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Eye Balm or Serum?

Which should you use? Maybe both, depending on your skin type, age, or the issue that you want to remedy. There are differences between these products that may be confusing when choosing a skin care regimen for your eyes.

  • Serums are water based and designed to deeply penetrate the skin to improve its barrier function, protect against moisture loss, and promote good bacteria on your face. Serums are great for hyperpigmentation, anti-aging, acne, and they help with cellular turnover. Serums can intensify anything that you put on afterwards.

  • Balms are like a solid oil that turns into liquid oil on your face, and they provide a nourishing protective top layer on your skin, especially good for winter. Great for getting that plumped complexion, they can also be used as a cleanser, or left on as a mask. Balms can work in place of a moisturizer, and they are ideal for flaky, dry skin.

  • Balms and serums are applied differently: Serums are applied directly to the problem area with an eyedropper Balms are applied by the fingers to the general area. They are concentrated, so you only use small amounts The bottom line is that you should research and experiment to find the right product for your individual skin type and needs. You may decide to use both!
The bottom line is that you should research and experiment to find the right product for your individual skin type and needs. You may decide to use both!

If you are looking for a moisturizing eye balm to help address the signs of ageing around the eye - this is the one:
Signal Peptides Firming Eye Balm by Juice Beauty. It is formulated to help firm & hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes. Contains a custom blend of sunflower-derived lipids and rice peptides to improve the elasticity, renewal, and protection of the fragile, thin skin of the eye area. It can be applied mornings and evenings and it primes the skin for smooth and seamless eye makeup.
Best of all, this product is formulated with organic ingredients and is animal cruelty free.

Signal Peptides Firming Eye Balm


Finally, a skin beauty care line that we can trust.
Erbaviva is a California-made USDA Certified Organic skin care company that is committed to deliverimg the best products for daily essential skin care routines. Inspired by the desire to use pure, safe, organic products on their own children (at a time when there were no organic personal care products available), Robin and Anna started erbaviva in their Topanga home. Their product lines are formulated exclusively from nature for mommies, babies and for all beauty seekers who demand truly healthy, organic products. 70% of erbaviva products are certified organic by the USDA.

The erbaviva line of products for mommy-to-be & motherhood skin care is truly organic and chemical-free. It’s packed with essential ingredients to keep mommie’s skin smooth and radiantly glowing.

  • Relax Body Lotion
  • Pregnancy Massage Oil
  • Stretch Mark Oil
  • Stretch Mark Cream
  • Belly Butter
  • Relax Body Oil
  • Relax Body Wash
  • asmin and Grapefruit Organic Deodorant
  • Lemon & Sage Organic Deodorant
  • Breathe Body Wash
  • Breath Body Lotion
  • Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Vanilla Grapefruit Lip Balm
  • Tummy Rub

The erbaviva line of products for the delicate skin of newborns and babies is consciously crafted with the purest and healthiest ingredients available.

  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Soap
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Cream
  • Baby Body Wash
  • Nighty Night Bath Essence
  • Baby Butter
  • Diaper Cream
  • Lip & Cheek Balm
  • Breath Body Lotion
  • Breath Body Wash
  • Baby Sunscreen SPF 30


Jasmine is known as the "Queen of the Night”, because it’s flowers nocturnally release a strong, sweet, yet pleasant fragrance.
Perhaps, while walking in your neighborhood in the evening, you may have been briefly transported to some magical place by a gentle waft of soothing, enchanting fragrance from somewhere nearby…

The jasmine flower fragrance is often associated with romance and love.
Jasmine essential oil provides health benefits, soothing nervous tension & anxiety.
Jasmine promotes the feeling of joy, peace, and self-confidence. It is known to help balance hormones and promotes healthy, radiant skin.
Jasmine works beautifully because it tones the skin and helps to enhance elasticity. It’s definitely something to include in your daily regimen. Besides improving elasticity, it brightens up the skin, fades scars and stretch marks. It can be used on both normal or dry skin.

Here is a powerful Anti-Aging Facial Oil Recipe
with Jasmin Oil:

Use sparingly in the mornings and evenings after washing, paying particular attention to the wrinkle-prone areas around the eyes and mouth. Be very gentle around the eyes. Use for two weeks, and take a week off, substituting with a plain oil such as argan or avocado.

Another Facial Oil option - Jasmin Oil Blend by Pixi.

What's In It?

  • Jasmin Flower extract
  • Evening Primrose
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Rich in Omega-6 oil
  • Rosemary Leaf Extract
  • Lavender Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract

Good to know:

It’s recommended to apply mornings & evenings daily. Just gently press onto cleansed, toned skin for a boost of hydration. Wait a few minutes for the oil to penetrate the skin, then apply your moisturizer. For that extra boost of hydration add 2-3 drops to your moisturizer before applying it.


We are so worried about wrinkles, but it seems that we give all the attention to our face. We exfoliate it, moisturize it, use masks on it once in while and even protect it with sunscreen. And how about our neck? Did you forget about it?
Our neck skin is every bit as delicate as our face skin, and it needs the same attention as our face does.
Following some type of skin regimen, you can minimize neck wrinkles that already exist and even prevent new ones from forming. Preventing neck wrinkles follows much the same routine as preventing face wrinkles.

Here are some suggestions for a skin regimen for face and neck:

Tips to follow:

  1. A daily routine is a must to fight neck wrinkles.
  2. Beauty also comes from within. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Add a little bit of lemon juice in it for better skin hydration.
  3. Exfoliate your neck to reveal a brighter complexion. Skin will have a radiant glow from removal of dead skin cells and hydration support for healthy new skin.
  4. Due to neck skin being so thin, it is recommended to exfoliate it only once a week with a gentle cleanser.


Invest in your hair- it is the crown you never take off. It’s a great accessory so take care of it. Maybe you are still using conventional haircare products or maybe you are exploring more natural options.
Whatever the case may be, perhaps essential hair oils can be part of your new or existing routine.
If that is the case here’re just a few essential hair oil options to explore:

  • Ylang Ylang - great essential hair oil that stimulates hair growth
  • Lavender Oil - increases the number of follicles for thicker hair
  • Rosemary Oil - works well for dandruff & stimulates hair follicles
  • Juniper Oil - is helpful for overly-oily hair and helps strengthen brittle strands

How to apply Essential Oils for Hair

  • Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner and lather as usual
  • Add some essential oils diluted in aloe vera to a spray bottle and liberally mist your hair.
    You don’t need to rinse it. It conditions and helps to restore dry hair.

John Masters Organics has included in his Hair Care line a wonderful Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair that was created to gently cleanse snd moisturize, and it is pH balanced to preserve the natural oils in your scalp.

About the product

Its formula includes Certified Organic Lavender Extract that normalizes scalp condition and aids in reducing hair loss. Cerified Organic Rosemary Extract stimulate healthy hair growth, adding volume & shine. These extracts are combined with thirteen other certified organic ingredients. It is sulfate free, not tested on animals, and Made in USA.

Healthy Hair Matters!

The most important thing for hair health above all, is a combination of foods in a balanced diet.
-To keep the strength of your hair - eat peanut butter and greek yogurt, both high in protein and a great source of elasticity.
-To keep hair smooth - lots of tofu, beans, oysters, crabmeat and lean meats.
-To protect hair from breakage - oranges, kiwi, broccoli, red peppers and Brussels sprouts.
-To prevent dry scalp add to your diet - salmon, trout, walnuts and flaxseeds- they are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.


Hands are the most quickly aging part of a woman’s body. Many factors such as solar radiation, excessive dry indoor air, aggressive washing agents, sanitizers, etc. are leading to unfortunate aging consequences.

To maintain the hand skin healthy and looking good, you should be using a good quality moisturizer on them. Apply on hands frequently to restore, moisturize, and protect- especially after washing them.

Pamper your hands with this Organic Hand Cream by ERBAVIVA. It’s a light, yet powerful formula to keep hands soft and rejuvenated. It’s an essential remedy for dull, dry skin, and it’s ideal for softening the cuticles, arms and elbows.

The Hero ingredients and Benefits:

  • Organic Rosemary Extract - antioxidant benefits
  • Organic Shea Butter - nurturing and hydration
  • Organic Aloe Juice - moisturizes and hydrates
  • Organic Cocoa Butter - minimizes the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Suggested Tips:

- Massage your hands at night at least for five minutes to allow the cream ingredients to soak in.
- Always protect your hands from sun radiation. There are so many good sunscreens out there to choose from, but my favorite is from Neutrogena.
- Eating right plays a big role. Indulge in proteins(eggs, almonds, chicken breast, oats, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, broccoli, tuna, quinoa, lentils, fish, shrimp, Brussels sprouts, peanuts),
and Vitamin B & E supplements.

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