alma botanicals

You’ve been preparing your skin to be summer ready all year long, now that summer is here taking care of your skin is just as important. There are three ways that summer can harm your skin. 1. Heat and humidity can make your skin oily or dry it out. 2. Sweat pulls out any impurities from your pores and if you let that sweat dry out on your skin that can cause rashes, breakouts and other skin irritations. 3. Chlorine and Salt water can dehydrate and remove any essential oils from your skin. All these can affect your skin year round, but definitely more in the hot summer.

Thinking about readjusting your summer skincare routine?  Don’t sweat it, I have the answer - Alma Botanicals. I first found out about Alma Botanicals through Instagram and was drawn to their simplicity in their ingredients, philosophy and design. Not only do they use only natural ingredients free from chemicals and preservatives but their packaging is made from recycled material. I never used any of their products before, so I decided to try a little bit of everything from their super green mask to their hydrating oil and polish.

Super Green – This mask has two key ingredients, matcha and seaweed, which provides antioxidants and micronutrients that hydrates your skin and promotes the fade of fine line and wrinkles. I use this mask twice a week to help replenish my skin from all the washing and reapplying of sunscreen but to also moisturize my skin from being out in the hot sun. All you do is take a spoonful of powder with a few drops of water to create a paste and apply all over your face. I let it dry for 15 minutes and gently wash it off. You’re skin will feel tighter and smoother!

 

 

Hydrating Oil – This oil can be used for everything and anything. Alma Botanicals provides countless ways to use their oil: a face cleanser, makeup remover, lip, hair and face exfoliant, hair treatment, bath oil and an all around moisturizer. The oil is a combination of five organic oils: jojoba, sesame, camilla flower, rosehip seed and meadowfoam. As a whole, the oils softens dry skin, increases skin elasticity, aids the elimination of age spots, boosts collagen and keeps other essential oils and vitamins in the skin. I love using this right after a long hot shower. It’s a good way to keep your skin hydrated without using thick body creams and lotions. It keeps me feeling light and fresh.

 

 

Polish – nothing feels better than using this polish after spending hours in the city or at the beach with sweat dripping down your face and arms. The polish is made up of organic sugar, jojoba oil, mango butter, kokum butter and french rose clay. I use this polish before I shower by taking a small amount and gently massaging my face and other areas of my body that I want exfoliated and I wash it off in the shower. After using it, my skin feels lighter and smoother.

 

 

(visit their site to get an in-depth list and uses of the ingredients!)

These three simple products can help keep your skin healthy from the summer elements! Overall, I loved using Alma Botanicals. I love that they use quality ingredients that are not only safe for my skin but are cruelty-free. Also, there’s nothing better than supporting a local company - Alma makes all their products here in Seattle! I think anyone can find at least one Alma product that they can add to their skincare routine. I can’t wait to try their other products and hope you will too! Visit their website for a full list of their products and ingredients.

Ultra Facial

Now that I’m getting less and less blemishes on my face, I thought it was time to turn away from strong face washes. When it comes to my face, there are certain things I want to stay away from such as fragrances, microbeads, and synthetic dyes.  With so many brands and types of washes available, I wasn’t sure where to start. A few months ago I bought a hand salve from Kiehl’s that I really enjoyed and that my skin also benefited from, so I decided to try out their face products.

  1. I wanted to get away from strong facial products and start using more gentle products.  I was happy to find the Ultra Facial collection from Kiehl’s. The collection has a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. It’s a mild facial cleanser made for all skin types. I have sensitive skin that gets dry right as I wash my face, but the cleanser leaves my face smooth and moisturized. It’s strong enough to cleanse my face of impurities, but gentle enough to keep the skin’s natural oils.
     
  2. After I use the cleanser, I apply toner which helps prepare the skin for the moisturizer. It’s like a pre moisturizing session; it evens out the skin’s pH balance, which was disturbed during the cleansing. The toner can remove any excess dirt that was left behind in the cleansing step. Using the toner is easy; you add one or two squeezes into a cotton ball and gently apply it all over your face.
     
  3. Once you’ve applied the toner then you add the moisturizer. Just like any moisturizer you apply it all over the face. What I love about this moisturizer is it keeps my skin moisturized for 24 hours. With other moisturizers, they tend to make my face more oily, but with Kiehl’s my face is smooth and moisturized without any buildup of excess oil during the day.
     
  4. And we can’t forget about my lips and how dry they get during the summer. Because I bought the cleanser during my birthday month I got the lip balm for free! It keeps my lips smooth and doesn’t have any weird fragrance or colorization. 

What I find really helpful is how Kiehl’s created facial routines making it easier for people who are unsure of what to get. With this Ultra Facial routine from Kiehl’s, it offers a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I think this is great because I’m not mixing different products; these three were made to work well together. I definitely recommend these three products for everyday general cleansing

Skincare: Travel Edition

In less than a week I’ll be heading to the Philippines to visit family. I’m really excited for this trip. The Philippines is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been too; beaches, views, and everything in between. But what I’m not excited about is the weather. I love sunshine, but humidity is no one’s best friend. The Philippines may be known for their gorgeous islands with white sand and clear water, but pollution overtakes the cities as they’re overpopulated with cars and people. With the humidity and pollution I have to prepare for the worst when it comes to my skin. Between my dry sensitive skin and eczema, I have to make sure I pack the right skincare items. Because I’m really excited for this trip I already started packing, so here’s a peek at my skincare.

Face | I’m 100% sure my face will be dripping with sweat from the scorching heat or covered in dust as I walk around the city. Here are a few essentials that I’ll need to take care of my face:

Wipes (8): Being constantly on the go these Yes To wipes are perfect. When you’re traveling you want to freshen up; especially in between activities. Also sometimes you don’t always have access to a restroom. These wipes are perfect for getting rid of any dried sweat or oil, and when you’re finished you can just toss the wipes in the trash.

Facial Wash (11): In the mornings I like to use LUSH’s Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash. It’s contains pineapple juice that rinses off the dirt and oil, and almond and orange oil that keeps the skin soft and smooth.

Coffee Mask  (2): In the evening, when I have to cleanse a day’s worth of impurities I use something much stronger, LUSH’s Cup O’ Coffee, face and body mask. The mask contains kaolin, which is a type of clay that absorbs any impurities from the pores. The main ingredient, coffee grounds, acts as a scrub and buffers any dry skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. Just apply over the face, and rise after 10 minute, it will leave you refreshed.

Moisturizer (10): Everyone knows moisturizing the face is just as important as cleansing it. Especially in dry weather it’s vital that you moisturize to hydrate the skin. This Neutrogena moisturizer for men not only hydrates the skin but it has SPF 15, protecting me from any sun damage.  

Skin | Keeping my skin hydrated is my biggest concern, especially with eczema and dry skin.

Hand Scrub (1): Traveling around and touching everything with my hands I use LUSH’s Salted Coconut Hand scrub to cleanse off any dirt. I’ll use it all over my hands, but really focus on areas with eczema. The sea salt will exfoliate the skin, while the coconut moisturizes and leaves the hand smelling tropical.

Hand Salve (9): Being on the go I’m sure I’ll be using hand sanitizer constantly. Hand sanitizers evaporate quickly, which dehydrates the skin even more. To keep this from happening, I use the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve by Kiehl's. This salve absorbs water from the atmosphere and keeps it on the surface of the skin. The thick cream isn’t oily and absorbs in the skin quickly.

Sunscreen (12): Sunscreen. There is no doubt that this is necessary. Everyone knows its purpose, but no one loves its texture and the residue it leaves on your skin. This Aveeno sunscreen not only protects the skin, but moisturizes it as well. It’s oil-free and quick absorbing, leaving no goopy residue and streaks.

Tanner (6): Naturally I’m tan, but living in Portland I tend to lose a lot of that color. This Neutrogena Build-A-Tan Gradual Sunless Lotion will give me that natural color and glowing effect with a gentle scent. With its first initial use it will give the skin subtle color, but will darken the more it is applied. This would be something I would use before my trip.

Other products needed for traveling

Cologne (3): Just for those special occasions, I thought about bringing a bottle of cologne, but of course we’re only allowed 2 oz. of liquid. So I’m bringing a small travel size of my Burberry Brit that will definitely pass security.

Blink Eye Drops (5): The very few times that I will wear contacts I’m sure they will be dry and irritated by the dust. These drops will help moisturize my contacts.

Hair (7): I swear by American Crew. The fiber paste has a strong hold without making my hair oily or heavy with product. It’s great for all day use, and if I need any touch ups I just run wet fingers through my hair!

Nivea Lip balm (4): Traveling or not, lip balm is something that I always have with me. It goes on very smooth and keeps me hydrated for hours. The good thing is that the lip balm has SPF, protecting me from the scorching sun.

These seems like a lot, but with the drastic weather change from cold to hot paired with my type of skin, it’s important to keep it healthy and clean. When traveling it’s a good idea to try and keep your personal hygiene routine with you as much as possible and to adjust that routine depending on your destination. But the most important thing of all is to remember what can  and can’t be on your carry-on. Any gels, liquids and pastes must be placed in a quart-sized bag. Each item can only be 3.4 ounces and anything else should be checked-in.

If you have any skincare travel tips, share them in the comments. I hope everyone has a great holiday and safe travels! Down below are some of my favorite travel kits from Nordstrom