scented with pure organic essential oils, never fragrance oils as that would immediately defeat the purpose of being completely natural. When you use our soaps scented with only essential oils, you not only benefit from the lack of harmful chemicals, but you actually benefit from the therapeutic properties each essential oil offers. Not to mention the smell is amazing!
Dish Soap is not excluded!
Let’s think about dish soap for a second. Dish soaps are formulated to remove oil, stuck on grim and grease from dishes to leave them sparkling clean. Dish soap will also remove the oils from your skin which is why some people choose to wash dishes with gloves on; to protect their skin from becoming, dry, cracked and painful.
Tip: Do a “lazy manicure”. Roll our Grapefruit & Geranium Cuticle Oil across your hands and cuticle areas. Put your dish gloves on and wash dishes. Once finished, remove the gloves, push your cuticles back and boom! Instantly great looking nails…I mean you probably should follow up with buffing the nail out, maybe some polish… but you get why this is called the lazy manicure.
Here is Another Way to Use Our Soaps
Just remember the next time you consider mass produced commercial soaps- it may be labeled “natural” and come with all kinds of persuasive advertising claiming all sorts of wonderful benefits, but read the ingredients label for more info.
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Often times I’m asked, what is the difference between your Daisy Blossoom Brighten Serum and Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream? Here’s a quick run down.
Our Brighten Serum increases the radiance and glow of the skin. This blend works over a longer period of time. It delivers deep into the skin tissues working to block new dark spots and increase cell turnover so that the darker-stained uppermost layers of the skin can exfoliate away, revealing brighter, healthier, youthful & even skin tone. The serum is lighter & thin which is good for oil-prone skin and can work with a combination of products (layering) because it’s not heavy. Those looking to brighten their overall dull complexion will find that our serum will do the trick. Brightening is about bringing vibrancy to the skin, not bleaching or lightening/whiting your complexion.
The video is showing REAL customer results within 2 weeks of using the Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream is an exfoliatant and works very quickly such that results can be noticed after a few uses. Don’t worry, the AHA is plantbased fruit enzyme! It goes to work beneath the surface to increase collagen and elastin synthesis. The results are improvements in the overall texture, firmness, and elasticity of skin while also increasing the speed at which the top layer of skin cells is pushed off to reveal the fresh new cells below. Pushing off those top layers, will decrease the dark spot(s).
Another perk is that wonderful blend can be used as a dark spot corrector on the skin and face; except the hands, underarms and bikini areas. The Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream is definitely for nighttime use because it’s not meant to layer under makeup and can really be used alone or under our Carrot & Shea Skin & Eye Cream or Whipped Body Butter. Customers have often mentioned using this product on their legs, arms, chest and back to lighten dark areas resulting from burns, eczema and other skin conditions.
By including one of our fruit emzyme-based exfoliants as apart of your skincare routine, you’ll notice that products penetrate and go to work faster than if you were to apply on top of dead skin cells that need removal. Just think about applying makeup day over day without washing your face. Gross, right? Products are more effective when they can penetrate the skin and sometimes you need to give the skin that extra push by exfoliating. This process keeps skin clean and smooth, helps prevent pore clogging, and reduces acne breakouts.
HOW TO CHOOSE
Overall, both the Brighten Serum and Skin Renewal Cream are excellent choices in treating dark spots & dull completions. My suggestion is that if you are in desperate need of dark spot removal the Skin Renewal Cream will yield noticeable results the quickest (2weeks). Once you have achieved the desired level of dark spot removal, maintain with the Brighten Serum. If your skin is already flawless and you want to apply extra slayage, or you are in no rush, just skip to the serum.
Anyone with uneven tone or brown spots can benefit, but it's essential to use sun protective measures as well. You can undo the damage with our products mentioned above but then you are fighting an uphill battle if you don't protection your skin from whatever is triggering the pigment production in the first place (the sun, acne, etc). That's why it's so essential to wear sunscreen and make sure you're working to treat the cause of the issue. Check out our products for acne & breakouts or dry/maturing skin.
No matter what product you use to achieve a brighter complexion and ease dark spots, pay attention to its list of ingredients. This is a better indicator of what the product is likely to do for your skin. Ingredients like hydroquinone and ammoniated mercury commonly found in lightening products have been shown to harm the skin with prolonged use.
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