Urban Hippie

  • Bay Street Bazaar

    Great event this past weekend in Downtown Los Angeles' historic Arts District! Thank you to everyone who made it out to Bay Street Bazaar, where Root Beauty had a booth. And a big Thank You to Shiho Johnson (pictured) and Renee Wong Mytar. You ladies rock!    

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  • Healthy alternatives to junk food snacks (for kids)

      If you have small children, you've probably been here before: it's the witching hours-- the time that falls between after-school and dinner. The kids are hungry, as evidenced by little hands rifling through the pantry. You don't want to offer them another carbohydrate (how many goldfish crackers can one kid consume?) but you're short on healthy alternatives.  Here are some tips on getting your kids to snack better (quick, easy, simple-- what every parent needs): * Frozen fruits: freeze grapes, chunks of mango and watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. Chop a bunch of fruit beforehand and keep in the...

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  • Slather the sunscreen

    Summer is just around the corner. You're probably thinking about pulling out your bathing suit, dusting off that straw basket and donning the flip flops. Just don't forget your most important accessory-- sunscreen! According to experts, anyone, regardless of skin color, can get skin cancer. Remember, your skin is your largest organ and your first defense from the elements (click here to find out how incredible your skin is).   The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their 2013 Guide to Sunscreens. Their list is the most comprehensive. From best beach and sport sunscreens to moisturizers and lip balms with...

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  • You are what you eat. 3 simple ways to eat better

    This past week I was reminded of the importance of food and health. I have a family member that has been struggling with digestive issues since Christmas and can't seem to get better. Due to a series of events, all the good bacteria in their colon was wiped out and the unfortunately the bad bacteria took over. They are now on a strict diet that includes a lot of intense probiotics to help restore the good bacteria.  When I shared this story with a dear friend she confided in me about her own struggle with understanding nutrition and how over...

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  • Simple alternative to shampoo and conditioner

    A lot of shampoos and conditioners contain harsh chemicals. Unfortunately, much of what's offered on drugstore shelves aren't chemical-free. And the ones that are are usually pretty expensive. Let me offer an inexpensive alternative to traditional shampoo and conditioner: it might take a little while to get used to but I love it. Though I haven't converted my husband, all things in good time. Recipe * "SHAMPOO" - 1 Tablespoon of baking soda to 1 Cup of filtered water * "CONDITIONER" - 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 Cup of filtered water   Application * For simple application...

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  • Exfoliate! 3 ways to help dry skin this winter

    Exfoliate. As someone who often suffers from dry skin (especially in the winter), I sympathize with those struggling this season. We all know the importance of moisturizing and keeping the skin hydrated, but we often forget an important part of skin care-- exfoliation. It's important to clear away dry, dead skin so that your moisturizer can be more fully absorbed by your skin.   Here are 3 simple tools to use to exfoliate your face: Loofah: Gently scrub face in a circular motion with this natural material. Korean Scrub:  These are used in Korean bathhouses and are great at not only exfoliating...

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  • Oh, baby!

    I have exciting news.  I am with child.  I was careful about what I put on my skin before I found out I was pregnant. Now that I'm living for two, I might be classified as totally neurotic. I have read reports that we absorb up to 60 percent of what we put on our skin. It's actually a more powerful way to transmit chemicals into our system than ingesting them. When we ingest a drug or chemical we have enzymes in our saliva and stomach to help combat and break it down. However, when we apply a chemical to...

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  • 4 simple steps to heal chapped hands

    For years I struggled with chapped hands. My knuckles would crack and bleed. It was incredibly painful.   Here are some tips on ways to prevent and help correct chapped hands: LAY OFF THE HAND SANITIZER  I know we are in the middle of flu season and the urge is to apply and re-apply hand sanitizer. But they are full of alcohol, which is extremely harsh on your delicate hands. It will dry them out, especially if you keep re-applying. Also, hand sanitizer often has antibacterial agents which is detrimental to your long-term health. More importantly, you may build a resistance...

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  • Vote!

    I know this post doesn't necessarily have to do with skin care, but who we elect has a big influence on the policies that we want to see changed or implemented.  We are two weeks from the presidential election and I know you are being bombarded daily with TV advertisements and political pundits telling you who to vote for. I have no political agenda other than to encourage you to VOTE. It's not business to know who or what you are voting for, but I want to beg you to exercise your right and privilege as an American. So go...

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  • Exercise for better skin

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to head into the mountains to backpack with a few friends. It was great to get out of the city and into the fresh mountain air. We hiked about six miles and set up camp just off Cottonwood Lake #1. (There are 6 lakes.)   Exercise is great way to better your skin. Here are few ways exercise can improve your complexion: SWEAT  Sweat is your body's way of purging toxins. This process can help unclog your pores and prevent future blemishes. OXYGEN  When you exercise, you increase oxygen and blood flow to...

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