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WELLNESS

End of Summer Skin Repair

Summer is coming to an end, and with the change of seasons it's nice to revamp your skin and mind in honor of autumn. Summer is pretty harsh on the body - sun damage, salt, wind, chlorine (... some of us -_- ), and more all take a toll on our skin, leaving it dry and possibly a little dull as our tans fade.

I like to set an intention for Autumn, something that I want to focus on - for me this season my intention is to avoid burnout and focus on self care. So, this was the perfect thing for me to do!

For the end of summer skin repair we will focus on: exfoliation, massage, hydration + moisturizing! It's a time to prep the skin for fall + winter needs: exfoliation and moisture (since winter is dry and cold). I love this routine for any time I am feeling utterly overwhelmed but I don't have time for a long self care night.

Steps: Clean face, Exfoliate Face, Apply Mask (+ hair mask if you want!), step into shower, exfoliate body, remove mask and clean body, remove leave in hair mask + rinse off!

Exfoliation

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Give your face a quick wash, and gently exfoliate your face, apply a mask and then hop in the shower to give your body a scrub (save water by doing a dry exfoliation and then rinsing!)

For exfoliating your body you can use a wide variety of materials from plants to salts and more - but for your face it's a little different - you want to gentle exfoliant or an enzyme based method. You can also make a different scrub for the face + body!

Body: Combine any of the following
Salt, Sugar, Coffee, Brown Rice Flour, honey, oil (olive, grapeseed, hemp, sesame, coconut), butter (shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter), Dried Herbs (finely ground)

Face: Combine any of the following
Brown Sugar (fine grain), Brown Rice Flour, Coconut Milk Powder (any milk powder), honey, light oil (hemp, sunflower, grapeseed), dried herbs fine ground (assure they are safe for your skin! - i love using ground centella ), or fruits!



Massage

After I rinse off my exfoliant, I like to stretch a little under hot water and give my body a gentle massage.

Massage is one of the best ways to improve circulation, stimulate muscles and tissues and drain lymph - which is all necessary for your body to naturally detox, stay healthy and stay hydrated!

There are a ton of massage tutorials online - everything from light lymph drainage, to soothing face and body massages - choose one thats best for you! *Tip - if you are doing a hard constricting pressure anywhere, always move upwards toward the heart!



Hydration

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Make a giant glass of water with herbs, cucumber, or fruit and make sure to drink it! Our skin requires that we are fully hydrated - that will help your skin function at its peak! 

I did a short blog on the importance of hydration and how our skin requires a balance of moisture + hydration - read it here! I also added a couple recipes for my favorite flavored water + their benefits!



Moisture

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Right out of the shower, while your still damp - a body serum is the ultimate gift to your skin! After exfoliating our skin is essentially primed to take in all the nutrients a dense serum has to offer.

There are a ton of serums - or try our Tropical Body Serum made to repair the harshest environmental damage, it has Kukui Nut, Tamanu and Coffee infused Coconut Oil! (and it donates $10 to Reforest Hawai'i!)

I also did a short blog on the importance + reasons you should consider a body serum. It's not required often or every day - but it's like a going to get a facial or a teeth cleaning - a great intensive maintenance treatment.

Apply the serum to your whole body by spraying it on and rubbing it in - then apply your normal moisturizer to lock it in!

Once I do this, I like to put on some music, sit on a towel on the bathroom floor, sip my water and stretch or meditate to a podcast or some music.

PLANT REMEDIES

Rose + Rosemary Smudge

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Hurricane Lane is close to hitting - so we all have a couple days off at home. It's a bit stressful when everyone is freaking out, buying an entire Costco worth of water and bread... We just bunkered down at home with candles, movies and tons of snacks.

To calm myself I decided to get creative and make some rose petal and rosemary smudge sticks.

I love getting flowers, but I really love reusing flowers and making them into pretty bundles, bath salts or tinctures. A "smudge" is typically a tied bundle of plant material that you would hang to dry and then burn for ceremonial or sacred purposes. There are a ton of different blends for smudges, but I'm a fan of using what you have on hand - for smudges, pick any herb that’s safe to burn or smoke.

What does a smudge do? Like other ceremonial practices, this isn't a hard fact based cure or fix - this is a physical and visually beautiful way to draw attention to something you are trying to accomplish.

As with anything in life, what you put attention on is what you will receive - that is nearly a fact, because it's your perception. Physically working with plants brings energy, and if you can plan what your intention is - you can help redirect energy to that place
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I chose Rose + Rosemary to open myself up for healing, strength, energy and to start a new path. After struggling a couple of weeks with a bit of depression, leading to lack of exercise and a bad diet - I'm ready to revitalize my self-love and respect. It's something I used to put myself down for - having an unhealthy couple of weeks, instead understand that you needed that time, and now my intention is to focus on self-love more.

Here's a pretty basic list of my favorites for smudging (and if you know any native Hawaiian plants that can be used please comment them below!!!): 

  • Mugwort: this plant used to grow invasively everywhere around where I grew up in Staten Island New York (I know, it's a strange association, Staten island and wild growing medicinal plants). It brings on lucid dreams that can be used as a way to direct thoughts or meditations, or to bring an intention to fruition - it also helps to push you to listen to your intuition - a great smudge or smoke blend for full moon ceremony or intention setting.
    *** warning - if you choose to keep the mugwort close to where you sleep to induce lucid informative dreams, they can sometimes be very vivid dreams so just be aware :) ***

  • Mint: smells soooooo good and it's energizing.

  • Lavender: for calming, setting a calm mood, reducing anxiety.

  • Sage: for clearly the energy in a space and more.

  • Rosemary: smoothes the mind and prepares a space for creativity by helping to remove bad energy.

  • Lemongrass: purifying and cleansing - also helps to keep mosquitos and flies out of a space for a little while.

  • Rose: healing, grief, acceptance, for heart strength.

 

WELLNESS

Turmeric: The Inflammation Super Hero

So, I love turmeric, the little life saving anti-inflammatory root with an intense yellow-orange hue and spicy flavor. Known an ‘Ōlena in Hawai'i, this root is used for everything from skin care, tea, spice, curry, and more. 

Our Turmeric Balm was created to be used to combat inflammatory skin conditions like stubborn painful swollen pimples, small infections, or - like in my case, an entire face full of wicked sunburn. That's what I get for not re-applying my sunscreen despite knowing I should - I was out for nearly 10 hours, so it's my fault I got burned hah, thanks nature!

So - this is one of the many ways to use our Turmeric Balm - as a rescue mask for sunburn. I applied to my entire face and left it for 30 minutes - to avoid any mild skin staining (disappears in a couple hours ) you can also leave it on for 10-15 min. then wash your face normally.