Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transitioning from Summer to Fall/Winter Skin Care

The Summer brings many of us hot days and fun nights, music festivals, vacations, and camping trips… and also sweat, dirt, bacteria, and sun damage.  All of these factors can cause our skin to become oily and clogged; you may have noticed more blackheads and hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin from break outs or UV exposure).  For any season change I recommend two things: a deep cleansing and exfoliating treatment, and changing up your home care products.

Scheduling a facial with your favorite skin care specialist is the best way to bring your skin back into balance.  Even if you cannot schedule monthly facials, quarterly treatments can give you a real jump start for your new home care routine.  Your esthetician will cleanse and treat your skin more thoroughly than you probably can at home.  They will perform pore extractions, and can recommend the best products for your skin type.  Short on time or money?  Most establishments offer 30 min facials for under $75 - usually they eliminate the fluff (massage, steam, etc.) and get right to business on your skin.  Professional exfoliating treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels can complement and enhance the results of your facial treatment.

Alternatively, you can give yourself a fabulous facial at home.  You’ll need a deep pore cleanser, toner, exfoliant, masque, a nourishing treatment product, moisturizer, hot towels or home facial steamer, extractor tool or blackhead strips.  Use warm, not hot, water with all of your home treatments to avoid exacerbating dry skin issues.  

In the same way we change our wardrobe, we should be changing up our skin care products.  Central heating, cold air and winds make our skin dry, flaky, tight, and chapped.  Choosing a cream cleanser and richer moisturizer will help prevent these problems.  Use a hydrating toner or treatment product before applying your moisturizer to balance and nourish the skin, and aid in absorption of products. In fact, you can sneak in extra hydration by spritzing your face with it throughout the day.  When enjoying outdoor activities try an extra layer of moisturizer, apply SPF or wear a hat, and don’t forget your lip balm.

Try the Akima Botanicals FACE SERUM No. 1 - An oil based serum with botanical extracts and essential oils. It's a wonderful all purpose serum created to hydrate the skin, reduce redness, plump up fine lines, and provide anti-oxidant protection.  It will leave your skin feeling silky and nourished, not greasy or oily. 

In future articles I will get into more detail about professional treatments, DIY facials, and all different types of products and their uses.  Follow here on my blog, or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @AkimaBotanicals.  

Stay tuned & stay toned!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Return of the Blog: New posts every Wednesday

I've returned from blog limbo with new motivation. Each Wednesday I will post articles related to:

Professional Skin Care
Akima Products
Home Care Tips
Beauty Industry Trends & News
Various Lifestyle Topics
And Much More!

Follow AkimaBotanicals here on Blogger, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for these informative, creative, and entertaining blog posts, announcements, contests and giveaways.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

GIVEAWAY CONTEST for 1000 Facebook Likes!!

In celebration of 1000 Likes on FaceBook, I will be giving away 1 - 5oz Body Butter and 1 - 1/3oz. roll-on Perfume Oil OF YOUR FRAGRANCE CHOICE!  Pick from any of my 25 perfume scents, and choose to get both the same or difference scents.

To enter and view all the contest details, go to the link below and select "Facebook 1000 Contest" from the entry form at the bottom of the page: 

Contest starts today and will end 2/18 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be announced on 2/19.
Be sure to share this with all your friends on Facebook & Twitter - it's free to enter!  Good luck!

BuddhiBox January features my Yoga Mat Spray

Since the summer I've been corresponding and collaborating with BuddhiBox founder Maxine Chapman, and in this month's box you will find my all natural Yoga Mat Spray:

A natural cleanser and deodorizer handcrafted specifically for yoga mats & other porous fitness equipment.  Here's a tip: you can also use it as a natural cleaner for non-porous surfaces!  I use it to clean the various work surfaces in my home & office.

BuddhiBox is a monthly subscription box to enhance your yoga practice & lifestyle.  For just $25.95/month and up you can get a box of 4-6 sample and full size products delivered to you.  Or for only $11.95/month you may choose their sample box which includes 2-3 products & coupons. From the website:

On the 10th of each month, we ship you a curated box
of 4-6 products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle.

BuddhiBox practices Saucha or pure living.
We only partner with businesses that follow ethical
and conscious standards of production.

Most of the items we feature are organic and vegetarian.

Proceeds from boxes sold  are donated
to a different charity each month.


Recently created is BuddhiBox Jewelry, a quarterly subscription box - definitely something worth checking out!  I'm so happy to have been included, and to have my product meet wonderful reviews from such popular bloggers as Subscription Box Mom and Ramblings of a Suburban Mom


Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview for FanGirlNation

Wow, it's been quite a while since I've found the time to blog.  Just popping in to announce an interview I did with FangirlNation has been published on their site.  I was so excited for this opportunity, click on the banner to view the full interview.  Thanks go out to Editor-In-Cheif Victoria Irwin, it was a lot of fun telling my story. :D

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winner of my Spring 2014 Contest

Visit my Contest page 

Congrats to Janice H., the winner of my Spring 2014 Contest!  Enjoy your new Ostara Perfume Oil. 
Stay in touch via social media and on my website for future contests & giveaways.  You could be next!

One Note Fragrances

Happy Hangover Day everyone!  Just a quick announcement that I now offer One Note Fragrances on my website!  Choose from many choices, or if you don't see what you'd like just shoot me a message.  Available as Room & Body Spray and Perfume Oil.

Click picture to visit page, & scroll to the bottom

Also, don't forget that my Irish Potato Lip Balm is limited edition for St. Patty's Day.  Get it while it lasts!

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