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Why You Should Try the Oil Cleansing Method

Using oil to cleanse oil? This may sound counter-intuitive. How can we remove excess oil from our skin by adding more oil to it?  Oil and water don't mix, that's why we use soap to help break down oils into water-soluble particles. However, using soap strips oils from your face and raises your skin's pH, breaking down your skin's natural lipid barrier and removing beneficial bacteria from the skin's surface - bacteria that help your skin fight acne and protect you from other infections.  When you strip the oils from your skin, not only are you drying it out but you're causing it to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness and to help re-balance the skin's pH.  Additionally, disrupting your skin's lipid barrier can lead to all kinds...

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How to Apply Tallow to Your Face

Learn how to properly apply your tallow whip as a daily facial moisturizer. A few tips to take with you: Using the proper amount of tallow is important. Too much can leave your skin feeling greasy, but the right amount should absorb completely into your skin. Oily skin types may want to use less, while dry skin requires more. To prep your face for maximum absorption, we recommend using a facial toner, such as a herbal hydrosol (or flower water). Using a massage tool, such as a gua sha, helps improve circulation in your face and increase the tallow's benefits.  Tallow's texture depends on the temperature, so it may be more firm in cold weather. Warm the tallow between your...

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Our Favorite Personal Care Hacks | Live Sustainably

Our sustainability series continues this week with some of our favorite tips and hacks for personal care items.  I know what you're thinking, making the change to living more sustainably isn't something that happens overnight, or even within a couple weeks of sheltering in place.  The real reason we're continuing with this topic so extensively is because we know this time has been eye-opening for many.  The norm is to just hop on over to the nearest store to effortlessly get any item you could possibly need for cheap. We never realized that many basic items we need are things we can rather easily make ourselves.  Our challenge to you is to try a few of the following suggestions, or come up with your...

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9 Basic Ingredients that Can Clean Your Whole House | Live Sustainably

Starting to run out of some of your household items? Don't panic, you can make most everything you need with just a few basic ingredients that you may already have on hand, such as:  Sea salt Lemons (can chop and freeze) Baking soda Washing soda Soap nuts 0% Superfat soap bars White vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) Hydrogen peroxide Fresh/dried herbs/hydrosols (lavender/mint/thyme) Laundry Detergent The last time we bought laundry detergent was over a year and a half ago. We’ve been using soap nuts instead, even throughout cloth diapering and ranch living! They're an ultra cheap alternative that you can buy in bulk on Amazon (and it’ll last you years and is super easy to travel with). To help you overcome the...

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10 Steps to a More Sustainable Kitchen | Live Sustainably

Now that we've got you fed and well-nourished from last week's Live Sustainably blog, let's talk kitchen gear. How do you reduce waste and make your cookware last you for years to come?  Hint: it's not by buying the cheap plastic spatulas, the 50-piece set of plastic tupperware and the latest in non-stick pans. It may require an investment in fewer, high-quality items that will serve you well for years to come.  Let's get started:  1. Get Lots of Freezer Space. This tip is key and, if you have an Instant Pot, you can truly spare yourself many last-minute grocery trips! While it does take some extra energy to run the freezer, the gas and time it saves running to the store...

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