Fall Festival Fun & Pumpkin Picking

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After living in New England for the past 11 years, we had created a lot of Fall traditions like apple picking and more. Now, living here in Florida again, it doesn’t feel much like Fall. Especially when we are halfway through October and it is still in the 90’s.

So we decided we would just have to create some new Fall traditions here in Florida. We recently visited the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Southern Hill Farms in Clermont.

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Southern Hill Farms is a family owned farm where you can pick your own blueberries and they have been in business for three generations. The farm is 120 acres and 40 of them are planted with blueberry bushes for picking.

The Fall Festival is held every weekend in October and has many different activities for everyone, including children.

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The Festival includes some amazing Food Trucks, including my favorite the Southern Hill  Sweets truck which is housed in an old Airstream. This was by far my favorite as they had so many amazing sweets and treats. I enjoyed the Gooey Pumpkin Cake the most, which I devoured while listening to the live music provided.

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We had fun browsing the pumpkin patch and found the perfect pumpkin to take home and even a few small gourds for our Fall decorating. Not to mention that the pumpkin patch was the perfect backdrop for those Fall Vibe Instagram photos.

They even had special backdrops set up around the pumpkin patch so you had many choices of where to take that perfect Insta pic.

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There are so many great activities for the little ones, including Touch a Tractor, a petting zoo, bungee jumping, a rock climbing wall and tons of other rides and games.

Although they do have hayrides, we opted to skip those as the line was super long. However, we had fun wandering around this beautiful farm. Admission is $10 per car, no matter how many people are in the car, but the rides, pumpkins and food are extra so bring cash/cards.

What are some of your favorite Fall traditions? Let me know in the comments below.

My Top Nine Wellness Apps

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I often use wellness apps in different ways to help keep me focused on my health and fitness goals and general overall wellbeing. I thought I would share them with you in today’s blog.

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Fitbit keeps me motivated to achieve my steps and to keep moving throughout the day because I believe that while you can work out for that one hour during a workout, if you’re not moving the rest of the day it kind of almost defeats the purpose.

I like that Fitbit gives me notifications to keep moving throughout the day, so every hour it will remind me to get up, move and get in my steps. I also like the community aspect of Fitbit.  A group of friends and I do weekly challenges so we can motivate each other to get in our steps for the day.

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My Fitness Pal is a good one for tracking nutrition as well as your exercise. If I want to keep kind of a nutritional diary, I can track what I’m eating. There is a great community aspect to this one do. I have a few friends on there and we support and motivate each other towards our wellness goals.

It’s also very user friendly, it’s simple to track your macros if that is an approach you like to take. If you’re someone who’s more into Keto and you’re trying to not have some any carbs or whatever you can adjust those goals in My Fitness Pal to better track them.

As far as apps that are available that do what this one does, it is my favorite app for this.

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Strava is one that I used quite a bit when I was cycling more. I started this one again because I’ve been using it to track my runs as I train for the Disney Princess Half Marathon that I’ll be running in February.

This one uses GPS to log your runs, giving you the time, pace, map route and more. It’s great for tracking outside runs and bike rides. Fitbit does this as well, so I like to use both of them and compare the input.

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We just joined the LA Fitness in our area and their app is very useful. I can use it to check in at the gym (instead of using a key tag), track my workouts, schedule classes and even find gyms to hit when I’m out of town.

I like that wherever I am I can pull up the schedule and see what’s going on and if there are any classes I want to go to.

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This app really helps you to find some focus and clarity in the moment. I love this one for the whole mind/body connection.

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Five Minute Journal is a great app if you want to start a gratitude journal. You can take time each evening to add a few words or sentences on what you were grateful for that day. I’ve used this one in the past a lot and really helps you to get in a positive frame of mind.

I like that you can also add affirmations and pictures to your posts. And each day it will give you an inspirational quote when you log in.

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Affirmations is just that. Log in and a new daily affirmation appears. I like to use this one in the morning to set a positive mood for the day. It gives me something to think about and refer back to during the day.

I’m a big believer in affirmations and that they can help us frame our day in a positive mindset.

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Oracle Cards might be a little woo-woo but I’ve used them for years. It’s kind of like reading your horoscope or getting a tarot reading. I like to draw a single card everyday and again this helps me set a mood for the day. I have found that these can give me some great clarity around a situation I’m contemplating.

The one I’m using now is the Oracle of the Avalon from Hay House and I like a few of the others they have, especially the ones from Doreen Virtue.

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Focus Keeper works off of the Pomodoro Method. If you are someone easily distracted by cat memes on Facebook and find yourself wasting away hours at the computer, then this is the app for you.

It sets a 25 minute timer for you to focus on one single task at a time. Then you take a 5 minute break to complete the cycle. You can do as many cycles as you want in order to finish your task. It’s great at keeping yourself focused while working on a project.

What is your favorite health and wellness apps? Let me know in the comments below.

Touring Leu Gardens in Orlando

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We recently decided to tour the beautiful Leu Gardens here in Orlando, Florida. The Harry P. Leu Gardens are a semi-tropical and tropical garden here in Orlando. Well, isn’t any garden in Florida tropical? Hahaha

The gardens are divided into different themes across the 50 acres and Leu Gardens is bordered on one side by a lake. The grounds are shaded by 200 year old oaks dripping in Spanish Moss giving off that Old Southern charm we all know and love when living here in the South.

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The gardens are an extensive mix of azaleas, bamboo, bananas, bromeliads, camellias, citrus, crepe myrtles, various flowering shrubs and trees, magnolia, palms, perennials and my favorite area the rose garden.

Some of the various gardens include the Bamboo Garden, the Butterfly Garden (which was one of my favorites), the Herb Garden, the Vegetable Garden and the Rose Garden (another favorite of mine).

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The Leu Gardens were started by Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Leu, who in 1936 purchased Leu House and 40 acres of land. The Leus traveled all over the world and brought back many exotic plants and flowers for their gardens. In 1961, the Leus deeded the house and the gardens to the city of Orlando.

The original plantation style house, built in 1888, still sits on the grounds and is used as museum space. Sadly, it suffered some major damage due to Hurricane Irma and is closed for renovations. I’ve always loved those old plantation style homes and this one is absolutely beautiful, at least what we could see from the outside.  I hope to one day be able to check out the inside.

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My favorite area was over by the Rose Garden, it was so open and green with small pink and red roses in bloom all around a center fountain. Also, in this area is the horseshoe fountain. You can hold your special event at Leu Gardens and the ex-Event Planner in me was thinking about how the grounds could be laid out for special events like weddings. In fact, we attended a wedding there about 14 years ago.

Sadly, being that it is the end of Summer here (although it still feels like we are in the middle of it) there were not a lot of flowers in bloom. We really want to go back to when there are more colors in bloom, probably in the Spring.

Leu Gardens holds special events and classes throughout the year so check out their site to see what is going on. If you are ever in the area, make sure to go tour these beautiful gardens. Admission is only $10 and free on Mondays this month.

To see more of the gardens, check out my video below.

Skincare 101 – Cleansers

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When I created this blog and my YouTube channel, it was really a way for me to have a creative outlet for my passion for all things beauty, skincare and more. However, as the coverage of all things “Beauty” on Social Media has increased, we see more and more “beauty gurus”, who have no experience in the Beauty Industry at all, sharing information that is often just incorrect and full of myths. I just have to shake my head at some of the misinformation that is out there in the online world.

So my blog and YouTube channel have morphed a bit, where I really just want to share my knowledge and experience with you all. That is why I started the Skincare 101 series, where I will be sharing all kinds of information on how to best take of YOUR skin. As you may know, all skin is different. We each have unique skin types, skin concerns and skincare needs. What works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for all.

I have already done videos and blog posts in this series on: The Importance of Skincare and Skincare Routine, Anti-aging Skincare: Retinols, AHA’s and BHA’s, An Esthetician Busts 10 Skincare Myths and 10 Skincare Jargon/Terms Demystified.

Now I want to further breakdown the products we use everyday for our skin. We are going to take a look at each individual category of skincare products from cleansers all the way to moisturizers. And we are going to take a look at the different options in each category as well as what works best for certain skin types. So put on your favorite sheet mask and let’s get started.

Today, we are starting off with the first step in any great skincare routine: cleansers. Obviously, cleansers are meant to cleanse the skin. With so many product lines and variations of cleansers on the market, it can be really confusing about which is the right one for you. Creams, milks, micellar water, foams and more! I’m a firm believer that it really just comes down to texture and your skin’s needs.

No amount of claims on a product is really going to change your skin. Cleansers basically remove makeup, dirt and other impurities from the skin. They are not going to “shrink pores” or “minimize fine lines”, they are purely to remove makeup, dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells from the skin and prepare it for other products to be layered on top. And just think about it, you are typically washing off your cleanser with water so any added ingredients like anti-oxidants or anti-aging benefits are just being washed down the drain. Think about it.

As far as texture preference, an oily skin type might want something that is more of a foaming product, where as a drier skin might want something more emollient like a cleansing oil or cream. Again, this really comes down to your skin type and personal preference in texture.

Cleanser Types

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Gel Cleanser

Gel Cleansers are typically well suited for oilier skin types. Most men love a good gel cleanser as well. These are great at combating excess oil as well as removing dirt and impurities leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. These often foam up well and provide a deeper cleanse.

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Cleansing Foam

Cleansing foams work with water to foam up and create a lather that whisks away dirt and other impurities. These can even work well to remove heavier products like makeup and sunscreens. Be careful with most foaming cleansers though as sometimes harsh surfactants are used that can be very stripping and drying. These work well for oily to normal skins. However, a drier skin can use a foaming cleanser too but I recommend looking for one with added hydrating benefits like hyaluronic acid.

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Cleansing Oil

When I was first introduced to a cleansing oil, I was like “Girl, you crazy!” but now I swear by them. Cleansing oils are a more gentle way to remove makeup, dirt and other impurities than say a foam or a gel. Normal to Dry skin types do really well with the cleansing oils. Typically the oils used in these products area also very nourishing for your skin.

And if you are a bit shy of using oil on your face, then I highly recommend the double cleanse method. I’m more Normal to Dry and typically at night do a cleansing balm/oil and follow that with a gentle cleansing foam.

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Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balms are typically a more solid form of a Cleansing Oil. When massaged onto the skin these break down into the oil. Again, I really recommend these for really all skin types but drier skin types will probably love these more. I find these to be really hydrating and nourishing for skin.

Some of my favorite Cleansing Balms have wonderful plant and flower extracts in them like Rose. I love to spend about 4-5 minutes massaging these into my skin before gentling removing with a dampened towel. The massage helps to stimulate the skin and increase blood circulation.

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Cleansing Milks

Cleansing Milks kind of fall in to the same category of the Oils and Balms, except these are usually a very emollient, milky texture. These are amazing for a dry or mature skin as they really leave the skin feeling amazingly hydrated and soft. Most milks are usually tissued off and not rinsed off.

Also, these can work really well for a cleanser on the go as you don’t often have to use water to use a cleansing milk. So they make a perfect addition to your gym bags (same with Micellar Waters below). These are typically pretty gentle and full of skin loving essential fats.

Micellar Water

Micellar Waters have gained popularity recently and it seems like every company is now making one, but they have been around for quite some time. Micellar Waters have tiny balls of cleansing oil known as Micelles mixed into the water. These do a great job of removing makeup, dirt and other impurities in a very gentle way and without drying out the skin.

I think any skin type can really use a Micellar Water. I prefer to use these in the morning. Typically, we do not come into much contact with dirt and oil during the night (unless you have dirty sheets. Blech!) so we don’t need a super cleansing product in the morning.  A Micellar Water is a great way to cleanse and refreshen your skin in the morning and save your other deeper cleaning cleansers (foams, balms, etc.) for at night when you need to remove makeup and rinse the day and pollution off of your face.

The Right Cleanser for Your Skin Type

Normal Skin

Normal skin is really lucky as they can use pretty much any cleanser. Look for ones that are not too drying or too exfoliating/harsh on the skin. As we try to bring most skin concerns around to a more normal state, with normal skin it is really about maintaining that normalcy.

Combination Skin – Oily to Normal

Look for products that will help to minimize the oil such as a foaming cleanser. But be careful that you don’t use something that is overly drying. I also suggest maybe looking for a cleanser that also has some hydrating benefits like hyaluronic acid added to help maintain the moisture levels and PH Balance of the skin.

Combination Skin – Normal to Dry

This is about where my skin falls. So I personally love using a combo of products and this is a skin type that could do really well with doing a double cleanse. I love using a cleansing oil, cleansing balm or a cleansing milk on my skin first. Then I follow up with a gentle cleansing foam that has some emollient or more hydrating ingredients. This always leaves my skin feeling cleansed but also soft and well hydrated.

Oily Skin

I think we have been conditioned to fear oil and most cleansers geared towards an Oily Skin actually do more damage by drying out the skin completely instead. In fact, I love using an oil based cleanser on an oilier skin as oil cuts oil. But you may prefer going with a foaming cleanser instead, just make sure its not overly drying.

If you are oily and prone to breakouts look for cleansers that gently exfoliate or contain Salicylic Acid. An oily skin type might also really love using a gel based cleanser to help remove oil and dead skin cells that can build up and clog pores.

Dry Skin/Mature Skin

Dry and Mature skins actually do really well with more emollient cleansers like balms, oils or milks. Think creamy, rich and hydrating. You want to make sure that whatever you  are using is not stripping your skin of natural moisture and oils.

I hope this clears up what cleansers are right for your skin and helped you find one that fits your skin. Remember that these are guidelines and again everyone’s skin is different so find what works well for you and stick to it.

Let me know in the comments what cleansers you love and use regularly.

 

What To Expect From A Pilates Private Session

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Perhaps part of your fitness goals has been to try Pilates? Maybe you have always wanted to try a Pilates equipment class/session. However, you are a little timid and maybe even scared of taking that first step. You have no idea what to expect and you are a little unsure of what this Reformer thing is that looks like a medieval torture device.

WHAT IS THE PILATES REFORMER?

The Reformer is the most recognized and popular piece of equipment or apparatus in the Pilates studio. This is the central piece of equipment used in most Pilates classes and studios. The Universal Reformer, so called because it is used for “universally reforming the body”, creates a balanced workout that is great for everyone regardless of fitness level. Auxiliary equipment you might find in the studio include the Chair, Cadillac or Tower; these pieces are often used at the end of a Pilates session to focus on the personal needs of the individual.

Invented by Joseph Pilates himself, the Reformer is a bed like piece of equipment with a moving carriage. The carriage is attached to springs that give resistance to the exercises performed on the Reformer. The Reformer has straps that both the hands and feet can be placed in for various exercises. Exercises on the Reformer are done laying down, sitting and even standing.

The Reformer offers all of the Pilates benefits including: overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

WHAT TO WEAR OR BRING TO YOUR FIRST PILATES CLASS?

For your comfort and ease of performing the exercises it is best to wear clothes that are more form fitting. Yoga pants or leggings and a tank top are perfect as they allow the instructor to to see how your body moves so they can check alignment and offer adjustments as needed. Avoid clothes that have zippers, toggles, etc. and leave your jewelry at home. These things have been known to cause tears or holes in the upholstery of the equipment.

Exercises on the Pilates Equipment are done in bare feet or with socks that have grippy textures on the bottom. So you can leave those fancy gym shoes at home. Contrary to popular belief that Pilates is just stretching, you will sweat in your Pilates workout. Bring a towel to wipe any sweat as well as a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated during your workout. Some studios will provide these items, but most often studios do not, so it’s best to be prepared and bring your own.

ARRIVE EARLY TO YOUR FIRST PILATES SESSION

I suggest arriving early to your first session. The studio may have paperwork or intake forms for you to fill out prior to your session. A good Pilates teacher will meet with you prior to your session to learn about your body, ask if you have any challenges or injuries so that they can adjust the class to your needs. The teacher may also introduce you to the equipment which includes safety information, the parts of each piece and how to use the apparatus. It’s important that before you begin working out on the equipment that you understand each part.

The right Pilates teacher will find out your goals, take into consideration your imbalances or injuries and create a plan to help you achieve your goals. Whether you are there to rehab from an injury or surgery, or simply to gain more strength and become more fit, the teacher should create a plan to achieve this, and work to find the right exercises and equipment to get you to that point.

While I strongly believe that Pilates is for everybody regardless of age, body type, fitness level, injuries or medical conditions there are some exercises that may need to be omitted or modified based on your individual needs. Finding out any physical limitations prior to the class/session will help your teacher to give you the best workout out for you and keep you safe.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL PILATES EQUIPMENT CLASS LIKE?

Once you have met your teacher and have been introduced to the equipment it is time to get started. Typical Pilates sessions are 55 minutes in length. The work on the apparatus focuses on a full body workout with small and controlled movements using the springs for resistance. Just like a Pilates workout on the mat, focus is put on building core strength, but now we work against the springs to focus on control and centering.

Your session on the Reformer will be a full body workout. Classes typically start off with a warm up while lying down. As the class progresses you will focus on specific muscle groups through exercises that have you lying down, sitting, standing and even being in an inverted position.

Pay attention to the instruction and cues of your instructor. Their cues are important to make sure you are performing the exercise correctly, that your form is good and safe, and will help to make sure you are targeting the right muscles you should be using. Expect a lot of hands on instruction in your session. Most teachers like to help adjust the body so you can reap the full benefits of the exercises on the equipment as well as focus on proper body alignment.

While Pilates is low impact and safe on the joints, you will still find it a challenging workout. Sometimes the smallest of moves can be the hardest. Also, as previously mentioned, you will sweat. You might not sweat like you would in a boot camp or HIIT type of class, but you should find Pilates a challenging workout that still makes you sweat.

FINAL WORDS AND TIPS

After your first session you may find yourself a little sore. That is to be expected, but you may also find yourself feeling more flexible and walking a little taller with better posture.

During your session if you have any concerns or questions please speak up and let your teacher know.  This allows the teacher to teach in the moment, and helps the student to fully comprehend the exercise and what they are being asked to do.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared to take on your first Pilates class.

Best 2018 Beauty Advent Calendars

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Soap and Glory Advent Calendar

Soap and Glory is a company that I used to be obsessed with but have strayed a bit from. However, this advent calendar makes me want to fall back in love with this fun and flirty brand. First off, their packaging is pink! I just know this set is going to be filled with their amazing body butters, fragrance mists and hand creams.

 

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Kiehls Advent Calendar

This fun set from Kiehls features some of the top selling products like Creme de Corps and the Midnight Recovery Serum. Kiehls has top notch skincare so we are sure to get some amazing deluxe sample sizes of their skincare in this year’s advent calendar. This would also make a great set to give to the man in your life. Sadly, this will only be available at Selfridge’s in London.

 

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L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar

L’Occitane actually puts out two advent calendars, the Classic and the Luxury set. I have my eyes on the luxury set as it contains some of my favorite of their top selling luxury products for the face and body including the amazing Divine Facial Cream and Deluxe Minis of their Fragrances.

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Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar

With the crazy amount of Beauty brands sold on Amazon, I’m pretty sure this will contain not only some of your favorite products, but also introduce you to some new favorites. This is one that I will definitely try to get my hands on!

 

 

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Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar

Who doesn’t love the uniqueness of Jo Malone products? 24 fun filled days of Candles, Fragrances and Body Products to mix and match to create your own unique scent. It is even rumored that this set will include some limited edition scents created only for the Holidays. If you are a fragrance lover, be sure to snag this one.

 

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Elemis Skincare Advent Calendar

Elemis is a brand I’ve worked with in the past and their products are not only luxurious but definitely effective. These high quality marine based products make your bathroom feel like a spa. This advent calendar even includes a full size of their top selling Pro Collagen Marine Face Cream.

 

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The Body Shop Olivia Advent Calendar

The Body Shop is actually releasing THREE advent calendars this year, but this one looked the cutest me. Full of their amazing cruelty free products for the face and body. And how adorable is this packaging?

Skincare 101 – 10 Skincare Jargon/Terms Demystified

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Today, brands use a lot of buzz words such as “Natural”, “Dermatologist Approved” and “Organic” in hopes of standing out in the crowd. These marketing terms are splashed all over cosmetic products, but what do these terms actually mean?

Clinically Tested

Clinically Tested refers to a product or an ingredient that has been tested in a clinical trial for its safety and effectiveness. These studies are done in a clinical setting and usually tested under strict standards to prove claims such as “reduces the appearance of fine lines”.

However, it is hard to know the conditions of the testing. Was it only tested on a handful of people, say only 10 people? Also, not all results are going to be the same for every person. And the clinical trial/test could have been done on one ingredient but not the whole formulation.

Cosmeceutical

Cosmeceutical combines the words “cosmetics” and “pharmaceuticals” to define products that contain biological ingredients that may have a pharmaceutical effect on the skin. Often these can be natural based ingredients that can have anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties.

However, there is no regulation of the category of Cosmeceuticals. This is purely a marketing buzzword to gain your trust of a brand and make you think their products are more safe and effective.

Dermatologist Tested/Approved

This term usually means that a Dermatologist has tested and approved the use of the product. Dermatologists are to be trusted right? I mean they deal with skin all day.

The problem with this term is that often Dermatologists are paid to make these claims for a product. Or even worse, they are given the products to hand out to their clients and to report back the findings. So if none of the clients had reactions, the dermatologist could say they support the product. This is just another marketing term that really has not weight behind hit.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils go hand and hand with the “natural” products. More and more companies that are making “natural” products are using essential oils in their products. This can be for certain healing benefits or just as a fragrance.

The problem with essential oils is that they can still cause severe reactions for certain individuals. Not all essential oils are great for the skin, especially a more sensitive skin. It is always best to use essential oils in some sort of carrier oil and to spot test them before using any products that contains essential oils.

Fragrance Free

Typically, fragrance free means that the product has no added fragrances. Again, this is one that is not regulated and companies can use the term “Fragrance Free” as long as they have not included an ingredient for the sole purpose of scenting the product.

However, they can use what is known as “masking fragrances” in order to hide the unpleasant odors from other ingredients. Make sure to read the label and see if “parfum” or “fragrance” are listed and how high up on the ingredient listing it is.

Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic is a broad statement which basically means that the product or ingredients used will not cause an allergic reaction.

However, there is no current legal standard or regulation to uphold these claims. Also, we all react to products differently so it is impossible to guarantee that a product will not cause an allergic reaction. What is fine for me to use, could cause a severe reaction for you. In fact, Hypoallergenic products could still contain fragrance which can be irritating for most.

Natural (All Natural)

Using more Natural products has become not only a beauty trend but something that more and more consumers are moving towards. Natural products typically mean that the products contain ingredients that are sourced from nature. These include plant extracts, essential oils and more.

The problem with a company using the term “Natural” is that there is no governing body over these product claims. In fact, in the US, products only need to have 5% of their ingredients be natural in order for cosmetic companies to use this claim on their products. A “natural” product can still include preservatives and artificial colors.

As I’ve mentioned in previous videos, natural doesn’t always mean better. Poison Ivy is natural but I’m not going to rub that all over my face. In fact, essential oils are considered “natural” but most people have severe reactions to certain essential oils and essential oils are something you want to avoid during pregnancy. Just because an ingredient comes from a plant, does not mean its safe.

Noncomedogenic

This term is often seen on products for oily and acne prone skin.  It simply means that the product will not clog the pores. While it may not clog pores, it could still cause sensitivity and breakouts.

Again, there is not regulation in the use of this term, so companies are free to use it on products without any proof or guarantee that it will actually hold up to the claims being made. In fact, even though it is stated “noncomedogenic” on the packaging, it still may cause some clogging in your pores.

Organic

Organic is a marketing buzz word that appears everywhere from food items to our beauty products. Organic means the product or ingredients sourced were not sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. It can also mean that there are no chemical ingredients in the product.

However, while there are governing bodies and ruling standards that help to define what Organic is, they often disagree and have varying standards. For instance, one certification states that only 70% of the product must be organic. A product can be labeled “Organic” if only a few of the ingredients used are organic, but there can later be more chemicals or non-organic ingredients added.

I always tell my clients that Organic doesn’t mean “healthy” or “better for you”. Cookies can be labeled organic but they are not the healthiest thing you would want to eat. This is true with your cosmetic products too. Read the labels and see what are the top ingredients listed and which ones are indeed organic.

Paraben Free

Parabens are a form of preservatives that have been in use for years. Recently, parabens have been linked to all kinds of reactions and more. In fact a study showed that the parabens in deodorants could be linked to breast cancer.

However, that study was actually discredited and there has been no further proof that the presence of parabens is linked to breast cancer. While there are now strict guidelines regulating the amount and type of parabens used, its best to use common sense. Products claiming to be “Paraben Free” are using fear based marketing to sell to thier products.

There is no proof that parabens are causing cancers, but in my opinion it is better to be safe than sorry. Read the labels.

Final Thoughts

Of course, we want to use what is best for our skin so we get the best results for clear and healthy skin. However, these marketing buzzwords don’t guarantee that the products with these claims will be the best thing for your skin.

Don’t buy into marketing hype and think a product is safe and effective just because it’s listed as “Organic” or “Natural”.  It’s important to know what ingredients work or don’t work for your skin, and read the labels.

If you have any questions on these terms or skincare in general, sound off in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.