Five Fall Skin Care Tips For Healthy Balanced Skin

Posted by Maia on 9/19/2018 to General

It's that time of year again. Summer is gone, the air is cooling, the leaves are turning... and you may notice that your skin is acting up. You may notice more discoloration from the extra sun exposure or even more breakouts. Sound familiar? It's probably due to the changing seasons. Fall is here. Follow some of these fall skin care tips for healthy, balanced skin.

Is your skin more prone to breakouts in the fall?

Maybe. 

Breakouts happen when dirt, oil and bacteria become trapped in your pores. During the summer months, your skin produces more of its own oils naturally. When fall arrives, your skin is still producing more oil than usual, but the cooling temperatures may keep your skin from shedding its dead skin cells as effectively. The result is more trapped oil, dirt and bacteria, which can lead to more blackheads and other breakouts until your skin adjusts to the changes.

Here are a few tips to get your skin ready for fall.

Five Fall Skin Care Tips For Healthy Balanced Skin

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Minimal Summer Skin Care

Posted by Maia on 6/25/2018 to General

Summer is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the sun, the longer days, the time outdoors, even the humidity.

With summer comes longer days, more time outdoors and if you’re like me, you want to spend less time fussing around with your face. Every change of the seasons is a chance to reevaluate and tweak your skin care routine.

The great thing about summer is that you can be a bit more relaxed with your routine. It's a great time to embrace minimal routines.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Minimal Summer Skin Care

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 4/25/2018 to Ingredient Knowledge

Cucumbers have a long history of natural skin care use. Think about a relaxing spa day or a cool class of water. Did you just picture cucumbers? You're not alone. Cucumbers are a go-to natural skin care remedy for pampering your delicate under eye skin and are well known for their hydrating and soothing benefits.

At Astrida Naturals, we use cucumber extract in a variety of our products due to the high content of vitamins, polyphenols, tannins, minerals and other nutrients. Read on to find out what makes this natural skin care ingredient a wise choice for your own skin care rituals.

Cucumbers are known for their astringent properties and are good for oily skin but also very hydrating and anti-inflammatory. We use cucumber extract in our White Tea & Cucumber Facial Toner and also in our Tea Tree & Clary Sage Facial Moisturizer.

Ingredient Spotlight: Cucumber Extract Skin Care Benefits

7 Simple Skin Care and Wellness Tips for Spring

Posted by Maia on 4/2/2018 to General

Spring is the season for renewal and cleansing. It's a great time to refresh your skin care routine and recommit yourself to wellness and self care. Here are 7 skin and wellness tips for Spring.

1. Wake up with an energizing morning scrub.

Coffee lover? Start your day by mixing a few tablespoons of coffee grounds and sugar with a little bit of shea butter. Take this mixture to the bath or shower and gently rub on your skin. If you're a coffee lover like me, you'll love how the aroma instantly wakes you up and energizes you for the day.

The coffee combo with sugar removes stubborn dead skin that can accumulate on your body during the winter months and the shea moisturizes your body for a healthy glow.

2. Get your feet sandal-ready with pedicures and shea butter.

7 Simple Skin Care and Wellness Tips for Spring

Natural Skin Care Tips For Winter

Posted by Maia on 1/1/2018 to General
Winter is here. Is your skin ready for it? 

Much like Fall, Winter can be a particularly troubling time for your skin. Plummeting temperatures and moisture levels in the air can aggravate dry skin conditions and rob you of the, oh so important, hydration levels that keep your skin balanced. 

It's all about balance.

Proper skin care is all about balance and nourishment. When the air gets really cold and dry there are a few ways to compensate. All of the following winter skin care tips pave the way for your skin to receive the extra level of moisture, hydration and nutrients needed to balance the climate. 
Natural Skin Care Tips For Winter

Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil

Posted by Maia on 10/13/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge

Though you may not know it, you’re probably already familiar with geraniums. That’s because geraniums are popular flowers that are easily grown indoors and outdoors. Hanging flower baskets, anyone? You’ve probably seen geranium flowers growing there. The pretty flowers can range in color from white, purple, pink, red or orange and have African and European origins.

The leaves of this plant are steam distilled to create geranium essential oil and it has many skin care benefits and uses for a variety of skin types.

Try it: We use geranium oil in our Carrot Seed and Geranium Facial Moisturizer >>

Geranium Essential Oil Facts

  • Botanical Name: Pelargonium odorantissimum
  • Carrot seed oil is processed from the steam distillation of geranium flower leaves.
  • Scent notes are herbal, sweet and a hint of apple.
  • Blends well with oils of carrot seed, bergamot , basil, cedarwood, rosemary and lavender.
Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil

Traveling Solo? This Post Expertly Breaks Down What To Pack

Posted by Maia on 8/22/2017 to Adventure

You're ready for your next travel adventure. You've chosen the location and the ideal time to get away. Now you just need to decide what to bring.

As a minimalist in the making, I'm always trying to stick to the essentials, especially when traveling. It's not easy, though. How do you know what to bring? Especially when exploring new places you've never been before.

Well, here's a handy guide to get you started.

Meet Kristin from Be My Travel Muse. She has expertly created an ultimate packing guide here to make your travel planning that much simpler.

Some Highlights:

  • Clothing recommendations are conveniently organized by climate. Talk about taking out the guess work!
  • Traveling somewhere that requires modesty? Cultural considerations are discussed.
  • Essential, travel friendly natural remedies that can work miracles.
  • Low maintenance hair care tips.
Traveling Solo? This Post Expertly Breaks Down What To Pack

Give Your Skin A Boost With Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Posted by Maia on 8/21/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge

Crunchy, tasty and nutrient rich, carrots are a health food staple rich in beta-carotene, fiber, potassium and antioxidants. There's no doubt that carrots can help keep you young and healthy.

The same can be said for the seeds of carrots, particularly carrot seed essential oil, which is distilled from the tiny carrot seeds that eventually grow the orange beauties.

Carrot seed oil may not be the most popular or well known essential oil out there, but it's one of the best natural skin care remedies for mature skin types. So if you want to give your skin rituals an anti-aging boost, add carrot seed essential oil to the mix.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil Facts

  • Botanical Name: Daucus carota
  • Carrot seed oil is processed from the steam distillation from of dried carrot seeds.
  • Scent notes are earthy, woodsy, herbaceous, warm and slightly sweet.
  • Blends well with oils of geranium, cedarwood, bergamot, juniper and cinnamon
Give Your Skin A Boost With Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Unrefined Shea Butter vs. Refined Shea Butter

Posted by Maia on 8/16/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge

Shea butter is an amazing, versatile addition to your skin care routine, but did you know there are different kinds of shea butter? Do you know the difference between unrefined shea butter vs. refined shea butter?

I only use the unrefined shea butter and I recommend you do as well. Here’s why.

What’s the Difference?

It’s all in the processing.

All shea butter is extracted from the karite (shea) tree that grows naturally and sustainable in the savanna regions of Africa.

Refined shea butter is extracted with high heat and the help of synthetic chemical solvents. Solvents remove some naturally occurring properties and the end product is refined shea that bright white and odorless. Most mainstream shea butter products contain refined shea. It’s relatively heat stable and has a long shelf life.

Unrefined Shea Butter vs. Refined Shea Butter

5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer

Posted by Maia on 6/21/2017 to General

I hate to be a negative nancy, but let's be real. Although summer is awesome, it can wreak havoc on your skin if you're not careful.

So while I'm a huge advocate for minimal skincare rituals, I'd be doing you a disservice not to point out the unique ways that summer's sun and heat can make bad things happen to your skin and what to do to keep everything under control.

5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer and how to keep it in check.

You'll glow. Literally.

Wait this doesn't sound bad? Let me explain, it may not really be bad for everyone.

I'm talking about oil. During the summer months your sebaceous glands start to produce more oil than normal because of the heat and humidity.

5 Bad Things That Happen to your Skin in the Summer

Lessons From My Father: My Inspiration in Entrepreneurship

Posted by Maia on 6/18/2017 to General

Today is Father's Day. Since there is no one person that has had more influence on my business and my career than my father, I felt today would be a great day to write a bit about some of the things that I’ve learned from him over the years. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There is no way I could summarize all the lessons I've learned in a single blog post. But I can talk about how he's helped shaped my interest in entrepreneurship in the last 10 years. Here it goes.

Figure out what you want.

In my early twenties, I was very lost on what I wanted to do post college. I was studying new media design (a catch-all term for everything graphic, web and motion design related) but I wasn’t thrilled about working in the industry. It just didn’t feel like my calling. I spoke to my father who told me I needed to figure out what I wanted my life to look like. Where did I want to live? What should my days be like? Did I want to work at a design agency or in house creative division in corporate America? Maybe what I wanted was something else entirely? What was it?

Lessons From My Father: My Inspiration in Entrepreneurship

French Green Clay Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 5/22/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge

Our latest spotlight ingredient is French Green Clay. This clay is the main ingredient in our Chamomile & Willow Bark Clarifying Face Mask. Read on to find out what makes this natural skin care ingredient a wise choice for your own skin care rituals.

But first, the basics.

French Green Clay or Illite Clay is a very fine, light green powder collected from sources in Montana, Wyoming, China, and yes, of course Europe. Also known as sea clay, French Green Clay has long been known for its detoxifying skin care benefits that can be attributed to its unique blend of minerals.

Its composition includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium. The green color is due to the clay's iron oxide and decomposed plant matter content. Interesting!

French Green Clay Skin Care Benefits

White Willow Bark Extract Natural Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 4/18/2017 to Ingredient Knowledge
Looking for a natural skin care ingredient to help with acne, exfoliation and reduce inflammation? Check out White Willow Bark Extract, a multitasking botanical powerhouse. 

White willow bark, known in the botanical world as Salix alba, comes from the bark of the white willow tree. Native to parts of Asia and Europe, white willow bark extract boast the benefits of being anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and exfoliating. 

White Willow Bark Natural Skin Care Benefits

Exfoliating

Willow bark contains salicylic acid, derived from salicin, which helps to...
White Willow Bark Extract Natural Skin Care Benefits

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Extract Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/7/2015 to Ingredient Knowledge

Apples are an extremely healthy fruit that is as good for your face as it is for your body. Apple extracts and essences are used in skin care for their rich nutritional profiles. Like papaya, apple extract is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and natural acids. It’s also high in polyphenols and catechins like those found in green tea.

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Extract Skin Care Benefits

Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia on 7/6/2015 to Ingredient Knowledge

I love using fruits in our natural skin care products and papayas are one of my favs. Papaya or pawpaw is a bright, tropical fruit from the Carica Papaya tree native to Mexico and Central America. Papaya fruit has a rich, sweet flavor and is best known for its high Vitamin C content. It is also high in B vitamins, vitamin A, amino acids and enzymes like papain.

Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya Skin Care Benefits

How We Define Natural Skin Care

Posted by Maia on 7/5/2015 to General

Are you a natural skin care newbie wondering what all of it really means? Does it work, is it worth it and is it even legit?

First I want to start off by saying, I’m not one to condemn synthetics. As natural skin care has become more and more popular it has spawned an epidemic of companies marketing ‘natural’ skin care product as the safe alternative, implying or blatantly accusing everything else as being downright unsafe.

How We Define Natural Skin Care

Eating Clean for Naturally Healthy Skin

Posted by Maia on 7/2/2015 to General

Having healthy skin is a holistic pursuit. In addition to knowing your ingredients and being all about what you put on your skin, it’s also about what you put into it. Did you know what you eat can affect how your skin looks and feels? You are what you eat. While there isn’t a scientifically proven link between good nutrition and healthy skin, most dermatologist agree, what you eat matters.

Eating Clean for Naturally Healthy Skin
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