Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Skingredients: Annie’s Citrus Butternut Squash & Kale Salad

If I’m honest, I’ve never really been a breakfast person. Breakfast always seemed like the “forced meal.” I never felt hungry upon waking. I was more of an 11 AM or noon kinda girl. And by then, I was in the mood for Greek salads and sandwiches vs. omelettes and croissants. As a result, I took lunch VERY seriously. With more hours to prep my first meal (where breakfast always felt rushed and always ended up “on-the go”), I recently realized that I love taking the time putting together fresh, savory ingredients that not only fill, but fulfill. Without further adieu, I’ve got one favorite lunch-time recipe, designed to make you glow from the inside out. I introduce the easiest salad in all the land: Citrus Butternut Kale. Let’s go!

 

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If you’re like me, hearing “Butternut Kale Salad with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil” makes you salivate. In my eyes, there isn’t a more glow-worthy salad that’s easier to make. You can make this with Purple or Green Kale; I chose green because it bounces off the yellow Butternut Squash beautifully. All you need is:

 

2 cups Kale

2 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup Cooked Butternut Squash

Optional Add-Ins: Chopped Up Almonds/Shaved Coconut/Shaved Parmesan

 

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Mix everything in a medium sized bowl (or glass tupperware if bringing to work) and toss lightly. Crunchy, juicy, and detoxifying on every level. The Butternut Squash from the inside out, thanks to its rich supply of pH-balancing and skin-cell-turnover-boosting vitamin A. The nutrient helps keep your skin’s pH on the acidic side (just enough to keep bacteria at bay) and promotes cell turnover, so your skin doesn’t become dry, rough, and scaly. As if that weren’t enough, winter squash also gives you sunburn-protective and wrinkle-fighting beta carotene and vitamin C.

 

 

And if you’ve been living on Plane Earth for the last few years, you’ve probably heard that Kale is a power-nutrient packed full of skin-boosters. Kale is a rich source of vitamin K. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face. Plus, the sulfur content in kale aids in reducing redness and flakiness, while keeping circulation healthy, and helps to remove toxins from our bodies. Throw in lemon juice (to cleanse and detox) and olive oil (to alkaline and lubricate muscles) and you’ve got one serious skin-fully sweet salad. And of course, feel free to throw in any of the above add-ins to add more flavor. Either way, enjoy every bite knowing you’re crunching into something good and good for you!

 

Bon Appetit, beauty birds!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Clary Sage Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, Chinese Clary Sage was a no-brainer.  Clary Sage Oil can boost self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression. Do you need to calm down? Do you want to concentrate? Or do you simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep? Clary Sage oil can help you with all of these. It reduces inflammations and has an undeniably calming effect. People suffering from chronic stress or anxiety disorders find great comfort in the use of Clary Sage essential oil. Topically, it is known for balancing oils in the skin, so that you look supple and youthful. It relaxes wrinkles and plumps out paper-thin skin.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #ClaryGal!

 

Dry Skin

Sagging Skin

Los of Firmness 

Loss of Elasticity

Sallow and Tired

 

When used morning and night, our Clary Sage Oil works immediately to moisturize, firm, and plump. Skin is left looking tight, youthful, and hydrated from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s skin-perfecting nature.

 

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Clary Sage is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

 

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Geranium Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, Egyptian Geranium was first on our list.  When used by itself, geranium oil is unbelievable in treating acne, eczema, cellulite, stretch marks, scarring and dry skin. For acne sufferers, geranium oil has been shown to decrease sebum production and return the skin to a normal balance, while its wound-healing properties clear the skin of blemishes and acne scars and boost radiance. A few drops diluted in a shampoo help alleviate scalp dryness and a drop or two applied directly to a cold sore can speed up healing. You can see why there was no better infusion for our combination skin types.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #GeraniumGal!

 

Combination Skin (Dry in places, Oily in places)

Dull and Tired

Acne Scars

Sun Spots (Or Melasma)

Congested

 

When used morning and night, our Geranium Oil works immediately to balance, decongest, and brighten. Skin is left looking diffused, clear and poreless from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s skin-perfecting nature.

 

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Geranium is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Lavender Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, there was no question that French Lavender had to be in the picture. The health benefits of Organic lavender oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. It is the “Jane of all Trades,” helping to alleviate skin numerous skin woes.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #LavenderGal!

 

 Redness

Acne

Overproduction of Oil

Eczema, Rosacea, or Psoriasis

Blackheads

 

When used morning and night, our Lavender Oil works immediately to calm, heal, and and nurture. Skin is left looking calm, clear and healed from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s fast-healing nature.

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Lavender is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Skingredients: Eye+

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Ever since our new eye cream launched on Tuesday, all we’ve been hearing is, “What kinda magic is in this jar?!” Instead of throwing out a bunch of ingredient names, we decided to go one step further and let you know WHY they work. We know there are a lot of eye creams, serums, oils and treatments to choose from, which is why we spent the last year researching countless ingredient combinations. You want the best. You deserve the best. So, let’s get to it! Here’s a look at which seven power-ingredients are leaving you de-puffed, de-stressed, brightened, and tightened:

 

Hyaluronic Acid – Need we say anymore? Have you ever seen a dry sponge after you spray it with water? It puffs up, thickens, and plumps. This is exactly what Hyaluronic Acid does to the skin. Bye bye lines and creases!

 

Oligopeptides – Clusters of amino acids is what makes up oligo (meaning, several) peptide chains. Not only do they stimulate the deeper, matrix layers of the skin, but they also increase overall collagen production & help the skin to heal wounds faster. Yes please!

 

Cucumber – Follow along. Put a slice of cucumber on each of your eyes. Lie down. Now, give it a minute. What do you feel? Tingling? Does it almost feel like your eyeballs are being sucked out of their socket? YEP. The enzymes in cucumbers de-puff under eye bags within minutes. Keep it in the fridge and watch how the cucumber activates even more.

 

Aloe – Nature’s little healer! Not only does aloe calm and nurture, but it also aids in smoothing and silkening the skin. If you notice your under-eye area is softer, you can thank the Aloe for that!

 

Licorice – It’s all about the Galbridin! The galbridin compound in licorice is what helps to fade dark circles and brighten the skin from within. It works by inhibiting melanin (the cells that gives our skin pigment, yep, even dark circles and dark spots) and produces a whitening of the skin. It was also found to have sunscreen properties that help protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Go licorice!

 

Gingko Biloba – Ginkgo Biloba, how much do we love thee! This polyphenol-rich antioxidant has been found to improve the skin’s protection from UVB rays and improve the production of collagen, which helps to keep the skin firm and youthful. Did someone say YOUTH? Nothing wrong with that.

 

And finally…

 

Periwinkle – Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is listed last. Periwinkle is a STAR ingredient, known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Late night or long flight? Periwinkle will help awaken, de-puff, and de-stress. Anything that fights stress is a friend of ours.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Skingredients: Red and Black Currant

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As you may have already noticed, aromatherapy plays a huge role in all of our products. Flowers, herbs and scents have the power to calm our minds or alert our senses. For this holiday season, we’ve created two candles that will do both! Red & Black Currants mix together in our Radiance candle to exude an earthy, citrusy, and fresh scent!  This candle is perfect for stimulating the senses with its tart and tangy undertones. It sets the tone for productivity, accomplishment and multi-tasking. We like to light this candle early in the day because its invigorating aroma gets us moving towards life’s many adventures. Just light and be immediately get the started with gusto and optimism….

 

Start the day with our Red & Black Currant Radiance candle HERE!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skingredients: Peppermint Oil

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Right now we are giving away a Sweet Mint lip balm with every $100 purchase on SkinOwl.com! This limited edition balm is made with plumping peppermint oil, which does wonders for your lips! This oil is comprised of vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. That’s a lot of goodness helping to nourish, plump, and heal your lush lips! Plus, peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic and can keep blemishes at bay. Our favorite part? We love the smooth, cooling effect that is has as we smooth some Sweet Mint lip balm on to our lips, and we can’t get enough of the dewy finish.

 

Pop over to SkinOwl.com to get your free gift of Sweet Mint lip balm with your purchase of $100 or more! Enjoy!