How to Take Amazing Selfies

How to Take Amazing Selfies

5 Tips for Beeautiful Selfies

Remember the days of waiting weeks to see how your pictures developed? Now that almost everyone has a smart phone, we can see how our pictures turned out immediately, and we can take as many as we want without wasting film! Did you know that the “average” American takes over 1,000 photos a year, some topping over 180 a month? For better or worse, you’re most likely going to be in quite a few of photos.

That’s why it’s so meaningful for you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. When you feel confident and comfortable, you look good! Read on for tips that will take the guesswork out of taking selfies and being on video.

1. Invest in effective skincare –

Clear, plump, moisturized skin will leave you with a healthy glow that shows on camera. Conversely, dead, dry skin can accentuate wrinkles and reflect the light unfavorably, making your complexion appear dull and lifeless. To prepare skin, we suggest you gently cleanse with our Herbal Cleansing Bar, a detox soap with botanicals to calm redness and help minimize pores.  After cleansing, apply a light moisturizer, like our Royal Jelly, Green Tea, and Vitamin B3 Face Cream. It will leave your complexion immediately looking dewy and fresh, and will help to rejuvenate skin and even skin tone over time.

2. Get the right lighting –

Lighting plays a huge role in how you appear in photos and videos. Have you ever noticed that professional photographers have so many contraptions to reflect and filter light?  The right lighting can make you look even more mah-velous, darling!

You want to aim for soft, natural light, and you’ll want your face facing the light.  Bright, harsh, (like full-on sunlight) can cast unfavorable shadows, accentuate wrinkles, and cause you to squint.  You’ll also want to avoid bright lights or windows directly behind you. This wall cause your face to become covered in shadows. (Remember those true crime type shows where the interviewee was hiding their identity by being back lit so their face was blacked out?)

For bright outdoor shots, head for soft or dappled shade. For shots on rainy days or in a dark room, you’ll want one or two warm lights pointing directly at you. You want to avoid harsh, overhead lighting.

Overcast days are actually pretty sweet for taking selfies. The diffuse light isn’t overly bright and is flattering because it doesn’t cause harsh shadows.

3. Angle and Distance-

Changing the angle of your phone can make a huge difference in your selfie.  (My phone has face recognition and groups photos by person.  Even my phone is like, “Is this really you?” when the pic is taken from an unflattering angle. Thanks phone, for not recognizing me in that picture!)

Experiment with taking pictures from different angles and at different heights. You can also try different facial expressions, and focus your eyes on different points. Remember to look at the lens, not the screen if you want your photo to appear to be looking at the viewer.  Try looking up and to either side for a fun whimsical type pose.  Photos taken at slightly above eye level and slightly to the side are usually the most flattering. (Did you know that no one has a symmetrical face, and most people prefer one side over the other?)

Make sure your posture is good. Sit or stand up straight. Picture someone has a string attached to the top of your head and is pulling you straight up. Try looking straight ahead, then lowering your chin just slightly.

For videos or meetings, prop up your webcam so that it is just above eye level.

Woman taking selfie on phone

4. Background-

Be aware of your background. Too much clutter is distracting for the viewer, and may reveal something you would rather not.

Before your meeting/ video/ or photoshoot begins, double check what is visible behind you and remove anything distracting or that you don’t want shown.

5. Take plenty of photos-

There’s no reason not to. Even professional photographers take many more photos than what they actually use. You may find a certain angle or lighting that you really like through experimenting and taking many photos.  You might also find that some photos work for a certain application, while others don’t.  You can also play around with different lenses and filters on your phone. When everything is said and done, you can always delete the extra photos afterwards.

Be confident and comfortable-

Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who is confident and comfortable in her own skin. Feeling at ease, and feeling like yourself will show your authentic beauty in the photos. Relax, don’t take yourself too seriously, or try to be too stylized or posed. Think about things that make you smile and feel confident. Wear clothes that you feel beautiful and comfortable in.

Taking beeautiful selfie photos will most likely require a little bit of practice, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. You might even grow to love having your life and memories documented through photographs.

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5 Tips for Lovely Lips

5 Tips for Lovely Lips

5 Tips for Lovely Lips

  1. Exfoliate – Dry skin can cause lips to look, well, dry and wrinkly. My favorite lip scrub is pure, raw, crystalized honey. As you massage the honey into your skin, the crystals help to exfoliate before they slowly melt into your lips.  You can also try a lip sugar scrub, but it’s a little bit harsh of a scrub for sensitive lips. You could also use a soft wash cloth or towel to scrub and gently exfoliate lips.

 

2. Moisturize – After exfoliating your lips, you’ll want to apply a lip balm with beeswax and honey to keep lips moisturized. Beeswax is amazing for a couple of reasons. First, it seals in moisture without being occlusive. This means that it will lock in moisture without plugging your skin up. Second, beeswax and honey are natural humectants, meaning they pull moisture from the air to your lips.

 

 

3. Use Peptides – Peptides are little strings of amino acids, smaller than a protein, that can be absorbed into your skin. They act as messengers in your body, helping processes such as collagen building to speed up. Our Fat Honey Lip Plumper combines raw honey, beeswax, hyaluronic acid and peptides to moisturize and plump lips. It uses a naturally derived, clinically tested peptide called Adifyline®, which promotes fat cell expression for plumper lips.

 

 

4.Enhance your natural color – Add a sheer, nourishing lip tint, like our Lip Chromatics with Elderberry and Alkanet Root. This naturally colored tint is a sheer berry color that compliments all skin tones and makes teeth look brilliantly white.

 

5. Add Shine – A simple way to make lips appear luscious and full is to apply a gloss to the center and cupid’s bow of your lips. This focuses attention on the center of your lips, making your pout appear plumper. Our Sparkle + Shine Beeswax Lip Gloss is full of moisturizing honey, beeswax, and essential oils, with just enough color to enhance your natural shade. This all natural lip gloss is SUPER moisturizing (and sweet!). It’s deeply absorbed into your skin to nourish your lips, so you may find that you need to apply it more often than some of your other lip glosses.

 

 

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Stress is Affecting Your Skin

Stress is Affecting Your Skin

Ever looked in the mirror after a stressful time in your life and wondered exactly when you started looking so old and tired?  Or maybe the last time you went through something stressful, a huge pimple erupted on your face. Did you know that stress plays a role in a healthy complexion?

 

Stress: The Mind-Body Connection

 

First of all, let’s define stress and what it does in your body.

Stress is a physiological response caused by an emotion that is triggered by something in your world. It can be a feeling of overwhelm, or difficulty coping with a situation that can range from life threatening to something relatively harmless. You could be stressed from planning a surprise birthday party, speaking in public or from waiting for test results from your doctor. What causes you stress will be different than what causes other people stress, but the processes started in the body by stress are the same for everyone.

When you encounter a stressful situation, your body responds by producing cortisol. Think of it as your body sounding a huge fire alarm bell. Cortisol is the “fight or flight” hormone, which would be really useful if there were an actual fire, maybe not so much to plan that surprise party or cope with a difficult work assignment.

The trouble comes in when we are constantly in a state of stress. Think of it like driving your car. Sometimes you need to put the pedal to the floor or slam on the breaks to keep yourself safe, but if you drive your car that way all the time, you’re going to wear it out quickly.

Cortisol released over an acute incident, like your child breaking his arm, gives you the burst of energy you need to handle the situation, and then calm down. Too much cortisol over an extended amount of time can cause inflammation in our body, decrease the efficiency of our immune system, and throw off the balance of good bacteria in our gut.

How Stress Affects Your Skin

 

So with this increased inflammation and out of whack gut biome, we can expect some skin issues.

Acne

Cortisol boosts sebum production (because in that fight or flight response you might need to be slippery to escape, right? Just kidding)

. This excess oil can clog your pores and lead to pimples. Your gut biome being out of whack makes it harder for your body to fight off infection and heal.

Sensitive Skin

As the inflammation in our body increases, our reactivity to mostly benign substances does, too. In plain English, you can get a rash or hives from your laundry soap, just because your body is so inflamed. This inflammation will also exacerbate any preexisting conditions, like eczema or psoriasis.

Dry Skin

Stress has been shown to impair the barrier function of your skin. This basically means that it’s not as good as keeping the moisture inside and the germs and bad stuff outside.  As the barrier function deteriorates, your skin will dry out faster and faster. This will lead to dry, flaky skin, and the drier the skin becomes, the more wrinkles will show up. Which leads me to my next point.

Wrinkles

All this cortisol breaks down collagen  and elastin. This will accelerate the aging process, as skin becomes loosely attached and more deeply wrinkled because of the loss of collagen. Frowning and furrowing your brow can also increase wrinkles.

Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

With the loss of collagen and elastin, the delicate skin around the eyes can become puffy and a bit droopy. Couple that with the lack of sleep many people experience when they’re stressed and instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, you’ll be wearing your problems on your face.

5 Simple Steps to Ease Stress

So we’ve talked about how stress is affecting your skin, and barely touched on the effect it has on the rest of your body, but I think it’s enough to consider some things we can do to decrease the amount of stress in our lives.

 

1. Prayer and Journaling

There are many things that are beyond our control, and there are many things that worry us that aren’t really that important. The good news is that our Heavenly Father wants to hear all of it, and loves to comfort and guide us. Make a quiet, uninterrupted time to pray or write in a prayer journal. You’ll find  your load much lighter.

 

 

2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Eating a balanced diet full of antioxidants, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can help negate some of the effects of stress. Staying physically active can also help to lower stress hormones and help you get a good night’s sleep.

 

 

3. Take a Deep Breath

Deep breathing has been proven to decrease blood pressure, improve digestion, boost the immune system and help you think more clearly. Try the 7/11 breathing technique right now and see if you don’t feel a bit calmer. Take a deep breath in, counting to 7. (Make sure you’re belly is expanding out a bit on inhale. This helps ensure that you’re taking deep full breaths, not higher shallow ones.) Slowly breathe all the air out of your lungs, timing it to a count of 11.

 

 

4. Take Time for Recreation

You really need to make time to enrich your life. Schedule things into your life that energize and excite. This could be taking a hot bath, reading a good book, going hiking, taking a new class, the possibilities are endless, and the only requirements are that you enjoy it.

 

 

5. Take Time for Self Care

Taking time to relax and pamper yourself with healthy skincare products can overcome some of the negative effects of stress on your complexion. Set time aside every day to do your skincare ritual. Enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of your products, feel the oils as they’re slowly absorbed into your skin. Really be present in the moment, paying attention to your senses. Stick to your routine even on days when you’re tired or anxious.

If you’d like to get started on a healthy skincare routine today, check out our line of all natural beeswax skincare.

 

 

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Benefits of Probiotics in Your Skincare Routine

Benefits of Probiotics in Your Skincare Routine

Probiotics have been around since, well since bacteria has been around. The term probiotics was coined by a German scientist in 1953, but people knew the health benefits of fermented foods long before that. People in ancient times were fermenting milk into yogurt, and making brewed fermented beverages to improve health. If it’s good for your insides, there is no reason that it wouldn’t be good for your outsides, and new research is proving that probiotic skincare has many benefits.

What are probiotics, anyway?

 

Just in case you’re not on the probiotics bandwagon yet, they’re basically just bacteria. The big deal with probiotics is that these germs actually benefit their host and improve health. Taken internally, probiotics can improve digestion, help with bloating and cramps, and strengthen the immune system.  Probiotics also provide important vitamins to their host as a by product of their digestion (like B Vitamins.) Part of the way probiotics work is to take the place of harmful bacteria in your body.

 

 

How do probiotics in skincare work?

Probiotics in skincare work pretty much the same way taking probiotics internally does. They help re balance the biome, or level of good vs bad bacteria, which helps skin stay calm and flourish. When your skin biome is optimally balanced, it works better, balancing oil production, staying moisturized longer, and safeguarding against free radicals.

It’s important to add probiotics into your skincare routine because any antibacterial soap, retinoid, or peroxide on your face disrupts the delicate balance and leaves room for the bad guys to take over.

 

So, what are the benefits of probiotics in my skincare?

 

Reduce Redness & Inflammation

There is mounting evidence showing that probiotics in your skincare can help prevent and treat conditions like eczema, dry skin, and UV induced damage.

 

Boost Ceramide Production

Ceramides are a type of fatty acid that help lock moisture into your skin, keeping it plump and beautiful by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Lower Skin pH

Healthy, normal skin has a pH of around 4.2-5.6, which means it’s slightly acidic. This helps prevent bad bacteria from growing on our skin, and optimizes many of the processes of healthy skin. As we age, our skin pH slowly starts creeping higher, eventually becoming slightly basic instead of acidic. This is when dull dry skin starts to show up. Probiotics often give off acidic molecules through their metabolism process. This can help aging skin maintain the proper, slightly acidic pH.

 

Protects Against Free Radicals

Free radicals are a fact of life. They’re just angry little molecules that are missing an electron. They start of a cascade of electron stealing in whatever cells they come in contact with. These free radicals can damage DNA, lipids, and proteins, such as collagen. In addition to those lovely fatty acids that help our skin pH, probiotic metabolism also gives off long chain sugar type molecules that bind to free radicals before they can attack our cells.

As you can see, there are quite a few upsides to trying probiotics on your skin. Here’s one more, because probiotics give off pH lowering fatty acids, and crowd out bad bacteria, they make the perfect natural and beneficial preservative for our skincare line. We never use questionable ingredients like parabens in our products. All of our skincare is preserved through the power of probiotics! They’re making your product safe, and improving your complexion in one simple step.

 

 

 

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Rewind the Clock with these Anti-Aging Tips

Rewind the Clock with these Anti-Aging Tips

Everyone wants a healthy, radiant complexion, and the joy and confidence it brings when we’re looking our best, but what are the key steps to that healthy glow?

How to prevent your skin from aging with 7 simple steps.

The answer to a soft, dewy complexion may be easier than you think, but you’ll have to put in a little effort and planning. You can do this!

 

1. Stay hydrated

With warmer weather upon us, you need to stay on top of proper hydration.  You can become dehydrated from even simple tasks while working and playing in the hot summer sun.  Proper hydration keeps your skin and body functioning at optimum levels, so load up on water based drinks and watery fruits and veggies such as melons and cucumbers to stay hydrated.

 

2. Eat Your SPF

Eating a healthy diet full of anti-oxidants, healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and leafy greens can boost your body’s ability to handle the free radicals from UV light. Drinking iced green tea can help keep you hydrated, as well as provide your body with a powerful poly-phenol called EGCG. You could also try supplements like astaxanthin, vitamin D3, and resveratrol to boost your anti-oxidant protection.  You should avoid sugary and processed foods, as well as too much alcohol, as these promote inflammation and hinder the body’s ability to handle free radicals.

 

3. Boost your topical antioxidants

Free radicals are not your friends, and unfortunately, sunlight, chlorine, alcohol, some of the best parts of summer are full of them.  The best defense is to avoid them, but that’s not always possible.  Using a cream that contains green tea extract, niacinamide, vitamins C and E, or CoEnzyme Q10 will help minimize the damage to your skin from free radicals.

 

4. Moisturize

Sweating, swimming, salt, chlorine, sunshine and air conditioning all take a toll on skin. The need for moisturizing might not be as obvious during the warm summer months, but you still need to moisturize. Using a gentle all natural body butter can keep skin plump and rejuvenated.

5. Apply a peptide serum

As we age, collagen production naturally starts to decline. Providing your skin with peptides helps to boost collagen production and make skin more firmly attached, along with giving your skin an extra shot of moisture. Use a lightweight serum under your favorite moisturizer

 

6. Protect your eyes from sun damage

The skin around your eyes is delicate and all the sunlight and swimming can be especially harsh on it.  Wear a hat and/or sunglasses with UV protection and wear goggles while swimming.  A soothing anti-oxidant rich cream, like our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream can soothe delicate skin and provide a bevy of topical vitamins and minerals.

 

7. Exfoliate

The best way to recharge your skin and keep it looking bright and beautiful is to exfoliate your skin once a week. This gently sloughs off the dry outer layer of skin cells, which can appear dull and contribute to wrinkles. Apply a natural body scrub once a week to slough off dead skin cells and reveal younger, glowing skin.

 

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