Hello lovelies! Welcome to the Gemstone Organic Blog. We are here to share our insight on skincare, holistic living, and beyond.
Our skincare is RAW for a reason! A lot of reasons actually. So besides being 100% organic and food-grade, we don't use any preservatives in our products. It's made fresh and raw and deliciously ready for your skin to enjoy. Check out this new video for some insight to why we choose to stay raw and what that means for your body & skin.
Being loving, encouraging and supportive of another person usually comes as second nature. We see our love lift them up when they are down and it makes them happier and optimistic about life. And when these people make mistakes we can forgive them. But how many of us forgive ourselves just as easily? Not enough. We tend to hold grudges against ourselves and judge ourselves so harshly that we are stopped in our tracks and paralyzed by our mistakes. This lack of self-love leaves us feeling drained and discouraged, keeping us from succeeding on our journeys to a fulfilling life. If we work at it we can reverse these limiting beliefs. We can retrain ourselves by practicing simple steps towards more self-love. Start with these three easy tips:
Have you ever given yourself a hug? It might sound silly but I fully encourage you to try it right now. It feels good to receive love, especially from ourselves. If you’re working hard and looking for a little special treatment, why not give it to yourself? Mindfully buy your favorite treat at the store. Light candles for dinner, even if you’re eating alone. Go out for a massage or if you can’t, give yourself a little neck or foot rub. Show your body and soul that you love yourself completely and treat it with loving care. It will respond positively because when we take care of ourselves, our bodies know we are listening and will work to communicate back to us. Treating ourselves with love will encourage our bodies to function their best and keep us healthy and happy.
Too many of us deflect compliments, and downplay other’s high-held opinions when it comes to our talents, gifts and accomplishments. When someone pays you a compliment, accept it! Don’t devalue yourself by disagreeing. Instead, honor them and honor yourself by graciously accepting their flattery. It will make them feel good and it will start to change your relationship with yourself. There is nothing wrong with agreeing to a positive statement that is made about you. And the more you hear and accept these truths, the better you will think and feel about who you are.
Often times we doubt ourselves and even worse, say discouraging things to ourselves in our heads. We can be our own meanest critic and worst enemy. It’s time to flip that around and be our own best cheerleaders! When you hear your inner voice speaking negatively towards you, stop it in its tracks. Even if you may at the time believe the harsh words to be true, don’t allow them to be spoken. Defend yourself knowing that this voice of self-doubt will eventually hold you back from your dreams. Replace works like “I never” and “I can’t” with “I can”, “I will”, “I do”.
Self-love isn’t something that comes easy for most of us. It is however a practice that we can work on and develop, and every little change we make will show dramatic improvement in our lives. Self-love seems to have a ripple effect on us, bringing in more love from others and more easily found joys in life. Practicing self-love is one of the first steps I strongly recommend if you’re on the path to a blissful and abundant life!
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MY TOP 4 END-OF-SUMMER SKIN CARE TIPS
As we head deeper into August, we all feel summer gently coming to a close. Once the heat starts to wear off and most of the wild summer events have come and gone, it’s a perfect time to take a moment and check in with your skin. Did you get a lot of sun exposure over the last few months? Maybe too much? Is your skin breaking out from the heat and sweat or is it starting to dry up at night now? The change of season is my favorite time to really slow down and be conscious of the shift in the earth, as well as in my body (and skin!). Here are my 4 tips for healthy end-of-summer skin:
This seems so simple but often times we get into routines where we keep treating our skin in the same way without reevaluating it. Remember, our skin is a live organ on our bodies (the largest one at that!) and needs to be assessed often. Don’t just get stuck with what you are used to doing for your skin. Take some time tonight before you go to bed and look at your skin objectively in the mirror. Notice any changes you might be seeing in texture, color, oil production, etc. You might need different products now than what you were using in the beginning of the summer. And while you’re in the mirror, make sure to not bully yourself or your imperfections. In fact, take a moment to thank your skin for keeping your body safe and protected from the outside elements! Then go ahead and show some love by blowing yourself a little kiss ~ xoxo
If you think of steams and you think moisture, you’re right. But steams are also one of the best ways to deep clean your pores. After cleansing and exfoliating, simmer up some organic herbs for a few minutes. Pour them into a bowl and sit under a towel, letting your face soak in the herbal infusion and sweat out any toxins left there from that muddy camping trip or crazy outdoor concert you went to. For the best results I like to try to steam at least once a week. It’s really relaxing to do right before bed. Steams are one of my favorite routines to practice because they help clear any acne and improve my skin overall, and the results are INSTANT.
Those hot summer days are fading fast so grab the ice quick! If you’ve never done an ice facial I highly recommend it. It’s easy and costs next to nothing. After cleansing your skin, take an ice cube wrapped in a thin towel and gently massage it over your entire face for a minute or two. It will make your pores appear smaller, ease acne and wrinkles, and promote blood circulation. I like to do these in the morning or before I go somewhere because of the instant brightening effect it has on my skin. For an extra special treatment and sun damaged skin, make an ice cube tray with water and a few drops of organic lavender essential oil. A spa experience can be that simple, and oh so soothing.
Hopefully everyone has still been using a night créme while they sleep…but I do know a lot of women that skip on the moisturizers in the summer, because of the excess heat. Now that things are cooling down, there is no excuse! Make sure you are washing your face nightly and applying an organic crème. Our skin is constantly regenerating and working to heal itself, so it’s really important that we don’t skip on treating it during those extra 8 hours overnight. A lot of times that’s actually when I feel my skin does its best at healing. Choose a hydrating créme with ingredients that are tailored to you. Ruby is my go-to and I wake up with a face that’s glowing and a fire inside me, ready to take on the day.
Stay tuned as the cool fall weather rolls in - I’ll be posting more about keeping your skin healthy during these seasonal changes. Do you have any end of summer tips you’d like to share with us? Comment below!
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So along with this blog, I have started a YouTube channel named after our movement, Radically Holistic Beauty. My first video is a little insight into my own journey with my skin. I have always struggled with hormonal acne and breakouts so I decided to record a video and share the different ways I work on healing my skin. Some of the advice is simple, some of it a bit radical.
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Leo’s are known to have the biggest personalities in the zodiac chart. Growing up with a boisterous little sister who always manages to be the star of the show, I can easily agree. And just like most of the Leo born babes, the birthstone for July is a bright and bold force in the world of gemstones.
Just like Leo represents the lion (the king of the jungle), ruby has been named “king” and “lord” of the gemstones by ancient cultures. These larger-than-life titles are an insight to ruby’s well-known power and majesty. Legend is that ruby’s brilliant red color comes from an internal flame that can never be extinguished. This fire represents an eternal burning strength that comes from within and is one of the gifts we receive when we use ruby in our life and our skincare.
Every time I hold rubies or use Ruby crème I instantly feel an increase in my chi. Chi is basically our circulating vital energy. It’s the life force that moves through us and connects our mind, body and spirit as one beautiful operating system. It feeds us and gives us life. This is why Ruby is great when you’re feeling dull, or stuck, or stagnant. It boosts your vitality and gives you fire to feed your passions. Just imagine a magical eternal flame burning at the base of your spine (your root chakra). Visualize that warm, red energy flowing up and through you, firing up every chakra and bursting free with white light when it leaves your body at the top of your head (your crown chakra). Using Ruby is a powerful way to naturally increase this chi and when we let this energy flow we become the queens and kings of our own lives!
On a physical level rubies are known to strengthen the heart and blood flow. Increasing your circulation leads to healthy veins and arteries. If you are sensitive to energies you will literally feel your body temperature rise when you use Ruby! Rubies are great for detoxifying the blood and lymphatic system too, which is why we recommend our Ruby crème for clearing up skin conditions, disorders, rashes etc. By cleansing distressed areas of toxins, your skin will clear up much faster than on it’s own. It’s amazing the benefits and medicine we can find within Mother Earth’s gifts like her gemstones.
Leo’s may be the kings of the zodiac but I think we can all learn to feel comfortable wearing the crown every once in a while. Ruby connects your root chakra to your heart chakra so you can feel happy knowing that all that passion and fire is in alignment with your best intentions. Happy Birthday and special blessings to all those naturally fiery Leos out there!! And luckily for the rest of us, that extra dose of energy can be found with the help of the regal ruby.
Almost everyone has heard about the countless benefits of the all-natural panacea that is apple cider vinegar. But what about for the skin? We were so excited to develop the Sunstone Body Lotion formula with apple cider vinegar because this food-grade and organic ingredient is a total skin saver…
Our skin’s protective layer, also known as the ‘acid mantle’, functions best at a pH of 4.5-5.5. Skin’s pH levels are vital to its health, and when the pH begins to rise we experience symptoms like dehydration, roughness, irritation and flaking. If skin pH continues to rise, bacteria levels increase and skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are likely to flare. Without a healthy acid mantle, skin is left with no defensive barrier and is susceptible to all kinds of environmental damage.
Everyday our skin is fighting to maintain a healthy pH. Things like sun exposure, our diets, sweating and the use of soap all lower our skin’s pH so the least we can do is to use a product with an acidic base (such as apple cider vinegar as well as hydrosol). This is the best way to prevent depletion of the acid mantle and is one of the secrets to maintaining vibrant, healthy skin.
There is such a thing as good bacteria, but not always on our skin. Bacteria on the skin leads to things like acne, blemishes, rashes, flakes and flare-ups. Luckily, apple cider vinegar can prevent this too. Because of all the beneficial enzymes, acids and the pH of AVC, it’s an effective treatment of bad bacteria on the skin and can help clear up those trouble spots.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving behind bright and beautiful skin. For those of us with sensitive skin, irritations and acne though, physically exfoliating is not always the best option. Apple cider vinegar works as a safe and gentle chemical exfoliator. When diluted properly in a product, the levels of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) in apple cider vinegar work to stimulate the skin and exfoliate naturally over time. This process works on a cellular level and leaves skin softer, smoother and even reduces fine lines.
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Over the weekend Debra, our Chief Alchemist and I sat down and were going thru some magazines. We decided this new moon is a perfect time to make another vision board/collage to carry us through the summer.
So while hunting for inspirational words and pictures to cut out we came across a skin care ad. It’s a well-known brand and I had seen their name many times before, I am sure you have too. What I hadn’t seen until that moment was that they call themselves E*******, Organic Skincare. That is their slogan, title, and catchphrase. I immediately noticed that the USDA Organic symbol was nowhere on their ad. Pretty strange for a company selling ‘organic’ skincare I thought…
So flipping through more pages of the magazine, I started looking a little closer at other brands. Are there really companies out there claiming to sell organic skincare that have little to no organic ingredients or certification?? The shock began to set it.
B**** Organics, S*** Organics, E**** Organics – these are just three examples of companies I found using ‘Organic’ in their brand names in order to pull wool over consumers eyes. These brands aren’t using all organic ingredients and they aren’t certified organic themselves.
I began to dig a little deeper and found that California is the only state currently enforcing label laws when it comes to brand names. Ogx is one company that was forced to change their name when California banned the non-organic brand from using its original and misleading name, Organix. Unfortunately this ban does not hold up in the other 49 states.(1)
It’s good news that this company is being forced to change, but what about the others? And who will hold these brands accountable? We, the consumers, need to do our due diligence and research and use our purchasing power ($ money talks!). Let’s support only authentic brands and brands that are doing what they advertise.
Here are some tips to use when it comes to shopping:
*Read the ingredients! Just because it says ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the label doesn’t mean it will contain the best ingredients, so we need to always read for ourselves.
*Look for the USDA Organic symbol and for companies that are “Certified Organic”. Just claiming to be is not enough.
*Watch out for companies claiming to use “natural and organic ingredients” without being certified. They may have ONE organic ingredient in ONE of their endless lines of products. This is too often the case.
*Don’t be fooled by green-washing techniques when it comes to labels and packaging. Conventional brands wanting to reach conscious consumers will use subtle ways to try and get us to think their products are natural and eco-friendly, like using brown and green colored packaging.
Without looking deeper, we could all be easily fooled. By taking a few minutes to investigate the brands we are supporting, we can slowly weed out the misleading ones and encourage more authentic and genuine brands to flourish.
When you hear negative self-talk thought coming in, don’t berate yourself over it. Hear it, acknowledge it, and let it go. Tell yourself that you now choose to feel pretty, smart, accomplished, happy. Tell yourself that you are love! You are perfectly perfect in your constant transformation. And watch the magic unfold, as these mantras become your truths.
People like to say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but I believe that no one owns my beauty but me. I choose everyday to be beautiful, and encourage you to start doing the same!View full article →