I started making skincare products out of necessity and I like using high-quality organic ingredients even if it takes more time and effort. Switching to a natural skincare routine gave me a peace of mind while clearing up all of my skin issues that ranged from moderate eczema, severely dry skin, hormonal & cystic acne, acne scars, and dark spots. The skin that I was once hesitant to show off without makeup is now living carefree under the gentle and effective protection of my natural skincare products. And if that isn't enough, not only am I helping my family and others, I'm doing a small deed to help save the environment by not contributing to the chemicals (found in skincare products) that end up in the waterways.
People ask me all the time "is organic better"? Our clean and organic products are better for your body, the environment and they work! I know you might be thinking that "organic products are too expensive for me" and while our products are not dirt cheap as drug store brands, the ingredients are of a higher quality. The marketing campaigns of many mass-produced products will sell you on instant gratification. But what they won't tell you is how those products cut oxygen to the skin, cause premature aging, irritation, allergic reactions, eczema, and increase the risk of "sun/age" spots. Just read (if you can) the ingredients on the back of your drug store products. Come on, you exercise and eat well then slather yourself with chemicals...make good choices for your body inside & out. Stop waiting and order some freshly made organic products that your skin will thank you for later.
So think out of the box and try something new....you don't have to stick to that drug-store brand that your mom has been using since you were a kid, especially if you are still having skincare issues! Plus just think of the aromatherapy benefits because our products are only lightly scented with essential oils, not irritating perfumes.
As I grow this brand, I plan to invest in more environmentally friendly packaging and completely removing beeswax from our ingredient list! And as always I encourage you all to recycle, reuse, repurpose or refill your containers!
Click on the article to get insider information about how I started Farmhouse Organic and why!
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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.
Check out 10 of our Farmhouse Organic products that make it possible to do a lot with a little.
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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Check out our video & use your favorite Farmhouse products to incorporate scalp scrubbing into your routine!
1. Thoroughly wet your hair and section with fingers or wide tooth comb. Working with hair in sections may be easier if you have thick or long hair.
2. Mix together our Whipped Body Butter (using hair conditioner is an option) and Sandalwood & Lavender Sugar Scrub. Apply to your scalp and massage in in circular motion.
3. Rinse well and then cleanse & condition the hair with our Hibiscus & Quinoa Shampoo & Conditioner.
OTHER USEFUL INFO
Although it’s safe to massage your scalp every day, stick to scalp scrubbing no more than once a month because exfoliation removes oil from the scalp, and if done too frequently, may cause the scalp to panic and over-produce oil.
Not recommended for those with extra sensitive or that bleed easily in the scalp.
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Also known as Hair Bumps/Ingrown Hairs.
CAUSE: After a hair has been shaved, it begins to grow back. Curly hair tends to curl into the skin instead of straight out the follicle, leading to an inflammation reaction. Hair bumps can make the skin look itchy and red, and in some cases, it can even look like pimples. These inflamed papules or pustules can form especially if the area becomes infected.
This is especially problematic for these who have naturally coarse or tightly curling thick hair. Curly hair increases the likelihood of hair bumps. If left untreated over time, this can cause keloid scarring, dark spots and other irritation.
HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!
1. Get a good light (use your phone), face tissue, a clean (disinfect both) pair of tweezers and sewing needle or safety pin.
2. Use a mild face cleanser or soapbar. Wash the area.
3. Apply a clean warm cloth for 5-10 minutes to soften the skin.
4. GENTLY break the skin of each hair bump with the sewing needle and use the sewing needle to lift the hair up out of the bump. You need to put the end of each hair on the outside of your skin so that it grows as normal. This is so that the hair can stop growing into your skin causing the bump. Use tweezers if you have to pull a little bit but DO NOT PULL THE ENTIRE PIECE OF HAIR OUT.
5. Do this for EACH bump (might take a while). Use facial tissue to wipe needle/tweezers/face area clean. Use the warm cloth to keep skin soft. Don’t try this on unsoftened skin!
6. Afterward apply Toner to your hair bump area with a cotton ball twice a day after you cleanse the area. If you find that cleansing to often dries your skin, cut back to once a day.
7. Wash and disinfect your tweezer and sewing needle. Save for later.
8. Try exfoliating with the White Willow Coconut Sugar Face Scrub or Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream (great for dark spots) 1-2x/week to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores.
9. If hair bumps are on other parts of the body (underarms/bikini) use, the Sandalwood & Lavender Sugar Scrub to exfoliate. You can use the Toner on these areas as well and apply Whipped Body Butter. The Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream can tingle in these delicate areas so I wouldn’t suggest it be used under the arm or bikini.
Preventing ingrown hairs is all about removing dead skin and removing hairs in a way that won’t cause them to curl back. Here are simple steps to prevent ingrown hairs. To exfoliate, use the sisal cloth sack if your skin is extra sensitive and our sugar scrub if it's extra dry. Another option is
dry brushing. It’s an ancient ayurvedic technique and in addition to removing dead skin sells, it also kick starts your lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from the body.
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BIKINI AREA: Tight clothing can cause ingrown hairs, especially tight underwear. Skin is its healthiest when it's allowed to breathe. The elastic in tight underwear presses into the skin, trapping hair as it begins to grow back and giving way to bothersome ingrown hairs. Try wearing loose boy shorts or soft 100% cotton underwear.
WAXING: pulls hairs directly from the root. Each hair follicle is connected to a small tube, which is responsible for guiding the hair to the surface when it grows back. Waxing pulls the hair so quickly that the follicle and tube become damaged. When the tube’s lining is damaged, it can’t guide the hair. The hair becomes caught under the skin, causing ingrowns. Shaving The problem occurs when your hair starts growing back. It can become trapped below the skin, causing dead skin cells to find their way into the hair follicle. The result is an ingrown hair that’s painful and inflamed.
AGGRESSIVE RAZORS: with multiple blades were designed for coarse facial hair so they’d achieve a smoother shave with fewer passes. In other words, they’re better designed for men’s faces, not women’s bodies.
DULL BLADES: can cause the same problem. When you shave with dull blades, they leave the end of the hair jagged as opposed to a clean cut, resulting in irritation as the hair grows back.
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What is dry brushing? Brushing the surface of your skin for about 3 to 5 minutes with a skincare brush.
This helps to improve circulation and is another great way to physically exfoliate the skin's surface. The benefits of regular exfoliation are endless. The only thing you need to know is that with regular exfoliation comes great skin – its barrier functions are better, reduces bacteria buildup and breakouts, and the skin will look better, too. It removes dead skin as mentioned, but also reduces skin discoloration and pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Here are the 5 Benefits of Dry Brushing!
1. Eliminate dead skin
Dry brushing can assist in removing any oils that could be trapped with any lingering dead skin cells. If you have mature, flaking, or dull skin, its often times caused by a buildup of dead skin layers caused by lowered hormones from menopause.
2. Enhance nutrients absorbed by the skin
When the skin is properly exfoliated, it can better absorb your skincare products, serums, and treatments more efficiently. When you have a thick layer of dead skin cells on top of your skin, it will make it difficult for those precious nutrients in your skin care products to actually reach your skin; they will not reach deeply enough to penetrate the skin's inner layers.
3. Tightens and smooths the skin
Gentle brushing physically removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It also gives skin a temporary plump & youthful looking appearance because it increases blood flow and circulation to the area of skin being brushed. To really see the skin tightening results, you would have to consistently dry brush for a few months. However, smoother skin may be noticeable right away or after a few rounds of brushing.
4. Stimulate lymph drainage
Although the lymph drainage system is located deep under the skin's surface, by improving circulation through dry brushing, lymph flow becomes stimulated and aides the body in detoxification.
5. Promotes Happiness
Who doesn't feel happy when their skin looks great! I know I do. Exfoliating with a dry brush can enhance skin radiance and light reflection so that the skin looks brighter and cellulite appear less noticeable.
1. Start with dry skin.
2. Next, start on your legs or arms first using a circular motion with gentle light or medium pressure and then work your way towards your heart.
3. Shower after using a dry brush and follow up with our Whipped Body Butter.
4. Work the practice of dry brushing into your routine and allow 6 weeks to see changes.
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The brush should never break the skin and it also shouldn’t hurt. Brushing too frequently or vigorously can cause tiny breaks in the skin that lead to dryness and irritation. Also do not use the same brush for your skin as your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate and requires a much softer brush.
Your skin does exfoliates naturally. When we’re young, our skin exfoliates rapidly and naturally renews itself about every 25 days or so. Dead skin cells are naturally and steadily sloughed off. But as we age, the natural exfoliation process becomes more and more sluggish, typically slowing by about 10% per decade. By the age of 30, the process begins to slow down which can mean more pigmentation and duller complexion.
Dry brushing alone will not work miracles on its own. This practice needs to work harmoniously with cleansing, nourishing and protecting skin care steps. A regular skin care routine working to nourish every layer of your skin does not have to be complicated.
Dry brushing is not recommended for those with sensitive skin, ezcema, or psoriasis.
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Standard dogma from your medical doctor is that your oily skin and acne has nothing to do with the foods you eat. Next time you hear this message, ask for the evidence. Although often denied by American scientific establishments, chronic skin conditions are linked to less than ideal diets. Simple diet modifications focusing on real whole foods including varying fruits and vegetables with good fats can help to clear skin problems after 6-8 weeks. This would mean trading in the acidic and inflammatory foods like highly processed meats, refined oils, foods high in additives, dye, GMO’s and fast food.
Everyone knows that acne is related to surging hormones during adolescence, but to blame acne on puberty is like blaming heart disease on old age. People get more heart disease as they get older, but only when they eat the wrong diet. Heart disease does not exist where people eat healthy, such as in rural Africa and Asia. Heart disease is also cured when sick people change to a healthy diet. Same story with acne.
I struggled with what is considered hormonal acne since I was a teenager. Let me caveat that by saying that I was also a heavy meat eater, I would not eat a meal without meat nor was I willing to give up whole milk. For years I used over the counter acne creams, cleaners, serums, Rx eczema steroid creams. In retrospect, I was being really harsh to my skin, inside and out…between the overly acidic diet, super-hot showers and skincare bottles full of chemicals, my skin was overwhelmed and inflamed to say the least. I dried my skin out, covered my face with makeup & the rest of my body with chemical laced water (store bought lotion). I popped, picked, over-scrubbed to no avail! It wasn’t until I finally admitted that my methods, products and diet was not helping and that it was time to just do something completely different.
I also have sensitive skin and am prone to hyperpigmentation (dark spots) whether I pick an imperfection or not. I didn’t figure that last bit out until I actually took a full step back and started researching & educating myself. I started making my own skincare products, changed my skincare routine as well as my diet. Although it was tough at first… with these changes, only then did I begin to see positive lasting effects that didn’t revert back when I stopped using product….Due to the extra hormones my body was use to receiving from animal products and meat, my acne became so unbearable before things changed for the better. This taught me another valuable lesson; I detox through my skin.
Fast forward, I stuck it out and became even more committed to the changes that I was making. I even challenged myself to go makeup free at that, ha! Looking back, I probably could have put some concealer on, but I was tired of covering up and kept the long-term goal in mind…better, healthier skin. Some of the most important information that I came across and personally experienced was the ways that diet causes acne:
Ways Diet Causes Acne
1) A high-fat diet increases the amounts of fats in and on the skin (sebum). With extreme changes in food intake such as almost total avoidance of fat or inclusion of fat as the sole source of food the amount of sebum production has been found to be greatly altered. Please note that it does not take much fat on the skin to plug the pores, feed the bacteria, and cause acne in susceptible people. Also note the bacteria eat vegetable oil as well as animal fats.
2) The rich Western diet increases sex hormones causing precocious puberty (girls mature at 12 rather than 16 – boys mature earlier too). Earlier maturation of women is known to be associated with more severe acne. Excess male hormones (androgens) in men and women are well known to cause acne and increase production of sebum.
3) Growth hormones adversely affect the sebaceous glands causing them to become easily plugged. Insulin-like growth hormone-1 (IGF-1) is known to be increased by dietary protein (meat, poultry, etc.), and especially by dairy products. Research shows elevated IGF-1 levels are associated with more acne.
Other factors that may play a lesser role are:
4) Acne is promoted by lack of antioxidants and other plant-derived nutrients that keep the skin healthy.
5) Poor circulation to the skin from a high-fat diet allows the skin to be more susceptible to acne.
6) Fat and oils, brought to the skin by hands picking up greasy French fries and burgers, cause acne – this directly-applied grease plugs the pores and feeds the bacteria.
Multiple studies of people living on their traditional native diets – almost all of which are low fat-diets, based on starches, vegetables, and fruits – have found these people have little or no acne. When these healthy people learn the Western diet, acne becomes an epidemic – as do the other diseases of modern civilization (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, prostate and breast cancer).
Whenever I eat something that I should not eat, I notice that I will get a pimple or two. When I wear a full face of makeup, I am 100% certain that my forehead will breakout. However, when I’m sticking to my skincare routine with my Farmhouse Organic products, eating more of what I should be eating, drinking enough water and taking my multivitamins/herbal supplements, I could possibly go a full day or two without even washing my face. I usually don’t, but the point is everything is better when I exercise patience, get the proper nutrition that I need and am gentle on my skin.
Everyone is different and we all have to find what works for us. Are you getting what you need from your food? Are you really what you eat? Think about this for yourself.
As always I encourage you to do your own research!
Peace & Love!
In my free-time I enjoy studying skincare, Herbalism and reading/researching scholarly & scientific literature on various topics.