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What the Heck is a Facial Roller?

We all can agree that keeping up with the latest and greatest beauty trends is hard work! From beauty gadgets to sheet masks, essences, 10-step skincare rituals and trending #sundayfacial hashtags — the list goes on. It sure is no easy task. And on that note, say hello to crystal facial rollers.

When these started popping up (or rolling out) in the realm of beauty and appeared more and more on some of our favorite beauty bloggers’ Instagram stories and feeds, we knew we were on to something. Here at Luxe Botanics, facial rolling is an important part of our daily ritual, and when our Rose Quartz Facial Roller is paired with our Camu Collection of cleansers, mist, serums and moisturisers, the results? Well, see for yourself.

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But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the basics and get crystal clear. See what we did there?  Yeah, you do. But, what the heck is facial rolling?

When we think of these ornamental minerals such as jade and rose quartz, we think of their spiritual and energetic qualities they harness. Jade is known as the stone for eternal youth and preservation while rose quartz is commonly used to wash out trapped toxic energies and emotions.

Dating back to the 17th century, facial rollers (more specifically in the form of jade) were used as a staple beauty tool amongst upper class members of the Chinese society. Why you ask? In addition to keeping around the “good spirits,” rolling these cool stones in an upwards motion on your forehead and down your neck can help combat puffiness, under-eye circles and dull looking skin. It wasn’t until recently, this tool became a popular accessory to one’s skincare routine in the beauty world.  Nowadays, while their imparting some good juju, they can also be used to help deflect electromagnetic radiation from our tech gadgets. Old, meet new.

Upon first glance, facial rollers may look a little funky but there’s a method to its quirky-sided madness. Most rollers typically have a larger stone to use on one’s cheeks and forehead and a smaller stone on the opposite end for one’s mouth and under eye area. When applied regularly to your a.m. or p.m. beauty routine, not only does the roller motion reduce under eye darkness but it also decreases puffiness, and helps to improve circulation through your lymph nodes and neck, also known as lymphatic drainage.

Better yet, you get a free facial massage out of it and it’s chemical free. Winning combo.

So, are you ready to let the good times roll? Feel free to put your roller in the fridge or freezer for some extra chill in your chill time. After you’ve washed your face and applied your favorite moisturiser or serum, apply light pressure and roll in an upwards motion for full absorption.

It’s better than cucumber slices, we promise.

Want to illuminate yourself more? Find out about how we roll with our Camu ritual.

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

[1] http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-jade-roller-review.html

[2] https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/how-to-jade-rolling-clear-skin-ancient-beauty-practice/

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Ancient Latin American Superfoods

C’mon, we’re going on a trip.  Next stop: the Latin America.

What’s got us packing our bags you might be wondering? Well, Latin America is kind of a who’s who of the superfood and nutrients world.  It could also be called “favorite smoothie ingredients ground zero”… But that doesn’t have quite the same ring.

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From maca to chia seeds, yucca to açaí, cacao to lucuma, it’s really strength to strength down there. But on this adventure, we’re headed deep into the Amazon for one thing in particular. In search of what?  None other than the superfood superstar Camu camu.

This little berry is packing quite a powerful fruit punch.  Camu camu is both an extremely stable source of Vitamin C (watch out, Kakadu plum) and one of the highest, broad spectrum antioxidants on the planet (your move, goji berries).  Yep, nice combo ¹.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Camu camu is also packed with minerals and amino acids.  Flavonoids and ellagic acid act to neutralize free radicals.  It’s also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which, particularly in tandem with it’s high levels of Vitamin C, help to boost the immune system.  Nature’s total package ².

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It’s no wonder then that Camu camu has been used for hundreds of years and prized by Amazonian Indians as a highly nutritious food source, medicinal remedy and longevity elixir.  Yep, understandable. 

Our Camu camu comes from deep within the Amazon jungle and is organically grown and extracted from the berry of the Camu camu tree (Myrciaria dubia).  But that’s just the beginning. Allow us to illuminate you.

And, of course, illuminate your skin as well.  We like to think of Camu camu as the ultimate skin brightener.  You can use it to even out skin tone and repair even damage caused by environmental stress. Thanks antioxidants.  All those anti-inflammatory properties means it diminishes imperfections and calms irritations.

We’re absolutely loving this botanical. And camu blame us?

Our Camu camu range has a strong supporting cast of ingredients ranging from avocado, jojoba and grape seed oil which nourish, revive and rejuvenate the complexion, to damascus rose water to calm, soothe irritation and quell imperfections.  Each of the ingredients in this all star line up works synergistically to enhance Camu camu’s properties. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work.

Speaking of teamwork, you could head down to Latin America.  You definitely could. But we’ve kind of got that part covered.  It’s a tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it.

Instead, save on airfare.  All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy nature’s brightening powerhouse.  Breathe in the natural, earthy-floral scents and create a mindful space for relaxation to enjoy your illuminating moment.  You can even let your mind wander and imagine you’re deep in the Amazon jungle. Hey, we’re full of illuminating ideas.

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ILLUMINATE: CAMU Collection

Additional Sources:

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-50532016001001838

http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.fph.20130301.05.html

 


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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet Sammie Colletta Kolk

The Secret Diary of a Mindful Beauty

Can you believe it? It’s been a year since we officially stepped into the clean beauty spotlight. Where has the time gone? Hands down, and hey, why not hands up too, it’s been a joy sharing with you our love of all things skincare, wellness and the science behind this. Thanks for sticking around when we got nerdy!

On our ventures, we’ve met some pretty incredible individuals who are climbing new horizons making a better world. How awesome is that? Women and men following their own path, connecting new dots and leaving little nuggets of wisdom along the way.

So we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. We just had to share with you (because sharing is caring) our chronicles of these adventurers. Each is an insight into little catalysts for change or simply the contentment of knowing who you are and expressing gratitude for the small things in life.

So without further ado, meet our first Mindful Beauty, Sammie Colletta Kolk, aka clean beauty blogger hullosam. She’s a self confessed obessessive when it comes to skincare (um, we can relate) and will be no stranger to all you lovers of all things green out there. A few of her favourite things include: her family, the beach, a good lipstick, spin class and all things musical – a girl after our own heart.

Here’s what Sammie had to say…

 

What one word best describes you? Passionate

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human) Superpower: Organizing and communicating. Weakness: Stressing over the little things.

A moment that’s defined you most in life? Realizing what my passions are and just going for them, even when it was nerve-wracking and scary! I love what I do!

Your go to feel good ritual? Crafting up a warm matcha latte or other warm tonics. I love getting all of the ingredients/adaptogens and nut-milk warmed up and ready. It’s relaxing and rewarding – and yummy!

Your greatest passion? Makeup application, sharing tips and tricks and having fun with makeup looks!

Who do you admire most and why? My sweet mother. She is just an incredible human being. So much to learn from her. Love you mum!

Tell us something about yourself not many people know (shhhh, we can keep a secret!) I loathe traffic and especially during rain/rush hour. I can be quite aggressive on the road lol.

What keeps you awake at night? Listing the things I need to do that I forgot to do…sometimes getting up and writing them down helps. But sometimes I’m so tired and don’t want to, yet still think of them haha!

You’ve been dubbed the friendliest influencer on Instagram. What puts a smile on your face? I love reading encouraging DM’s and random e-mails from followers who have tried a product I’ve recommended and love it, or just simply want to say something kind. It truly makes my day. Also, most IG stories from any one of my family members make me smile.

You’re known for keeping things real. What keeps you most grounded? Just knowing what’d I’d want from someone else who I look up to – realness, authenticity, integrity and an honest passion for what they do. Being with family keeps me grounded, and honestly, just being with people at events and connecting with them is grounding and so refreshing!

While blessed with many charming features. Your hair! Talk us through the pink, um and any toxin free tips for maintaining? Oh man, this was one process that wasn’t super clean haha. I find that I need some sort of (extra) outlet for my craziness and creativity and I also believe in balance. My hair was one of those things that (as long as no bleach or crazy insane chemicals touched my scalp) I chose to have fun with! I use goodDYEyoung semi-permanent hair dye and it’s amazing. It is vegan/cruelty-free, has some nourishing oils in it and isn’t scented with crazy fragrance – just some beautiful bergamot oil! It isn’t “green” by any standards but it’s a bit cleaner than some!

Nanny, musician, make up artist and green beauty blogger. What’s been your biggest transformation? I’d say becoming a wife, actually. Not expected, right? 😉 Well, I had to learn how to really share my space, my life, everything. I’ve learned more about myself as a wife to my husband than many other (intense or transformational) things I’ve experienced down the road. I’m still transforming and learning. It’s a really good thing though.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. What’s been the biggest adventure you’ve been on or are yet do? I think going to Banff was one of the biggest adventures as far as outdoorsy-ness goes for me lol! I’m not an outdoors person unless I’m at the beach or walking around a beautiful big city like NYC or Paris somewhere to shop. But, I was really surprised at how much I adored Banff and it’s crisp fresh mountain air! We hiked a bit and just explored and it was amazing!

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be? Probably Camu Camu Berry Extract because I love berries…haha but in all honesty, I think the fact that it’s been a nutritious food source for Amazonian Indians, it’s high in antioxidants and more – it appeals to me!

 

Thank you Sammie. You’re a truly Mindful Beauty!

Want to hear more? Find out what Sammie thought about our Kigelia line here.

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team


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THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING A SKINCARE RITUAL

What does your skincare ritual look like? 

Ok, we’ll be honest with you, this is sort of a trick question.  You might not have a skincare ritual.  Not yet.

It’s ok, we understand.  Life gets cluttered, our brains get cluttered, our inboxes get cluttered.  The thought of stopping to reassess the nuances of your beauty routine – or start one – when you’re so busy you just left your car keys in the fridge might seem indulgent.  But here’s the real kicker… that’s exactly WHY you should have a beauty ritual.  Relax, we’ve got your back.  And your front in this case.

Once upon a time, this whole thing didn’t seem like a far-fetched notion.  From Mary Queen of Scots swearing by wine baths (One might wonder if her version of a bubble bath was filled with sparkling wine…) to Cleopatra’s milk and honey facials, beauty rituals have been around for a while.  And why mess with a good thing?

Setting aside some specific time for yourself might seem crazy (Here’s the thing- it’s not).  But this habit is grounded in self-love and a commitment to your own wellness.  Friendly reminder: It’s not vanity, it’s sanity.

A wellness ritual is a commitment to a practice and to ourselves.  It’s a hands-on, purposeful experience.  When we create a skincare ritual, it is about pausing to be present, to align (or maybe realign) with our feminine self and nourishing ourselves in ways that are much more than skin-deep.

Cue the “But wait, there’s more” moment… There’s tons of research out there pointing to the positive effects of ritual and the power of intention as not only useful for our mental wellbeing, but for the healing effects on our physical bodies.[1]

It’s easy to make excuses about how there’s not enough time to take care of ourselves.  But prioritize a positive skincare ritual… is it any different than eating well, meditating, going to the gym… you get our drift. It is stress reducing and confidence boosting.[2]

So are you now ready to create a skincare ritual of your own? Great! How you ritual is up to you!  It’s a good old different strokes for different folks situation. It’s about tuning into what you’re feeling in that moment.  Go on, picture it… the feel good sensations of massaging a facial oil into your skin, the spritz of a mist refreshing your mind and soul…  Feel free to let out a relaxed exhale now. Ahhhhh!

We are all capable of building a habit around tuning into our body and slowing down for a few minutes each day (pinky swear).  Stopping to honour your wellbeing and mindfully pause is the ultimate form of self-respect. Feeling better might just, in turn, allow you to be more productive, keep stress at bay and give more freely to others.  Now that is totally worth celebrating.

So, go forth and love yourself silly.  To all you beautiful women out there- celebrate you, celebrate one another, celebrate your community, celebrate Mary Queen of Scots and Cleopatra.  To us, every day is Women’s Day.

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18596974


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Luxe Botanics Joins The Clean Ribbon Alliance

A Pledge from the Luxe Botanics Team

At Luxe Botanics, we believe in Nature to Nurture, using the beauty of plant powered medicine to enrich skin health.

Marking February 4th’s #WorldCancerDay, we are proud to share our commitment to non-profit charity The Clean Ribbon, standing alongside the likes of Rêve en Vert, FROM Clothing, PRITI NYC and Virtue + Vice to support research into everyday chemicals commonly found in personal care products.

Independent scientists will investigate whether certain ingredients we are exposed to in clothing dyes, cosmetics, skincare and grooming products may contain potential carcinogens. Results will be published on The Clean Ribbon’s online information portal www.cleanribbon.com allowing the public to make healthier grooming and fashion choices for themselves and their families.

Pledging 1% of all Luxe Botanics’ serum sales to the cause, the allegiance rallies to the cry #keepitclean.

The Clean Ribbon’s Board of Trustees includes Philanthropist Lady Charlotte Lyham, Wellness Expert Shanon Hoffman, Al Thani Foundation CEO Sara Saud Al Thani and ELUXE Magazine Editor Chere Di Boscio.

Thank you for your continued support of Luxe Botanics and the causes close to our heart!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team


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New Year, New Complexion: Your Skin Purging Questions, Answered!

No matter how trite New Year’s Resolutions may seem, you can’t deny that January inspires a desire to start anew with a clean slate. Perhaps it’s all the extra dessert and alcohol during holiday parties or the additional time we take to step back and reflect on the bigger picture. Whatever the reason, there’s no better time than now to make positive changes—your skin, included.

Many people start the new year with a detox—a promise to focus on healthy foods and more exercise. As we all know, the impact of these changes aren’t seen overnight. A new dedicated workout routine or whole-foods diet takes time for your body to acclimatize and manifest positive changes. Similarly, a clean, naturally oriented skincare routine involves time, patience, and yes, purging!

Over time, toxins and unhealthy substances accumulate in your body. Although your body is naturally equipped to detox itself with various organs like the liver and, yes, the skin, modern lifestyle has increased the rate of toxin stockpiling through factors such as pesticides in food and unnecessary chemicals in skin care. This means the natural detox process occurs more slowly than the toxin buildup process.

The good news is—just as your body can begin to heal after consuming organic greens on the regular, your skin can restore itself when you nourish it with clean, nature-derived ingredients.

Rather than switching everything all at once, swap out your beauty products one by one, to give your skin time to adjust as well as avoiding waste. The transition doesn’t always look pretty at first, but it’s worth the wait and effort. Definitely experiment to find what really works for you and which products delivers the best results. Beauty boxes are  great way to sample a range of natural skincare to carefully curate a beauty ritual that’s perfect for you.

Got more questions about a natural skin detox? Here are the top ones we get asked so you can rest assure your skin will restore back to its healthiest, happiest state.

 

Does my skin really purge by breaking out after using a new detoxifying skincare product? 

Not always, but yes! We know it can be discouraging to see pimples pop up when you begin using a new skincare treatment that embraces wholesome, natural ingredients, but it can actually be a sign that the product is working—and working well. Products like those in our Kigelia Range, may cause what many people refer to as a “skin purge” because of its powerful clarifying properties.

When you use a purifying skincare treatment it essentially speeds up the blemish-formation process, unveiling the breakouts “hiding” under your skin in the form of clogged pores. Your skin purges toxins, and since there’s quite a bit happening all at once, the blemishes manifest at the same time. But, the great news is that this is not acne (a more long-term condition and a separate issue altogether) and your blemishes will go eventually away.

With consistent use, natural skincare can keep your skin blemish-free and beautiful.

 

How long does it take for skin to detox?

It generally takes two to three weeks for skin cells to completely renew and get rid of the pore-clogging particulates. It’s a pain, but totally worth the wait once you see newly clear and glowing skin.

 

What do I do (and not do) when skin is detoxing?

Most importantly, resist the temptation to quick fix the purging breakouts by touching, picking or using an exfoliator. This will only exacerbate the problem. Simply stick to your cleansing, misting, serum and moisturising routine.

Once your skin is acclimated, make sure you exfoliate gently with either a mild chemical peel containing naturally derived alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid (which is derived from milk) or a soothing physical exfoliator with spherical agents (like jojoba beads) that won’t cause microlacerations in skin. This is important so you can get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities to pave the way for following treatments.

 

What do I do if my skin is irritated? 

If you notice a rash, itchiness, redness, stinging or any other uncomfortable responses, this could be a sign of an allergic reaction—not purging. An allergic reaction is most often experienced within the first 1-2 days of using a new product, but can also occur with repeated exposure. Discontinue using the product if you suspect it’s more than a skin purge.

 

What else can I do support my skin during its detox?

  • A switch to a diet filled with vegetables and whole foods will transform your energy levels and mood, and it will revitalize your skin too! Focus on healing, anti-inflammatory foods rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, including essential fatty acids. There’s plenty of research showing foods high in vitamins A, C, D and E in particular can improve the state of your skin (don’t get overwhelmed—just think colors of the rainbow, like carrots, green, leafy vegetables, bell peppers and blueberries!).

  • Be sure to check the EWG shoppers guide on the dirty dozen and clean fifteen to ensure you’re avoiding unnecessary pesticides.
  • Make sure you consume gut-friendly foods or probiotic supplements, as research is showing more and more that a healthy gut is linked to healthy skin. Eat foods rich in probiotics such as coconut water or milk kefir, sauerkraut and fermented vegetables like kimchi.
  • Drink plenty of water and hydrating herbal tea to flush out toxins and get skin ready for rest of the year.

A good night’s rest improves overall complexion by regenerating skin cells and reducing breakouts thanks to the fact that while we sleep, our stress levels drop. They don’t call it Beauty Sleep for nothing!

Want to learn more about our skin detox rituals? Drop us a line at hello@luxebotanics.com and we can tailor one just for you.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Naturally yours,

 

The Luxe Botanics Team


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Survival Skincare For The Holidays

The most festive time of the year can also be the most stressful—but your skin can glow brilliantly as the lights on your tree or the candles on your mantle. Between buying gifts and traveling, make sure your complexion stays alive and invigorated with these three simple skincare rituals.

Revitalize Thirsty Skin

In the thick of winter, anyone’s skin (even oily) can experience water loss causing patchiness, dullness and dehydration. One of the best ways to quench skin’s thirst is with our simple two-step ritual.

  1. Infuse skin with Marula Hydrating Serum for an instant rush of balanced, restorative hydration (the citrusy scent alone sends us to our happy place!), while soft, lightweight textures of nourishing oils give skin a huge boost of nutrition.
  2. Complete with a layer of Camu Brightening Moisturiser, containing super-plumping sodium hyaluronate (a natural substance that retains 1000 times its own weight in water) and vitamin C for skin that lights up every room!

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Combat Climate Change

Well, not exactly. But, if you’re going from one temperature to another another—whether it’s from indoor heating to a windy blizzard, or from an icy zone to the humid tropics—your skin may need to find its balance again. Care for skin by applying Kigelia Clarifying Serum which calms redness and re-centers skin taking it back to its optimal healthy state. Then layer with Marula Hydrating Serum to restore natural oils and strengthen the skin’s delicate lipid barrier easily damaged with fluctuations in temperature. Remember, a strong skin barrier is the key to more vibrant, luminous and happy skin!

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Stay Fresh En Route & In-Flight

As you jet-set to warmer destinations or visit family, the recycled in-flight cabin air can easily parch skin, causing it to wither or get gloomy. Exit the runway with picture perfect plumped-up skin by spritzing your face with Camu Brightening Mist, flooding skin with droplets of sodium hyaluronate and Damascus rose water for instant hydration and vitamin C-loaded Camu camu berry to boost radiance.

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Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team