How to Pack Beauty? – Your Cosmetics’ Bag Travels with You

You may have planned your whole life carefully, but the best things happen spontaneously. For example, a holiday, a short trip of just a few days to a lovely resort, or a weekend getaway to nature. Holidays, wherever adventure winds may take you, require a degree of preparation, quick thinking, and anticipation. We are talking about something you would not do without on many of your trips – your personal cosmetic’s bag, which holds your whole life and much more. When travelling light, you can take only a minimal number of personal belongings, including cosmetics, so trying to pack the entire daily beauty routine into a tiny bag is a real headache.

What Exactly is in Our Cosmetics’ Bags?

We are all aware that everyday cosmetics and hygiene products are most worth buying in large quantities. This, however, means large bottles of products that are difficult to fit onto the bathroom shelf or in drawers. We will not even begin to talk about packing it all for your trip – one large bottle may find its place in your suitcase, but not five or even more products! Such reality shines a different light on a few things.

Firstly, we are used to having products for all occasions. Let's look at any bathroom or any cosmetic's bag. We will see many similar products, which formulas differ in one or two ingredients. Since we do not go too deep into what is written in small print, we often buy products that we don't really need. Still, the different name on the product's packaging indicates that we don't have it our arsenal of beauty yet. As we want to prepare for this war as best as possible, we usually buy everything we lay our eyes on.

Secondly, the world’s famous cosmetic brands thrive on such behaviour. You may have seen several products of the same line in the store more than once. For example, shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks are designed to work together and supposedly bring fabulous results. Producing different product lines is just a cheap marketing and product design trick that forces customers to buy more than they really need. It creates a sense of urgency and foreshadows the best results possible, which do not work great with our logical thinking.

To sum up – we have tones of unnecessary products in our cosmetic’s bags. We probably don’t even need to add that the more products we have, the harder it is to fit them in one cosmetic bag or say goodbye to them for at least a few days that you will spend away from home.

What Our Cosmetic’s Bags Actually Need?

Whether you’re at home or going on holiday, just like with clothes, we have stuff we don’t need at all and miss things that we don’t intentionally have with us at that time. To avoid this, we advise you to make a list of cosmetic and beauty products and consider what you are using. Eliminate whatever just collects dust on the shelf and is over its expiration date. We mostly have but do not use gifted cosmetics and beauty products, especially ones that require a lot of time daily to operate correctly.

During trips, just as after a hard day’s work, no one really wants to spend long hours in front of a mirror, so here wins a quick and convenient beauty and hygiene routine. It usually consists of basic yet essential things – hair, skin, oral care products, for example, shampoo, shower gel, various creams, toothpaste, and brush. We will not include multiple serums, ampoules, masks, or anything like that in this super shortlist because every ordinary person does not use them.

To prepare for all life adventures, just a few simple products are enough. To regain strength and maintain your beauty levels every day, you do not need to carry a few pounds worth of products everywhere you go. When travelling, it is not necessary to fit a lifetime of cosmetic products in one tiny cosmetic’s bag. However, probably every person has tried to do so without even using many things once.

How Can We Change Some Products?

Some things are simply irreplaceable, but you can discover an even better alternative to make your life and daily beauty routine easier by searching more closely. Although this is not yet a popular option, some brands sell their products in different forms. This means that you can buy two or even three different types of the same product in brands’ online stores, for example, liquid shampoo, spray shampoo, and hard shampoo. Even though the first two examples still reach consumers in bottles (glass, plastic, or metal), the third option is usually packaged in paper packaging. The hard shampoo is friendlier for the environment and takes up less space in our bathrooms and cosmetic bags. Moreover, hard shampoo usually lasts for a more extended period than liquid shampoo.

Another thing worth mentioning is products with universal purpose. While men can quite often find one bottle that will contain shampoo or shower gel and hair conditioner, women are often forced by manufacturers to buy a greater number of different products. It hurts our wallets and the environment, and it also requires a lot of space. Universal products like shampoo + conditioner or shower gel + body lotion helps to save space not only daily but also on trips.

How to Fit EVERYTHING?

Once you have decided what to take with you on the trip, it is time to try and fit everything in one tiny little cosmetic’s bag – and this is where the fun begins. Of course, it depends on the size of your cosmetic bag whether you will fit products to be your partners in crime on trips and adventures. At this point, we advise you to choose the optimal size cosmetic bag according to your travel style. You will probably be able to take more cosmetic products when travelling by car. On a plane with only hand luggage, you are guaranteed not to be able to do so; otherwise, you will only be restricting yourself. Don’t be afraid to buy a new cosmetic’s bag of a different size every few years because it is unnecessary to live a life with only one cosmetic bag.

Before buying a new cosmetic’s bag or just packing it for a trip, think about your beauty and hygiene need at that time. If you stay longer in one place, you may choose cosmetic bags with a zipper. On arrival at the place, you can conveniently unpack everything onto the cosmetics’ table. If you choose a more active holiday and spend every night at a different location or perhaps in nature, choose hanging cosmetic bags with clear compartments. You will always see all the necessary products immediately.

It is essential to responsibly plan the sizes of the cosmetics you take on your trip. We will not tell you the news if we mention that the size of one bottle of cosmetics cannot exceed 100 ml when travelling by place. Still, you will need even less product if travelling for just a couple days. No matter how we like it, travelling does not last forever, so it’s important not to overload ourselves with too many things, including cosmetics. It is always possible to buy samples as almost every popular product always offers a smaller, travelling-friendly version. Besides, the hotels themselves offer the most necessary cosmetics, which all guests find in their rooms and often take home with them. So, think about whether something is worth taking if you will be given it for free.

Another great way to save space in your beauty bag is to share hygiene products with your partner, roommate, or travel friend. Men’s shower gel is perfect for women and vice versa, so on the trip, you will need to take not two bottles of a specific product, but only one.

It is also convenient to be prepared in advance – pack your essential cosmetic bag and take it with you everywhere, keeping it in your car. This can often save you from the inconvenience of suddenly staying overnight with friends or going on a spontaneous holiday.

However, often you start planning your essential cosmetic bag, you may not even know where to start. We have thought of you and created products that help ensure order in your cosmetic bag and your daily routine. Recently we started selling three different bundles so that everyone can find the most suitable option for themselves. Very soon, this fun trio will grow as we are planning to release one more bundle. Let’s start by learning what we can offer you at this point.

The first bundle is for those just beginning their journey through this adventure-filled world of cannabinoids – it’s Beginner Bundle! We had put three excellent products in one convenient cosmetic bag – CBD Blueberry Gummies Full Spectrum, CBD Premium Skin Cream, and CBD Oil Drops Raw (5%)! Combining these products will help a person who doesn’t know anything about CBD to discover balance and harmony in three areas at once – mind, soul, and body, so why not try it today?

The second bundle is for those who are also seeking the full benefits of using cannabinoid products – it’s Wellness Bundle! In a comfortable and eco-friendly cosmetic bag, we put MULTI-Cannabinoids Paste, CBD Cooling Gel, and CBG Oil Drops Raw (10%)! This combination will help you always feel energetic and not lacking good emotions!

The third but certainly not the last bundle is for those already convinced of CBD benefits and want to try it for themselves – it’s CBD Trio Bundle! It is a set of our very first products, in which everyone will discover the most suitable concentration of CBD for themselves and their families. In a convenient cosmetic bag, you will find 5%, 10%, and 21% CBD Oil Drops Raw, which has now long been everyone’s favourite! Those who have not yet experienced this joy will be able to gradually discover the benefits of cannabinoids.

What will you put in your cosmetic bag?

Too long, didn’t read? Your cosmetic bag holds a lifetime and more, but what happens when you must go on a trip? Before packing items and especially cosmetics, think about what products you will absolutely need. Maybe you can do a few days without a body scrub or hair mask? We advise you to choose products as versatile as possible and packed in small packaging; take samples of your already loved products with you! For unexpected trips, always have prepared a cosmetic bag with your essentials.

Fighting Plastic Pollution - Save the Planet with Homemade Remedies

Various islands are just the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday spent lying on sandy beaches and drinking cocktails under a palm tree. However, that is not always the case. One specific island in the northern Pacific Ocean covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometres. Being three times the size of France, this island seems gigantic, and you now probably begin to think, why you have never heard of this island before… Well, it is technically not an island and is officially called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As the name states, this artificial island is made out of millions of tons of plastic and other marine debris floating at the water's surface, harming aquatic fauna and flora. 

Plastic packaging makes up most plastic waste found all around the world; however, most of the packaging can only be used once, so after having their job done, they go straight to the trash bin. This situation may seem fine considering how many people recycle their trash, yet the problem here is that sometimes it is just not possible to recycle some plastic waste. This group includes dirty plastic rubbish, various containers, and here the largest is played by personal and house care products. Bottled shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, washing liquids and other products are only needed as long as there is still some product left in the bottle. After that, we throw away the bottle and replace the product with the new one continuing this process for our entire lives. Thanks to each of us, millions of tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic rubbish end up in landfills and water during those decades.

This consumer habit is being tackled in various ways, and we have seen quite a few zero waste stores opening recently (we talked about zero waste several weeks ago). Still, they alone do not solve the problem. It is our responsibility to change habits – that is why today we invite you to make your own cosmetics, personal and home care products which fight plastic pollution! Made by one’s own hands, these products are all-natural, so they are much safer to use every day – you will not need to worry about products damaging your skin and flaring up allergies. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make natural products for a healthier tomorrow and cleaner future!

Face Mask Heaven - Cucumber and Lemon

Various face masks play a necessary part in our everyday skincare routine. However, the more product we are willing to use and buy, the more plastic trash we accumulate. Therefore, making your organic detoxicating mask at home once a week is a great way to help yourself by helping the planet in the first place.

Peel and crush one decent size cucumber into a puree, add five drops of lemon juice, and stir in one tablespoon of natural honey. Lastly, add several drops of essential oil of your choice (we prefer lavender) and mix until liquified. After preparation, pour the substance into a jar and store it in the fridge. Use within 4-5 days and mix well before each application! Apply the mask onto a clean face avoiding the eye area, leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and gently remove it using a wet cloth.

While it is a relatively easy homemade skincare recipe to make, mask’s ingredients have many powerful properties, all of which we can pack into one excellent organic and natural product. While cucumbers reduce swelling, puffiness and soothe irritation, lemon juice contains Vitamin C, which may reduce skin damage and has high pH levels, known to decrease skin’s oiliness. Honey is an excellent moisturizer and exfoliator, so all of those ingredients together make a mask we all swear by!

Gorgeous Hair Secret – Shea Butter and Coconut Oil

Shiny and long hair is possibly everyone’s dream to have, yet it is complicated and requires a lot of time to maintain that salon look. Besides, one has to buy a handful of different products to ensure their hair look fabulously, and this, of course, adds up to plenty of plastic waste. Due to this reason, there is no better way to tackle plastic waste than making a nice hair strengthening cream yourself!

Put a cup of shea butter into a bowl, add a little bit of coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and castor oil to the bowl so these three ingredients would make 1/8 of a cup. Carefully blend everything and pour the mixture into a jar and wait a bit for it to solidify. As you can use this amazing cream to both your hair and body, it may not long very last, so do not worry when the cream jar empties.

Quickly being one of our favourites, this cream gorgeously takes care of the hair by strengthening it and adding moisture. Shea butter is known for its non-greasy qualities, while coconut oil helps slow down the hair loss process. Hemp oil is perfect at its job of stimulating hair growth, and castor oil nourish the dry scalp. Mixing up all of these ingredients together, you can create a powerful hair-loving product right in your kitchen!

Breathtaking Smile Magic – Sage, Baking Soda, and Salt

Our smile is often considered our business card or nicest jewellery one can have, but sometimes it feels like a blinding white smile if something only the Hollywood elite can afford. Well, trips to the dentist are often led by huge bills, therefore, stopping people from taking care of their teeth. On the other hand, quality teeth care usually depends on our lifestyle and the products we use. However, the latter adds up to much unnecessary plastic waste, which we can also minimize using homemade teeth care products – toothpaste and mouthwash.

Mix a handful of sage leaves with a teaspoon of salt in around 100 ml of boiling water. Wait for the mixture to cool off and swish it in your mouth as you would usually do with regular, store-bought mouthwash. Another recipe everyone should try is grinding one teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of baking soda, one tablespoon of powdered orange peel, and two teaspoons of dried sage together. You can, of course, add a little bit of peppermint essential oil to achieve that pleasant fresh smell usual toothpaste has, but bear in mind that you will need to add a few drops of water to the mixture to achieve the same or similar texture.

While homemade toothpaste and mouthwash are remarkable for their eco-friendliness, there are several other upsides to making these products on your own. First of all, one can control the ingredients and customize the texture, flavour, and abrasiveness. Still, most importantly, one majorly reduces their plastic consumption and cut costs on the shopping bills. However, we advise you to check with your dentist before making and using homemade teeth care products as some recipes may not fit your needs. 

Sparkling Clean Shine – Vinegar and Rosemary

One’s home is one’s castle, which needs to be defended from wrongdoers and various germs and bacteria. Wanting to keep our house clean and smelling fresh, we use many chemical products, which, while doing their job, are far from being natural and sometimes are the complete opposite of a pleasant smell. Besides, most chemicals come in plastic packaging, which cannot be recycled due to the products’ nature. To kill those germs and also fight plastic pollution, we invite you to make an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner spray, which would soon become your favourite!

Combine one part of white vinegar with one part water into a spray bottle, add several lemon rinds and rosemary springs. Once you are done with the preparation process, let the mixture infuse for at least a week before using it for the first time to clean your home. 

This cleaner will quickly solve many different problems around the house and clean those nasty water stains, various smudges, and much more – you will be thankful for our advice! However, do not use this acidic cleaner around granite surfaces as the cleaner may etch the natural stone – you’ve been warned!

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Making organic homemade remedies and cosmetics has never been easier; besides, by caring for yourself, you also take care of the planet by reducing plastic pollution and eliminating single-use plastics from the market. On the other hand, we know how difficult it is sometimes to spare some time to make those natural products in the first place. In this case, of course, you will continue buying shampoos, conditioners, creams and other products in various shops or online. 

Due to this reason, you should consider doing a little research before making a decision and choosing sellers or brands which take care of the planet for you. Look for natural products, have not been tested on animals and are vegan; choose products whose packaging states using recycled materials. We also care for the planet and advocate for organic, eco-friendly cosmetics – try out our Rich Cream, Silk Balm or Cooling Gel and feel nature’s powers!

Hello? Sunshine is Calling – Come Outside!

Going outside and having more sunny days than before are associated precisely with spring. When greyish snowy clouds scatter, and the first flower blossoms show, you may know that you are about to spend a lot of time outdoors. Maybe you will be playing basketball with friends, riding your bike in the village, jogging in a park, walking a dog or quietly reading a book on a lakeshore – the spring is lovely for so many reasons that it would take too much time just to try and list them all. What unites these activities is fresh air and sunshine leading your every step and ensuring only the best emotions. However, every minute spent outdoors can be overshadowed by bright sun and heat. How can we prepare for it and face every adventure as bravely as could?

Some say they can sunbathe for hours and it would still not be enough, while for others, five minutes spent in the sun is already too much. Sunbathing, no matter how fun it may sound, is a very responsible activity because sun rays affect us and our skin even when the weather may look cloudy. To protect you from painful experiences, today we will talk about the sun and sunbathing's three significant problems – sunburn blisters, skin pigmentation, and heatstroke.

Why Little Sunburn Blisters Hurt So Much?

Rising temperatures mean more time spent in the fresh air and lighter and more comfortable clothing. Although winter or autumn clothing can also be comfortable, in the spring, we all enjoy wearing short-sleeved shirts; we start pulling dresses and skirts out of our closets and say goodbye to jackets and coats for at least half a year. No matter how much fun it is, this time also means that our skin will be more exposed to the sun, so the joyful moments outside can end up in unwanted tan lines, usually accompanied by painful sunburn blisters. 

Sunburns are pale-coloured blisters on the skin's surface that occur from a few hours to a day after sun exposure. Although it may not seem so scary, we start to feel pain around the burnt areas, which is difficult to bear after at least a day. We then struggle to find a comfortable position to sleep or sit; we experience pain while putting on clothing and having any other skin contact. After a while, the skin begins to peel off, and sunburns start to fade and heal. However, if the sunburn is more dangerous, it will be more painful – it means you will probably have watery blisters and bursting them can lead to an infection. In this situation, the healing process would be much more complicating, and there is a greater chance of having scars. 

It is essential to understand that sunburns are often accompanied by certain health complications – vomiting, pain, chills or fever, dizziness, and more. On the other hand, sunburns are relatively easy to prevent – more about this at the end of this blog!

How and Why our Skin Change Colour?

It is widely acceptable to distinguish people into several races by their skin colour. However, there are many different skin tones among more than seven billion humans – after all, even in cosmetic shops, we see many different tones to suit clients' needs. But now, let's ditch cosmetics and talk about something more serious. Intentional sunbathing and frequent visits to the solarium force our skin cells to produce more melanin – a natural skin pigment responsible for our eye and hair colours. Therefore, the more time we spend in the sun, the more melanin is produced and the more tanned we get. 

The overall process now seems quite simple; however, there are two different types of melanin. Eumelanin gives the skin so much wanted brown shade and tan, while pheomelanin production results in red burns and is far from what we would like. The oddities do not end here either, as after sunbathing, we can see different skin colour patches – pigmentation differences. One of the possible causes of skin pigmentation is the production of melanin, but in many cases, it can also mean the growth of bacteria, blood vessel changes, inflammation, etc. For this reason, it is essential to look at sunburns and skin discolouration responsible as more prominent and more noticeable pigmentation patches, for example, can mean a higher risk of getting cancer. 

We must mention that a change in body colour is more of a cosmetic thing than negatively affecting physical health, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

How Does the Sun Penetrate our Bodies and Heads?

Staying in the fresh air and engaging in various activities is fun until we start to feel the harmful effects of heat and sun. One of the most relevant problems and, sadly, one of the least understood by society is heatstroke. People of all ages can experience a heatstroke, while considered the most dangerous for children, the elderly and those with heart problems. Heatstroke happens due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, resulting in the body's inability to control its internal temperature. Elevated body temperature can lead to pain, dizziness, vomiting, disorientation, cramps, fainting and even a severe loss of consciousness. 

Heatstroke is not a simple problem like sunburns and blisters that can be solved on your own – once you feel the symptoms of a heat stroke, you should immediately end whatever you are doing and visit specialists. While it is quite a severe problem, it is relatively easy to recognize the upcoming threat and prevent it from happening. Symptoms of heatstroke include non-sweating despite high temperature, weaker and more dull breathing, muscles pain, etc. We have already mentioned that after having a heat stroke, the body is unable to control its internal temperature – due to that, our internal organs start to heat up and shut down. In general, not paying attention to the symptoms can be very painful and lead to complex and long-term health problems.

Nevertheless, it is pretty simple to avoid such things – one needs to drink more water, cover the head with a hat or a scarf, from time to time spend some time in shadows, and spend time outdoors when the sun is least active, in morning or afternoons. At noon the sun is at its highest point, so we feel the most extraordinary heat – we advise everyone to have a little siesta after eating lunch and plan activities in less sunny hours.

What's the Secret of Enjoying Sunshine?

From what we have told you today, it is easy to understand that the sun is both a positive and a negative thing. To enjoy its rays so that you do not regret it after, we must face it prepared. We already mentioned drinking loads of water and enjoying the sun in later hours, but in addition to all this, we need to take care of our skin as for it, the UV rays are the most damaging.

The skin needs to be taken care of before sunbathing, during, and after. Before spending time in the sun and wanting the most beautiful tan, dermatologists advise moisturizing the skin as much as possible because dehydrated skin is more exposed to UV rays. You may use creams and lotions to help restore and strengthen the protective layer of the skin. Secondly, you should exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells. However, it is important not to overdo it as the skin can become irritating – consult your cosmetician before the sunny season to have the most fantastic skincare products waiting to be used. What else can be done? You should include as much carotene and Vitamin E in your daily diet as you can eat. Choose orange vegetables and fruits, have carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins for lunch and mangoes for a healthy snack. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oil, almonds, nuts, so sun protection is essential and really tasty.

Diving into adventures sounds like a lot of fun as you are excited to know where they would take you. On the other hand, sunburns and blisters are the exact opposite, and although extreme, the pain can be unbearable. To have a beautiful tan and avoid blisters' formation, you need to expose yourself to the sun progressively. Therefore, few shorter sessions are better than one long. At the same time, dermatologists advise smearing the skin with a high protection level sunscreen, which will lessen harmful UV rays and guarantee an even tan. Do not forget - it is better to hide in shadows from time to time than to lie in the sun all the time.

To protect the skin after sunbathing, you need to use nourishing cream, body butter or lotion – our cream is perfect for that! It will cool the skin after heat, allow it to relax and restore moisture levels. Besides, the cold shower works as well as applying aloe vera gel! However, if safe sunbathing techniques have not worked as you wished them to and you have burns on your skin, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the treatment and use our balm to speed the healing process.

Spring and summer are great times for adventures, but like any of them, your need to be prepared and think before doing. Be aware of sunny dangers to avoid regretting your decisions later. Enjoy spending time in the sun!

New Year, New Skin – Leave Bad Skincare Routine in 2020!

New year, new life! - sounds like a perfect New Year’s resolution and, yet the chances to accomplish it are at all a time low. We now have been under quarantine restrictions for almost a year, thus our lives are limited within the scope of four walls. Of course, national lockdown does have some advantages – more time for us, and for the family, time for our hobbies and new things, new pets and new tasty home-made dishes, etc. On the other hand, we haven’t seen our friends eye-to-eye for a long time, we had to celebrate the biggest celebrations alone, and some people even lost their jobs due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The situation is far from perfect, and the worst thing that it does not come alone – it brought us depression, anxiety, and overall sadness… Forced closure changes not only our souls but also our appearance, and, sadly, our sensitive skin suffers the most. How can we improve our skin’s wellbeing and overall beauty? What methods work best to recover damaged and irritated skin?

Skin’s Secrets – Things You Did and Didn’t Know Before

Skin is no doubt the most exposed organ of our bodies – and the biggest as well! Around two square meters of flesh performs several functions: it protects us and our internal parts from physical threats, thus acting as an immunity shield; it regulates the internal temperature and cools the body by protecting it against overheating; it allows us to sense everything around us by containing a sizable network of nerve cells. Significant skin functions evolved so that humans – and animals – could fully function in an unpredictable world. Speaking of evolution, it did not spare our skin change - modern human predecessors are known to be covered in hair from head to toe. Now, enough though our whole skin surface is still covered with hairs, some are very tiny and almost invisible for a naked eye – hair eventually started to lose its heating need as the climate got warmer.

Despite the weather and climate conditions, each skin deserved proper care, and while there are several different skin types, their all have their traits and needs. For example, a normal skin type is the easiest to take care of as the skin is neither dry nor oily, and the surface is smooth. On the other hand, people with oily skin type are a few times more likely to get pimples and blackheads, thus needing special cleansers and toners to reduce skin’s greasiness. Dry skin is flaky, yet the pores are barely visible; however, this does not protect the skin from various irritations, and such skin type is often associated with redness and blushes. Combination skin type has both dry and oily skin types traits, so, usually, people with such skin type have to use numerous products every day to treat different skin areas. 

What My Skin Does and Doesn’t Like?

This question is easy and tricky to answer both at the same time. To make things more understandable, we should think of skin as a mirror, which exposes our good and bad habits – skin will lose its elasticity after years of smoking, and it will look younger when drinking loads of water and eating healthy foods. It may sound like skin kind of loves stability as it should eventually get used to the usual routine. However, any skin type hates things that last for too long, especially an unsuitable environment.

We intentionally first talked about the lockdown and being at home for long periods because dry indoor air, heating, and wintertime are skin’s worst enemies. Cold season suggests temperature fluctuations when it comes to outside and inside – our skin experience severe stress as a result and may show negative symptoms such as irritation, redness, dryness, or rash. Moreover, a cold period means warm yet dry premises – when surrounding air lacks humidity, skin starts to dry out as well; this usually leads to skin flaking, painful cracks, and chapped lips, various allergies. 

Besides, we tend to associate the pandemic lockdown with tiredness and laziness – for this reason, we do not want to do anything and abandon ourselves both internally and externally. At first, we are several times more likely to order fast-food than to cook ourselves, and this habit leads to consuming large amounts of calories and nowhere to use them. Worthless nutrients accumulate in our bodies and eventually penetrate the surface of the skin in a form of painful acne and blackheads. Secondly, with nowhere to go, we tend to spend our days in comfortable pyjamas without washing our hair and, of course, without taking proper care of our skin. Even though we encourage everyone to stay natural, it’s not great to leave our skin alone in the fight for its beauty. The abandonment of our usual skincare routines occurred around the same time last year, and such a long period of neglected skin can often be the cause of various rashes, allergies, irritation, etc.

How I Can Help My Lovely Skin Recover?

We would not surprise anyone by saying that the first thing that leads to nice skin is proper hydration – drink enough water regularly no matter it is a lockdown or not. One of the most obvious ways to treat dry skin is to cover it with a protective layer. Extra-rich face and body cream work really well:

We encourage you to try cream with full-spectrum CBD that is safe for all skin types, gently pampers skin, ensures its nutrition and revitalization, and provide excellent antioxidant protection! 

If you want something more than just a cream to help your skin recover from the lockdown and regain its beauty, try using air humidifiers and long-lasting masks. While the previous will help you maintain the optimal level of indoor humidity, the latter will help your skin absorb all the necessary materials and lock them inside of your skin ensuring the best possible result! Of course, you are more than just two square meters of skin – the lockdown is no reason to forget to take good care of your hair, nails, and, most importantly, the soul. Since there is a lot of free time left under quarantine conditions, spend it wisely: eat quality food and avoid sugary sweets (stay tuned for our newest product!), get regular sleep, if possible, take a walk outside in the fresh air, devote time to your hobbies and self-care. 

The skin needs to be cared for in various ways, yet the best way is to combine internal and external skincare. Since appearance is the best business card for each of us, skin also shows how you feel deep inside – make sure you feel amazing!

Newest Trend – Sustainable Fashion!


After a challenging summer, real fashion icons have returned to the cities to conquer its streets and hearts of passers-by: they wear eye-catching accessories and never miss the latest fashion trends. They not afraid to visit second-hand clothing shops and to wide open the closets of mothers and grandmas. The secret of their success and wonderful appearance does not depend on the widest smiles or salon-like hair: their real talent is a sense of style and ability to match unmatchable clothing items together. Modern fashion icons care not only about the breathtaking image but also about the environment: as 13 million tons of textile waste is dumped in landfills every year, sustainable fashion is becoming the major highlight of any clothing combination.

What’s wrong with fast fashion?

Fast fashion is a term used to describe fashion retailers capturing current fashion trends and filling clothing stores with fashionable items similar to the ones seen at Fashion Week. Even if it allows people from all around the world to quickly adopt their wardrobes to fit ongoing trends, fast fashion has more cons rather than pros.

The current fashion industry is built on several different collections presented throughout the year, and millions of people buying at least one new item every season. The sales increase several times a year when prices are chopped massively to empty shopping racks for new items. As low prices lure customers, they are also forced to come back to the same clothing shopping centres over and over again due to fast fashion items also being fast to wear out and rip apart.

For this, you may say thank you to fashion retailers who only care about lowering the manufacturing cost and increasing revenue. This goal is achieved in several ways: firstly, fashion companies use cheaper textiles and sewing materials; secondly, they pay suppliers very small amounts of money for the materials received. Here fast fashion’s problems do not end: the majority of retailers sew their clothes in Asian countries – in factories where children work long hours and get only pennies.

Fast fashion is dependent on acquiring materials as cheaply as possible. As it can take as much as 2 700 litres of water to produce enough cotton material to make a single t-shirt, retailers often choose fake versions of expensive textiles and suppliers, which are known for using harmful chemicals. Of course, some well-known high street fashion shops offer their customers items made from eco-friendly materials and manufactured responsibly. However, these kinds of items are more expensive, from special collections only, and they make up only a small part of all clothes.

Fashion sustainability and us

Sustainable fashion is a social movement encouraging both customers and retailers to transform their habits and businesses towards a greater goal – ecological integrity and environmental awareness. Even though the term sustainable fashion itself concerns clothing as such, it actually has two meanings, including responsible use of already existing clothing items to prevent them from being dumped in landfills and sustainable production of new things to conserve nature and natural resources.

Responsible wearing does not mean being extremely careful not to ruin your clothes with dirt. It stands for choosing second-handed items rather than buying new ones and giving up beloved but not fitting or boring things by handing them over to new people rather than dumping them. Considering the fact that fashion trends come around once every few decades, second-hand clothing shops are a real gold mine, where vigilant buyers may find a designer or never worn items for extremely low prices. There are a few innovative ways allowing customers easier to transfer, donate, or sell their clothing items, which are still in a good shape. Responsible fashion not only saves money but also reduces one’s carbon footprint.

When old clothing items are too worn out and no longer suitable for wearing, some types of materials can be recycled back into clothing fibres, thus, being returned back into stores as new clothing items. As it saves resources, there are plenty of ways and materials, which can be used to produce more sustainable, society, and nature-friendly clothes.

 Hemp clothing is conquering the industry of sustainable fashion as it requires little water to grow and is resistant to most pests and diseases. Hemp’s advantages do not end here as other parts of the hemp plant also have a use; for example, seeds are often processed into oil and praised for its health increasing abilities. Hemp material itself is not only sustainable and versatile but durable and long-lasting; clothes are comfortable to wear, do not cause allergic reactions to the touching skin, and are easily washable.

Why being sustainable is the new black?

With each year, the number of sustainable clothes in stores increases prompting the growing demand: knowing that high fashion houses are fashion trendsetters, they welcome and adapt the sustainability approach influencing high street retailers and people to do the same.

Most popular brands advocate not only for inclusivity and ethnic diversity but also for high fashion sustainability as Paris, Milan, and New York fashion weeks’ catwalks are driven by themes of consumerism, ecology, and global warming. For example, one American fashion designer ensures the sustainability of her clothes by keeper her production small – the physical journey from sketch to garment does not exceed 20 kilometres radius. Other designers ensure they use responsibly sourced and recycled materials, create small runs of each collection to fight against fast fashion, or hires locals to help with the manufacturing process and reduces unemployment. Soon from catwalks, sustainable fashion ideas reach our homes and wardrobes: we gladly buy items that do not harm our planet and contribute to nature’s preservation. Of course, selling such clothes adds up to the brand’s reliability and popularity - as every little help matters, sustainability becomes more and more fashionable.

As a sustainable approach encourages consumers to say that ‘less is more’, capsule wardrobes are the number one thing any person should be doing to actually live by those words; this method allows people to wear different styles by combining basic clothing items. Such an approach should not mean wearing only boring and earthy-colours as sustainable fashion includes using natural dyes and improving the overall look by putting on long-lasting accessories. Also, responsible clothing does not mean wearing thin fabrics processed as little as possible - technologies let manufacturers create thicker fabrics suitable for colder climates, hemp material being one of them.

Sustainable thinking takes over our thoughts and lives – as it saves the planet, it also saves us. We must reduce the amount of textile being dumped, reuse still wearable items, and recycle one’s that are not suitable for wearing. As the popularity of hemp clothing is only growing, it is nice to be your own trendsetter and choose responsibly – we will soon offer quality hemp clothing to suit your body and your needs, so be patient and friendly to nature!

The Organic side of Mask

We all wear masks. On many different occasions, for various situations and while talking to plenty of different people. We wear masks always and so often it almost feels natural and invisible even for ourselves.

You might be wondering why this week’s blog is named ‘The Organic side of a Mask’ as it is funny how ironic can sound such phrase. No matter the unreliable and cheeky part, - what we will share with you today is a proof that even a mask can be organic

My mother always says:

“You cannot put on your skin something that you wouldn’t eat!’’ 

 And she’s right... There are hundreds of ways we use face masks: in a sheet form; as a splash; even as a clay, and most of them are not that helpful for our skin, keeping in mind that in multiple cosmetic products we can find most ‘interesting’ ingredients that can be eventually harmful for us (if you’d like to get more knowledge about it, check up our previous Blog post).   

 Here we have the best 12 collected ‘recipes’ of purely organic face masks, suitable for all types of skin. Some of them might be surprising by their ingredients, but believe us, - it makes wonders. The best part is that these masks don’t have more than 4 ingredients in it, (including the CBD Oil itself among them); it is organic, enormously healthy, and you can simply make them at home without much of an endeavour and expenses. You only need to look as far as your kitchen! 

 

Banana facial mask 

Bananas are fully packed with vitamins that become great reason for getting a perfect skin: vitamin A helps to fade dark spots and blemishes; vitamin B, softens skin and helps to reduce dryness; vitamin E reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and potassium fully moisturized and hydrates our skin to the maximum. This full-pack of Vitamins makes banana fruit a skin God!   

The recipe:  

Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. 

 For variety, mix 1/4 cup plain yoghurt, add 2 tablespoons honey (a natural acne remedy), 5-6 drops of CBD Oil, and one medium banana.   

Oatmeal facial mask 

If you're looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial treatment! 

Combine 1/2 cup hot water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one small egg white.  

Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.  

Mayonnaise facial mask 

“Well, that’s the weird one!” you might think. But think twice and give it a chance! Why to spend money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself with a soothing whole-egg mayonnaise mask? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water.  

As you can imagine, this mask is the best for someone with a really dry skin! Believe us, your face will feel smooth and cleaner than ever! Don’t forget to add couple of CBD drops for a variety, if you’d like! 

Lemon facial mask 

Lemons contain AHAs and BHAs, two types of hydroxy acid that remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration.  

Create a homemade face mask by mixing the juice from one lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil or sweet almond oil, and 6-8 CBD Oil drops. Or mix the juice of 1/2 lemon with a tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face, wait 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.  

Egg facial mask 

For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added.  

For normal skin, use the entire egg! Apply the mixed egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. 

Avocado facial mask 

The benefits of topical application and consumption of green and yellow vegetables and fruits have been established by now. Avocado is rich in antioxidants like B-carotene, lecithin, and linoleic acid that nourish dehydrated, flaky, and chapped skin. Avocado is enriched with vitamin A, fatty acids, and antioxidants that make your skin soft and smooth and repair the damage caused by free radicals and pollution.  Honey is known for imparting a natural glow to your skin and reducing the effect of dark spots, scars, and pigmentation. So, while one ingredient smoothens your skin, the other brightens it and adds radiance. 

Scoop out the avocado into a bowl, mash it into a smooth paste and add 2 tablespoons of honey to this paste; add 5-6 drops of CBD Oil to give it even more smooth, lighter texture and a better result for your skin. Then mix it all very well.  

Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes or until it dries up completely. Rinse your face with cold water and pat it dry with a towel. 

Honey facial mask 

Honey makes one of the best DIY face masks to combat acne because it’s a natural hydroscopic, which means it helps draw moisture out from the environments where bacteria can accumulate. It can also help tighten your pores and keep them clean! 

For this homemade face mask, start with: 

 2/3 cup of instant oats and heat them in 1/2 cup of hot water for about five minutes until the mixture thickens.  

While you're waiting, toss half a cored apple into a blender with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg white. Blend it for 45 seconds, then add the heated oatmeal mixture. Blend it for another 20 seconds. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes for maximum nourishment. 

Here it is! All the easiest yet organic and extremely healthy recipes to make at home. Please do choose any of the most ‘delicious’ sounding like and try it at home! Remember, every recipe can be slightly varied, - don’t be afraid to use your imagination and improvise, if needed!  

Yours, 

Biomedicanna Team  

It's time for ECO!

Today is a great day, just as many others. But it’s a special day because we present a topic that’s a big interest for many of us, - cosmetics! For you and only, let us tell you a wee history, followed up by research and our observations…

 So, cosmetics. It has become a necessity and a big part of our daily routines for most of us, but it is not a modern invention, nevertheless! Humans have used various substances to alter their appearance or accentuate their features for at least 10,000 years, and possibly a lot longer. 

Women in Ancient Egypt used kohl, a substance containing powdered galena (lead sulphide—PbS) to darken their eyelids, and Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk to whiten and soften her skin...

 By 3000 B.C men and women in China had begun to stain their fingernails with colours according to their social class, while Greek women used poisonous lead carbonate (PbCO3) to achieve a pale complexion. Clays were ground into pastes for cosmetic use in traditional African societies and indigenous Australians still use a wide range of crushed rocks and minerals to create body paint for ceremonies and initiations.

Today, cosmetics are a big business. We use cosmetics to cleanse, perfume, protect and change the appearance of our bodies or to alter its odours. The market has bloomed to such an extent that not only are there different cosmetics for every part of the body, - there are different ones for different seasons too!

But before makeup is marketed to us, it is tested on animals. Do you ever wonder why is it so? Because the cosmetics we trust to make us beautiful are full of so many harmful chemicals. And despite that it makes us look good temporarily, in the end they are going to leave an ugly effect. Here are some of the most common side effects of the cosmetics that you apply without a second thought:

Dries our skin / makes it oily

Some foundations and powders tend to dry out your skin and make it look flaky and ashen. Such cosmetics can also cause cracks and fine wrinkles in your skin, which could cause infections to develop.

It ages our skin quicker                                 

The chemicals used in makeup contribute to the ageing of your skin because they dry out the natural oils and essential vitamins and minerals present in human skin. This causes your skin to lose its natural moisture and texture, and it starts to develop wrinkles and dry patches. Prolonged usage of makeup will make your skin look older than it is. And since it is almost impossible to get the youthful glow back, cosmetics marketers are launching products that help counter the effect of aging that has been cause by them.

It provokes allergies

Cosmetics such as deodorants and antiperspirants contain alcohol and can cause redness and irritation and itching which may eventually lead to pigmentation of skin. They also block your sweat glands and can lead to conditions like contact dermatitis and allergies. From rashes to inflammation, the wrong kind of cosmetic that is not compatible with your skin type can have a deep - rooted impact on your skin.

 Can cause cancer

The most threatening side effects of excessive use of cosmetics is skin cancer. Lipstick contains aluminum which may cause long term anemia and even glucose intolerance. Many products contain chemicals like zinc oxide and barium sulphate which are toxic and can result in organ failure, especially that of the kidney and liver. Cosmetics like body moisturizers can disturb the thyroid content of the body. Parabens, a preservative used heavily in cosmetics has been linked to causes of cancer.

What means organic?         

While most cosmetics are effective almost instantly, we can see that they are damaging in the ‘long run’. That’s our hint to better look for organic products full of natural remedies. Nevertheless, when natural can mean, “we use some natural ingredients,” and cruelty-free can mean “we still test our products on animals in China,” we have to know how to read a label, more now than ever.

One of the biggest misconceptions is the idea of natural versus organic and that they are interchangeable labels. A product can be natural and organic, but not all natural products are organic, or even 100 percent natural.

If the product is organic, that means it is made of 95 percent or more of organic ingredients derived from plant sources. All of ingredients were grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes, or petroleum-based fertilizers, which could be toxic to the environment.  Natural products are simply derived from natural sources without added synthetic compounds.

What are the benefits?

Everything Will Smell Better                                      

When ingredients are natural and organic, everything is naturally-scented. Your rose cream is made from real rose water and your essential oils are from the real plant, never an imitation. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to notice the difference between an imitation and a natural fragrance, and you’ll never want to switch back.

Your skin will be softer

Did you know that many drugstore and luxury brands add drying agents to products such as moisturizers, lip balm, and conditioner? If you actually want your products to moisturize, make sure they say “sulfate-free.”

Your skin might clear up

The reason this is a “might” is because everyone’s tolerance varies for different ingredients, both natural and unnatural. You might break out using only toxic makeup and switching to organic makeup might be your cure.

It’s better for your wallet (in the long run)

Anybody who’s ever switched from drugstore skin care to natural and organic skincare might be laughing out loud at the fact that the switch could be good for your wallet, but there is merit to this statement! The average consumer buys products from a variety of brands with prices that vary from a few euros to a couple hundred euros. If you replace your luxury, designer, or even spa brands with natural and organic brands, you are very likely to spend much less. Plus you may find that switching to organic and natural products improves your skin and simplifies your routine, meaning less money spent on other products as a ‘compensation’!

To summarize, yes, most cosmetics have their own unique way to make you feel or look good. But temporarily! Choosing organic (really, organic) products has a much more useful and rich purpose in the long run. If you are looking for a product to buy, think twice before you do it, and make sure you really need it. In case you are wondering of where to get a high quality, very well taken care of and preserved cosmetics, check our products. In our company, we use only all - natural and organic remedies to make sure no product has any unneeded ingredient just to make it look like it's better ‘coloured’ or scented. Please, take care of your health and let us help you!

Yours,

Biomedicanna

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