Category Archives: Skin care

Going Out Of Business

It’s amazing what can happen in a year, or three. Many moons ago I had a dream to have my own skin care company. And a few short years ago I actually started on making that dream a reality. But as my Mom used to say, “there is a season for everything” and unfortunately the season for Ritual Beauty has come to an end. It’s definitely bittersweet. This has been an incredible journey – to start a company from scratch. And as much as I’ve enjoyed it, I know it’s time to move on.

One thing that I learned having this business was how much I enjoyed blogging. I was never as consistent as I hoped to be but I was surprised that I started looking forward to new blog posts. And in case you didn’t know, the blogging community is probably the nicest group of people you could ever meet. They have been incredibly supportive, helpful and friendly. I can’t believe how many friends I’ve made through blogging.   So while Ritual Beauty is ending, I can guarantee you haven’t seen the last of me. Maybe another blog is on the horizon.

I am incredibly thankful for all my family, friends and loyal customers who have supported me and Ritual Beauty over the last 3+ years. You believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself. I will never be able to thank you enough.

In the meantime, Ritual Beauty products will continue to be available until April 12th at 50% off – use code SHOP50 at checkout.

P.S. If you are in need of a beauty fix, please visit my beauty blogger friends listed below.


Limited Time Offer – Cyber Monday Specials!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving celebrating with family, friends and lots of good food. And now that the craziness of Black Friday is behind us, it’s time for Cyber Monday! Yes, all the great deals of Black Friday but from the comfort of your own home. No need to wake up early, battle traffic or wait in mile long check-out lines. Just hop on the computer, do your shopping and have all your gifts delivered to your door. Simply brilliant!

I started Ritual Beauty to help women Look, Feel and Be their best. After all, when we look good, we feel good and when we feel good, anything is possible. And you know that saying, whether or not you think you can do something, you’re right. Why not start every day feeling that everything is possible?

I am excited to announce Ritual Beauty’s Cyber Monday specials!

  • 10% off all orders
  • Free shipping
  • Free gift wrap

At checkout, make sure to enter code CYBER13 to get your discount. Here’s your chance to try Ritual Beauty for yourself. Please know that this is a very rare discount. I priced Ritual Beauty products to be affordable because I believe that all women should have access to great skin care. The Cyber Monday specials begin at 12:00 A.M. Monday, December 2nd and end at 11:59 P.M. Don’t miss out on this amazing special.

Visit Ritual Beauty and start being your BEST today!

Cyber Monday

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It’s Our Birthday!

How true it is that time flies when you’re having fun. A year ago today, Ritual Beauty was launched and what an incredible first year it’s been! This company has been many years in the making and I feel truly blessed to be able to say it’s already been one year. My hope has been and always will be to help women be their best. Because when we look and feel our best, we are unstoppable.

I have to say the best part of this first year, was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. It has been a true joy to meet so many people who have been incredibly supportive and helpful. And of course, I couldn’t have gotten through this first year without my loyal customers. You are why this company exists and nothing makes me happier than to hear that you love Ritual Beauty as much as I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better – Guest Post at Pammy Blogs Beauty

Blogging is still pretty new to me and I am constantly learning new things.  I have been having a great time meeting other bloggers, reading their fun posts and looking at their gorgeous pictures.  In the process, I met Pam of Pammy Blogs Beauty.  Her fun, light-hearted blog covers everything beauty and I am honored to be a guest blogger on her site.  Check out my post Make Mine a Double: How Antioxidants Make Sunscreens Work Better where I cover some amazing antioxidants that go the extra distance to protect your skin.

Have a great weekend!

Daily Sunscreen Product Review

In honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month, I thought I would do a product review on a daily facial sunscreen.  Even though I had heard the importance of wearing a daily sunscreen for years, it wasn’t until I was 25 that I made a commitment to wearing it every day.  And shortly after that, I noticed a nice change in my skin.  I know it sounds corny but my skin seemed to be happy.  And then I was mad at myself for not starting sooner.  The hint of tan lines from my sunglasses disappeared.   Yes, I would get lines on the bridge of my nose and along my temples from sunglasses.  I am half Filipino so it literally only takes a few minutes in the sun before color starts to develop.  Besides my skin tone improving, I even noticed that breakouts were greatly reduced.  So, with all these great benefits, I was hooked. When it comes to a daily facial sunscreen, I have certain criteria that must be met.

  1.  It has to be SPF 30 or higher.
  2. The formula must be lightweight and not greasy because makeup will be going over it.
  3. No sunscreen smell.

I recently picked up a bottle of Eurecin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion with SPF 30 at Ulta.  I was actually looking for a different product that I sampled from my dermatologist but the product was out of stock.  So, I started looking at every moisturizer and the sunscreen ingredients.  After having children, I noticed my skin has become very sensitive to certain sunscreen ingredients.  I think I’ve narrowed it down to avobenzone which is too bad because besides being a great UVA blocker, it is in a lot of products which means there are a lot of products I can’t use. 2013-05-28 16.01.56 Even though it is a lightweight lotion, it is very moisturizing which I don’t really need.  It’s great while I’m inside, but I’m afraid it may be too heavy if I were to be outside all day. We are just starting to get the summer heat so I’m interested to see how it holds up in the Georgia humidity. 2013-05-28 15.59.10 The Eurecin lotion contains a blend of both chemical and physical sunblockers.  The physical sunscreens are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which block both UVA and UVB rays.  This product is formulated nicely as it leaves no trace of white on your skin as physical sunscreens usually do.  And the chemical sunscreens are ensulizole, octinoxate, and octisalate which all absorb UVB rays.  I have to say this is the first time I have used a product with ensulizole.  After doing a little research, I found that ensulizole absorbs UVB rays and only short UVA rays.  Because this product was formulated with both chemical and physical sunscreens, it effectively protects against UVA and UVB rays and can claim to be a broad spectrum sunscreen. 2013-05-25 14.18.13 I will say it does have a slight sunscreen smell.  But it is not too heavy as to make me think that I should be at the pool when I’m sitting at my desk. Overall, I’m pleased to have found a daily sunscreen that my skin will tolerate.  But I am still going to look for a product that works better with oilier skin.  I will also be looking for a daily body sunscreen and noticed on the back of the Eurecin bottle that they also make a daily body lotion with SPF 15.  I will definitely be picking that up. 2013-05-25 14.19.01

Your Skin and the Sun

The warm weather is here and summer is just around the corner which makes it fitting that May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.  And today, May 6th is Melanoma Monday.  It’s that time we shed the long sleeves and pants for tank tops and shorts.  But exposing our skin doesn’t mean leaving it unprotected.  Now is the time to add sunscreen to our routine.  Hopefully, you are already using a daily SPF on your face.  If not, it’s time to add that to your routine as well.

Even with all the knowledge we have about how harmful (and potentially deadly) the sun can be, it never ceases to amaze me how many people continue to sunbathe, use tanning beds and/or never use sun protection.  We can drastically reduce our chances of developing skin cancer simply by using sunscreen and avoiding unnecessary exposure.  Besides, who wants to have their skin exposed to the sun’s harmful rays?   How many times have you seen an older man or woman and thought “wow, her skin looks like aged leather…”  According to Dr. Peter T. Pugliese’s Physiology of the Skin, “at least 90% of the age-associated cosmetic problems (photoaging) of the skin are due to excessive sun exposure.”  The other 10% happens merely by getting older.

What happens at the cellular level

OK, let’s get nerdy.  We usually think that getting some sun means your skin gets some color.  People with fair skin tend to burn and those with darker skin usually tan.  Sometimes you burn and then it turns into a tan.  But either way, the skin changes color.  Did you ever think why?  Our skin cells contain melanin and its function is to protect the deeper layers of skin.  When our skin is exposed to sun, skin cells produce even more melanin to block the sun’s UV rays from getting to the cell’s nucleus (which contains genetic material and controls the cells growth and reproduction).  It’s the increased production of melanin that causes the burn or tan.  Isn’t that frightening?  To think that our cells inherently know that sun exposure will harm our cells so the melanin takes control to prevent the damage.  Unfortunately, they can only do so much which is why daily sunscreen use is so important.  Too much sun exposure can cause skin cells to mutate and grow out of control.  This is skin cancer.

Skin cancer facts

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer with approximately 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year.

  • Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common skin cancers and can be cured if diagnosed early.

  • Between 40% and 50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.

  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.  This year, 76,690 new melanomas will be diagnosed.

  • The rates for melanoma have been rising for the past 30 years.

  • Melanoma can occur in both younger and older people and though they are highest among those in their 80’s, it is not uncommon for women under 30 to be diagnosed.

  • If melanoma is diagnosed early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, the survival rate is about 97%.  Once the cancer has spread, the survival rate drops to 15%.

Now is the time to stock up on sunscreen

Do’s and don’ts

  • Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm.

  • Seek shade and cover up with a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing if you must be outside during the middle of the day.

  • Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on your face every day.  It can be a moisturizer, foundation or both.

  • Don’t forget to protect the lips, tops of ears, back of neck, hands & feet.

  • Use 1 full ounce of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to cover the body when you’re at the pool or beach.  That means an 8 ounce bottle will last 8 applications.

  • Reapply every 2 hours.

  • Once opened, throw out unused sunscreen after one year.  Make sure you label the bottle so you know when it’s time to toss.

Melanoma is a cancer that has unfortunately hit close to home.  My sister-in-law, Diane passed away from melanoma over 6 years ago.  She was diagnosed at age 36 and fought it for 8 years.  Melanoma and skin cancer can happen to anyone.  Please take a few minutes to protect your skin.  It could save your life.

For more information about skin cancer and melanoma, please visit the American Cancer Society’s website.

Girls Night Out

This past week, Ritual Beauty participated in the Shecky’s Girls Night Out in Atlanta. The cocktails were flowing, music pumping and a great energy in the air as everyone flowed from ballroom to ballroom checking out all the great vendors. My sister-in-law, Cassi, worked the table with me and we had so much fun meeting many wonderful women. After the event, we raffled off a pink Clarisonic Mia (congratulations, Annie!).


Our table (I’m in love with those lamps)

In talking to the attendees about their skin care concerns, I found a repeating theme. Many of you are looking for an eye product. Dark circles, puffiness and crows feet are major concerns and unfortunately, it seems like most of us see the first signs of aging around the eyes. You will be happy to know that we are in the preliminary stages of developing an eye product. So stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for product updates.

We want to hear from you! Do you know of an event in the Atlanta area that you think Ritual Beauty should be a part of? What is your number one skin problem?