Friday, May 9

Part 3 - Steps to Spring Ready Skin

Part 3 - Spring Skin Prep


Taking inventory of your body after it has been tucked away and bundled up all Winter long, can be an eye-opening experience.  Once we acknowledge our dry - flaky - pale skin, unattended body hair and callused feet - baring our limbs and getting ready for our skin revealing wardrobe, can feel overwhelming.  Take a few simple steps and you can enjoy silky, smooth and radiant skin, just in time for your warm weather reveal.

Key steps to Spring ready skin

Body - Skin care is about more than just your face. It is essential that you provide your body's skin some extra TLC.  Just like your face, your body will benefit from three essential steps:

  1. Exfoliation -  Remove the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. Exfoliating once or twice a week is usually enough to achieve improved texture and smoother skin; however, people with oily skin should exfoliate more often than those with dry skin.
  2. Moisturizing -  Apply skin nourishing emollients to the external layers of the skin, to aid the skin in feeling softer and more pliable.  This helps to increase the skin's moisture content by reducing evaporation.  Moisturize daily, preferably after bathing (while skin is still damp) to maximize moisture in the skin.
  3. Protection - Limit sun exposure.  Wear a sunscreen and avoid being in the sun through the peak-damage times (usually 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the northern hemisphere). Using skin care products that offer ultraviolet protection is one of the best ways to help keep your skin looking and feeling youthful and fresh.  Use sunscreen SPF 30+ every day and reapply regularly whenever you're outdoors for extended periods. You can also cover skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats, when outdoors.
Solutions to common
Spring skin challenges

Do you have red or white bumps on your arms, legs or buttocks that look similar to goose bumps?  This can be due to keratosis pilaris, a genetic condition that causes extra skin cells to build up around individual hair follicles, giving you a bumpy texture and a polka-dotted appearance. 

Tip:  Application of a skin nourishing daily moisturizer can help to soften the bumps and use of an exfoliating body scrub or polish when bathing (1-2 times per week) can help to reduce the bumps even more.  (Purple Essentials Whipped Body Creme and Body Scrubs help to moisturize and exfoliate with pure and simple, skin nourishing ingredients).


Do your knees and elbows resemble a dry, ashy desert area?  Many people suffer from dry, ashy skin on their limb joints.  It can be helped with exfoliation and deep moisturizing.  Use an exfoliating scrub 1-2 times per week, when bathing, and follow with a deep moisturizer.

Tip: Before going to bed at night, apply a nourishing body butter (Purple Essentials Mango Body Butter works well) to the effected areas. Cut the toe area off of an old (clean) cotton sock - shimmy the remaining band of the sock over the body buttered area, to keep the Body Butter on your skin and off of your clothes and sheets. Remove in the morning.

Do your feet make that "scratchy noise" when they slide against the sheets?  Before you break out the sandals, you may want to book yourself a pedicure or do one at home.   Pay close attention to your heels and toes.  Are they dry, callused, even cracked?  Once again, the key to getting them silky-smooth, is exfoliating and moisturizing. 

Tip: Add 3 cups of warm milk and one cup of honey to a large basin, stir until blended and soak your feet for 25 minutes, massaging the liquid into your skin. 
Use a handful of a sea salt based body scrub to exfoliate dead, dry skin off of the feet.  Rinse with warm water and gently push cuticles back to the nail bed with the back of your thumb nail, and pat dry.  For a deeply moisturizing treatment apply a layer of thick body cream or body butter to feet  and cover with clean, cotton socks, sleep and remove in the morning.  (works well for hands too).

Have you neglected your body hair for weeks, even months, through the Winter?  It might be time for substantial de-fuzzing of areas that will soon see the sun.
Tip: Plan to do a thorough exfoliation 2 days prior to having any hair removal treatments performed (ie. waxing, sugaring etc).   Your aim is to loosen and remove dead skin cells, which will help to make hair removal easier, by lifting small hairs and removing dry skin. A great place to visit for de-fuzzing (sugaring or waxing) Solace Esthetics (Stacia Power).

Interesting fact: hair follicles begin to form during the tenth week of pregnancy when the fetus is about the size of a peanut. By week 22, there are approximately five million hair follicles all over the body, and not a single additional follicle will ever be produced from that point forward.

Looking a little pale?  A faux-tan can warm up your pasty colour.

Tip: Be sure to exfoliate 2 days prior to faux-tanning, to achieve even coverage, colour and avoid streaks.  You can also use a natural bronzer and mineral makeup to create a sun-kissed glow.  For an all natural, organic sunless spray tanning session.  See Jada Lombard at The Green Bath & Beauty Company. *Remember that you will still need to protect your golden skin with SPF 30+.

In preparing your skin for those balmy Spring and Summer days ahead, remember the key steps are to;
  •  Exfoliate
  •  Moisturize
  •  Protect

Happy prepping :)
  Live Purple!

Thursday, May 8

Get your skin Spring Ready with Purple Essentials

Spring clean your skin - find your glow.

Spring Skin Prep - part 2:  Facial Care & Cosmetics

When the seasons shift, it's time to adjust your skin care routine - allow Purple Essentials to offer some expert advice on how to Prep Your Face for Spring - rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion - naturally!

As we head into the warmer weather, now is the perfect time to modify your choice of skin care products and cosmetics - Purple Essentials knows your face requires the most uncompromising attention. Following months of cool, Winter weather, combined with dry, indoor heating, your complexion may look dull and washed out. This lack of brightness is likely due, in large part, to a build up of dead skin cells.  Lucky for us, skin responds quickly to some well aimed TLC - Get that Natural Glow Back!

Key steps for a glowing Spring complexion:

Cleanse - Before we advise on daily cleansing, the start of Spring is the perfect time to treat your face to a pampering, nourishing reset - a facial mask. The intent is to detox your skin and deep clean your pores, best accomplished by using a clay based facial mask. Clays offer tightening and toning properties, while drawing out impurities from the skin - the effect can be magical and immediate

Purple Essentials suggests a season-starting, clay based, facial mask to Prep Your Skin for Spring! While written for the Fall season, here's a great piece on how to apply your own facial mask!

Natural clay and fruit extracts are the base ingredients for Purple Essentials' Refining Facial Mask.

Once you have performed your detox and deep clean (which can be repeated weekly as pampering maintenance throughout the season), it's important to find a daily cleanser that gently, but effectively, cleanses and nurtures your delicate skin. Trust Purple Essentials' Orange and Rosemary Facial Cleanser to do the job! This non-foaming cleanser hydrates as it lifts away dirt, makeup and impurities (environmental residue), enriching and balancing complexion while helping to nourish your skin and senses

Exfoliate (regularly) - Exfoliating facial skin not only removes dull, dead skin cells, evening out its overall tone and texture, but the process actually helps generate the growth of new skin cells, thus lessening visible signs of sun damage and age spots. The practice dates back to ancient Egypt and has since evolved to a well researched science. Exfoliating at home is quick and easy with a gentle scrub containing tiny spherical grains.

Tip for the perfect exfoliating mixture? Use our Orange and Rosemary Cleanser as the base and add enough Cleansing Grains to create a paste. Apply to face in gentle upwards, circular motions, paying extra attention to areas where blackheads may accumulate (i.e. chin, nose, forehead). Allow to sit on skin for 2 minutes and remove with warm, damp cloth. Follow with Balancing Pore Toner and Rejuvenating Serum.

Moisturize & Nourish - The dense, moisturizing cream that you have been using on your face through the chilly months, may be a little too heavy for the warmer ones ahead. With increasing heat and humidity, skin can become oily, which can lead to acne and blemishes. While moisturizing is always an important step, changing to a lighter version will help to keep your complexion clear and bright.

Wondering how our Facial Elixir works so well? Please take a minute to read a previous blog post on Why Use a Facial Oil - all will be revealed :)

Protect - Although it might not be beach weather just yet, wearing sunscreen everyday is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  Wearing an SPF of at least 30 is recommended by health and skin care professionals even during the Winter months. As the warmer weather approaches it is essential to take steps to protect your skin.  If you are hoping to get a head start on your summer glow, remember that a skin damaging burn is possible even in cooler Spring weather.

**Remember to apply SPF30+ to all exposed skin, paying attention to those often missed areas: your fingers, toes, backs of ears and lips.

Makeup - With the focus on flawless, glowing skin this Spring, makeup colours should lighten up too.  Refresh your look with a luminous face and just a hint of mineral colour, with either a focus on soft eyes with sheer pastel colors and well-defined brows; bronzer for a sun-kissed glow on the cheeks and eyes; or a trend that we are thrilled with - Shades of PURPLE! Including orchid, lilac and lavender shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral or nude shades on the lips. For daytime use a lip gloss, rather than a lipstick, and switch from black mascara to dark brown. Instead of a liquid, full-coverage foundation, move to a tinted moisturizer or mineral powder instead.

By making adjustments to your skincare routine now, you will be able to enjoy smooth, glowing skin through the warmer weather days ahead.

Ahead:  Spring Skin Prep - part 3 - Body. 

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Wednesday, May 7

Celebrate MOM!

Mother's day is right around the corner... Purple Essentials is here to help!
Take a look at all the Fresh & Natural goodies we have to offer... something for every MOM :-)  If you or your Mom live in the are, check out our Free Local Delivery.

Mother's Day Gifts ~

Live Purple!

It's time for Spring Skin Prep!

Olive Oil
Sunflower Seeds
Brazil Nuts
Wheat Germ
Flax Seeds
Citrus Fruits
Sweet Potatoes
 Green Leafy Vegetables

Up next:  Part 2 of Spring Skin Prep ... Our Specialty - Facial Care and Cosmetics

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Friday, May 2

Why use a Facial Oil...

Put oil on your face. Say What??!!
You may have heard of… been curious about… or even tried the latest skincare trend,
Facial Oils.

The reality of using face oils, challenges everything we’ve been taught to believe about skincare (many of us will not even consider using a cleanser or moisturizer unless it is oil-free).  It is a popular belief  that “oil clogs pores”, causing breakouts of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and slick greasiness  (Note - It's mineral oils that can clog pores... not botanical oils).  So, why the current obsession with using oils on our skin, instead of traditional moisturizers?  Pure and simple, facial oils offer complexion-optimization in a bottle. You can refresh and help protect your skin, a few drops a day, while helping to delay accelerated signs of aging.

Essential and botanical oils are ultra-rich in skin nourishing essences, such as hydrating fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, that help to strengthen and stabilize skin’s natural oil production, while helping to fight damaging freeradicals. These oils hold a very tiny molecular structure that allows them to quickly and effortlessly be absorbed by the skin, while having non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) properties. Effective and wonderfully aromatic (providing instant aromatherapy), the oils quickly penetrate surface layers of your skin to maintain hydration for a natural, healthy radiance… a bright and smooth complexion.

Essential oils are derived from botanicals which are naturally packed with powerful antioxidants. It is these antioxidants that help to create a protective barrier against free radicals, unkind elements and environmental contaminants. They act as a carrier for other active ingredients (cell rejuvenators) to penetrate into deeper levels of the epidermis. Added benefits; since oil creates a lipid barrier over the skin, it can speed up the skin's own healing process and help repair irritation and damage. 

Facial oils can benefit each skin type, as they work to rebalance skin and revive a naturally healthy complexion. Whether you have oily (yes, even oily skin can benefit from a facial oil), combination or dry skin - regularly applying a good quality facial oil, can help your skin present a bright, smooth and healthy complexion.

Along with the skin-nourishing, complexion benefits - facial oils continue to gain popularity because they leave your skin feeling, looking and smelling incredibly wonderful!
Purple Essentials Facial Elixir brings soothing and antioxidant-packed oils of Apricot Kernel, Pomegranate, Black Cumin Seed, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Evening Primrose, Carrot Tissue together with rejuvenating, pure essential oils of Ho Wood, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Frankincense and Niaouli to create a high-performance, must-have addition to your skin care routine. The aromatherapeutic qualities are soothing and uplifting, while the antioxidant & anti-inflammatory oils help to reduce redness and aid in the prevention and repair of free radical damage.

But, it's the silky smooth, super-soft finish that everyone is wild about! One application and you will see and feel a difference.… continued use and you will see and enjoy ongoing benefits along with a healthy complexion.

Application tips

The way you apply facial oils is as important as the formula, itself!  Always begin with thoroughly cleansed, damp/moist skin.  Place 6-8 to drops of your Facial Oil of choice, into your palm (*be careful to not allow skin contact with dropper, to keep product free from bacteria – extend shelf life), rub hands together and gently press oil into face and neck, and massage in upwards, circular motion.  This warms the skin, increasing circulation to facial muscles, allowing the oils to penetrate more quickly.

• Since oils lack the water element of creams, it’s best to apply them immediately after cleansing, while skin is still moist, so the oil can lock in the moisture. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to re-balance itself quickly.

• You might also like the practise of using a hydrating facial toner (Peppermint Pore Toner) just before you apply the oil. Again, the facial oil will lock in the moisture to keep the skin toned and hydrated longer.

  • Can be used on its own or under various facial care products, SPF and makeup.
  • For added hydration, apply Rejuvenating Serum or moisturizer on top of Facial Elixir. (This will allow you to use less of your moisturizing product, but increase the moisturizing and anti-aging effects.
  • Can be used on nails/cuticles and hair – to help condition and replenish (non greasy) shine.

I highly recommend trying out a good quality Facial Oil (Our New Facial Elixir has been getting rave reviews!) ... you'll likely be hooked and joining the new skincare revolution, after your 1st application.

I would love to hear about your experience with Facial Oils, in the comment section :-)

Live Purple!