Is it the End of the Bedhead?

The Goodnight Co Silk Pillowcase

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We spend a third of our lives in bed.  We all know the best way to sleep to prevent wrinkles is on our backs, but, honestly, unless you are heavily medicated, who can sleep that way all night long without moving?

We spend so much on skin care products, but did you know that a silk pillowcase can be skin care as well?  I purchased this pillowcase for multiple reasons. I have what is classified as “mature”, dry skin, so I will take any help I can in that department.  Also, I do a lot of tossing and turning at night.  I have a husband that snores and I have low back issues that can cause numbness in one of my legs if I lie on it too long.  I have one child that has nightmares and night terrors.  When I do fall into a deep sleep, it is almost always on my right side.  I have the permanent creases to prove it!  With all that tossing and turning, I wake up with some pretty crazy hair.  I usually do kid drop off before I have my morning shower.  Sometimes, even before I brush my teeth, but hey, we can keep that our little secret.  Both of them have drop off really close to my house and I don’t have to get out of the car, so it isn’t that big of a deal.  Hey, don’t judge me!  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to drop my kids off at school without looking like a crazy person.

So, why use a silk pillowcases? Silk is less absorbent than cotton so it helps your skin maintain moisture.  So when you put that very expensive serum on your face before bed, wouldn’t it be better if it actually stayed on your skin rather than absorbed into your pillow case?

Silk is an entirely natural fabric, therefore, it is hypoallergenic and breathable. This allows it to adjust to ambient temperatures so it is cooler in warmer months and warmer in the winter.   It is smoother than cotton, so your skin glides over the pillowcase and you don’t get friction while you are sleeping.  This helps with wrinkles and creases in your skin.  This applies to your hair as well.  Your hair glides over the fabric and you have less chance of breakage.

The Goodnight Co silk pillowcase is made from the best silk, 100% long strand Mulberry silk.  Mulbery silk produces a longer and more durable thread.  The silkworms are fed a diet exclusively of mulberry leaves.

I have a 100% organic cotton mattress and I have slept on nothing but organic cotton sheets for many years now.  I have an essential oil diffuser on my bedside table.  I thought I was doing everything I could to maximize my bedtime routine.

After using this pillow for a few nights, it was wash day.  My skin was feeling really good, but was it my Vintner’s Daughter or was it the pillowcase?  I thought, no big deal, I can go back to my regular pillowcase until the next sheet wash day.  One minute back on that cotton pillowcase and I was miserable!  How did I tolerate all this friction for so long?  I felt like my pillowcase was made out of sandpaper!  Never again would I go without a silk pillowcase!  Truth be told, I would love to be ensconced in silk…pillowcase, sheets, duvet, pajamas!

Sadly, I will have to stick with just a pillowcase (or 2) for now.  Now about the hair part….

I still wake up with bedhead every morning.  This pillowcase has done nothing to help that part of my sleep time, but my skin feels great and I don’t get creases in my face.  I have never been one to forgo washing my hair for days after a blow out, so I can live with crazy hair in the morning.

I wish I had known about the benefits of silk pillowcases years ago!

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DePuffed By an Owl – Skin Owl

Skin Owl Eye+

I have terrible allergies.  I am allergic to dogs and look who lives with me…

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I also have a husband that snores and a 6-year-old who is an insomniac.

No photo of them.  They refused to be exploited for the purpose of this post.

My eyes are always puffy and I am always tired.  Some mornings I look at myself in the mirror and think, you cannot go anywhere looking this way.  The Walking Dead comes to mind.

Enter Skin Owls Eye +.  I consider this my little miracle in a jar. Continue reading “DePuffed By an Owl – Skin Owl”

Stop the Madness

Vintner’s Daughter – The Holy Grail

First it was double cleansing.  Now it is triple cleansing.  There is double masking and double misting.  We cleanse, we mist, we apply serum, then moisturizer. Where does it end?

Please stop the madness!

Hey, I am all for self-care.  One look at my bathroom, loaded with products, will confirm that, but sometimes I just want, no…….I NEED simple, but effective.

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Suddenly, everyone was talking about Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.  It was  all over the internet as the only face oil you need….the holy grail.  Every review I found was positive.   Can it really be that good?  Then I saw the price tag.  Well, cult status or not, I wasn’t going to pay $185 for one bottle of face serum.  Add that to the cost of my double moisturizing and double masking, it was just too much!

Well, fast forward to the holiday season…who was I kidding?  I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

My husband gave me my first bottle of Vintner’s Daughter for Christmas.  I used it that night and the moment I put those bright yellow drops in the palm of my hand and took a whiff, I knew that it was something special.  Smell is very personal, so I can only tell you that I find the scent heavenly.  It reminds me of the Tata Harper Elixir Vitae scent.

It comes with a little instruction card that tells you how to apply it.  It is a push/press method.  You put the drops in your palm, rub your hands together and gently press and push it into your skin.  This seems silly and ridiculous at first, but it only takes about 30 seconds and when you think about the price tag, you realize that doing this allows the product to quickly absorb into your skin and not end up on your pillow case.  I want every drop absorbed into my skin!

Why is it so expensive?  Is it just hype?  This serum is the only product that Vintner’s Daughter makes.  It contains 22 ingredients that are all natural, organic or wildcrafted.  They are carefully sourced, harvested and extracted to work synergistically to brighten, decrease inflammation, plump and hydrate the skin.  Even the violet Miron glass bottle it comes in was chosen to only allow beneficial sunlight to help activate some of the ingredients yet protect and increase the potency and lifespan of others.

I have found that when I use this regularly, I don’t need anything else and it makes my skin feel and look amazing.  If you add up the price of all the products you use on a daily basis and think about this… You can use it as your serum, oil, moisturizer and eye cream.  One product does it all!  You can check it out here.

Is it expensive?  Absolutely!  Is it worth it?  Every cent!  Will I stop buying and  trying other products?  No way, I am a collecor, after all!  But…

 I am on my second bottle.

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What Excuse Are You Making to Keep From Switching to Green Beauty?

Is Green Beauty too Expensive for You?

Sometimes I feel like I am banging my head against the wall.  I am so passionate about green beauty and removing toxins from my life and trying to educate others, but when you can’t even convince your own family, how can you move forward?

My mother recently came for a visit.  Sorry mom, but I have to share this story! I looked at her makeup bag and it was filled with Lancôme and Chanel products.  Really?  My own mother!  The comment I hear continuously from friends and family is “I can’t afford all those products you buy!”  And,  that is exactly what my mother said to me.

Yes, I have some expensive products (I will not apologize for my Vintner’s Daughter face serum, it is the holy grail), but I also have many products that are equal in price or lower than their toxic, conventional counterpart.

Continue reading “What Excuse Are You Making to Keep From Switching to Green Beauty?”