Saturday, March 25

Spring Skin Ready - Last Step ... Body Prep

Part 3 - Body 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 (1-2 times per week) can help further inhibit their appearance - leaving nourished, smooth skin.

For best exfoliating effect:  Purple Essentials is very excited to offer 2 NEW coffee body scrubs - we think you'll be jumping out of bed in the morning eager to indulge!
100% Natural ~ Vegan ~ Hand-batched, this blend of recycled coffee grounds and skin nurturing ingredients scrubs away dry skin while helping improve skin texture and circulation, inhibiting the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and other skin imperfections ... and it SMELLS GREAT TOO!

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 to the affected areas Purple Essentials Mango Body Butter is especially nurturing for sensitive skin areas like this . 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 & 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 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.
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.  *Remember that you will still need to protect your golden skin with SPF 30+.

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

Please drop by our studio for a visit and ask how we can help prep your skin for your most fabulous, Spring skin yet!! Happy prepping :)

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Monday, March 20

Get Your Skin Spring Ready - Facial Care & Cosmetics Tips from 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 is 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

Purple Essentials' Best Selling Orange & Rosemary Facial Cleanser

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 and Cleanse :)

For best results, mix Purple Essentials' Orange and Rosemary Facial Cleanser with Cleansing Grains to create an amazingly effective, exfoliating paste

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.

Purple Essentials' Facial Elixir

Wondering how our Facial Elixir works so well? Please take a minute to read our 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. 

Live Purple!

Sunday, March 19

How to get your skin Spring ready - with help from Purple Essentials' Fresh & Natural Skin Care!!

It's that time again - time to start prepping our skin for the warmer days ahead!

With the inevitable arrival of double-digit temperatures, it looks like we will soon be foregoing our heavy sweaters, wool socks and winter boots, in favour of lighter layers, skin revealing pieces and toe-showing sandals. 

Until now, if you're like many people, it's been "Out of sight - out of mind".  With our feet and limbs tucked into warm layers these past, cooler months, we often don't notice the neglect our skin has endured until that warm Spring day arrives and we wish to wear short sleeves, shorts and sandals ... yikes!

Through the "Brrrr-Chilly" months, skin can become dehydrated, overheated and undernourished, leaving us with dry, itchy skin, rough spots and a lack of youthful glow. 

The good news is, it doesn't take long to see that soft and supple skin re-emerge.  Start now, and together we can prepare your skin for the "big reveal" in the near futureNaturally ... Purple Essentials is ready to help!

Steps to prepping your skin for Spring:

Part 1:  Before we get to topical ways to prepare our skin for Spring - let's go right to the most long-lasting and effective way to help skin look its best ... NUTRITION!!!

Nutrition is a key element to healthy skin - Spring is an ideal time to revamp our dietary habits - detox our bodies/skin and increase our energy.  Here are some helpful ways to begin prepping your skin for Spring:

  • Drink herbal teas - this helps to increase hydration in your skin and organs while helping to detox your body. 

  • Drink green tea - substances known as catechins, which are found in green tea, can stimulate the body to burn calories, in-turn decreasing body fat while helping your organs to detoxify your blood. These same catechins are also rich in anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, thus giving green tea added benefits.

  •  Try a specific detox blend - personally, I recommend Pukka Detox Tea - (organic aniseed, fennel & cardamom tea: to cleanse & revive).

  • Drink plenty of clean and pure water - this helps to hydrate your skin and organs. Water is essential to skin's regeneration and metabolism, helping produce new skin cells as well as growing hair follicles.  Visible brightening that you can see in your skin after consuming water is a result of transported nutrients and increased circulation that that water in your body creates.

  • Sip ginger tea twice a day - following a meal. The ginger will help to relieve bloating and boost digestion so your body works more efficiently.

  • Drink hot water with lemon juice in the mornings - it will help to keep you hydrated and the vitamin C it offers will help convert toxins into a water-soluble form that is easily flushed away.

  • Increase your intake of fibre and fresh fruits & vegetables - Spring is an easy and economical time to increase your fibre and nutritional intake by taking advantage of increasingly available supplies of fresh, green vegetables and fruits. Make the most of the lush growing season - find fresh asparagus, baby greens (like spinach) and strawberries. If possible, try adding organic foods to your diet. The less toxins and pesticides in your food, the less residue left for your spleen and liver to process, and the healthier your skin will be.
  • Incorporate skin-healthy foods into your diet.
Some examples of these are:
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

Live Purple!

Saturday, March 4

How Purple Essentials delivers Fresh & Natural to your door - Your Package's Journey

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You've placed your order online ( thank you ☺ ) ... here's how we get fresh & natural Purple to your door!
Of course, the process begins with our Fresh & Natural creations - handcrafted in small batches, in our Qualicum Beach studio, using only the highest quality ingredients.
Handpoured, packaged and labelled onsite, each piece of your order is then lovingly wrapped to protect it during shipping.
A handwritten, thank you note is added to every parcel approved for the post office, along with a sample of other Purple goodies.
Your parcel is then walked a short distance to our local Canada Post outlet, exposing it to the beauty of Qualicum Beach ... seal lion barks in the distance and eagles flying over head, it's not uncommon to pass a deer or two grazing in a nearby alley or yard.
Once Canada Post has received your parcel, we'll forward you the tracking number ... watch it travel**.
Questions? ask away ... we're here to help.
Thank you for shopping Purple!
**Expedited Parcel delivery times with Canada Post can be found on their website.
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