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Why Stressing Out Often Leads to Breaking Out

...or dry skin, or eczema and psoriasis flare-ups...and what you can do about it.   Earlier this month the New York Times published a great piece called This Is Your Skin on Stress. If you missed it (#TL;DR), the short version is that the brain and the skin — two of our most vital organs — are intricately intertwined, and emotions triggered in the brain affect our skin.  Embarrassed? Our skin blushes. Angry? Our skin flushes. Stressed? Hello acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or dryness. So how exactly does stress affect your skin? “Much of the skin-psyche connection comes down to the overproduction of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, and its effect on the skin barrier,” writes Jessica DeFino.  Too much...

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The Green Bee Botanicals Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide

List of some of our favorite cannabis products and brands, mostly small and women-owned, some queer-owned, all amazing. From delicious cannabis-infused teas, chocolates and drinks, to yummy gummies, pre-rolled herbal blends, cannabis accessories and wellness products, this Green Bee Botanicals holiday gift round-up is sure to make your gift giving highly enjoyable.

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Winterize Your Skin in 5 Easy Steps

In a perfect world, everyone’s skin would magically have a beach sunset “magic hour” glow 24/7 all year round. In reality, as the seasons change, so should your rituals and routines that take care of the skin all over your body, particularly your face and neck, which are exposed the most.  Whether you’ve been mostly hibernating or working harder than ever during this insane pandemic year, your skin likely needs a little extra TLC right about now. It’s a great idea to exfoliate and prepare for the colder months of winter when skin is drier and the temperature is lower.  So many factors contribute to your skin’s hydration and health during the winter months. If you’re in Chicago, the winds...

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Save the sharks, ditch the (animal-derived) squalene

(No sharks were harmed in the making of Green Bee Botanicals vegan skincare products.) Squalene has been in the news lately because of its use in COVID-19 vaccine trials. We even got a few questions about it from concerned customers because we use squalane in our eye cream and face serums. But the squalane we use comes from natural, beautiful, plump olives from olive trees. Why? Read on.  Squalane skin benefits Ocean conservationist BLOOM reports that as recently as 2012, the cosmetics industry was killing 2.7 million sharks each year for the oil in their livers, known as squalene. Why is squalene so prized?  For its moisturizing and restorative properties. For its ability to increase absorption of creams and serums....

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5 Things You Can Do for Yourself Before the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Takes Effect

We shared the good news in our newsletter last week that California passed two bills to protect consumers — especially women and in particular, women of color — from harmful cosmetics:  AB 2762, known as the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, will ban cosmetics that contain 24 toxic-but-commonly-used chemicals. AB 312, which requires full ingredient disclosure for ‘fragrance,’ a generic term often used in ingredient lists to hide unsavory (and sometimes hazardous) additives, such as endocrine-disrupting phthalates.    We’re proud to say these laws will not affect any Green Bee products because we’ve never used any of these harmful ingredients and never will. But we’re happy that California is stepping up to protect us. The majority of the 24 banned chemicals are...

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