5 Ways to Increase Skin Elasticity

I adore my dad even though he did pass on some pretty strong genetic characteristic traits. The most prominent being deep, visible forehead wrinkles. A nice, sophisticated look for him, but not a great look for me.


I have learned ways to hide these bad boys by keeping my skin supple & elastic. Now I am going to share these secrets with you..


It's important to start from the inside out. One way to support skin elasticity through nutrition is by getting enough collagen.


You can get collagen through a collagen supplement or by drinking bone broth. Collagen Supplements have been proven to effectively improve skin elasticity & decreases wrinkles.


This makes sense since collagen makes up about 75% of the dry weight our skin. Since collagen breaks down as we age, supplements are super important!


Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient for every skin type.


With its incredible ability to retain water, Hyaluronic Acid immediately plumps out the skin and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.


My favorite way to apply Hyaluronic Acid is the Drops of Neptune Serum because it is so concentrated that just a couple of drops gets the job done.


AHA acids are a great way to encourage new skin growth. Periodic use of AHA acids is a great way to turn a new leaf and start fresh.


AHA acids work to break down the glue that holds dead skin cells together. This encourages the generation of new cell growth, which reveals fresh, more elastic looking skin. AHA's come in many forms but I personally like to use the Whipped Parfait Fruit Exfoliation Mask.


You can keep your skin hydrated using moisturizers with Lamellar Emulsifiers. Emulsifiers allow water and oil to stay together, but lamellar emulsifiers go another step further..


These emulsifiers organize the water and lipids into the same pattern as the lipid bilayer of our skin. This allows the cream to penetrate deeper into our skin to provide long lasting hydration.


Creams made with lamellar emulsifiers provide so much hydration that you can visibly see skin appearing more smooth & plump.


One of the easiest things to do is to drink enough water and wear your SPF. It might sound simple, but it will have the biggest impact.


You know the drill but here is your friendly reminder :) Apply sun protection and drink at least 9 cups of water every single day! 


If you want to have the benefits of hyaluronic acid and fix uneven skin tone SHOP HERE.

If you want to have the benefits of lamellar emulsifier shop our skincare for smooth skin HERE.

April 21, 2022

Are You Still Using Traditional Acne Treatments?

It is time to remove all of those intense active, exfoliating solutions from your daily routine including: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Retinol, etc.


These are not bad ingredients and they do serve a purpose, but they should not be a part of your routine daily use. 


Daily exfoliation breaks down the skin barrier over time.


Picture this! The skin barrier is a conveyor belt for the cell communication that goes on in our skin. If the conveyor belt has a big hole in it, pieces of information get dropped. When information gets dropped (like hey I need some nourishment over here!), it can lead to many issues manifested as dry skin, inflammation, acne, etc.


I was sooo hesitant to do this first step because I felt like these ingredients were the main thing keeping my skin from breaking out worse than it already was. 


Our minds play the craziest tricks on us sometimes.. Why would I continue to do something that I knew wasn't working in order to avoid the very thing that was still happening to me????!!


If your skin isn't where you want it to be, it's probably time to make some changes. It will take time to repair the skin barrier, so don't stress if you don't see immediate results.


My husband is my honest critic and he is also extremely stubborn. He outright refused to change his skincare routine (a very popular acne treatment line) that he had diligently used since high school. He did this even though he continued to have routine breakouts.


Finally an opportunity presented itself for a trade & he reluctantly agreed to make the switch to my skincare. It took about 2-3 weeks and then the results spoke for themselves.


Not only is his skin clear, his pores shrunk and his skin looks more elastic and smooth. He was also able to improve his skin redness and uneven skin tone. Even his friends noticed the difference! 


Don't get me wrong.. 


The moral of the story is not to leave your skin untreated! I highly recommend switching to a natural/gentle approach that strengthens your skin barrier and leads to long lasting results.


If you are confused about what you should be using, please reach out! I have worked endlessly to find natural solutions that still deliver results. I am also a small company so my products are priced at a budget friendly price.


Do you need guidance and recommendations?


Email us at support@lavendermeadowsco.com or use the contact form below and we can help!

April 20, 2022

Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower: Ingredient for combination skin types

Looking for a magical skin ingredient for your combination skin?

You can reduce redness, inflammation, and help prevent signs of aging!

Butterfly Pea Flowers give our products a lovely blue color. They are also full of incredible skin benefits.

These benefits are perfect for combination skin types.

The flower has been shown to calm skin and visibly reduce redness. It does this through the compounds found in the root.

Studies show that the flower has anti-glycation properties. This keeps rogue sugar molecules from breaking down proteins in the body. By doing this it helps prevent collagen loss.

All parts of the plant can increase the presence of the body’s “master antioxidant”, glutathione. It also acts as an antioxidant itself.

This helps prevent skin cell damage and hyperpigmentation.

The flowers grow in Asian countries like China, Malaysia, and Thailand.

I use the whole plant in my formulations. This is to make sure that your skin receives the full benefit.

Combination skin types can enjoy calmer more even skin with Butterfly Pea Flower.

Receive the benefits of this incredible flower when you use these products! Moon Beam EssenceDrops of Neptune, and Meadow Dream Restore Cream.
January 18, 2022

Living with authenticity.

I believe in living a life of authenticity!

This means you don't have to..

  • Always dress on trend

  • Have flawless skin

  • Get an important degree

  • Have a home straight out of a magazine

You can rock a ponytail, find pure joy in being “just a mom”, and have a traditional home filled with love.

Find freedom as you embrace the body that you were given.

Gain knowledge and skills in unexpected ways.

Unapologetically live the life that feels authentic to you.

When pressure surrounds you, what do you do to bring more authenticity to your life?

Here are responses that I received when I posed this question on social media..

“When I feel pressure or stress, I like to make sure I'm taking time for the things that calm me and bring me joy - snuggles with my pup, painting my nails, sharing a meal with a friend.”

"I slow down"

I love hearing this advice from our tribe of resilient women!

They teach us that we can escape pressure when we find joy in simple things and live more fully in the moment.
January 05, 2022

Can you detoxify your skin?

Lately, I have seen a lot of marketing within the skincare world with promises of products that will detoxify your skin.. Well I am going to come right out and tell you that there is not a skincare product in this world that can actually detoxify your skin.

Detoxifying the skin is a common myth that many of us (I also fell victim for a time) believe because it sounds so appealing. The process of detoxification happens within our body and it is a function that is carried out by the liver and kidney. The liver and kidney work to filter toxins from the blood so that they can be eliminated by the body.

So is there any truth to this kind of skincare marketing propaganda? Yes! They just aren't giving you accurate information.

Antioxidants can be applied to the skin to protect your cells from free radicals. They work by lending an electron to an intruding free radical which causes the free radical to be neutralized.

By protecting your skin from free radical damage, you keep your skin's appearance bright, firm, soothed, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

This is why antioxidants are such a glorified ingredient!

Although they cannot actively detoxify your skin, they are able to prevent the damage from occurring.

I have seen the power behind antioxidants which is why they can be found in many of my skincare products. The Moon Beam Essence is loaded with incredible antioxidants like Kiwi, Chamomile, Licorice, Cucumber, and Bilberry Extracts. The Drops of Neptune Serum contains a very powerful antioxidant called Niacinamide. 

A new antioxidant that I have recently added into the Lavender Meadow Day Dream Cream is Bakuchiol Extract. This incredible plant has properties that not only provide intense protection for the skin but also works to improve the appearance of your skin by reducing wrinkles and brightening the skin's color and tone.

While antioxidants help provide powerful protection, they must be paired with an SPF to keep your skin safe from the harmful effects that result from sun exposure.

January 11, 2021

Are essential oils good for the skin?

The Truth About Essential Oils

The confusion over essential oils was beyond frustrating to me. Mixed messages claiming them to be pain relieving, anti inflammatory, tissue repairing, anti microbial, etc. and others saying they can cause neuro toxicity, allergic reactions, and sensitization. Can you relate?

So I took a course from a cosmetic chemist to find out once and for all the answers to my questions! 

I learned that Essential Oils are not equal in terms of their chemical composition and atom structure. Oils differ bases on the plant they are sourced from! Some oils can be volatile with a small molecular weight and they will oxidize quickly. These oils can be irritating and sensitizing to the skin.

Essential oils are classified according to the functional family they sit in and the terpenes they are made up of. Once you understand how certain terpenes effect the skin, you can decipher which oils are safe.

What Essential Oils are safe for the skin?

Oils high in Monoterpenes, Phenols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Ethers, and Oxides are generally not recommended for use on skin. They are volatile and have a small molecular size. They also oxidize quickly when exposed to light or air. They can be irritating, sensitizing, and contain allergens. High quantities can cause neurotoxicity, especially in children. 

Oils that are high in these terpenes are: 

Pine, Rosemary, Blue Tansy, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Common Sage, Peppermint, Sweet Basil and the list goes on.

Terpene families that have a higher molecular weight and are less volatile include Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Sesquiterpenols, Aldehydes, and Esters. They are generally non irritating and non sensitizing. 

EO’s high in these terpenes include:

Lavender, Geranium, Rose Otto, Patchouli, Carrot Seed Oil, Sandalwood. 

However, some of these oils contain Linalool and Geraniol terpenes which can be potential allergens. 

Even oils that are non sensitizing must be used within very specific limits in formulations. Usually less than 1%.

Why do I avoid Essential Oils in my products?

My goal is to create skincare with wholesome, soothing, and calming ingredients backed by science. Formulations gentle enough to use on your child’s tender skin. This led my to take a fragrance free approach.

Every single ingredient is carefully selected for its skin soothing and strengthening properties. I will always adapt my products when I learn that there is a better option to improve the health of your skin! 

January 11, 2021

The typical postpartum products that aren't doing you any favors!

The products that you receive after giving birth offer temporary relief, but lack any healing properties.

Let’s talk about the numbing products that you may receive from a typical hospital or birthing center.

Two of these products, Dermoblast and Tucks, include Benzocaine and Menthol. These ingredients are topical anesthetics that provide temporary numbness and cooling. The duration of its effect is about 5-10 minutes.

I don’t know about you, but I was throbbing for a lot longer than 5-10 minutes postpartum. Just sayin’.

They also contain Methylparabens which are known endocrine disruptors.

As a licensed pharmacy technician I have seen gaps in the pharmaceutical industry and now with my training as a formulator, I understand how those gaps can be filled.

I place high standards on my products meaning that I use: Organic, medicinal plant ingredients that are free of pesticides.

I don’t use sensitizing ingredients such as fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and sulfates. I also use Ecocert certified preservatives.

So my products are safe for sensitive skin and provide incredible relief for inflamed or itchy areas.

In short: I use ingredients that will actually address and assist in the healing process and not just provide you temporary relief.

So momma, did you know you have more options than the ones handed to you at the hospital?

Experience it for yourself or welcome another to motherhood in the way she deserves. Join our tribe of women who are taking control of their healing with intention and clarity.
December 26, 2020