Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Skincare  Summer Storage Tips

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Skincare Summer Storage Tips

skincaresummerstorageIf you’re located in California, we know you’ve been feeling the recent heat wave. (Is it us, or has global warming sped up the seasons here?) It’s important to stay hydrated– that’s why we love sipping on cool water with orange slices.

But what’s something that also needs to be stored properly? Your skincare bottles and jars, especially when you’ve spent precious salary dollars on the best you can find.

A few tips about dealing with skincare in the heat:

  • Keep your oils and creams in a place that’s not your bathroom
  • Coconut oil melts over 76 degrees F
  • If something smells strange, it’s best to toss it
  • Try not to leave any skincare products in the car- lip balms and lotions are likely to melt
  • They’re actually best when refrigerated- humidity and oxidation will degrade oils
  • Put your cosmetics into a fridge that’s dedicated SOLELY to oils- food in the refrigerator may take on the scents of your cosmetics, which will then taste like perfume.

Looking for more awesome tips? Lifehacker has some good suggestions here!

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Kukui Oil

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Kukui Oil

tendyourskinthursdayskukuiIt’s Skincare Thursdays! Today I’ll be discussing about the benefits of kukui oil.

When I was doing research for my own skincare line, a friend mentioned that I should look up this amazing oil; it helped her and her family immensely. This piqued my curiosity down this particular rabbit hole.

Kukui is a type of tree in Hawaii, where the oils are extracted from. According to Livestrong, the amount of vitamins A, C, and E within kukui possesses anti-oxidants that are crucial to our skin health. This oil is a very well-known phenomenon to people living in Hawaii, but in recent years has started to become more mainstream. In fact, Huffington Post details celebrity Lupita Nyong’o’s use of kukui oil neat on her face.

From my own research using this on myself, it’s very moisturizing, yet non-oily. I’ve actually included this oil into all of my facial products, which has kept my skin feeling quite soothed.

Has anyone tried using kukui nut oil? Of course, if you are allergic to any type of nut, do take caution when trying a new type of oil. It’s best to do a small patch test on the arm, then wait for 24 hours before trying to apply it on your face. Let me know what you think!


Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Intro to Oils

Tend Your Skin Thursdays: Intro to Oils

facialoilsSince we’ve been old enough to be interested in beauty, we’ve been bombarded with ads telling us that “oil-free” is the only way to go for oily-prone skin. I know I must have bought at least 20 different kinds of primers, moisturizers and serums, hoping that this would finally be the one. After I started to use oils on my skin, I needed a week of detoxifying from the lack of chemical-based products. For those of you who have never tried facial oils before, you will most likely need that detox period as well!

What’s the beauty about oils? Many oils are actually incredibly close to the sebum of our skin, which makes them beautiful to use, and still let our skin soak in the powers that be of the oils.

Argan Oil

For example, Argan oil has been a full-on craze for the last few years. Personally, it’s a bit oily for my taste (I have oily/combination skin), which is quite troublesome. If your skin type is like mine, this is what I like to do:

  • Add a bit of organic argan oil to my shampoo
  • Use a dime-sized drop of argan oil and massage into my scalp- simply shampoo it out after 30 minutes or so
  • Put argan oil on my ends after showering
  • Use a single drop on my face before bedtime

Even for those of you who have beautiful skin already, just a bit of oil will do– it goes a long way. Stay tuned for more oil posts!