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Out, Out Damn Spot! 6 Natural Brightening Treatments

Natural Brightening TreatmentsI have two friends who recently requested natural product recommendations to help combat melasma spots. One developed the dark spots on her face during pregnancy (totally worth the trouble). The other received them as a fun surprise side effect from a new, insurance-prompted birth control switch (not awesome).

There’s no one-treatment-fits all approach to any skin condition, especially one like melasma that has several potential causes, so it’s important to pay attention to what ingredients generate the best results for your skin — and which ingredients are irritating or ineffective on you. I’ve done the research in the hopes of helping out some friends, but I’m happy to share the results with you as well!

Here are six natural, organic, and nontoxic brightening treatments to help fade dark spots and even out skin tone. (Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)

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New Calls for the FDA to Better Regulate the Cosmetics Industry

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I can’t help it. Every time I come across a story in the mainstream media about the need to better regulate the cosmetics industry in the United States, I get a little bit excited. At some point, this has got to mean change is on the way, right? The more people who care about what’s in the products they put on their skin, the more people start to actively avoid ingredients that are already banned in places like Japan, Canada, and Europe … the more likely we’ll all have even more great, safe, effective products to choose from. Right?

Well, I’ve basically been giddy for the past week or so.

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Want to Try (Natural) Korean Beauty Products? Start Here!

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It’s entirely possible you’ve gotten caught up in the Korean beauty products trend without even realizing it. BB cream, sheet masks, fermented essences, and even special ingredients like snail mucin (seriously!) are all Korean imports. But if you’ve skimmed ingredients lists on some of the most popular K beauty products and found some things you don’t love, I feel you. Plus, it’s not always easy to check out the ingredients lists of these products, many of which are still fairly new to the U.S. market. That’s a problem for a person like me who doesn’t just blindly trust that a brand that calls itself natural doesn’t also use some decidedly not-natural ingredients.

But don’t be disheartened! I’ve done the research. Here are 11 clean Korean beauty products you can try with exactly zero guilt.

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on them. View my full disclosure here.)

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Jovie of The Rex Apothecary

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Meet Jovie Belisle. Here’s why she’s exactly as awesome as she looks: In addition to being the founder and crafter behind the herbal concoctions at Rex Apothecary, she’s also about to complete a two-year Holistic Health Practice program. To celebrate, she wants to do something even more awesome—she wants to travel the country in a 1978 Winnebago to prove to bring her natural products to the people! (While also offering a healthy dose of nutritional and herbal consulting alongside, natch.) I’m all about supporting my fellow natural believers, and I’m hoping she’ll make it from Portland (where she is) to Charlotte (where we are). But a little help would go a long way. She’s working to raise $2,200 by September 1 to take her show on the road. Check out her Indiegogo page or leave a comment on this post to cheer her on!

Read on for some insight into her natural beauty journey and why she thinks it would be a great idea to trek across the country with her dog and two cats in an elderly Winnebago. I love her beauty philosophy! So inspiring. —Aleigh


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Three Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day


Natural beauties tend to be mindful of the planet every day of the year, but it’s still nice to take a moment on Earth Day to reflect on our beautiful world and all of its gifts! Here are a few beautiful ways to show the earth a little extra love today.

Shake up your routine. Try a new green/natural/organic/clean line of products—we’ve given you lots of suggestions over the years! Browse our Beauty Obsession archives to find your perfect match. (And PS: Lots of beauty brands and boutique have great Earth Day sales…)

Be grateful. Research shows that a sense of gratefulness or thankfulness has loads of health benefits. After all, a happy, healthy person is a beautiful person!

Plant something. Gardening is good for you, too—it can ease stress, help keep you in good shape, and give you fruits and veggies to harvest and eat for a healthy diet. (Regardless of what the critics may say.) Or put those veggies to use in a different way: to make your own beauty products!

Looking for even more suggestions? Here are our lists from 2013 and 2012. How will you be celebrating today? —Aleigh

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