Are you washing your face the right way?
Let's call this one Face Washing for Beginners - or maybe Face Washing 101. Sound silly? On the surface, it likely sounds ridiculous, but the fact is that most people are not washing their face the right way.
The way that you wash your face has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. We're here to share 5 tips for better face washing.
1. Use a gentle, sulfate-free facial cleanser. Most face washes contain sulfates, which are harsh surfactants that strip the skin of natural oils and can leave it feeling tight and dry. Seed Daily Facial Cleanser is non-irritating and leaves skin feeling clean, yet soft and pampered.
2. Watch your water temperature. Hot water can lead to redness, itching, and skin dryness, so be sure to use lukewarm water during face washing.
3. Don't wash your face more than twice daily. This is often a mistake by those with oily and acne-prone skin. People tend to think that if their skin is oily or breaking out that it needs to be washed more often. This is not true. Overcleansing will strip the skin, which often tricks your oil glands into producing more oil to compensate for the dryness. The result? More oiliness and breakouts. Twice a day is almost always sufficient. If you are at the gym in the middle of the day and are sweating, you can absolutely cleanse gently again then.
4. Fingertips are best for face washing. Using your fingers allows you to be more aware of how much pressure you are applying to the skin. Washcloths are often too harsh and can cause damage. If you feel the need to use a washcloth, be sure it is a very soft, natural fiber washcloth. I like bamboo baby washcloths because they are so soft and gentle. Never scrub your face, though, with a washcloth, no matter how gentle the fabric.
5. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat (don't rub) dry, and then follow with a gentle facial toner. Our toners are free of harsh ingredients and contain natural distillates (choose cucumber or lemon balm) to refresh, soften, and calm the skin. Toner helps to balance skin pH, remove any last traces of makeup or cleanser, and then prepares your skin for the next steps of your skin care regimen.
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Do you still use shaving cream from the drugstore?
Take a look at the back of the canister when you use it next time. Chances are, Triethanolamine and Propane are near the top of the ingredients listing.
- Triethanolamine is an emulsifier and pH adjuster; can be especially hazardous when combined with Diazolidinyl Urea. Studies have shown that a large number of cosmetics with TEA (short for Triethanolamine) are contaminated with Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. (source)
- Propane, a hydrocarbon, is a propellant. It helps give the product its mousse-like fluffy foam. It is extremely sensitizing to the lungs in moderate doses. It can be highly irritating to the skin, nasal passages and mucus membranes. More than 6,500 studies have been conducted on propane. It is a skin, lung, and eye irritant. (source)
We have shared many "hacks" using our products over the years. Before we had lip products, Rebecca would apply our body cream to her chapped lips. Before we came out with facial care, I used our fragrance free hand cream on dry patches. I use fragrance free body oil on my eye lashes to keep them shiny and as a cuticle oil, too.
Can Seed products be used on the hair? Yes, absolutely!
Our friend, Tori, uses our Soft Balm on her hair and Susan, one of our valued customers, shares this about our Body Oil:
"You should really include in your summary that this wonderful product is also amazingly healing for dry, brittle and frizzy hair! It has made a remarkable difference where no other product has. Thank you for commitment for excellence!"
Let's take a look at why people keep sharing their love of Seed for helping improve the look and condition of their hair.
Today is Earth Day and here at Seed, we'd like to share five of our favorite ways to do your part for the environment.
1. Still have old lightbulbs? Make the switch to LED or compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs last, on average, up to 15 times longer and consume 1/5 to 1/3 of the electricity.
2. Eliminate junk mail. There are apps now that can actually help you reduce your carbon footprint. How? With these apps, you snap a photo of the junk mail you do not wish and it removes you from the mailing list.