by Jenny Buttaccio
Fall is the perfect time to switch up your beauty routine. With less moisture in the air, your skin’s hydration needs change with the weather. We’re here to help! We’ve picked a few of our favorite products to keep your skin in tip-top shape through this season and into the next.
With a powerhouse blend of plant oils and potent antioxidants, you can ditch your regular lotion and cream for this super moisturizing body serum that softens and refreshes your skin.
Pumpkin seed oil, rich in zinc and Omega fatty acids 3 and 6, helps to improve skin elasticity. It also contains natural salicylic acid to delicately exfoliate and rejuvenate. With rare Omega-7, Sea Buckthorn oil nourishes and conditions your skin. The pleasant, uplifting fragrance of neroli promotes energy, playfulness, and joy.
Pro tip: Mist serum on your body when skin is damp to lock in moisture. We love this serum because it absorbs quickly and won’t leave behind an oily residue.
The Everything Balm truly lives up to its name. The restorative properties of shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil naturally moisturize dry, chapped, and sensitive skin. It works well on faces and for scrapes, burns, rashes, insect bites and as a barrier from wind and moisture. You can apply this versatile product as needed.
With 100% organic ingredients, you can rest assured this product is safe for adults and children. In fact, the Everything Balm receives a perfect score of "zero" in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com), a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.
Pro tip: Toss one in your purse, tote or diaper bag. It’s conveniently packaged for all of your on-the-go, dry or irritated skin needs.
With an all-star cast of antioxidants, Mad Hippie's Antioxidant Facial Oil is a necessity for anyone trying to combat dry skin and protect against free radical damage. Don't be frightened by the word "oil." This luxe mixture is lightweight and quickly absorbed, leaving skin with a luminous glow.
The impressive list of ingredient highlights include argan oil, sea buckthorn berry, blueberry extract, pomegranate oil, camu camu berry, broccoli extract, raspberry seed extract, goji berry, hemp seed extract, grape seed extract and sunflower oil.
And at just $25 a bottle, it's an absolute must-have to usher in the new season!
Pro tip: Oils help seal in moisture. Use this preservative-free, antioxidant oil over your moisturizer to boost hydration.
Cooler temps may be problematic for some skin types causing breakouts or blemishes. Harsh anti-blemish creams that leave your skin red and irritated are a thing of the past thanks to No Bull's non-drying Blemish Blaster. With a slogan like, "No bogus ingredients. No chemical crap. No Bull," this company and its products mean business!
Blemish Blaster's amazing ingredients include aloe vera gel, neem extract, licorice root, witch hazel, willow bark, Leuconstoc, tea tree oil, and grapefruit essential oil.
This powerful combination is gentle enough to use twice a day. It can also be applied to blemish-prone areas to prevent breakouts from occurring. Plus, it absorbs quickly so it works great under makeup.
Pro tip: This product can also be used after shaving to reduce redness, rosacea, and discoloration. How great is that!
We love hearing from you! Have a tip for Fall beauty or a product you love that's not on our list? Leave us a comment below or tag us @noktivo in your posts to share your green beauty favorites. <3
Whether you're expecting yourself (congratulations mama!) or have a friend who has just shared the news, pregnancy comes with all sorts of changes just like the Spring season upon us now. From our bellies stretching to make way for baby to fluctuating hormones affecting everything from itching to nausea. These are my belly and beauty must haves to ease some common pregnancy woes. To celebrate upcoming Mothers Day, we'll be choosing two lucky winners to receive a $25 gift certificate to Noktivo to use on services or your favorite Mom and Baby products! Comment on this post with your favorite thing about your mom or about being one. Responses must be posted by Friday (4/16/15) before 6:00pm CST to enter.
Belly Oil and Belly Butter
Long before strangers felt confident asking me when I was due, my belly itched. Like crazy. Some of it was from the hormones I was told, okay weird, and some due to the stretching skin, okay understandable. So I tried everything; cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil. Nothing. Then I came across Zoe Organics Belly Oil. It's honestly this one product, that made me order the whole dang line to retail at Noktivo. It's first ingredient is Jojoba oil, aka. liquid gold for the skin. But it's the combination of rich Vitamin E packed oils such as Tamanu, Rosehip Seed and Pumpkin Seed blended with calming essential oils of Lavender, Ylang-Ylang and Geranium that did it for me.
Even as I drank more water than I could possibly imagine while pregnant and nursing, my skin would just not hold onto hydration. I love facials oils. It might seem counterintuitive, but they work better than a lot of cream based moisturizers and NO, just because it's an oil does not mean it will clog your pores. I cannot recommend the Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil enough, it's packed with superfruit extracts like blueberry, raspberry, sea buckthorn and broccoli extract that instantly reduces inflammation. Oils of Argan, Sunflower and Pomegranate that contain vitamins A, D & E and essential fatty acids to revitalize and repair.
Essential oil RemedY
I felt nauseous my entire pregnancy with my daughter, my body did not enjoy the extra hormones one bit. I kept Zoe Organics Refresh Roll-On on me at all times. It's a blend of Organic essential oils that's a perfect pick-me-up for a queasy tummy, motion sickness or calming anxiety. The small roller bottle fits easily in a purse or diaper bag and is the perfect companion for travel. Lightly roll aromatherapy oil behind ears, on neck, chest, temples or under nose as needed. The blend is lime peel, ginger and mint. Very refreshing.
The team from Noktivo shares tips, tricks and tidbits for greening your beauty routine. <3