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DIY At Home Face Masks

In honor of National Face Mask Day, I’m sharing with you my favorite ‘do at home’ face mask with items from your kitchen.

Why is masking important?

The right face care mask can hydrate the skin and remove excess skin oils, leaving your skin feeling fresh and renewed. Other than the results from the face mask, applying the mask will give you time to give yourself some self-care. The opportunity for some mental down time is crucial for you! Put the phone away, grab a book or spend the time journaling. Pour a hot cup of tea and take a warm salt bath or bubble bath.

HONEY & AVOCADO FACE MASK

2 Organic Avocadoes
¼ cup Organic Honey

Cut avocadoes in half and discard the pit. Remove the avocado and mash it up well. Add the
honey to the mix and muddle together. Mask will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To Use: Remove 1-2 TBSP of the mixture and gently spread on the face.
Leave on up to 5 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water. Follow with Toner and
Moisturizer.

I like to add a TBSP of our Pink Hibiscus Face Mask to this mixture for the added benefit of natural clay and hibiscus. You can also add a few drops of jasmine, rose geranium, frankincense or tea tree essential oil to your mixture, based on your skincare needs.

What you should avoid:

Have you ever used those beloved face ‘sheet masks?’ You know, the kind that you apply to your face, leave on, and then peel off and throw away? Well, you may not want to use them again after you find out what they are doing to our environment! Sheet masks are single-use products, so once it’s used, it gets put in the trash. That can add up to a lot of waste. The pouch that they are typically packaged in is made of plastic and can take hundreds of years to decompose. The sheet itself may be in part cotton, however, it has been determined that all sheets contain small parts of plastic or nylon, which cannot be recycled or decomposed quickly. In addition, the chemical process to produce these sheets uses fossil fuels which contribute to air quality. What can you do? Avoid these sheets at all costs. Find products like our Pink Hibiscus ‘loose powder’ Face Mask, which is packaged in a recyclable jar with zero-waste.

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Daisy Blue Tips to Age Beautifully

After talking to one of my clients about taking care of their aging skin, I thought I would share my favorite Daisy Blue products for skin care. Thus, Jena’s Aging Gracefully System was created to help you take care of your skin so it will age beautifully and gracefully!

Steps to Follow for Naturally Glowing Skin:

1. Cleanse with the Rose Face Bar (AM). Cleanse and remove makeup/end of day dirt with the Cleansing Cream (PM).
2. Scrub and cleanse the face up to 3 times per week with the Sea & Tea Face Scrub.
3. Gently smooth the Witch Hazel & Aloe Toner over the face with a natural cotton pad to reduce redness and bring the pH of the skin back to its normal level, prepping the skin for moisturizer.
4.Complete your routine using our Chardonnay Cream on drier skin areas and around the eyes and lips. Use the Liquid Gold Face Serum all over the face and on the back of the hands and chest area.

This kit includes six of my favorite products including: Cleansing Cream, Rose Facial Bar, Sea & Tea Face Scrub, Witch Hazel & Aloe Toner, Chardonnay Cream, and our amazing Liquid Gold Face Serum.

Why are these products so great? Let me tell you!

Rose Face Bar

  • Natural Olive Oil castile soap base – mild cleanser for the skin
  • Shea Butter – emollient and conditioning
  • Rose Geranium Essential Oil – balances oil production, soothes troubled and aging skin
  • Lemon Essential Oil – brightens and tones the skin
  • Pink Clay – gentle clay known to draw out impurities and cleanse the skin

Cleansing Cream

  • Gentle cream-based cleanser that works to remove eye makeup and impurities from the face. Safe for all ages
  • Safflower Oil – mild cleansing oil that provides moisture and gentle cleansing
  • Passion Flower Extract – Protects against environmental stressors. Keeps the skin firm and youthful
  • Allantoin (Comfrey Root) – Non-irritating. Soothes and protects the skin. Heals the skin and stimulates new cell growth
  • Rose Geranium Essential Oil – balances oil production, soothes troubled and aging skin
  • Lemon Essential Oil – brightens and tones the skin
  • Lavender Essential Oil – heals and balances skin tone

Sea & Tea Face Scrub

  • Organic Seaweed Extract – packed full of vitamins and minerals that keep your skin revitalized and healthy
  • Natural Exfoliants – natural pumice and apricot seeds provide a gentle exfoliation for your face keeping it looking youthful by removing the dull dead skin cells, and revigorating the blood flow
  • Apple Amino Acids – natural cleansing that helps tighten and tone the skin
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – naturally antibacterial, helps to tone and heal the skinWitch Hazel & Aloe Toner
  • High in tannins which makes this toner a natural astringent which removes excess oils from the skin and shrinks pores
  • Organic aloe vera heals and protects the skin
  • Reduces blemishes by reducing the amount of pollutants and environmental contaminants that enter the skin pores
  • Brightens around the eyes
  • Reduces swelling, redness, and bruises
  • Shrinks varicose and swollen veins
  • Prevents razor burn after shavingChardonnay Cream
  • Chardonnay Grapeseed Extract – astringent properties used to tone and tighten the skin, prevents clogging of the pores and reduces bacteria on the skin. Rich in antioxidants to keep the skin healthy
  • Calendula Oil – derived from marigold flowers, it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal wounds, soothe eczema, and relieve dry skin
  • Silk Amino Acids – non-animal protein source that provides a protective barrier and silky feel
  • Rose Geranium Essential Oil – antibacterial and reduces inflammation

Liquid Gold Face Serum

  • Can be used around the eye area, or on the entire face. Fitting of its name, this naturally gold serum is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Pure jasmine extract and natural essential oils are added to deeply moisturize and soothe the skin
  • Formulated to be lightweight to absorb in quickly, giving the skin a youthful, dewy glow
  • Helps decrease fine lines and remove marks/freckles on the skin. Beneficial to use to decrease scarring
  • Organic Rosehip Oil – rich in Vitamin A, helps reduce scars and age marks
  • Organic Coconut Oil – antibacterial, antifungal, and super moisturizing
  • Organic Hempseed Oil – nature’s most perfectly balanced oil, containing all 21 amino acids determined to be the optimal need for healthy skin
  • Jasmine Absolute – Hydrates the skin, making it smoother, more luminous and healthier. It can also help diminish dermatitis and eczema. Jasmine can decrease the look of scars because it is a cicatrisant – a “skin-healer.”

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Natural Eczema Relief

Did you know that millions of people suffer from some form of Eczema? Although there is no known cure, Dr. Daisy has some 100% natural recommendations to help bring you some relief.

Treatment of Eczema

Early treatment can help lessen the effects of eczema, but at this time there is no known cure. The most common treatment is meant to decrease the itching brought on my eczema. However, overuse of steroid cortisone will cause the skin to thin, increase bruising, and decrease your immune system. It is extremely important for young children to not be using a steroid cream for any length of time This can lead to painful acne breakouts and more as they grow and age.

Dr. Daisy Recommendations

Apply natural lotions and oils immediately after bathing, while the skin is still moist. We recommend our Marigold Lotion and Marigold Salve, which contain calendula and other ingredients known to help relieve and heal eczema. Our new Plantain Salve is also an effective choice and safe for all ages and skin types.

Another recommendation is using our 100% natural soaps.You can choose from the unscented Purely, or one that has essential oils for added healing.

Eczema Triggers

There are many emotional and environmental triggers that will cause your skin to flare up. Determining what these triggers are will help you at controlling the flare ups and redness.
If you know that drinking red wine and eating cream cheese stuffed jalapeños will make your face light up like a Christmas tomato, you may want to reconsider ordering that on a first date! If stress is high in your life right now, find ways to bring some balance and peace back into your life.

Natural Product Detox

If you recently switched to using a truly natural, detoxifying product like Daisy Blue, you may experience redness and some heat as the body is naturally releasing toxins. These toxins have been in your body for quite some time. Give yourself a good two weeks (we promise it is usually much less!), with consistent use of Daisy Blue to remove the ‘bad’ toxins your previous skin care put there.

Bottom line is YOU know your skin better than anyone. Treat it with respect, and it will deliver a beautiful glow back to you!

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Celebrate Earth Day Everyday: Save the Earth with These Simple Tips

Earth Day is celebrate each year on April 22nd. But our Earth isn’t around for just a day, so why should we focus our Earth-saving efforts on just one day? Let’s celebrate Earth Day everyday and do our part starting with a few simple tips:

Water Saving Tips:

Do you ever wonder which wastes less – a shower or bath? It really depends on how long your shower is or how full you fill your bathtub. For example, a five minute shower uses a third less water than a full bath.

Is water leaking somewhere in your home? Even if it isn’t a huge leak, fix it right away. A small trickle adds up to gallons of water each week!

Use a low-flow showerhead and place mesh faucet ends on all your faucets, this will help decrease water usage dramatically.

Make sure your water heater is working efficiently and that you are having it routinely serviced.

Waste Reducing Tips:

While we are still on the topic of bathrooms, what is your shower curtain made of? Vinyl shower curtains are made entirely out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and release dioxins. Dioxin is a known carcinogen that can disrupt hormonal systems and may cause damage to your reproductive and immune systems. Use a cotton or polyester shower curtain instead! Here are three types of plastics to be aware of:

  • #3 plastic
  • Vinyl
  • PVC

Did you know that in the United States over two billion disposable razors are purchased annually? They all need a place to go, so imagine the space those are taking up in a landfill! Instead, use a permanent razor that uses refillable blades. The handle might still be plastic, but you can use it repeatedly and thereby reduce both your waste and your guilt.

Even the clothes you wear have an impact on our Earth. Make a mental note the next time you go shopping to check the tag for what each garment is made of. Try buying more natural fibers like cotton, hemp, and wool. They do not generate must static electricity in the dryer, and generally require less to no dry cleaning. And because they are made from renewable resources, they can be composted!

Clean Drinking Water Tips:

There is a lot of debate on what is healthier – bottled water or tap water. Tap water does not leave behind a flood of non-biodegradable and rarely recycled plastic containers, and it most usually flows to us from an energy efficient infrastructure – no trucks or ships required. Our Earth does not need the strain of additional plastic bottles and not to mention tap water is regulated more consistently. Environmental Protection Agency rules apply to every public water system in the Country. In addition, you are entitled to the “Water Quality Reports” – also called “Consumer Confidence Reports”, which identify the source of the water and the contaminants found in it. Bottled water companies are under no regulation to report this to you. In fact, most bottled water companies are owned by the same organizations selling soda and other corn syrup based drinks. If you are still unsure about your tap water, check out The Green Guide to learn more about filters for your water system.

Improving Air Quality and Recycling Tips:

Recycling saves energy, and creating a new aluminum from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from a recycled aluminum.

Any plant in your home will help improve the air quality, but the most effective plants include: aloe vera, English ivy, fig tree, potted chrysanthemum, and spider plants.

Natural Cleaning Tips:

Nowadays, our store shelves are filled with a plethora of toxic cleaning agents. In the early 19th century, people cleaned with simple everyday ingredients, like vinegar. This is still a great idea!

Here are a few ways to clean naturally:

  • Use Daisy Blue Naturals handcrafted soaps for cleaning hands. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps at all costs. These soaps contain triethanolamine and have been proven to cause more harm than good because they kill beneficial bacteria as well as the bad stuff and may be leading to super-strains of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
  • Hot soapy water using DB Clean kills food-borne germs!  It can also be used to wash your hands, cutting boards, knives, and any surfaces that have come into contact with eggs or raw meat.  Wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Baking soda is a mild abrasive.  It doesn’t scratch surfaces and it deodorizes.  Baking soda can be mixed with the soap/water blend above or mixed with white vinegar.
  • With more stainless steel appliances being sold today, the need for a natural cleaner is needed.  Use baking soda and scoop onto damp sponge.  Rub the soda on the metal until the surface is clean.  Rinse well with warm water and polish dry with a soft cloth.  For a quick clean, use vinegar and water, then polish with the cloth.
  • White Vinegar is an acid with mild-germicidal properties.  It can be used to get rid of mold and mildew, cut grease and clean glass.
  • Lemon works much like vinegar, but is more difficult to use.
  • Vitamin E Body Oil can add shine to wood furniture.  Use ½ a teaspoon in a quarter cup vinegar or lemon juice.
  • If you are dusting, use a damp cloth.  No need for the toxic sprays.Salt will clean copper pots and pans and is good for silver too.  Mix with equal amounts of vinegar.
  • Sponges and rags instead of paper towels.  Sponges can be washed in vinegar and used again.

Energy Efficiency Tips:

Unplug appliances you seldom use, like an extra refrigerator. You may save over $10 per month. Also don’t forget to unplug your chargers when you are not charging. Use power strips to turn off TV’s, stereos, and other equipment. Even when these items are on ‘standby’, consumption can be equal to a 100 watt lightbulb that is on continuously. Set your computer to hibernate after 30 minutes of non-use, and to sleep mode for longer periods of inactivity. The ‘hibernate’ mode turns the computer off in a way that doesn’t require you to load everything when you switch back on. Setting your computer to hibernate instead of shutting it down saves energy and is more time-efficient. When you are done for the day (or the weekend) shut it down. Control your temperature! Set your thermostat to 68°F during the day, and 55°F when going to bed. During the summer, set your thermostat to 78°F or higher.

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Pucker Up with Daisy Blue Natural Lip Balms

Our three lip balms are sure to leave your lips supple, soft, and ready to take on whatever might come your way. Chapped and cracked lips are a thing of the past with Daisy Blue’s 100% natural lip balms. Our natural and organic ingredients moisturize, soothe, and heal to help you maintain those smooth and healthy looking lips. Our ingredients are 100% organic and safe enough to eat, which is good for your lip balm since there’s a chance it can get ingested while you enjoy a cup of coffee or your favorite food! Apply, and reapply, naturally!

Vitamin E Lip Balm

Great for chapped lips, our Vitamin E lip balm will sooth without causing irritation. Our customers swear by this simple yet effective and protective lip balm. A staple to your skincare routine living a light, silky, and flavor-free barrier on your lips.

Ingredients: Organic Safflower Oil, Natural Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Organic Hempseed Oil, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Leaf Extract

Grapefruit Mint Lip Balm

Our Grapefruit Mint lip balm is 100% natural and refreshing. It leaves you with a cooling feel like you are at a spa . Using pure mint and grapefruit essential oils it is also highly nourishing for your lips.

Ingredients: Organic safflower oil, Natural beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Organic Hempseed Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Grapefruit, Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oils

Tea Tree Lip Balm

This lip balm is multi-purpose helping prevent chapped lips, cold sores, and deters cold/flu viruses. With its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it can also double as a zit stick!

Ingredients: Certified Organic Safflower Oil, Natural Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Organic Hempseed Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Tea Tree essential Oil.

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How to Prep Your Skin for Makeup Application

Whether you are getting ready to go to work or getting glam for a night on the town, makeup is probably a part of your daily routine. Prepping your skin before makeup application is very important, often times great makeup is thanks to the preparation that goes onto the skin first. And while every skin type is different, here are the basics of what we’ve learned on how to prep your skin properly for makeup application.

(Not sure on your skin type? Download our free guide here!)

Start with Clean Skin

The first step should be cleansing your skin to remove any dirt, oil, and impurities.

Exfoliate

This is not something we recommend for every day, but at least 2x per week. It will help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and other gunk.

Tone It Up

Next, take your toner – our favorite is Daisy Blue’s Witch Hazel and Aloe Toner – and apply it to a cotton ball or pad. This will help remove any remaining impurities left behind after the cleansing.

Hydrate

This step is imperative – moisturize! Make sure to choose a product that works with your skin type.

Prime Time

While this step isn’t for everyone, a lot of the fresh and flawless looks you see are thanks to a primer. This will help create a smooth base for your makeup application and extend the wear.

Using these simple steps should help you truly see a difference in your makeup application and longevity. Make sure to check out our 100% natural makeup and skincare products on our website!

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How to Combat Dry Winter Skin

As beautiful as winter can be, it can have harsh effects on your skin. We’re here to help with some tips to step up your winter skincare routine:

Maximize Moisture

Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend your most time in, like your bedroom.

Drop It Low

Lower your thermostat. What? We’re serious. Central heat can make your home even dryer.

Take a Cold Shower

It’s definitely tempting to take a hot shower when the weather gets cold, but warm water causes less irritation and is still just as effective in killing germs.

Opt for Natural Cleansers

The wrong product on your skin can really make dry skin worse. Wash your face with a natural and moisturizing cleanser like our gentle face wash.

Adjust Your Skin-Care Routine

Tis the season to adjust your skin-care routine. Try to apply toners and astringents sparingly, many can dry your skin out further.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Get a hydrating moisturizer for your skin and apply a moisturizing lip balm like one of our natural lip balms. Don’t forget about your hands, moisturize after washing your hands. Also, where gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

Stay Hydrated

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Keep it hydrated and rink plenty of water.

Get Yourself an Antioxidant Serum

Applying a good antioxidant serum, like our liquid gold serum, can help prevent damage and keep skin protected.

Determine Your Skin-care Routine

Stick to a routine that is made for your skin type. Not sure your skin type? Download our guide on skin-care for different skin types.

 

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What is Your True Skin Type?

How well do you know your skin? In order to get the best possible skincare, you’ll need to understand which category your skin falls into. But where do you begin? Daisy Blue Naturals is here to help! Understanding your skin will help you pick the right natural products and cleansing routines to help you take better care of your skin.

Skin Types:

Oily / Troubled Skin

Skin that gets shiny or greasy quickly – this is because this skin produces extra oil which can lead to clogged pores, attract bacteria, and cause acne. If your skin is prone to redness, blackheads, open pores, and pimples – fight the urge to pop or prick them. For this skin type, it is important to use products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic which means they won’t clog your pores. The oil-free skincare products will counteract the extra oil your skin produces.

Dry Sensitive Skin

Skin that feels tight and can become rough, itchy, and flaky. Dry skin does not produce as much natural oil and loses moisture faster. The lack of oil also becomes more apparent when the weather changes causing your skin to experience dryness more so during these times. Wrinkles and other prominent lines are more apparent with dry skin, especially around the eyes and mouth. Avoid over-washing your face to keep some of the natural moisture, and stay away from harsh chemical filled products that could dry out your skin even more.

Combination / Normal Skin

Normal or combination skin is neither too dry nor too oily. It’s not super sensitive and doesn’t have many blemishes. Combination skin tends to be dry or normal in some areas, but oil in the T-zone. T-zone explained is the forehead, nose and chin area on your face. You might occasionally struggle with blackheads or some grease and shine, but overall your skin is pretty low maintenance. A simple natural skin care regimen will help you take good care of your skin.

Did you know..

It is important to understand your skin type, but it is also important to understand the order to use your face product for your daily and weekly routine:

Daily

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturize

Weekly (3-4 times a week depending on skin tone)

  1. Cleanse
  2. Mask
  3. Scrub
  4. Tone
  5. Moisturize

Let Daisy Blue Naturals help you create the perfect regimen for your skin!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – 10 Ideas to Say Thank You for Who She is and All That She Does

Don’t forget to honor mom on May 13th, celebrate with one of these thoughtful gifts. Also, find the perfect gift for grandma or new moms! We look forward to showing her how much we love and appreciate her with special Mother’s Day Gifts. From pampering presents to indulgent treats, these non-toxic beauty products are beautifully designed and 100% natural. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, grandmas, moms-to-be, and caregivers!

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How Essential Oils Can Keep You Healthy During the Holidays

Essential oils have enhanced lives for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  With so many options to keep you healthy, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 essential oils to keep you healthy this holiday season.

OUR TOP 5 ESSENTIAL OIL PICKS

 

1. Lemon Oil – get a hit of happiness

Researchers have found that those suffering from depression lowered their dose of antidepressants by simply sniffing lemon oil.  The scent helps normalize hormone levels.

2. Lavender Oil – calm and soothe

Evidence shows that lavender is the universal essential oil used for a reason.  It is one of the safest (never apply without dilution, however), helps induce sleep, decrease pain, and alleviates PMS.

3. Tea Tree Oil – treat the icky, nasty, yucks

The oil that is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal fights off your everyday variety of common colds and illnesses.

4. Peppermint Oil – Give a shot of alertness

Smelling peppermint makes you perkier, gives you energy, and decreases nausea.

5. Eucalyptus Oil – Get rid of the sniffles

The scent reduces stuffy noses and sinus pressure.