Charleston Naturally is now an Organic Beauty Boutique

If you haven’t noticed, things are changing over here at Charleston Naturally. For the last few years we’ve loved providing customers with a great selection of organic products for the home, pets, and for kids. However, starting today our business model will be entirely centered on organic skin care and beauty products.

We are now exclusively an organic beauty boutique.

This change is partly a business decision, but put simply, organic beauty is our passion. We love the eco-friendly and sustainable practices that our brands follow, we love teaching the importance of an organic skin care routine, and we love helping customers discover their own fresh glow. We’re committed to providing organic beauty devotees with the best variety of products for all skin types.

If you did stop by looking for a non-beauty product, don’t worry they aren’t gone yet. You can find all remaining non-beauty products here: non-beauty products. But remember, once the products are gone – they’re gone, so stock up now.

We hope you’ll continue with us on our journey to becoming an eco-chic beauty boutique. As always please feel free to reach out and send feedback.

Thank you,

Charleston Naturally

Coming Soon: Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash

Pssst…wanna know a secret?

Well, in the next couple weeks you should be expecting a new kid on the block: a new product from Intelligent Nutrients. Yes, the ever-fabulous, eco-friendly Intelligent Nutrients is releasing a new product and we for one CANNOT WAIT.

We have the Harmonic Shampoo and Harmonic Conditioner, but coming soon – The Harmonic Body Wash.

The Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash is an anti-aging, antioxidant-rich, nourishing daily use body wash that invigorates the body and gently cleans dirt and impurities from the skin.

Sounds great, right? We’ll keep you updated as soon as the body wash arrives in stock. In the meantime, feel free to pine after this beauty:

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash

 

The Purging Process: Truth or Myth?

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Above: Suki To-Go Nourishing Toner

The Purging Process is the theory that when you switch to a new beauty product or skin care routine, your skin breaks out due to the initial purging of impurities and dirt. At first hand, this sounds like a reasonable explanation for why acne pops up when you begin using a new product, but we wanted to do a little further research.

We ran across this great post from Beautylish.com where Dermatologist Dr. Anne Chappas points out the purging process is a myth. ”The skin’s job is to keep things out, not to release impurities from the body. That’s why we have a liver and kidneys—they are the organs responsible for detox,” she explains.

Detoxification is a long debated subject in the health care field. Based on scientific studies, it’s been found that the body does not need help breaking down toxins. According to Science Based Life, “…, our metabolisms are highly efficient at dissolving and concentrating harmful substances so that the next time you go to the bathroom you can void them. Not one of the detox products on the market could ever compete with simple urination.”

Instead of detoxing or purging the skin, Dr. Chappas explains that breakouts are caused by the skin’s initial reaction to the product. Essentially, the skin is trying to restore it’s pH levels and equilibrium. Often these breakouts are caused by products that contain retinoids (found in toners and acne-fighting products).

Essentially, their may be an initial breakout process while your skin adjusts to a new product, but it’s not “purging” or “detoxifying”.

It’s also important to be able to identify whether your skin is simply acclimating to a new product or is actually having a bad reaction. There can be a short breakout or adjustment period, but if this is lasting longer than a few days to a week, your skin may be too sensitive for the product. To help identify the acne-causing culprits, we recommend introducing new skin care products one at a time. Don’t switch up your routine all at once or it’ll be too difficult to determine what product is causing the breakouts.

Organic Ingredient Spotlight: Anthyllis

We find that an informed customer, is a happy customer. We want our customers to understand all of the details of the product they use. This is why we’ve introduced our ingredient spotlight series. In today’s post we’re breaking down Anthyllis.

Anthyllis vulneraria is a medicinal plant. Vulneraria translated means “wound healer”. Anthyllis is a soothing botanical that invigorates, transforms, and strengthens skin. Via Dr. Hauschka, “Elisabeth Sigmund creator of Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, studied anthyllis extensively. When used in skin care preparations, she observed a normalization of oily, dry and even irritated skin. Anthyllis has a generally stimulating and normalizing effect on the skin. It is a key plant in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, found in many face care preparations and Decorative Cosmetics.”

You can find anthyllis is many Dr Hauschka products including, Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream, Clarifying Toner, and Dr. Hauschka Translucent Makeup.

 

Image via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney_Vetch

Source: http://www.drhauschka.com/natural-skin-care-and-remedies/ingredients/ingredient-glossary.aspx#

What Should Your Skin Care Routine Look Like?

Pictured Above: ilike Age Defense Bioflavonoid SerumSuki To-Go Concentrated Nourishing TonerDr. Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream, Boscia Clear Complexion Mask, Pangea Organics Turkish Rose and White Eye Cream

To keep your skin fresh, healthy, and as youthful as possible it’s important to follow an effective skin care routine. Specific products will vary depending on your skin type (oily, dry, combination), but the following products are all important to maintain your healthy glow.

Step 1 – Cleanser

Start off with a cleanser (at night and in the morning) to remove skin’s impurities and dirt. However, it is important to find a cleanser that doesn’t dry your skin out and remove essential oils.

Step 2 – Toner

Toner should be applied immediately after the cleanser to restore the skin’s pH levels and help prep the skin for serum and moisturizer. Toner helps improve skin’s texture and hydration.

Step 3 - Serum

Serums are great products that help protect skin against signs of aging. Serums are generally full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that will help keep your skin vibrant and healthy. A good serum will rejuvenate skin cells and boost collegen production.

Step 4 – Moisturizer

It might sound surprising, but even if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t avoid moisturizer. Moisturizer is a crucial step in the skin care routine. A good moisturizer will help hydrate your skin, not make it greasy. As an added bonus, it’s helpful to use a daytime moisturizer with SPF.

Step 5 (Optionals) – Eye Creams, Exfoliators, Masks

In addition to the steps above, you may want to consider using an eye cream, exfoliator, and masks. For eye creams, avoid anything to heavy – it can create puffiness. You’ll want to look for a light-weight cream or gel. Exfoliating is a great step to reveal younger, smoother skin. It’s recommended to use an exfoliator or scrub about once a week. Using a mask weekly can also rejuvenate skin, regenerate oil, and hydrate.

Makeup How-To: The Natural Way

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re thinking about all the steps involved with wearing makeup. This is why we wanted to break down and easy way to get natural coverage that’s also safe for your skin.

 

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Dr. Hauschka Translucent Foundation Makeup – A gentle liquid foundation that enhances the skin’s naturally radiant glow for a dewy, flawless look. Mineral pigments blend uneven pigmentation while plant extracts oils and waxes moisturize and protect.

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100% Pure Fruit Pigment Powdered Blush - This blush is colored with the antioxidant and vitamin rich fruit pigments instead of minerals or synthetic dyes.

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Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner - Mineral pigments fused with quince wax glide on effortlessly. Extracts of neem, black tea and eyebright soothe skin and strengthen lashes.

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Glominerals Eyeshadow - Exclusive antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract, Extensive range of rich, vibrant shades available, Allows for buildable color in perfectly coordinated shades.

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Blinc Mascara – Blinc forms tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, these beauty tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.

Suki Luscious Lips Berry Cream Trio

Suki Luscious Lips Trio – Provides a rich velvety texture, transforms lips into vivid neutrals & natural gloss shimmers, locks in moisture, protects & soothes lip area, creates a dewy, sensual pout & a natural or dramatic flush for cheeks.

What Do SPF Numbers Actually Mean?

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We’ve been focusing a lot on sun protection on the blog the last few weeks. Being Summertime (and with that, record highs) it’s all the more important to be giving proper attention to protecting your skin. However, one of the things we haven’t really covered is SPF. Most people assume that the higher the SPF number, the greater the protection, but this isn’t really the case.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number is a measure of how much UV radiation (the rays responsible for sunburns) it would take for your skin to burn when you’re wearing sunscreen compared to when you’re unprotected. So you would think the higher the SPF number, the better? Well, not exactly.

There are a several more factors that go into SPF. The intensity of the sun, the time of day, and the activities one engages in can cause the protection length to vary. It’s not as simple as making sure you’re slathered in a high SPF. Importation considerations include:

  • What time of day is it?
  • Has your sunscreen been wiped off by the water or sweat?
  • Do you have a history of skin cancer in your family?
  • Are you taking medications that could make sunscreen less effective?

Another reason that SPF is not the best measure of protection is that it doesn’t take into account UVA radiation. Ultraviolet type A radiation penetrates the skin deeper than UVB and causes more skin cell damage. When looking for protection against both UVA and UVB rays it’s important to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen like COOLA.

The best way to prevent premature aging, skin cancer, wrinkles, etc. would be to stay out of the sun. However, we know this recommendation isn’t realistic. The best next tips are to choose the right sunscreen (one with both UVA and UVB protection), apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, reapply often, and have regular check ups with a dermatologist to have your skin examined.

Sources: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb

Best Organic Cleansers

We’ve featured our favorite organic eye creams and favorite moisturizers, now it’s time to focus on the all-important cleanser. A good cleanser is key for cleaning and purifying your skin. The ingredients in organic cleansers also tend to be less harsh, making it a great solution for sensitive skin.

Below are some of our best selling organic cleansers:

Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk - Ideal for removing makeup, this gentle cleanser features fermented grain extract to remove dirt and impurities. Jojoba and sweet almond oils maintain the natural moisture balance, keeping dry, mature and sensitive skin soft and supple.

 

Suki Creamy Foaming Cleanser - Preserves skin’s natural moisture balance, fights free radicals, restores radiance, minimizes pore size, removes dirt, dullness & impurities.

 

Sophyto Natural Glycolic Foaming Cleanser - A sublime airy mousse made from concentrated orchard apple extract and raw sugar cane to offer a totally natural solution compared to harsh glycolic acids. The fruit acid foam works upon contact with skin to gently, yet effectively remove cellular build-up revealing a much fresher, glowing complexion. Because this cleanser does not contain overly rich foaming boosters and sulphates, it requires little to no agitation when rinsing, so suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, including rosacea and acne.

 

100% Pure Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser - 100% Pure formula gets its brightening effect from all natural, gentle ingredients like bearberry, kojic acid, sake, fruit acids, licorice, vitamin c, lemon juice and strawberries. This skin brightening facial cleanser washes away makeup (including eye makeup) and other impurities while aloe juice and rose hydrosol hydrates and soothes.

 

Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil – An extremely gentle and effective cleansing oil for all skin types that removes makeup and impurities while decongesting pores without leaving an oily residue.