Hey everyone! I’m very excited to finally unveil a new series on the blog, ‘A Healthy Beauty Life with…’. This feature will bring you an insight to brand founders and fellow beauty bloggers’ take on what ‘healthy beauty’ means to them, plus they will share some health tips and essential self-care products that they can’t live without.
Location: Northern California Roles I play: Mom, Wife, Hawaii Native, Bay Area Enthusiast, Live Music Lover, Former Spa Director, Founder & CEO of Spa Heroes
Longtime spa pro Jeannie Jarnot is on a mission to help people make healthy skin care the rule and not the exception. Combining her savvy from a 15-year career in luxury spas with her reality as a working mother, Jeannie founded Spa Heroes as resource for women who want to avoid toxic beauty products but don’t have the time to sort through ingredients or find the very best natural alternatives…
Dedicated to improving and simplifying the way we discover and purchase our skin care products, Jeannie launched her monthly beauty subscription service in 2014 with the motto: Use Less. Love More. Her love of nature was born in her native Honolulu, Hawaii. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and 5-year old son.
‘Healthy beauty’ means…
When I was in my 20’s, I read about a study involving a focus group asked to choose the most attractive people from a random selection pictures of men and women. The study found that the people found to be most attractive were of people the group thought also looked healthy, regardless of features, gender, ethnicity and other factors. This was an ‘aha moment’ for me.
I realized that beauty isn’t about looks but rather about the vibrance and energy that comes from a smart lifestyle.
How healthy beauty has affected my overall lifestyle…
I believe in taking a lot of small healthy steps every day. I make sure to exercise daily, even for a short while. I make a point to drink plain water and eat nutritious food. I know that I look my best when I’ve slept between 7 and 8 hours. I meditate as often as I can, even if I can only fit in 10 minutes, it helps me manage stress and prevent any adverse health effects. And I also use a lot of quick and easy skincare tricks throughout the week to keep my skin happy and healthy.
Beauty routine: my approach is…
To know my skin and body. I pay attention to what skincare ingredients my skin responds to, how it likes to be treated and what to eat and drink to feel and look my best. I really believe that less is more when it comes to my beauty routine. I try to keep it as simple as possible and give it what it likes. I enjoy wearing make-up just as much as I enjoy going without it. At this stage of my life feel comfortable and beautiful made-up or au natural – so I switch it up based on my mood and the occasion. Whatever the case, I never leave the house without mineral sun protection on my face and hands.
During the course of a week I treat my skin to a face mask at least twice and wash it off in the shower, or apply a sleep mask that absorbs over night. Throughout the day I mist my face and hands with an organic plant hydrosol. At night, I am generous with what I put on my skin, I typically layer two serums or balms on my face, around my eyes, neck, and hands; my skin just soaks it all in.
What I eat in a day…
I eat 3 meals a day beginning with an apple and some walnuts or almonds for breakfast, keeping it very light. I drink 2 cups of black coffee in the morning and usually that’s it for the day. For lunch I love salad – usually spinach, arugula or kale with chicken, feta, tomatoes and a few other vegetables – with olive oil and lemon. I drink green tea and have fruit or Greek yogurt in the afternoon. Dinner is with my family and it varies every night. I’ve tried eliminating different things from my diet – meat, dairy, wheat – but I’ve found that I feel best eating a balance of everything and lots of organic vegetables.
Top 5 products I absolutely can’t live without…
1) Red Flower Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream - It is the universal wonder cream for face, hands, feet, and chest – all over. It’s beyond moisturizing; it heals any skin condition and delivers incredible antioxidant protection.
5) Caitlin Supernatural Deodorant - At last I’ve found a natural deodorant that makes me happy. It’s got super clean ingredients like antibacterial olive leaf and radish root ferments plus organic aloe vera to soften and moisturize. I definitely could not live without it.
What I wish to see more of in the healthy beauty industry…
Reliable tools that help people determine what products are actually safe and healthy to use on their skin. My contribution to the idea is our free Ingredient Pocket Guide, available to one and all.
My secret to being beautiful is…
Self care. When I am taken care of, I can care for others – and that’s when I feel most beautiful.
Use Less. Love more – that’s what Spa Heroes want you to do.
Some of you might have already come across this “heroic” beauty box subscription service delivering transformative skin, hair, and sun care products free of toxic ingredients that are commonly found in conventional beauty products. Having spent 15 years in the luxury hotel and resort spas industry, founder Jeannie Jarnot is a strong advocate for making healthy skin care a rule, and not the exception. She actively promotes the importance of non-toxic and natural ingredients in self-care products, and wants to provide consumers with those products in the most accessible way possible.
With that, Spa Heroes was born in 2013. Unlike other subscription boxes that offer you a variety of products monthly, Spa Heroes brings you 1 full-sized expert-selected Hero Product for just $39 per month.
Our curated beauty product selections are all completely free and clear of ingredients that could be hazardous to your health. Instead, each one is packed with natural Superpower ingredients that activate your body’s very own beauty superpowers like cell regeneration, moisture retention, and the glow of good health.
So, it seems like winter is here to stay. Just as we were lamenting how we didn’t get much snow in December, January saw snow storms after snow storms in the East coast. The amount of snow in our backyard has reached above knee level, we have numerous killer icicles growing from the roof (they’re melting now though), and the snow banks are taller than I am. I love snow, but it’s not fun anymore when it’s not so safe to drive/traffic gets SO bad and we can’t go anywhere.
There were a few days where temperatures dipped really low – double digits below zero in Farenheit – that’s like insanely cold when you convert to Celsius! Hot teas and a couple of trips to Starbucks (not the best choice but) help thaw out my frozen hands and feet, but it’s days like these that make me miss the warm weather back home in Singapore… In a bid to drive away the winter blues, here’s a round-up of some products that temporarily transport me to a tropical paradise and prevent horrible winter skin.
If there’s a magazine that I can and will read from cover to cover, it’s the Thoughtfully Magazine.
I’m sure some of you may be familiar with the resourceful green beauty blog, Organic Beauty Talk, and you’ll be pleased to know that Thoughtfully Magazine was founded by OBT’s creator, Brandie Gilliam. Thoughtfully Magazine made its debut last December, a quarterly publication focusing on healthy beauty, travel and culture, ethical fashion, food, and wellness.
We’re a movement and a community, as well as a lifestyle that encourages you to live thoughtfully right where you are, one step at a time, with what you have.
– Brandie Gilliam, Founding Editor & Creative Director
Less is always more, especially when our skins become finicky and easily irritated with the change of seasons or extreme weather conditions. Silkka Garden Apothecary is an ode to founder and creator Liisa’s Finnish roots, and her desire to learn and investigate practically everything. Curiosity is second nature due to her background in journalism and freelance writing, which led Liisa into researching healthy foods and personal care products, and ultimately, creating a skin care line that’s simple and effective.
Silkka is Finnish for ‘pure and simple’, and it’s a nod to both my ancestry and the principles which guide the creations. While nature serves as inspiration, simplicity is always the intention.
One thing that stands out from this Canadian brand is that, all products are made with short ingredients lists, a promise that Liisa abides by. Handmade in small batches each week, you will find skin care that’s packed full of unrefined, cold-processed plant, nut and fruit-based oils and butters, steam-distilled essential oils, wildcrafted/organic herbs and flowers, and Ontario beeswax. Every product is housed in amber glass bottles which help maintain integrity of the ingredients and prolong shelf-life.