Monday, April 22, 2013

Is Earth Day for Martians?

Go! Go!s understand the need to come together and recognize the planet we live on--seeing as how it provides us with umm... EVERYTHING!!! But maybe we could at least celebrate it for a whole month or something. You know, like women's history. 

Ok, all joking aside...

... an International Holiday for the planet does seem to do some good. Created by a senator in Wisconsin in 1970, Earth Day has inspired demonstrations, environmental awareness, the EPA, Clean Air and Water Acts, tree planting, the Endangered Species List, Climate Rallies and more.

Maybe setting aside days and months 
for the subjects we care about 
isn't just for 
marketing new products...

(can we get some green wash please?)

...but while we're on the subject of "natural" beauty products:

Check out this awesome cartoon by the Story of Stuff people.

They make some of our favorite edutainment TV!!!

Don't despair! 
There are non-toxic beauty products out there. 
It just takes a little searching...

For example: here's a source for safe, inexpensive nail polish:

Check out this cutie pants eco-cure made with tiny leaves and a non-toxic clear coat:

Or make your own cosmetics:

D-I-Y Lip Balm

beet powder or beet juice
3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (almond or jojoba)
6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit or peppermint)
1 teaspoon honey, for flavor

Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump. To add a little color, stir in the beet juice or powder. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

Foodie Facials

Food: Avocado
Purpose: Moisturizer
The scoop: Loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and fat, avocado is the perfect moisturizer. This natural soother is ideal for reducing roughness, cracking and irritation. The oil found in the peel of the avocado contains a substance that locks in moisture.
Recipe: Take a spent avocado peel and using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. You can either leave on as a nighttime moisturizer or, for daytime, wash your face with it gently, rinsing three or four times with warm water; pat dry.
Food: Cucumber
Purpose: Moisturizer
The scoop: Cucumbers contain compounds known to tighten pores and reduce inflammation, which is why they’re the classic choice for minimizing puffiness around the eyes.
Recipe: Puree 1 tablespoon each of cucumber and parsley. Then blend in 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt until smooth. Cover your face with this creamy masque and leave on 15-20 minutes. This will rejuvenate your skin as it moistens. Rinse off with water.
Food: Oatmeal
Purpose: Exfoliant and moisturizer
The scoop: Oats are especially soothing for wind-worn or itchy skin]. Finely ground oatmeal draws impurities from the skin, stimulates circulation and encourages new cell growth. Oat proteins also form a protective barrier to help retain moisture and prevent water loss.
Recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons each of ground oats and aloe vera with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice until you have a smooth paste. Gently massage onto damp skin. Rinse off with warm water. Excellent for your face or as a smoothing body treatment.
Food: Peach
Purpose: Exfoliant
The scoop: Peaches are rich sources of skin-renewing alpha-hydroxy fruit acids, which get rid of dead cells, and vitamins A and C to nourish new ones. Peach juice helps unblock pores and fight blemishes. Its astringent, toning effects are especially effective for oily skin.
Recipe: For a simple skin pick-me-up, cut a slice of a juicy peach and massage the flesh on your face. Leave the juice on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Or rub the inside of the skins of a peach on your face for a few minutes at bedtime and let the juice absorb overnight.
Food: Strawberry
Purpose: Exfoliant 
The scoop: Each strawberry packs a mighty dose of exfoliating vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids, which help remove dirt and dead skin cells. AHAs also help reduce pore size and minimize ingrown hairs due to shaving. Perfect for oily skin, strawberries improve texture, minimize greasiness, and encourage a healthy, radiant complexion.
Recipe: With a fork, mash 8-9 strawberries into a paste. Add 3 tablespoons of honey; mix. (Be sure not to over blend or the mask will be runny.) Apply directly to your skin and let sit for a few minutes, then rinse off.

80-year old after homemade peach facial. 
(Results may vary.)