Ah tea. The benefits are boundless. Not only is it soothing to the soul, it's jam packed full of antioxidants to fight off those pesky free radicals and keep your skin looking young. But there's more to tea than its antioxidant value. Here are three ways tea can help your skin
Skin care professionals are constantly harping on the need to pump your body full of antioxidants. But do you know why antioxidants are great for our skin? Strap in people, we're getting a science lesson!
This adorable couple is a matched clayed in heaven! Get it? Because of the mask? Nevermind! My horrible puns aside, we've got some serious couple goals here! And thanks to these two we have a good reminder that masks are an important part of our skin care routine! A good mask can do wonders for your skin. Depending on the type of mask, here are just some of the benefits:
My Pearl Product of the week is really more of a company of the week: DermaMed Solutions. I recently received products from this awesome company and i'm in love. Their skincare line is based on the concept of safe and effective.
Blog Post: The Skin Benefits of Papaya, aka “the Pearl goes to the grocery store and gets inspired”
Oh Papaya. The fruit that Christopher Columbus deemed “the fruit of the angels.” On my latest grocery store run, I grabbed a Papaya as a last-minute purchase and it got me thinking. Papaya is not only delicious and a fun word to say (seriously just try saying it, pa-pay-a!), it also has numerous benefits for your skin. And so, my latest blog post was born! Here are five benefits of Papaya that will have you running to your local grocer:
So you're sitting in a chair with a giant light glaring at you and you hear the following words, "Do you prefer hard wax or soft wax?" Suddenly you're experiencing a mild panic attack and restraining yourself from the urge to cut and run. What do you prefer? What is the difference? Is this something you should know? Are you going to look stupid to this complete and total stranger because you don't have a wax preference? You mutter an answer, hoping it's the right one, and feel utterly uncomfortable for the next 25 minutes of your life.
Rose Water Toner - Take the petals from several organic roses and rinse them off to remove an excess residue. Put them in a sauce pot and fill it with distilled water until they are covered. Bring the petals to a boil and then simmer for thirty minutes. Let the liquid cool and then add in 1 part witch hazel to 2 parts rose water. Add your favorite essential oil, pour into a spray bottle, and mist away!
It can take thousands of rose petals just to make one ounce of high quality rose oil. Are all these flowers dying in vain? There's a reason this expensive product has been around through the ages. This super ingredient has something for every skin type! Let's take a look at what it can do for you.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It protects you from outside elements, senses touch, absorbs products, excretes toxins, secretes oil, and regulates heat. Its got a lot of jobs to do, and it takes good are of us 24/7. I think we all agree it deserves a little care in return. part of that care is nourishing our skin from the inside out.
Sometimes you walk into a Lush store and forget where you are and where you live and what your name is. The scents and colors are such a sensory overload that the most grounded of individuals enter lalaland. So how do you find the right product for you amidst the haze? Check it out!
Most often when we talk to our clients about their skincare routine we find the same thing: they're all skipping a toner. And the question always is, is toner really important? Put simply, yes! Adding a toner to your routine is the simplest way to make a real impact on your skin. And here's why.
Winter is officially set on full blast! How do you fight the wintertime skin blues? Here are five steps to aid in treating our dry skin so you can focus on the more important things this winter. Like hibernating with some soup and Netflix.
Made with olive oil to soften, tocopherol (vitamin E) to heal and apricot to soothe, this gentle cleansing oil clears away makeup and day to day grime effortlessly so you can get a deep clean and allow your skin to breathe
Write here...Never the same love twice, says Fitzgerald, and thank goodness for that! Show of hands if you want to live through love that you’ve lived through before? Anyone? No? That’s what I thought. Love is messy and often leaves us pained and damaged. So is love the problem? Should we all just cultivate some sort of Zen monk-like lifestyle of loneliness? Love is a 6’3, Muhammad Ali sized fighter who lures us into the ring and gives us a good solid thumping. And yet we return. Why! Put simply, we might be a tiny, featherweight class fighter, but we have something inside of us that makes us believe we can conquer: Hope.
Our relationship with food is directly related to our relationship with our mother. Let that sink in for a moment. It explains a lot doesn’t it? Wherever we turn we get the same old messages about food and health. How we should eat, what to stay away from, it’s enough to make you crazy, not unlike our mothers (am I right ladies?)
While this trend is newly finding its way into our grown up living rooms, it’s not new to another grown up place: therapy. Carl Jung is credited as being one of the first to pioneer this type of therapy. His focus was on Mandalas, or the pattern of circles in the universe. Jung ascribed to the eastern philosophy of circles representing wholeness in ourselves, the universe, or other aspects of our life. He maintained that having his clients design and color mandalas could help with diagnosis and thus lead them to their personal wholeness. This type of therapy is still used today, with several therapists advocating drawing and coloring as a stress relief, to help the patient feel more comfortable opening up and putting trust in their counselor.
We're back! It's Matcha Madness, round 2, the Re-Match (or should I say Re-Matcha! No? Ok that's fair.) In our last post we learned about our buddy Matcha: the harvesting process, different grades, and the benefits (if you missed this one, check out The Ink Stained Pearl vs Matcha Madness to learn all about this miracle substance.) But now you're wondering, what do I do next? I have this green powder all over my kitchen and I don't have a clue what to do with it! Before you start throwing your tea whisk across the room like a Japanese Gordon Ramsey, take a look at some easy recipes to help you get started.
"How parents interact with each child as he or she enters the family circle determines in great part that child's final destiny." Or so says Kevin Leman, author of "The Birth Order Book: Why you are the way you are." Now any quote that contains the words “final destiny” immediately sets me on edge. This is not the Lord of the Rings saga, Mr. Leman. And I'll tell you another thing, Kev, no one determines my final destiny but me. I'm sure his reply would be something to the effect of, "that is a classic youngest child thing to say." And he would be very right.
Lately you can’t walk into a coffee shop, check your Instagram feed, or shop in a Whole Foods without seeing them: Hipsters. Bearded and bespectacled with handmade crocheted hats and a penchant for plaid. Fascinating people watching aside, they are usually up on their food trends: they drink their Kombucha in an old recycled mason jar, they’ve basically reinvented the Brussel sprout, and of course anything with the word craft or artisanal in front of it is usually a staple. I would be lying to say this Pearl hasn’t leapt (Pearls don’t leap. Rolled?) into most of these trends with careless abandon. Matcha is where I’ve drawn the line.
Life is full of decisions. Each day is made up of tiny choices that determine who we are. “What should I wear to work today?” may seem like a simple decision but overtime we are subconsciously creating our sense of style and ultimately deciding what we outwardly present to the world. “What will I eat for lunch today?” can develop into our regular diet and have a large impact on our health, our relationship with the environment, and our wellbeing. “Should I reply to his text?” can literally turn into marriage, kids, and a mortgage payment (ok I know it was a fictional scenario but that last one stressed me out!)
Consider the following scenario. You’re winding your way through your local grocery store, eager to collect your ingredients for the new Pinterest recipe you’ve discovered (seriously how much do you love Pinterest? It’s like an addictive stimulant! Ok back to my scenario). With every turn and aisle, you find the same thing: people. They’re in your way, they are slow, their children are loud and they are blocking the path with their inconsiderate cart placements! By the time you make your way to the register, you’re having visions of knocking over display cases and openly weeping.