Y’all. The other day, I opened up the cabinet under my sink and A BILLION things fell out. A. Billion. OMG, why do I have so many products? Do I need so many products? I’m pretty sure I don’t. So I started trying to figure out how to pare down, consume less, multi-task, etc. And I started with skin care and hair care, because I’m a girly-girl and I want to try ALL THE THINGS, and consequently, I HAVE all the things, (I know y’all know)…anyhow, turns out I can use our natural body butter for all sorts of things. Continue reading How I cut down on clutter in my bathroom with alternate product uses.
Y’all, I get asked a lot of skincare-related questions. Like, a LOT. But the one I think I get the most is “What makes this body butter better than my regular lotion?”, so I thought I’d try and answer that here, among the inter-webs, so you can refer back anytime.
And before we get into the nuts and bolts of this query, I KNOW THAT YOU LOVE YOUR BATH AND BODY WORKS LOTION. I know, ok? I know you love the scent, I know you love how it feels when you apply it, I know you love that it is absorbed quickly, I know. But listen, you know what else I know? I know that your favorite lotion is also filled up with all kinds of ingredients that actually dry your skin out. Now we have talked at length about the fact that there are chemicals in these lotions that can be harmful in other ways too, but the big thing is that the very lotion that you love to slather on 100 times per day is actually drying you out, which means that you gotta apply more, which means that you gotta buy more too…see where I’m going with this?
Have y’all hopped on the turmeric train yet? No? Well you need to get on it. Once you do, you’ll never get off, I promise. I first learned about using turmeric in skin care years ago when I first began to formulate some of our earliest products. I was actually researching natural colorants for our body scrubs. I was looking for something that would tint orange. Coincidentally, I was also trying to surprise my better half with some homemade Indian food. Well, it turns out that I am terrible at cooking Indian food, but I discovered (the hard way) during this process that turmeric turns everything a lovely shade of soft orange. Hmmmm. Continue reading The Powerful Benefits of Using Turmeric on Your Skin
We were so surprised and excited to see our Sweet Georgia Sugar all natural Body Butter profiled, along with other Colorado based, women-owned beauty brands, on KWGN/Channel 2’s Daybreak. Watch the clip here.
You guys know that I am Little Miss No Chemicals, right? We’ve talked before about how everything is poison and you gotta read your labels and there are lots of ways for companies to hide harmful substances in their products by using giant words that we can’t pronounce, and blah, blah, blah. I know y’all get tired of hearing the same stuff over and over and over again, because y’all know. I get it. So instead of rehashing stuff that we all already know, let’s talk about why natural products are better. Not just because they’re natural, but because plants are healing, you guys. Humans have been using plants to heal everything from open wounds to headaches to acne and everything in between for years. And that’s because they work. Today, I’m focusing on plants that are specific to what we use in our products, where they come from and why they work. They all have so many benefits, but I’m going to highlight my favorites here: Continue reading Why I Put Plants on My Skin and So Should You
OMG y’all…I seriously thought this summer would never be over. But finally, there’s an end in sight, The kids are heading back to school, (I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, but I KNOW you Mamas out there feel me), it’s gonna be 72 degrees and RAINING this weekend in Denver, (my favorite weather), and allergy season is coming to a close…or at least transitioning from the burning hell of summer allergies to the purgatory of fall allergies. But there’s still so much going on, this will help you organize. You’re welcome. Continue reading 6 Awesome Links To Help End Your Summer On A High Note – August 19, 2016
So you guys know I’m in my 40s, right? I won’t share how far along into my fourth decade I am, but let’s just say far enough to know that the days of falling asleep with my makeup on and still waking up with perfect skin in the morning are VERY far behind me. Now, I’m hoping that y’all read my last post about how to care for your skin in your 30s, and I even heard from some of you about how you’d like some tips on caring for “older” skin. Suffice it to say, 40 is NOT the new 20 when it comes to taking care of your beautiful faces.
Forty is the age I was when I started noticing that the texture of my skin was changing, seemingly right before my eyes. Some parts of my face seemed thicker or something, with larger pores, while other parts seemed to get that crepe-like appearance and the skin was very thin. And as if that weren’t bad enough, I started noticing the dreaded age spots. I find those suckers everywhere, both on my face and on my hands and they totally make me think of my grandma, who I loved dearly but don’t want to emulate when it comes to age-spotted hands. And the worst of the bunch, you guys? Adult acne, (Thanks for nothing, hormones! Am I right, ladies?). I thought I’d left that behind in high school, but I guess Mother Nature had some other plans. So what’s an (almost) middle-aged girl to do? Here are some things that can help.
This is just what happens when we age, you guys. The outer layer of your skin starts to dry and thicken, while the middle layer, (which is where the firmness and strength come from), starts to thin and weaken. This process can’t be stopped, (believe me, I’ve tried), but there are things we can do to try and lessen the appearance of uneven texture and fine lines and even deep wrinkles. The biggest thing, y’all, is moisture. And I mean from the inside out. Drink your 8 (or more) glasses of water every single day. Yes, I know it makes you have to pee every five minutes, and I also know you’d rather have a diet coke or a gallon of coffee, trust me, I know. But I have never done anything better to fight the signs of aging on my face than drink a ton of water every single day.
So that’s the inside, now what about the outside? Your face needs to be hydrated. I think there’s a myth out there in the world, that we HAVE to use harsh “wrinkle-fighters”, filled with chemicals to keep us looking like 20-year-olds. I just don’t think that’s true. Choose a product that is as natural as possible, that sinks into your skin easily, and that contains butters and/or oils that are naturally emollient. Stay away from petroleum or alcohol based products. And I shouldn’t have to say it again, but just in case you missed it before, USE SUNSCREEN EVERY SINGLE DAY. Yes, even if you are just walking out to the mailbox. Every day.
Y’all, remember when we were 16 and thought that the best part of summer was spraying some Sun-In on our hair and laying out in the sun all day, snacking on Doritos and gossiping? God, those were days! Except now we all have sun damage and that is one of the main causes of age spots as we get older. Our skin is less resilient, and that damage really starts to show up once we hit the big 4-0. So what can be done? Retinol products are certainly an option and something that is recommended left and right. But, as you guys know, I like using more natural products. So, for me, Vitamin C Serum has been an absolute miracle. Vitamin C can help increase collagen production, brighten the skin and it helps the skin to repair itself. I love it and will make it part of my everyday skin care routine forever! My favorite is Eminence Citrus and Kale Potent C&E Serum. This is a really fresh, natural product that has done wonders for my aging skin. In addition to helping to fade my age spots, I had a small burn scar on my face that is now completely gone!
In the last year or so, my poor face has started breaking out in my chin area. And when I say “breaking out”, what I really mean is “blowing up with giant, terrible zits that make me feel like I’m 13 again”. It’s the worst. It’s because I’m old, you guys. And because menopause is looming, and when that happens we have incredible hormone fluctuations that can really wreck havoc on our skin. Just like when we were teenagers. But, unlike my thirteen-year-old self, I am not inclined to slather my face with Clearasil and then spackle over that with makeup. Instead, I’ve adopted the Oil Cleansing Method, (OCM), and that has really made a huge difference for me. I know that you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Why would I rub oil all over my zits? Won’t that make it worse? Actually, the opposite is true. When you have a breakout and then try to treat the breakout with something meant to dry the oil up, your skin freaks out and produces a billion times more oil trying to compensate, and then you have more explosive breakouts. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation, you can find it here. But if your chin is leading a revolt against your whole face like mine is, I think you should give it a try.
We can’t stop aging, and why would we want to, really? I mean, I’m a whole lot smarter than I was at 20, and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. But we can do lots of little things to help minimize the impact aging has on our skin so that we can feel as lovely on the outside as we do on the inside.
Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
Here’s to being enchanting, y’all!
7 Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief
You guys have certainly heard me complain about this, the worst hay fever season on record. I’ve given up makeup until at least October, which makes me feel like I look terrible at all times. I feel like I’ve tried everything…but then I’ll come across something that I’ve never heard of, (and sometimes something that sounds totally crazy), and it actually works! These remedies from Wellness Mama have worked wonders. Seriously, the nettle has changed my whole life!
11 Effective DEET-Free Mosquito Repellents for the Whole Family
I don’t know what things are like where y’all are, but here in Colorado, the mosquitos are out of control. I mean, swarms of them are buzzing around my back porch seemingly all the time. The weird thing is, I barely even remember even seeing a mosquito here before. Anyway, they love me and after one evening spent reading on the porch, I came in with about 37 bug bites. If you couple that with my allergy eyes, I’m a hot mess. And you guys know I like to keep it natural when I can, so here are my favorite natural, (DEET free) bug repellants.
17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments
I love the sun. I know it’s bad, I know it’s poison, I know it gives me wrinkles, I know, I know, I know. And 99.9% of the time, I slather myself in sunscreen, cover all my skin, throw on a hat and do my best impression of a vampire to protect my fair skin from the big, bad sun. But sometimes? Sometimes, I just want to throw on a bikini, grab a lawn chair and a book and lie in the sun all day. I do it about once a year. And every single time, I end up cooked like a lobster, and also red like a lobster. Will I ever learn? Probably not. Here are some great natural remedies to treat sunburn, (but really, don’t get sunburned) Continue reading Sweet Georgia Sugar Top 10 Natural and Organic Round-Up • July 15, 2016
Y’all know that I am…ahem…well past the age of 30, right? But you know what? My skin still looks pretty good. I attribute that to the fact that the year I turned 27, I got three pieces of great advice. First, my mama informed me those little lines around my eyes were, in part, due to sun damage and that I needed to wear sunscreen on all exposed skin all the time, every day, forever and ever, amen. Or else I was going to turn into a withered old crone right before her eyes. Second, my dear friend and esthetician, FiFi started me on a skincare regime that included weekly exfoliation. She used to say it was like watering your plants, you do it once a week whether you think they need it or not. And last, a gorgeous coworker named Dottie, suggested that I try “a touch of eye cream”. Dottie was a beautifully put together woman in her 60s, who could have passed for 45, who always looked perfect and smelled delicious. If she suggested it, I was absolutely gonna do it.
So, I used those last few years of my 20s to get ready for my 30s. I’m a beauty advice junkie, so I read all the columns, I try all the stuff, but those three pieces of advice have stuck. And they’ve proven over and over again to be spot on. But why do they work? And why is it so imperative that you add these things to your routine in your 30s? Let’s discuss. Continue reading How should you care for your skin in your 30s?
Well, it’s finally summer, y’all. Whew, I thought we’d never make it…I live in Colorado where we got a foot of snow in April, for goodness sake. Anyhoo, my kids are home and interrupting me approximately every six minutes to ask for a snack, for me to “watch this” and for one to tattle on the other. My day is basically broken up into about 10-minute segments, which means that’s my new attention span. Ten minutes. So here’s a roundup of my favorite 10-minute reads. I tried to pick things that y’all would like, too, you know, in case you’re home with fighting kiddos…or at work with fighting kiddos…or at work and trying to look busy. You’re welcome. Continue reading Sweet Georgia Sugar Top 10 Natural and Organic Round-Up • June 15, 2016