Monday, July 15, 2013

Even Celebs Go Natural!

We're  not sure if you're seen this wonderful article yet or not, but we're so excited about it!! We found this on Yahoo's website. What do you do for your skin to keep it healthy and clear?

Jennifer Aniston: I ate a Big Mac and felt 'terrible'

July 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM ET
IMAGE: Jennifer Aniston
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Jennifer Aniston's not lovin' it at McDonald's.
It's no surprise that Jennifer Aniston watches her diet, but she has good reason to do so. After so many years of eating carefully, just a little junk food can turn her stomach.
In an interview about her beauty habits for New York Magazine, Aniston admitted a recent fast-food indulgence was not a good idea.
"I'll never forget when Justin [Theroux] and I were on a road trip and we were so hungry," she told the magazine. "The only thing around was McDonald's. I think I ordered a Big Mac. Wow, my body did not react well to that!"
Aniston explained that because the quick fix was so foreign to her body, her reaction was understandably bad. "It was like putting gasoline in a purified system," she said. "I am always trying to eat organic and natural foods, so that just made my stomach turn and made me feel terrible. And I think what you put in your body, as well as stress, is reflected in the quality of your skin."
Aniston recommends that fans lean on good old water and other healthy basics to stay healthy and fit. "I can never stress enough to my friends that they must do as I do ... hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!" she said. "Drink lots of water, get enough sleep, exercise, and eat a clean healthy diet, whenever possible."
But she doesn't recommend emptying your wallet on pricey cosmetics, even though she can well afford it. "When I started making enough money to afford high-end, fancy skincare products with sexy bottles and impressive claims, I decided to give them a try," she said. "As a result my skin acted up and got irritated. I think sometimes women may be overcleansing their skin. Some products and masks can be too aggressive and irritating for certain skin types. I believe the more simple, natural, and easy the skin care regime, the better off your skin will be."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Abigail's The How and Why of Exfoliation

The Why and How of Exfoliation with Abigail Stoms

So why should I exfoliate?

 I’ve had this asked of me many times.  Exfoliation helps bring the healthy cells to the surface and soften the skin.  Exfoliation also helps keep the pores from clogging if you are prone to breakouts.  This comes with a warning however.  If you have sensitive skin, be careful how you exfoliate and what product you use.  But sensitive skin is a discussion for another time. 

How often?

 A general rule is to exfoliate every 2-3 days- any more frequently and you risk over- stripping the skin.   This will cause the skin to produce too much oil so it can repair the damage caused by too much exfoliation.  Over production of oil will cause clogging of the pores and an unhealthy shine on the surface of the skin.  This can also alter the PH levels of the skin.  A proper PH level will assist in anti-aging and fight against free radicals, but that’s a completely separate article.

What should I use? 

Keep in mind that billions of dollars are dumped into the skincare industry every year.  The big beauty companies pump exorbitant amounts of money into research on how to get you (the consumer) to buy their product.  Even if it looks good and it is endorsed by a Hollywood starlet, chances are, it’s not good for you. A product should speak for itself without a celebrity endorsement.  If you really want to know what is good for you, ditch the advertisements and what the media is telling you use and try looking on the back of the bottle.  If the ingredients list is more than 20 items of words you don’t know, put it back.  We can discuss what ingredients to look for another time.  

Stick with natural, as in from your own home.  You can mix up your own facial exfoliator at home or order from if you want to save on time and products.  Sage Pure products like the lotion bars and sugar scrubs including my favorite, the Lemon Sugar Smoother, are preservative and alcohol free.  They have my endorsement and can be trusted. 

So what should we discuss next?  Do you have a skin care question that you want answered?  Let us know.  We are here to help you navigate the sometimes confusing realm of skin care. 

Want an easy way to exfoliate your pretty face?  Check out the previous post about making your own exfoliator! Again, remember not to exfoliate more often than every 2-3 days.

Stay Gorgeous!

Abigail Stoms

Monday, July 1, 2013

Our New Team Member

Please Welcome Ms. Abigail Stoms to the Sage Pure team! Abigail has been in the skincare industry for over 20 years and is not only a licensed esthetician, but also an esthetician instructor as well. In 2009, while working at the Esani Institute, she was awarded for best technical expertise. Over the years, she has worked with many people at a variety of spas, but never felt herself completely fulfilled by her work at these other spas.
Inspired by the Karate kid movies, as she is also a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, she wanted a fun name for her new business. Wax Foo Spa was born in 2010. Ms. Stoms performs facials and skin care using exfoliants, washes, and moisturizers made from natural products.
As a dedicated, lifelong instructor of both esthetics and martial arts, she has graciously agreed to join the Sage Pure team as a frequent blog contributor, answering your questions and providing information on our various ingredients and products. She is also an avid learner, specifically interested in sciences including chemistry and as such has asked to be a part of our research and development team!

We are very excited to welcome such an experienced and dedicated woman to our team!

                With the addition of her expertise, as we have previously mentioned, we are actively starting development on our newest product- Sun-sitive Skin After Burn Crème. Abigail is well versed in the properties of aloe vera and has already developed a new way of harvesting aloe that keeps the resulting ‘gel’ from feeling sticky. When combined with shea butter our locally grown and harvested aloe (from our own garden!) creates a smooth and soothing butter for your hot, parched skin. At the very end, we want to add some fresh lavender oil, lavender leaves, and dried lavender flowers from our very own plants, keeping our products locally grown and sustainable.

                Let’s show Abigail how glad we are to have her join our team this week. Sage Pure is looking forward to posting a bi-weekly article by Ms. Abigail Stoms beginning next week.