Understanding Body Butters and How to Use Them in Skincare

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Ahhh, butter. Sweet butter. Creamy, delicious, and nutritious, it is perfect for spreading on… your body! Glorious raw pasture butter is not our topic of conversation today, but although I DO love that kind of butter, that will need to be a completely different post for some other time :).

Today we are delving into understanding body butters; Discussing the different kinds, what they do, how they feel, and how to best use them!

Using body butters are one of the best way to nourish your skin, from the inside out. For those looking for a really minimalist skincare routine, you can really use just a single body butter (depending on what kind you are using…some lend themselves to be used by themselves while some need to be combined with others butters, oils or other ingredients to be applied easily). Most will require more effort to rub in than a typical skin cream, but it’s totally worth it and since butters don’t contain water they do not dry out your skin, or require preservatives to stop spoilage.

It’s really a win/win situation. Plus they have a myriad of uses: hand, foot and face care, cuticle softening, dry skincare, massage, all over skincare and softening, and even makeup removal.

Open Letter to Ms. Fearless – Pep Talk Tuesday


Dear Ms. Fearless,

Today is the day you can stop being afraid. Why? Because your future does not just happen by chance. No, your talents have been especially crafted for a purpose. That future that you anticipate is even more glorious than you envisioned. How? Because God is at work in your life. He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He planned it long ago (Ephesians 2:10). So don’t waste time feeling glum, wondering about temporary things (Matthew 6:25-34). Rejoice! When you walk with the Lord, your feet will not stumble and your path will be straight (Psalm 18:31-36). Today is your day to be fearless.

DIY Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

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As summer heads this way, it is time to start thinking about sunscreen and beach vacations! Well, maybe you’re not leaving for your vacation yet, but you will still need sunscreen in the meantime. Try this all natural, DIY sunscreen recipe that is free of icky chemicals and ideal for sensitive skin. This recipe includes moisturizing coconut oil, shea butter, and red raspberry seed oil, all which protect your skin from the sun as well as zinc oxide— more on this ingredient later.

Female Pattern Baldness (Alopecia) – Hair Loss Series 3


For my final installment of the Hair Loss Series, I will be addressing female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness, also known in the scientific world as Andogenetic Alopecia, is a type of hair loss caused by continual inflammation of the hair follicle and the conversion of testosterone to the molecule DHT (Source).

In females, this type of hair loss creates hair thinning along the crown or in the middle or back of the scalp (See figure 1).

(Figure 1) Stages of Female Pattern Baldness 

Female pattern baldness is a non-scarring type of alopecia, meaning there is less external damage to the scalp. There are two main treatments for female pattern baldness which I will cover. I will also offer some natural remedies that you can get started with right away.

The LCO Method (Liquid Cream Oil)


The LCO Method refers to the order in which you apply three products—liquid, cream, and oil in order to moisturize your natural hair. You can remember the sequence to use these products by the order of the letters. The “L” stands for liquid, the “C” for cream, and the “O” for oil. The LCO Method differs from the commonly known LOC Method because of the order in which the products are used. Both methods are used to moisturize natural hair so that it stays hydrated longer.

Hair Porosity Natural Hair

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Porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. For most, porosity is genetic, but it can also be affected by external factors such as exposure, heat treatments and chemical processing. Knowing your hair's porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, supple, strong and shiny.