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The Clean Beauty Journey With Tara Foley Of Follain

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Alright, clean beauty lovers, today is a BIG day. We have no other than the founder of Follain, Tara Foley, with us to chat all about clean beauty and skincare. Specifically, Tara is going to be covering the transition from toxic to toxin-free; a journey that is so important but can feel overwhelming. Don’t fret though, Tara’s approach to the transition is practical, achievable, and so worth it.

One of the many things that I love about Follain is their belief that clean products aren’t to only be praised for the ingredients they don’t include (i.e. toxic ones!), but celebrated for the nourishing, nutrient-rich ingredients they do include. It isn’t enough to only eliminate the bad stuff; the replacement ingredients must be of utmost quality because those minerals and vitamins are what your skin is really wanting to soak up. With that in mind, we are going to hand it over to Tara to talk more about the clean beauty journey.

5 Steps for Kick-Starting Your Clean Beauty Journey with Tara Foley, founder & ceo of Follain 

When I first met Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, I was immediately impressed by her deep knowledge and passion for clean living. We share this passion and also love promoting the importance of clean living to as many women (and men!) as possible. I was beyond honored when Lauren suggested that you’d like to hear from me about how to switch over to a clean beauty routine!

To begin, I want to put it out there that I know how hard it can be to know where to start, when switching to cleaner beauty products—and it can be even harder to decode product labels that contain buzzwords like “natural,” “organic,” and “non-toxic.”

I opened Follain in 2013 to create a destination for beautiful, high-performing, and truly clean skincare products. When you shop with us, you don’t have to worry about confusing labels, because we’ve vetted every single product long before it makes it onto our shelves and our website. In fact, we have an always evolving restricted ingredient list that we maintain with input from scientists, dermatologists, and other experts. We also put all products through a rigorous approval process, meaning the team and I test them out over several weeks to make sure they live up to their promises and will work wonders for your skin.

If you’re like me, you use A LOT of products, and it would be overwhelming to swap them all at once. That’s why I always recommend thinking about what you use most often and the most of. Those are the best products you should switch out first. Here are 5 categories to consider switching early on, as you start your clean beauty journey.

  1. Deodorant

Conventional deodorants are usually antiperspirants, designed to clog pores and block sweat, rather than allow your body do what it was designed to when your temperature rises: sweat! Clean deodorants won’t stop you from sweating (which is a good thing), but they typically include essential oils to kill odor-causing bacteria and moisture-absorbers such as baking soda or cornstarch.

  1. Facial Cleanser

Many conventional cleansers contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), an additive that makes products foam up; however, it’s thought to contribute to a bunch of health problems. I don’t think the foam is worth the risk—and it’s definitely not doing anything for skin. In fact, SLS can be irritating and trigger allergies. Natural and non-toxic cleansers opt for clays, oils, and plant extracts to get you squeaky clean while nourishing your skin, too. If you need help finding the best cleanser for your skin, try our matchmaker tool!

  1. Hand & Body Soap

Since you use soap and body wash all over, this is an important swap to make. I’m partial to our Follain Hand & Body Soap, which is gentle enough to be used for just about everything. If you’re a fan of bar soap, though, there are a bunch of clean options that take your dad’s old-fashioned bar to the next level. With the beautiful essential oils and a soft lather of non-toxic soaps, you’ll never want to go back to your old shower routine.

  1. Facial Moisturizer

Since you probably use your facial moisturizer twice a day, this is a good candidate for a clean swap. Traditional formulas can contain fillers, preservatives, and chemically derived emulsifiers. The best thing about their clean counterparts—and clean skincare in general—is that they replace those fillers with ingredients that actually make a difference for your skin and can help you target your skincare concerns. It can be hard to figure out which moisturizer is right for you, but at Follain, we created a our skin quiz to solve this problem. By answering a few questions, you’ll get recommendations for a personalized routine from our selection of high-performing favorites.  

  1.  Body Moisturizer

Conventional moisturizers often include petroleum derivatives, which are touted for their ability to seal in moisture. But there are plenty of safe and wholesome alternatives that will feed your skin. I’m personally a big fan of body oils, which is why I’m so excited about Follain’s new Instant Glow Body Oil. We crafted it from 10 oils and it comes in a spray bottle, so it’s easy to apply. But if oil isn’t for you, there are plenty of lotions, butters, and balms that will do the trick, without any of the nasty stuff!

In my personal opinion, the best part about making the switch to cleaner beauty is that these products are so much more enjoyable to use than conventional products! Their beautiful nourishing ingredients make you feel like you’re doing something super healthy for yourself–because you are!

As you have more questions when making the switch to cleaner products, we’re here and happy to help! Thanks for reading and enjoy the journey!

SHOP THE POST:

Clean Edit No. 7

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Clean Edit, so figured it was time!! Are you following along daily over on @thecleanstuff? If not, definitely do that too for a regular dose of clean product recommendations that I have used and love.

biossance fascial mist

fascial mists offer an extra dose of skin nourishment that I love

tata harper regenerating cleanser

for a clean face and nourished skin with pure ingredients

young living oils

I love diffusing oils in my home to promote wellness + a relaxing atmosphere

primally pure spa kit

occasional bath evenings at home are part of my self-care routine 

ilia lip color

because a little lip color is always a good idea

image: Stefanie Johnson (@stefannagram on IG) 

Self-Care Gifts

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We love us a good spa night at home! Cue all the bath salts, candles, and relaxing music. Self-care can be anything from such a spa night, or as simple as applying your favorite cream before bed or mask in the morning.

Since it is the magical season of gift giving, we are loving the idea of sharing the love for self-care moments with others by gifting self-care gifts.

You can get the full scoop on all wellness gift ideas from our gift guide, but below is a quick peek at treat-yourself items from Primally Pure that make the best gifts…for you and others! xo 

Treat Yourself Gifts from Primally Pure:

*Flower Bath 

*Sea Soak

*Body butter 

*Body Oil

*Beauty Cream 

images: Stefanie Johnson (@stefannagram on IG) 

An Anti-Aging Wonder: Fountain of Truth Beauty

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I could not be more proud of my dear friend, Giuliana, for using her story for good in so many ways. One of which is her most recently launched skincare line called Fountain of Truth. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, G was unable to find a clean skincare line that treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and other skin issues. So, she created her own! It has been extra sweet to watch how personal this process has been for her + how much care she has put into creating it.

Reasons why I personally love FOT:

  • The Fountain of Truth formulas contain Super Bio-Ferment technology of clean, safe, gentle, and highly effective, fermented, skin-loving botanical ingredients.
  • The use of fermented ingredients: efficacy and potency of ingredients may be increased when they are fermented because they can be “broken down” into smaller molecules to help improved the appearance of skin’s surface.
  • It uses smaller molecules, which can allow for more skin penetration, hydration, and soothing. Not to mention, fermentation can also help the nutrient density and concentration of skin-loving ingredients. All this makes for a gentle, yet effective formula to help to improve texture, tone, dryness, and the appearance of fine lines.
  • A few of the ingredients:
    • Wakame Seaweed has powerful antioxidant benefits.
    • Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Silicon get fermented and play important roles in helping skin look and feel healthy.
    • Zinc is an important antioxidant for the skin.

P.S. This is the cutest present ever for the holidays!

 

 

Wellness Gift Guide: 30 Gifts to Give

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It’s that time! Our official 2018 holiday gift guide is here. Introducing the LSK Wellness Gift Guide: 30 Gifts to Give.  If you are part of our email list, you received it last week and have probably already gotten a head-start on shopping. As we talked about in a recent post, we are taking gift-giving very intentionally this holiday season and gifting wellness-focused items that are good for one’s body, mind, and soul! Scroll down for 30 wellness gifts. Enjoy! xo

For the…

ready-to-go-clean person in your life! A pre-shop to my subscription program: Clean Sweep for a discounted price- limited time only!

essential oil lover with a tense jaw/tension headaches: H. Gillerman Jaw Clenching Remedy

cleaning queen that you just adore: Branch Basics Starter Kit

cozy homebody who wants organic cotton sheets: The Citizenry Sheet Set

spa lover and self-pamper pro: Primally Pure Spa Kit *SOLD OUT* we recommend the sea soak or flower bath!

baking champ and sweet-tooth friend: Sweet Laurel Cookbook

friend interested in gut health & all things keto: Dr. Cole’s Ketotarian Book

deep sleeper who loves their beauty sleep: Slip silk pillowcase + sleep mask

all celery juice fans:  Breville Juicer

that smoothie-every-morning person:  Vitamix blender + plant-based straws

DIY almond milk lover: Nut milk bag + glass milk bottle

crazy for organic coffee friend:  Glass french press

cook-at-home type of person: Le Creuset cast iron skillet

hostess or host of the year: Le Creuset dutch oven

on-the-go friend or fitness guru: LifeFactory glass water bottle

beauty queen with the best hair: Dyson hair dryer

person who cares about air quality in their home: Molekule Air Purifier

lover of clean beauty products + a good natural glow: rms bronzer + bronzer brush

fans of baths, detoxing, and smooth skin: Dry brush + body butter

one who has been searching for a good sustainable wine: Scout & Cellar wine

girlfriend with that beautiful long hair: Aquis hair turban + mason pearson comb

lover of fresh flowers and home decor: Farm girl wreath

the one who cares about recycling and reducing plastic: Everlane ReNew collection

those who are always on their phones: Radiation blockers as stocking stuffers

the plant lady or guy in your life: Snake plant

essential oil lover: This diffuser + Young Living Essential Oils

on-to-go girl who still wants great hair: Stranded dry shampoo & shhhowercap

person who loves a good detoxing soak session: Pursoma bath soak

girl who loves clothing made with sustainable fabrics: All Things Reformation

lover of a great face mask/cleansing cream: Honey Mud by May Lindstrom

Wellness-Focused Sales

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Let the gifting craziness begin! Wishing you peace and calm to navigate all the deals out there. We will have a post next week about our gifting approach, so more on this later, but we invite you to take all the sales with stride and gift intentionally and thoughtfully, with so much love! Below are a few wellness-focused sales that we are loving on this Black Friday. xo

Branch Basics

*20% off all starter kits! Code: HOLIDAYGIFT20

Primally Pure 

Receive a free deodorant with purchases over $60

or 15% off with LSK15 

Follain 

20% off everything! Code: GETCLEAN / they sell ursa major, may lindstrom, and more!

Anthropologie 

30% off everything- a few clean brands they have: rms, h. gillerman organics, ilia beauty, + juice beauty!

The Citizenry

*For every $150 a customer spends with The Citizenry on Black Friday, 1 girl goes back to school in India.

Sage Wellness

20% off everything!

images: Stefanie Johnson (@stefannagram on IG) 

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