Smoothies for Healthy Skin!

We thought a fun way to follow up our "Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty" blog would be with some delicious, vegan, healthy, smoothie recipes.  Our good friend The Chicago Vegan always has the best plant-based, vegan recipes.  We asked her to give us her three favorite smoothie recipes; surprisingly, all of them have ingredients that are healthy for your skin!

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Throwback! Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty.

t's no secret, scrub me™ is all about using healthy ingredients to treat and pamper our skin.  We not only pay close attention to what goes unto our bodies but also what goes into our system.  Nutrition plays a pretty big role in maintaining healthy skin.  Total body wellness is very important when striving for a radiant complexion!  Certain proteins and carbs work with different vitamins and minerals to keep the skin's barrier functioning properly.  Since we are all different, there is no one specific diet that will lead to bright, healthy skin.  With each different skin type, concern, or condition come different nutritional changes that can be made to achieve the healthiest skin possible.

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scrub me's favorite DIY lip scrub & more!

We wanted to share a couple of our favorite lip care recipes you can whip up at home with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

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Let's Talk Lips

 Dry, rough, peeling lips or soft, supple, hydrated lips?  Which would you choose?  Just kidding!  We don't even need to ask to find the answer to that.  No matter who you are we are certain nobody would choose dry, chapped lips over hydrated ones.  So many seem to struggle with the perfect formula for healthy, moisturized lips.  scrub me™ is here to guide you on the path to your healthiest lips yet!

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When You Just Can't Handle Your Hands

Most of us check out our faces in the mirror every day, buy products to keep our skin healthy and young, read blogs and articles to educate ourselves about how to look our best.  But let's be honest, we are mostly focused on our faces and necks.  What about our hands?

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New! Spa Bombs

 Before, our bath bombs did have some amazing skin nourishing ingredients and essential oils, but we felt like they needed a little update.  Like with all our other skin care, we wanted to be really thoughtful about our recipes and which ingredients we chose.  We developed four different spa bombs to treat a few common skin care and body concerns.

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Better Understanding Preservatives

We think understanding preservatives in skin care is important.  While scrub me™ products do have antimicrobial and antioxidant ingredients, we do not use preservatives in our products.  Some preservatives can cause skin reactions or sensitivity and are also known to be unhealthy.  There is a wide range of preservatives so it can get a little confusing figuring out what is okay to use and what is not.

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Special Edition! Vegan Holiday Cookies & An Interview with the ChicagoVegan

  Who needs a little de-stressing in the midst of all this holiday craziness?  We sure do!  This month we decided to take a little break from our typical topics like health & skin care and focus on something else we really love, vegan baked goods.  We interviewed one of our favorite local vegans, the @chicagovegan about her new baking company, her vegan lifestyle, and she even gave us her go to holiday cookie recipe!

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What's Giving You Wrinkles?

Crows feet, forehead wrinkles, neck lines, jowling, aging...make it stop!  Aging is something that, unfortunately, we cannot stop from happening.  While we cannot fully stop this process there are a lot of things we can do to slow it down.  We can prevent deep lines, wrinkles, and jowling and stay looking younger longer!  Having a great skin care routine at home is just one piece to the puzzle.  Factors like diet, environment, and even repetitive movements or facial expressions can cause unwanted lines and wrinkles.  Making small adjustments to your life and daily habits now may help to keep you looking younger longer.  Who doesn't want that?

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Quiz! Is your skin care routine healthy or heinous?!

  When it comes to your home, skin care habits are you overdoing it?  Not giving your skin enough?  Or do you have it just right?  Take our quiz and find out! 

scrub me secret: don't forget, you can contact scrub me™ any time through our 'feedback' section with any questions about skin care, treatments, or products.  we can even answer questions you may have about skin care products that are not scrub me™ brand. we love to help everyone have their best skin! 

scrub me's signature facial: the full plant-based detox.

 Among our many facials and treatments is our 'full plant-based detox.'  We have to say we are big fans of this facial in particular because we get to treat our clients with all our own natural, vegan products as well as different raw ingredients from the earth.  This facial can be tailored to any skin type and can treat a wide range of concerns like acne, congestion, dryness, dullness, fine lines, and sensitization.  So what is this facial actually all about?

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Scrubs: sea salt vs. sugar

We often get asked: "Why does scrub me™ choose sea salt as the exfoliator in the body scrubs?" and "What's the difference between products containing sugar and the ones containing sea salt?".  We have our reasons for choosing sea salts but that doesn't mean sugar doesn't have some positive benefits of its own.

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Ooops! I broke the rules, now what?

  Some rules are meant to be broken!  Rules our estheticians give us are NOT meant to be broken...but it happens.  So what can you do after you forget the SPF, over-itch that bug bite, or pop that pimple that wasn't ready?  Don't panic.  There are some remedies for when you've had a beauty blunder.  Over-tweezed your brows?  We can help make it better, not worse.  We've also got some tips on what to do when you feel you've screwed up your spray tan.

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The Process: Making Cold Process Soap.

Every soap and treatment bar starts from scratch.  As you know, we only choose ingredients that have benefits for you and your skin.  We start by brainstorming to decide what type of skin type or concern we would like to target.  Then, we go into our inventory of materials and essential oils and start choosing our items.  This part is the most fun, creating new recipes and blends of ingredients for our customers is such a joy. 

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Decoding and Diminishing Breakouts

We see it advertised all the time: "A quick fix for acne!".  Unfortunately that "quick fix" may only be masking the problem and most of the time it doesn't work for everyone.  The best way to effectively rid yourself of blemishes for good is to first identify what is causing the breakouts.  Treating congestion topically can help heal and clear the surface layers of the skin, but what we really need to know is why we are getting the acne in the first place.  Our skin can give us clues as to what is going on in our bodies.

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Everyone's new beauty obsession, activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal seems to be the newest "it" ingredient in beauty products.  With its awesome detoxification and healing benefits, we don't blame everybody for being so obsessed!  We already know a lot about what this ingredient can do for our skin and body but here at scrub me we had a few more questions.  Does activated charcoal have a history?  How is this ingredient made, and how exactly does it work?

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