Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is finishing blooiming here in the mountains of North Georgia. A native plant it is a naturally powerful ingredient in HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Toner   and Pore Clarifying Mask.

Origins

Witch hazel is native to the US and used by Native Americans to treat colds, eye infections, kidney problems, skin conditions, stings and wounds. Today it is widely known as an astringent and effective acne treatment.

In the Wild

The plant is interesting for numerous reasons. As one of the few plants to go to full bloom in fall and winter, it is one of the only food sources for insect life (flies, midges, beetles) that tolerates the cold, thereby holding a monopoly over wintertime pollination—an interesting ecological niche! Witch hazel’s seeding mechanism is very unique. The previous year’s seed capsules mature at the same time as its current year’s flowers, and quite often one can hear an audible popping sound as the seeds are forcefully ejected up to 25 out from the tree like bullets.

Animal Favorite

Witch hazel is also a major part of animal life. It often grows in dense thickets, providing cover for birds and small mammals. The seeds provide food for insects, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, as well as gray squirrels. Furthermore, ruffed grouse and white tailed deer feed upon the buds and flowers.

Skin Care Benefits

Witch hazel is amazingly beneficial to the skin. Its natural astringent properties make it a great tool against acne, regulating oil production and reducing inflammation. It also helps reduce puffiness and tighten skin, making it a great defense against under eye bags. Feeling oily or grimy? Witch hazel is a great skin refresher. It cleanses and purifies, calming the pores and soothing the skin while gently hydrating and restoring natural balance. Suffering from razor burns or sun burns? Try a little witch hazel to calm the area and soothe irritation. Want a product that conquers all of these concerns? Click here to discover HollyBeth Organics’ witch hazel based Marigold Toner.

Can Bergamot Oil Help Acne?

Can bergamot oil help acne? For those of us with blemish-prone skin, facial products containing oil tend to send us running in the opposite direction. My skin is already oily, and I don’t want to clog my pores with a greasy product.

Bergamot Dry Oil Combats Oily Skin

HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil is different. It is not heavy oil that sits on top of your skin. It is actually a dry oil, meaning it sinks directly into the skin to heal and balance from below the surface. This lightweight moisturizer is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores (and we all know clogged pores can lead to more pimples!).  A powerful combination of grape seed, jojoba, calendula, and bergamot oil help acne, heal scars, and cure minor skin irritations while gently moisturizing and balancing the skin.

Lightweight Moisturizer

Not only is Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil a great anti-acne defense, it is also a lightweight moisturizer. On clean, dry skin, gently massage a small amount on your face and neck (a little goes a long way). Your skin will be soothed and hydrated – it is the perfect daily moisturizer for normal to oily skin.

I have to admit, I was a skeptic myself when I first looked into using bergamot oil, but I gave it a try and found it to be one of the best solutions for my blemish-prone skin. I even use it at night to help prevent future breakouts! This stuff is liquid anti-acne gold.

Ode to Rose Geranium Toner

I am in love with HollyBeth Organics’ Rose Geranium Toner. In fact, it is one of my all-time favorite skin care products, and I won’t leave home without it. Looking for a great-smelling body mist? Need a toner to sooth your skin? Want to keep your makeup in place all day long? How about a rehydrating midday pick-me-up? This product does it all! Oh, Rose Geranium Toner, how I love thee, let me count the ways.

Great-Smelling Body Mist

Rose and geranium combine to create a rich, rosy smell that will make anyone feel like royalty. Get blanketed in luxury with each spray of this beautifully fragrant body mist. Just imagine standing under a waterfall of rose petals!

Soothing Toner

Keep your skin in check with this Rose Geranium Toner’s antiseptic properties of rose geranium hydrosol, nourishing rose oil, and anti-inflammatory helichrysum. This sooth-all skin solution calms and heals with each spray.

Makeup Setting Spray

Tired of your makeup running off your face by the end of the day? The last step of your morning routine should be a few sprays of the Rose Geranium Toner to set everything in place to keep your face game going strong.

Midday Refresher

Been running around all day? Just got off of a long flight? You know that icky, weighed-down feeling your skin gets when you have been going non-stop? A few sprays of the Rose Geranium Toner will rehydrate your skin and refresh your senses with a much-needed pick-me-up.

Seriously, this toner has earned a spot of honor in my makeup bag. Reward your skin (and your senses!) with this ultimate jack of all trades.

Nighttime Skin Care Routine: 3 Steps to Cleanse, Protect, & Nourish

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Improve Your Skin While You Sleep

Your nighttime skin care routine plays an important role in the condition of your skin. Those eight hours of sleep (well, maybe more like 5 – 8 hours depending on life’s busy schedule) are prime time for your body to relax, recuperate, and repair.  Help your skin to take advantage of your slumber with some pre-sleep face prep.

Wash Away the Day

I never go to bed without washing my face. My go-to nightly face wash is HollyBeth Organics’ Chamomile Foaming Cleanser. For normal to dry skin, this face wash beautifully cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture.  100% USDA certified organic, HollyBeth’s Chamomile Foaming Face Cleanser is made from the goodness of Mother Nature, meaning there are no chemicals or artificial ingredients that will linger behind on your skin. Skin is naturally cleansed, balanced, and prepped for the next step in my nighttime skin care routine.

Combat Irritation

With blemish-prone skin, I like a little extra insurance to protect me from future breakouts. HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil is my solution. A few drops applied to my freshly washed skin protect and repair from below the surface, maintaining the skin’s natural balance while combating irritation and acne. And because it is dry oil, there is no greasy film or heavy buildup. It sinks directly into the skin and won’t clog pores.

Nourish the Eye Area

The final step in my nighttime skin care routine is HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Cream. A fan favorite and best seller, HollyBeth’s Eye Cream hydrates, smoothes, and invigorates the eye area, allowing you to wake up refreshed and dark circle free. My husband and I won’t go to bed without it!

Cleanse, protect, and nourish while you sleep with a little extra help from HollyBeth Organics’ 100 % USDA certified skin care solutions.

Fighting the Signs of Aging

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Fighting the signs of aging seems to be a battle that will never end. Getting older is inevitable, which means wrinkles are, too.  I love the wisdom and experience I gain with each passing birthday – the fine lines and dulling skin, not so much. I’ve noticed it most in my eye area. I can’t get away with late nights and little sleep anymore unless I want to wake up with dark circles and huge bags under my eyes. Even with a good eight hour slumber, the dull area under my eyes reminds me that my skin is not as supple as it used to be. HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Serum to the rescue!

HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Serum

HollyBeth Organics’ highly concentrated Eye Serum is the cure-all for the aging eye area. Black cumin seed oil fades dark circles, while carrot seed oil brings dull skin back to life with the powers of Vitamin A and C. Camellia oil protects the delicate skin of the eye area from the damaging effects of the sun, while pomegranate seed oil delivers nourishing antioxidants that promote skin rejuvenation. This powerful serum packs one heck of a punch to the delicate eye area, soothing, hydrating, de-puffing, nourishing, and protecting while fading the signs of aging and brightening the skin.  Seriously, what more could you ask for? Use this miracle serum both day and night to combat the signs of aging to keep your eye are looking alive and your skin refreshed – and no one will be able to tell how many hours of sleep you didn’t get ;).

The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

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The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

Looking for the best organic face moisturizer? Look no further than HollyBeth Organics’ Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer. This nourishing blend of camellia, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils combine with antioxidant-packed Vitamin E to balance and protect your skin while antiseptic properties help reduce the signs of scars and aging. This velvety do-all is great for every skin type, even sensitive and rosacea-prone.

Fan Favorite

This silky face cream is one of HollyBeth Organics’ most popular products. Not only is our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer a customer favorite, it is also a must have face making tool for professional makeup artist Fiona Stiles, and even in the travel bag of actress Nikki Reed! Definitely the best organic face moisturizer in our book ;).

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer is available in a 2 oz. or sample size.

Organic Facial Cleansers

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So Many Facial Cleansers

Drug store shelves are full of many different facial cleansers, so how do you decide which one to try? Do you go for the exfoliating cleanser that clears your pores, should you try an acne-fighting face wash to combat breakouts, how about a hydrating cleanser that leaves your skin tingling? No matter what result a facial cleanser is promising, start by taking a look at the ingredients listed on the bottle and go for organic facial cleansers.

Pay Attention to Ingredients

A lot of those crazy words on the label are actually chemicals and alcohols, some of which can be very harmful to the skin – and even found in other household cleaning products. I don’t want to wash my face with the same chemicals used to deep clean bathroom tile! But what about “natural” face washes? Unfortunately, the term “natural” is not properly regulated and too easily utilized to sell an ideal. Once again, take a look at the ingredients to make sure you know what is going on your face.

Go Organic

Avoid unsavory chemicals and unrecognizable ingredients. Go for organic facial cleansers! Try products made with ingredients that come from plants, flowers, and trees, free of artificial ingredients and harmful chemicals. Keeping it simple will allow your skin to get back to its natural cycle, uninhibited by distracting chemicals that can throw off its balance. Bring your skin back to life!

Looking for a good organic cleanser? Try HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Foaming Cleanser (for normal to dry skin) or our Marigold Foaming Cleanser (for those of us with more oily skin). And remember, all of HollyBeth Organics’ products are 100% USDA certified organic, so we promise you will know exactly what you are putting on your skin.

How to Wash Your Face – Tips to Improve Your Skin Care Routine

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How to Wash Your Face

Washing my face has been an every-day part of my life since, well, forever. When I wake up and when I go to bed, my face gets a thorough cleansing. After reading Marie Claire’s article “This Is How You Should *Really* Be Washing Your Face”, I realized it was time to make a few changes to my routine.

Start with a Cleansing Oil

I have to admit, there are nights when even after I wash my face, I know I still have a little eye makeup or powder left over. Marie Claire explains that simply washing your face will not remove all of your makeup. Start by using a cleansing oil to remove makeup and excess lotion before you wash your face. I suggest HollyBeth Organics’ Cleansing Oil. This purifying blend of camellia and avocado oil combined with lavender and anti-oxidants lifts away excess dirt while soothing the skin.

You May Not Need to Wash Twice Daily

I’ve always been a wash twice daily kind of gal. Marie Claire suggests the number of times you wash your face should be based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, stick to once a day. Prone to oily skin? Morning and night may still be the way to go. Either way, pay attention to what your skin needs. Over-cleansing can strip your skin of moisture.

Oily Skin? Go for a Foaming Wash

I tend to have oily skin – which will help combat wrinkles in the future! But for now, it just makes me feel greasy. Marie Claire recommends using a foaming cleanser, for it leaves the skin feeling thoroughly cleansed without any left-over residue. HollyBeth Organics has an amazing Marigold Foaming Facial Cleanser that deep cleans and balances the skin while combating oil.

Change can be good – especially if it means balanced, radiant skin. Thanks for the great tips Marie Claire!

Read more of Marie Claire’s article “This Is How You Should *Really* Be Washing Your Face” for more skin-cleansing revelations, or check out HollyBeth Organics’ Facebook Page for this and other great skin care articles and information.