Healthy & Beautiful via Follain Boutique

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Follain Experience

I have already written a post about how great switching over to natural skin care is for your body and overall health. I introduced the great affordable product line I discovered; S.W. Basics. I have loved using their cleanser and toner and have seen a great improvement in my skin since I started.  After writing about the dangers of putting so many chemicals into your body through your skin, I inspired my sister to head over to a local natural skin care boutique in Boston, Follain Boutique, to make the switch to natural products. She went a little over a month ago and has seen amazing results with her skin. So, I decided it was about time I head over to their second location in Wellesley and get some more products that are fit for my skin type.

Before I get into the great products and recommendations I received during my walk in, I must say that it is the most beautiful skin care boutique. Everything is simple, clean, and extremely well designed; it makes you want to spend all day hanging out in there. Not to mention the customer service is impeccable; every employee working is so engaging and knowledgeable in all the product lines and their specific benefits. Follain has a mission to create a movement with the way people look at beauty products. Their credo, which is simply put and impactful, is:

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My Product Roundup

After talking through my skin type and the type of breakouts I experience with the lovely associate Ashley, I was recommended a full skin care routine:

  • Shamanunti Activated Charcoal Cleanser
    • Activated Charcoal is a powerful ingredient that pulls toxins and other buildup out of your skin. This cleanser is great for acne prone skin. I learned during my visit that you are only supposed to use a cleanser once a day and preferably at night. Washing your face in excess only causes you to lose natural oils and moisture which causes breakouts.
  • S.W. Basics Toner
    • A great simple and gentle toner for everyone. It is gentle which allows you to use it often throughout the day. Using a toner after you cleanse is ideal to balance your PH levels and tighten up your pores. Instead of cleansing in the morning, it is recommended to just splash your face with water then proceed with the toner and moisturizer.
  • Shamanunti Face Oil (Moisturizer)
    • This face oil acts as your moisturizer. It is made with evening primrose oil which is great for acne prone skin, especially hormonal acne. This oil also contains Vitamin E and Carrot oil which brighten your face and improve skin strength.
  • La Bella Figura Bioactive Purifying Face Mask
    • This mask is made for individuals with oil and problematic skin. It has many different ingredients but the main ingredients; activated charcoal, turmeric, and a blend of Amazonian clay, together bring bacteria to the surface, eliminate blackheads, and overall clear blemishes. It is recommended to use this mask 2-3 times a week.
  • Indie Lee Blemish Lotion
    1. This lotion is to be applied directly onto a problem area when it appears because it is very drying. This blemish lotion works to quickly reduce and eliminate any blemish overnight.
  • RMS “un” coverup
    1. This cover up has a coconut oil base allowing you to not only cover your blemishes but treat them at the same time. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties as well as moisturizing.

Then we talked body soap, scrubs, and lotion as well as deodorants and hair care. It is important to not feel like you need to quickly switch all your beauty products at once. Some of these seemed overwhelming, so I took samples to test out and over time will begin to incorporate them into my routine:

  • MeowMeowTweet Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant
    • Switching to all natural deodorant can seem scary but it is essential since you are currently clogging your pores with toxins and not allowing your body to release them. All natural deodorants allow this natural process to happen which in turn, over time, begins to lessen. This line of deodorant is great for sensitive skin and works (even through a workout).
  • Organic Bath Co Stress Less Scrub
    • I learned the importance of exfoliating, on the regular, during my trip at Follain. Exfoliating your skin daily or a few times a week is essential for keeping your skin healthy. I was recommended a local brand, Organice Bath Co scrub to use. This company uses all fair trade ingredients and donates some of their profits back into the fair trade industry!
  • Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Lastly, switching over to shampoo and conditioner is a very hard transition. I couldn’t fully pull the trigger during this visit. I took home a sample of Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner to try. The expertise at Follain really encouraged me to first start by slowly reducing the times I shampoo my hair down to three times a week. Once I am through this transition to then start using these products to see the best effects. Most women wash their hair every day, which I am guilty of, but it is extremely drying and hurtful to your hair. The first week of reducing your washes might be a little tough but it is proven that once you get through the first week you will not feel like your hair is greasy anymore.

I can’t express how great my experience at Follain was and I encourage anyone  in the area to make a trip to one of their locations. If you are not local start by checking out their website and reading the product descriptions to see if they match your skin type. You can also search your area for a natural beauty boutique as well. Take the pledge with me and start to slowly switch your beauty products to natural ones for optimum health and wellness.

Going All Natural with Skin Care

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around skin care products and the harsh chemicals that many of us scrub all over our face everyday. Did you know that we absorb 60% of what is put on our skin? Most women put 5 to 10 different products on their face daily; think about the amount of chemicals entering our bodies…it certainly adds up over time. Our skin is a reflection of what we absorb into our bodies both nutritionally as well as topically. After reading a few articles and doing some research I made the decision to switch over to all natural skin care products.

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My boyfriend helped me kick off the switch by filling my Christmas stocking with a skin care line called, S.W Basics, a small start up out of Brooklyn, NY that has really taken off. Their products are all made with natural oils and herb extracts that are scientifically combined to bring you the best results for your skin. These products are especially great for anyone who has sensitive or acne prone skin like I do. S.W. Basics makes their products from scratch using only whole, high-potency, organic and fair trade ingredients. Each product contains 5 ingredients or less, because their motto is fewer ingredients means more potent skincare. S.W. Basics also supports local small farms to source their products; just another great perk.

Not convinced yet? Here is a great info graphic that shows just some of the harsh chemicals that are in almost all of your skin care and cosmetics.

(via:naturalhealthyconcepts.com)

S.W Basics can be purchased on their website and now can be found online only at Target. S.W. Basics can also be found in many small local beauty boutiques. In the South End of Boston, MA & Wellesley, MA it is sold in the Follain boutique. Follain also carries many other all natural cosmetics and skin care lines.

This article also appears on Women’s iLab to inspire the next generation of female leaders.