Facial Friday = Fresh, Fabulous, Faces!

Every Friday evening I love to give myself a facial.  It has become such a self-care ritual, that I am always looking for ways to improve either the atmosphere I create to enjoy my facial, or trying out a new facial product. It’s a great way to end the week, detoxify your skin from all the free radicals we are constantly exposed to that are so damaging to our skin.

When I was first learning about the possible toxins in skin care, I made my own facials from whatever I could find in my kitchen!  This is a fun way to experiment and can even include the kids!  I have sons and taught them early on about the importance of self care and taking care of your skin. Now that they are older they often come to me asking for me to whip them up something to help with either winter dry skin, sun stressed skin or occasional breakouts.  I now of course have access to ready to use facial masks that offer amazing benefits and make “Facial Friday’s” that much easier!

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Locally made, Naked Skincare Apothecary currently offers two types of facial masks.  Detox Mask & Radiance Mask.

Photo Courtesy of Naked Skincare

I lovvvve both of them! They are my go to’s and available at Generation Green!

Detox Mask will help neutralize oily skin and prevent or clear up breakouts.  Thanks to the activated charcoal & kaolin in this mask, it will basically pull out dirt & toxins.  Super easy to use, simply add a small amount of  liquid to a teaspoon of the mask powder.  Play around with different liquids to add like a toner, facial oil, or even hit up the kitchen for honey or yogurt!

Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Fuller Earth Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.

Radiance Mask will do just that! Make your face radiate!  Offering up some magical ingredients like Australian and French Pink Clay that not only detoxify and do away with dead skin, but also leave you with a refreshed look!  This one really is great for mature skin too thanks to the addition of  Mango Extract which helps prevent the decline of elasticity in the skin.

Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.

Mama Pacha : 

Another locally made favourite that we stock at Generation Green and is offered in refill is Mama Pacha’s  Daily Face Wash & Super Scrubby Face Wash.  These face washes can also be used as a face mask just by leaving on longer. They are gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Both offer the benefits of kaolin clay (the mildest of clays). Kaolin clay contains a high content of silica that not only can remove dead skin but also regenerate skin. Also offers purification by removing toxins and oils without drying out skin.

Both masks contain oats that offer a gentle scrub as well as the soothing benefits of chamomile.  The only difference in the two is the Super Scrubby contains jojoba meal as an exfoliator (really good scrub) without dangerous microbeads (little pieces of plastic that are not only bad for your skin but also the environment) that can be found in some conventional face scrubs.

Orgaid Sheet Masks : 

This is a new stock item that I’m anxious to try out!  

Orgaid masks are not made like other sheet masks. Not only because of the serum combination in the masks but the delivery system they use!  The unique fibre, (called Ecoderma) Orgaid uses is not only breathable and adheres well but more importantly the fibre helps absorb the serum deeper into skin, helping you to get all the benefits those ingredients offer.  The masks are made with certified organic ingredients,  all safe ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I also love the rating they get on EWG’s Skindeep Database!

Yes, you might look a little scary wearing one (think Jason from Halloween), but makes for great selfie pics! (before & after).

Available in 3 types: (information taken from Orgaid Website)

VITAMIN C 
 Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage 
 Provides potent antioxidant protection to keep firm and youthful skin 
 Improves skin’s natural healing response, resulting in skin revitalization 
+ Orange peel and pomegranate boost healthy collagen synthesis
ANTI-AGING & MOISTURIZING
+ Vitamin B3  reduces skin aging
+ Aloe Vera  helps moisturize and calm skin
+ Witch hazel  reduces swelling and blemish
+ Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
GREEK YOGURT
+ Organic Greek Yogurt supplements essential nutrition on skin
+ Organic Botanicals soothe  skin smoother
+ Pro-Vitamin B5  and Allantoin tightens skin
+ Beta Glucan and Vegetable Proteins condition skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Introduction to Natural Living

When I first began my journey into finding safe alternatives it was all very overwhelming and confusing!  Where to start, who to trust and where to go to find the products I needed was difficult, but as with every change we just simply must begin!

We need to start somewhere and take small steps.  We are all uniquely different and will naturally require, desire, and will begin our journey into natural living in the area that is of most importance at this  moment.  For me, it was skin care, for you it could be healthcare, nutrition, or even what to clean your home with. Regardless of where we start, it begins with one step, and then one change will naturally lead to the next.  Kind of like a snowball that keeps getting rolled into a boulder size and then you need to start rolling another ball and another until you’ve built yourself into the healthiest version of you!  I like to look at these three snowballs as what we put “IN”, “ON” and “AROUND” our bodies.

Luckily for you, my staff and I are all on our own journey’s, with different motivators, various amount of knowledge and love sharing what we have learned, worked for us and yet still where we are headed.  We also are learning from you, our customers! It’s a community of knowledge, all at different points but excited to share.  What works for me, may not work for you but the more we learn the more we know, the more we share, and the more we try.

It can be difficult to sometimes not blurt out and say this is what you need to do based on my experience, because it’s exciting when we find our solution, and only natural to want to share. I decided to start this blog series though to hopefully clear away some of the confusion, present the options in easy to understand language. I hope you will follow along and even offer up some of your own knowledge!

Our next blog post we will discuss the most important thing you need to be adding into your daily regime for optimal health.

Written by:  Sherry Sobey

New Arrivals From Mama Pacha

 [highlight]Mama Pacha has been busy creating more fabulous products for us to enjoy! Here are the latest…[/highlight]

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[highlight]*NEW* Pure Essential Oil Blends[/highlight]

Perfect for wool dryer balls, diffusers and diffusing jewellery

Hit The Ground Running – Great for increasing energy

Set The Mood – a romantic relaxing but slightly stimulating blendMama EO

Hello Spring – The perfect light spring feel

Winter Wonderland – fully of winter spice and warmth

Breath Easy – Great to purify the air, congestion and coughs

Thieves – This is a highly cleansing and purifying blend

Focal Point – To help with concentration and focus

Pope’s Hill – Your favorite body butter in the E.O blend for your whole house

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[highlight]*NEW* Facial Serum[/highlight]

This is a beautifully nourishing facial serum adding moisture, antioxidants, reducing fine lines and creating an incredibly smooth surface.  This is light enough to apply in the morning and wear under makeup and also great for your night time routine as well.

Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Essential Oils

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Mama Pacha Shoo Fly/SunscreenGearing up for summer, we have just stocked Mama’s Folkfest must have’s!!!

[highlight]Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me -[/highlight]

An effective bug lotion you can feel great about putting on your skin and rubbing on your kids.

Most people aren’t aware that Catnip is more effective than Deet at repelling mosquitoes.  You don’t need to cover your body in chemicals to keep the skeeters away !

Ingredients: catnip, comfrey, yarrow, olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E, distilled water, aloe vera gel, essential oils

[highlight]Herbal Sunscreen [/highlight]-

Sun is good for our body. Our bodies need sun. The best way to protect yourself from too much sun exposure is to stay out of the direct sun during times of the day when UV rays are at their highest.  If you need to be in full sunlight during those times, then this can help to reduce the effects of the sun, without chemicals.

Apply this lotion to exposed skin 30 minutes before to going outside.

Ingredients: sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, aloe vera gel, beeswax, water


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  • Mama Pacha Herbal SkincareMama Pacha offers herbal skincare for the entire family!

  • At Generation Green you can find them all!

Body Butters, Deodorants, Shaving Cream, Eye Cream, Face Moisturizer, Nailcare, Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Stache Wax, Tooth Powders, Hand/Body Scrubs, Foaming Hand Soap, Diaper Cream, Nipple Butter, Postpartum Bath Tea, Hair Care, Sinus & Chest Congestion Relief, Natural Lice Treatment, Healing Salve, Lip Balms & More!!!

Just The Goods Workshop

JTG1What a fun time we all had here last night at Generation Green’s after hours workshop, learning how to make custom face masks, with Milena from Just The Goods!

Milena not only spoke about different skin types, but also what type of ingredients will benefit your specific skin type.  JTG2

 

Then we got down to creating our very own custom clay facial mask!  I loved the fact that Milena had so clearly explained the benefits of all the ingredients, (plus gave us cheat sheets for reference) which made it  easy to put together a mask using a clay for the purpose you were looking for, dry botanical’s that offered all sorts of benefits from moisturizing to anti-inflammatory, and then a separate bottle of wet ingredients that again was formulated based on the skin type and the benefits wanting to achieve.JTG4

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We all had some good laughs (Milena is quite entertaining as well!),and went home to apply our masks, put our feet up and have a wonderful “me” moment!

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You can find Just The Goods Skincare stocked here at Generation Green or in our online store, and watch soon for info on how you too can get a Spa to Go Facial!