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March 31, 2015

Spring Skincare Tips by Kahina Giving Beauty

Slowly but surely, it’s starting to feel more spring-like in New York City. Before you know it, we’ll be donning trench coats in place of parkas (soon! so soon! almost?!) and toting umbrellas as April showers fall. Just as we update our wardrobes, we should update our wellness regimen. Here are 11 tips for adapting your beauty routine to warmer temperatures and more hours of sunshine:

1. Lighten up! You may find that your skin needs less – fewer products and lighter ones. Dry indoor heat and cold winter winds are no longer sapping moisture from your skin, so it’s perfectly OK to pare down your routine. This may mean swapping in Argan Oil for Serum, or not putting an extra layer of Argan Oil under your Facial Lotion. Try a lighter regimen for a few days and see how your skin responds.

2. Brightening Serum is a wonderful product to add to your regimen as the days get longer and there is more sun exposure. Brightening Serum is not just a hyper-pigmentation solution; it also acts as a protective serum to prevent environmental damage in the first place, with best results if used daily. It’s lightweight texture means that on warmer days, you might not need another moisturizer. You’ll be happy come September when those pesky brown marks fail to show.

3. Get a haircut to re-shape, thin layers (if necessary), chop off split ends, and even take a few inches off for a new, breezier look. Do a scalp treatment (apple cider vinegar is wonderful for removing buildup, whereas argan oil can be massaged in and rinsed to a treat dry, itchy scalp) and a hair mask (avocado and argan oil is a favorite here at Kahina HQ) to increase shine and health.

4. More complex than a hydrosol, less astringent than a traditional toner, Kahina Toning Mist is the ultimate weightless hydrator that can be used throughout the day and over makeup. It helps balance skin during the season change and is so refreshing on those warmer spring days.

5. Spring inaugurates sandal season. Consider a pedicure to slough off dead skin cells and give a pop of color to your toes. To keep soles soft, use Kahina FEZ Hand & Body Balm nightly on feet.

6. Exfoliation is a key step especially during seasonal transition. Kahina Antioxidant Mask is a non-drying clay mask that purifies while gently exfoliating away dull surface cells. Prefer a face scrub instead of a mask? Combine Kahina Facial Cleanser with a pinch of finely ground oatmeal and another pinch of either cornmeal (dry skin), baking soda (oily skin), or sugar (normal skin). Apply gently in circular motions and rinse off.

7. As always, it’s a wonderful time to eat seasonally. More and more colorful fruits and vegetables will be appearing at the farmer’s market. Consider them beauty foods and get plenty of servings in salads, smoothies, and snacks. Our Pinterest board has plenty of ideas for you.

8. Spring getaways lead to summer vacations, so it’s always a good idea to have your skincare basics at hand. Kahina Travel Basics comes with 1 fl. oz. sizes of Facial Cleanser, Argan Oil, and Facial Lotion for an easy, on-the-go routine for all skin types that you can tailor to your needs.

9. Do some spring cleaning in your beauty cabinet and toss items that have expired, recycling them if possible. If you find that you no longer use a product but it’s still good, offer it to a friend, relative, or co-worker. Don’t share items like eyeliner or lipstick, but things like body lotion, fragrance and hair products are perfect for swaps or giveaways. Often you can re-purpose beauty products by thinking of alternative uses – say, an oil blend you’re not wild about for your face may be a wonderful cuticle treatment or body moisturizer, or a shampoo you don’t like could be used to clean makeup brushes.

10. Don’t forget sun protection. You may want to ramp up the SPF as you spend more time outside in the warmer weather. Be sure to use enough product, reapply every few hours, and use SPF on all exposed skin, including neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Alternatively, find a place in the shade or wear a scarf or hat to cover up from the sun’s rays. Keep in mind that 10-15 minutes of exposure without SPF should do the trick for a healthy dose of vitamin D. Antioxidants are our preferred method for repairing (and preventing) UV damage that can lead to signs of aging. Sun-worshippers take note: applying Kahina Argan Oil before sun and Kahina Serum and/or Kahina Night Cream after will make sure skin stays supple, moisturized, and protected.

11. Stay the course with eye products. Spring and summer is not the time to skimp on eye-specific treatments. Wear sunglasses whenever you are out in the sun and continue with Kahina Eye Serum, Eye Cream or both.

At Kahina, we always say to do what feels best for you and don’t be afraid of a little trial and error. If you’d like a more detailed skincare regimen tailored to your particular needs (& seasonal changes!) please email us at info@givingbeauty.com and we’d be happy to recommend an updated Kahina routine. Happy Spring!

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How to Make Cream Eyeliner

March 27, 2015

Making Cream Eyeliner with Kahina Lip and Face Balm

In January we debuted Kahina Lip & Face Balm and introduced you to many ways to use it. Here’s another: making a creamy eyeliner. Here we use it to make a soft metallic cat eye.

Effect: glossier, more reflective eyeliner that’s easy to manipulate as you apply (and doesn’t get everywhere like a loose powder might); a little more “diffused” as the balm softens and decreases pigmentation
Difficulty level: medium

What you’ll need:
Loose powder eyeliner (we’re using Alima Pure) or shadow
Kahina Lip & Face Balm
Eyeliner brush
Sample jar (optional)

How it’s done:
Remove a small amount of Lip & Face Balm (using a clean utensil like a spatula) and place it either in a sample jar (great so you can store extras) or the back of your hand. Lift a small amount of loose eyeliner powder into jar or onto back of hand, to the side of the Lip & Face Balm. Using a clean eyeliner brush, work the two into each other, being careful not to put too much powder into the mix. The consistency should be like a gel or cream. This part’s fun – it should feel like you’re painting! Once you have the desired consistency and pigmentation, apply onto eye in whatever shape you’d like. If you used a sample jar to do the mixing, just put the top on and store for use next time, being sure to use a clean brush every time.

Swatches of Cream Eyeliner copy

 

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Spotlight on Kahina Serum

March 25, 2015

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum

If you’ve ordered from us recently, you may have noticed there’s a new sample in town: Kahina Serum.

THE RATIONALE
Kahina Serum was one of the original four products in the line and debuted back in 2009 as Katharine’s answer to a super-powered oil-based treatment. Argan Oil is wonderful on its own, but Katharine wanted to include other healing, antioxidant-rich ingredients for a more potent solution to fine lines, sun damage, dryness, and oxidative stress. Serum’s earthy essential oil blend provides both sensory and skin benefits.

THE FORMULA
Kahina Serum’s argan oil base, which lends its signature vitamin E and skin-balancing properties, is further enriched by seabuckthorn, pomegranate, carrot seed, and coffee bean oil, as well as a synergistic essential oil blend. These oils contribute additional antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins.

Pomegranate: calms and heals irritated, dry skin; promotes skin’s self-repair system and stimulates regeneration
Seabuckthorn: known for wound healing and alleviating sunburn
Carrot seed: contains carotene, which is rich in vitamin A, and can help deter wrinkles
Coffee: caffeine content is believed to help alleviate puffiness from water retention and is antioxidant-rich
Bisabolol wood oil: has three times the purity of chamomile; has anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-bacterial properties
Neroli: rejuvenating and calming, especially for sensitive, dry skin
Lavender: regenerates skin, minimizes scarring, reduces inflammation
Roman chamomile: anti-inflammatory

HOW TO USE IT
Recommended protocol:
Wash face with Kahina Facial Cleanser. Spritz with Kahina Toning Mist. Apply 1-3 drops of Serum to face, neck, and décolletage. For additional moisture, apply Facial Lotion or Night Cream over.

Tips:
– Let it absorb for a few minutes. Your face should never feel greasy. If it does, you’ve used too much.
– Never layer Serum and Argan Oil, as Serum has sufficient quantities of Argan Oil to make that pairing redundant.
– Serum can be used morning and evening; there are no photosensitizing ingredients.
– Many customers with normal skin use Serum only at night as a regenerative treatment. For those with dry or mature skin, Serum can be used twice daily (AM & PM).
– Apply Kahina Antioxidant Mask once or twice weekly. After removing, spritz with Kahina Toning Mist and apply Kahina Serum for a restorative beauty ritual.
– Some clients use Serum post-laser or post-peel to help aid recovery process.

WHO SHOULD USE IT
– Those looking for anti-aging benefits beyond those offered by argan oil
– Those who enjoy and appreciate an essential oil scent blend
– Those with mature or dry skin

Kahina Serum Samples

FAQ

If I have acne-prone skin, can I use Kahina Serum?

In some ways, Serum is ideal for acne prone skin as it contains a broad range of anti-inflammatory ingredients. In addition, argan oil has been shown to balance sebum production over time. However, it is slightly more viscous (heavier) than argan oil and for some, essential oils can be irritating (though the ones in our Serum are in concentrations that should be helpful, not detrimental or irritating). For that reason, we’d recommend trying a sample. We can include a sample with your order, while supplies last – just email us as you place it, or you can order a Sample Pack; sorry samples are not sent out individually. You can also take advantage of our 30-day money back guarantee (when purchased on givingbeauty.com).

I’m confused. Should I use Serum, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, or Argan Oil?

In some cases, you could benefit from all three! Some customers use Serum at night or in cooler weather, then sub in Argan Oil for day or warmer weather. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a wonderful addition; you can add PPSO drops into your Serum, or alternate it with Serum, using either every other day.

But I want to start with just one.

Argan Oil: oily to normal skin types, primary goal is moisture with secondary goal of anti-aging; wants a single ingredient with no scent
Serum: normal to dry skin types, primary goal is anti-aging with a need for richer moisture; tolerates/enjoys essential oils
Prickly Pear Seed Oil: normal to dry skin types, primary goal is anti-aging with a need for richer moisture; wants a single ingredient with no scent

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International Women’s Day 2015

March 11, 2015

International Women’s Day: a chat with Kahina founder Katharine L’Heureux

by Oresta Korbutiak of Oresta Organic Skincare. To view the original post, click here.

Katharine L'Heureux interview with Oresta

It is a pleasure to feature my chat with Katharine L’Heureux, founder of Kahina Giving Beauty. I first met Katharine in 2012 when she attended the launch party of Kahina at ORESTA. She spoke about the magic of argan oil: Morocco’s ‘liquid gold’ and her creation of Kahina: a luxurious holistic line of organic argan oil skin care products.

Katharine is a dynamic and inspiring woman who exudes radiance and grace. Kahina’s philanthropic philosophy is ‘Women Helping Women Through Shared Beauty Rituals’ and Katharine works with the Berber women of Morocco who extract the argan oil using techniques that have been passed down through generations. All of Kahina’s products are produced from start to finish with consideration of cultural and environmental sustainability. Katharine visits the women’s cooperatives in Morocco and donates a percentage of Kahina profits to support programs that improve the lives of these women whose signatures grace Kahina’s packaging.

Katharine introduced me to the wonderful world of oils and I’m excited to share with you Katharine’s experience and wisdom on empowering women around the world with healthy beauty.

Katharine L'Heureux in Morocco

O: How did you discover argan oil?

K: I was on an extended trip through Morocco and was in desperate need for a moisturizer in that extremely dry desert climate. I asked my guide what the local women use and he proceeded to tell me all about argan oil and how it was made. I was intrigued by the story of the oil, unique to Morocco, that I had never heard of before, and made by hand by the indigenous women of Morocco. When I tried it and discovered how well it worked on my skin, I was convinced that I needed to share this miraculous ingredient with women at home. I never dreamed at that time that this discovery would turn into a full-blown skincare company.

O: What makes Kahina’s argan oil superior to the many other argan oils on the market?

K: First of all, our oil is certified fair trade and organic. Just because an oil is sourced from a women’s cooperative (as most are) doesn’t mean that the women in the cooperative are being paid. Also, our argan oil is the finest grade, meaning that the nuts are carefully picked by hand from the argan tree, not gathered from the ground where they may have been pre-digested by livestock. The nuts are then sorted by hand to ensure quality, and cold-pressed and filtered by machine to eliminate the chance of bacterial contamination. Region pays a part also, delivering our signature mild, nutty fragrance. Our oil is never deodorized, which many argan oil manufacturers do to disguise an inferior quality oil.

O: What role does Kahina play in supporting women?

K: We purchase certified fair trade argan oil, which means that the women who are doing the work of harvesting and cracking the nuts for our oil are paid a fair wage. We also donate additional funds programs in Morocco that support these women who are very poor and mostly illiterate.

O: What is Kahina’s latest project?

K: We have a few projects going on right now that I am really excited about. First of all, we recently donated clothing to the women and children of a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains that was devastated by floods over the past winter. We are in the midst of a fundraising effort to raise money to purchase more sheep to use for wool and dairy for the women who extract our oil, and we are working with the High Atlas Foundation to deliver a clean water system to a school outside of Marrakesh. Because there is no clean water or facilities, girls’ attendance has been steadily dropping off.

O: What is your beauty routine?

K: Night and day, I cleanse with the Kahina Facial Cleanser, followed by the Kahina Toning Mist and Brightening Serum then an oil or Serum. Right now, I’m using the Prickly Pear Seed Oil, but I switch this up with the Kahina Serum from time to time, and in the summer I love the pure argan oil. In the morning I layer this with the Kahina Facial Lotion, which makes a great skin primer before makeup and works well to protect and deeply moisturize the skin. For the eye area, I layer the Eye Cream over the Eye Serum to make my eyes look more fresh and awake and to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. And twice a week, I apply the Kahina Antioxidant Mask, letting it sit for approximately 20 minutes before massaging it into my skin as an exfoliating and detoxifying treatment. For body, I use a dry brush 3 times a week. I love my Mio Dry Brush. Then jump into the shower with our Rosemary Lavender Soap for some extra exfoliating. As a special treat, I use Savon Noir with Eucalyptus that I bring home with me from Morocco. Its made from the pits of olives and really softens skin. After the shower, I slather on the Kahina Fez Body Serum before jumping into bed. I love the way it makes my sheets smell!

O: What is your beauty motto?

K: Beauty does not simply come from a product that you slap on your face. It comes from taking care of yourself, and feeling good about yourself. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty sleep are crucial. So is trying to eliminate stress and making time for the things that bring you pleasure. Beauty rituals can play a huge role in making you feel good and good about your appearance. An all-natural regimen will contribute to your health. Make the investment in high quality ingredients and take the time to enjoy the fragrances and textures that they provide.

O: What woman do you admire most and why?

K: Right now, I am obsessed with Joan Didion. Obviously, she is an amazing talent, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books, which have resonated profoundly with me at different stages of my own life. She is a complicated person who has lived a fascinating life, according to her own rules, and shown us how to bear up under the most difficult of circumstances. She has always had a very laissez faire style, which is incredibly chic. As the model for the Celine ads, she is a perfect role model for women on how to age gracefully without conforming to anyone’s rules or conventional ideas of beauty.

O: What is a valuable lesson that you would like to share with your daughter?

K: I was a late bloomer in life, and very insecure growing up. My daughter is a junior in college now. I want her to know that she is beautiful and talented, and that she deserves to expect so much in her relationships. I also want her to trust that the universe has a path for her, and that she needn’t worry. There is no prescribed timeframe for life events to take place. She should trust in herself and life will work itself out.

O: What message would you like to share with women on International Women’s Day?

K: That we, as women, working together, can be such a force for positive change. We need to work to support each other and lift each other up.

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Buy Sheep for Year of the Sheep!

February 19, 2015

Kahina Giving Beauty Raising Money to Buy Sheep

Happy Lunar New Year! To usher in the year of the sheep, we’re committing to buying some. For every bottle of argan oil purchased on givingbeauty.com from February 19th to March 18th, 2015, we’ll be donating 100% of sales to the purchase of sheep for the Berber women of our argan cooperative.

Why sheep?

  • their wool can be used to weave rugs for use at home or to sell at market
  • their milk provides food for families
  • if bred, offspring can be sold at market for a profit

Kahina did this initiative back in 2012 (above is Katharine with some of her donated sheep). Our goal this year is 15 sheep impacting 15 women.

Did you know? The Year of the Sheep is associated with goodwill and giving back. From a recent Well & Good article: “[The sheep] is considered to be the good Samaritan of the zodiac. Potentially, there will be more attention to the environment, and people will be more inclined to give back,” Wendell says. “[Sheep] are good-natured and sensitive to beauty and balance.”

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An interview with Conde Nast Traveler

February 18, 2015

Katharine L'Heureux Illustration

The jet-setting beauty exec reveals her packing rituals, favorite airports, and why she’s not a fan of room service.
by Jada Yuan

On a trip to Morocco in 2007, Katharine L’Heureux’s skincare products were confiscated at the airport, so she asked her guide if he could recommend products used by local Berber women. He introduced her to argan oil, she became obsessed with its beautifying powers, and soon after, her own argan oil-based skincare line, Kahina Giving Beauty, was born. She flies from New York to Morocco several times a year and has learned the importance of multi-wheel luggage—and wearing pockets while flying.

How many miles would you say you’ve flown in your current role? Maybe 200,000. I go to California three times a year; Europe three or four times a year; and Australia once and Asia once. Last year was a light year: I only visited California twice, and Morocco, Germany, Sweden, and England once.

Do you have a packing ritual? I pack at least a week before so the night before a flight is very calm. And then I’ll probably repack because I’ll think, Oh gosh, did I put in my underwear? Which I probably didn’t.

What will you never pack? I blew out the fuse in a hotel in Morocco, so I know never to bring a blow dryer to Europe or Morocco. I never pack high heels. I like ankle boots that I can quickly take off getting on and off the plane. Fiorentino and Baker boots are stylish but they feel grounded.

What do you always pack? James Perse is a great travel brand because it folds up really small. And I always travel with a huge oversized scarf that I bought in Morocco; when I’m in Morocco, I use it to cover my head.

What do you wear on a flight? I think the most important thing I wear on a flight is a giant oversized coat with huge pockets because I’m always losing my passport or my tickets in my bag.

Favorite airport or least favorite airport? Least favorite airport is LaGuardia. It’s just awful and inefficient. In Casablanca, getting your bags can be a hassle. Everything is manual, nothing is automated, and they can just decide to take a break in the middle of unloading the luggage.

Are you a fan of room service? No, because I feel kind of sad if I’m doing room service. I have three kids and to me, traveling by myself is a great luxury. It feels like a time to get away and be by myself, and I don’t have any problem going out to restaurants by myself. I think that’s such a treat, to go out on my own in a place that I’m not familiar with.

Do you have a spot in Morocco you always go to or do you try out different hotels each time? In Morocco I generally like to go to the same place: my favorite place is in Fès called Riad Laaroussa. I’ve come to know the owners there, and the staff is just so welcoming whenever I stay there.

Read the original article here. Illustration Courtesy Louisa Cannell

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Hong Kong Kahina Pricing

February 17, 2015

A quick note to our Hong Kong fans to let you know that you will likely be seeing different pricing at your favorite Hong Kong retailers. To adapt to changing demands of the market, we have established new MSRP. We do not take MSRP changes lightly, and they are made to make sure that the retailers that offer you Kahina are able to do so sustainably and for the long-term. That means that pricing needs to reflect the very real costs of shipping internationally. We trust you’ll continue to honor them with your business as they provide you the top-notch service you deserve.

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Kind Eye’s Interview with Katharine

February 10, 2015

Kahina Giving Beauty on Kind Eye

A Kind Brand: Meet Kahina Giving Beauty
by Rachel Murray, founder of Kind Eye

You hear about finding beneficial ingredients from the rainforest, or the ocean but what about the desert? Kahina Giving Beauty prides themselves on offering a truly effective line of skin care, with organic argan oil from Morocco at its core. All products are certified by ECOCERT, which provides a rigorous process for ensuring sustainable agricultural practices. Founder and CEO Katharine L’Heureux graciously shared information about her company, their processes and more. Kahina Giving Beauty’s eye serum is part of our Spring Skin Discovery Kit Giveaway, open until March 8!

What is your company’s philosophy?
At Kahina, we believe: The best skincare ingredients are found in nature. Luxurious and effective skincare can go hand in hand with care for the environment. Companies can do well while doing good.

Is there anything your customers may not know about your company that you want to share?
In addition to providing economic activity for the Berber women who do the work of extracting our oil by purchasing Fair Trade Argan Oil, we donate additional funds to programs that help the women and their families.

What charities do you support (if any)?
As part of our initiative to help these women, Kahina supports Education For All, Morocco, providing free room and board so that girls can continue their education past elementary school.

The High Atlas Foundation, run by former Peace Corps volunteers, funds a number of programs in remote villages, including providing clean drinking water, and planting community run nurseries.

We also provide direct monetary assistance to the Berber women. Most recently, we provided clothing for victims of this winter’s flooding in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

How do you decide what products to create?
I created Kahina for myself, out of my own desire for a simple line of truly effective natural skincare. I still strive to keep the line simple, and work to create products that I feel a personal need for, and with aesthetics that are pleasing to me. I often am inspired by ideas from our customers who can be very creative in coming up with new uses for argan oil.

What’s the number one misconception that people you meet have about ‘natural’ products and how do you answer it?
The number one misconception about natural products is that they aren’t as effective as traditional skincare. I argue that they are more effective as they don’t use unnecessary fillers and harmful ingredients. Plants have amazing defenses against all kinds of environmental stressors and contain the nutrients and fatty acids that our skin needs to be healthy and glowing. With advanced extraction technologies, we are able to tap into these extraordinary powers and use them in creating products that are safe and that really work.

What’s your top tip for health and well-being?
I believe in finding balance. We need to exercise, eat right (whatever that means for you), and get plenty of sleep, but we also need to make time for reflection, creativity, and for finding things that bring us joy. Finally, we need to be grateful for the ability to do all those things and forgive ourselves if we’re not always perfect at them.

How do you like to start your morning?
During the week, my alarm goes off at 7 and I’ll lie in bed and meditate for a few minutes to set positive intentions for the day. The first thing I do after brushing my teeth is perform my Kahina skincare ritual: Cleanse and Tone, then massage Brightening Serum, Oil, and then Lotion into my face. The scents make me happy, and the facial massage stimulates circulation while smoothing away any creases left from my pillow.

Then I spend some time with my husband and 10 year old son while he eats breakfast. I’ll have hot water with lemon, my multivitamin and probiotics, maybe I’ll fry an egg. Then I’ll spend a few minutes at my computer and throw a load of laundry in the machine before we’re out the door to get to school on time.

Thanks for the interview opportunity! Find the original post here.

About Kind Eye: Kind Eye is an informational website, aimed to help consumers make easy and conscious shopping choices about personal care products without running all over town or the internet.

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The Power of an Image

January 26, 2015

girls with photo

In this age of the ever-present selfie, it is hard to imagine a world where many people have never even seen a photograph of themselves. This is often the case in the remote villages of rural Morocco. Sharing my photos with the women and children on my visits has been a great source of entertainment for all of us, especially seeing the young girls and boys striking poses and racing back to me to look immediately in the view finder, then demanding more while jockeying for a prominent position in the group photo. Seeing the young women carefully analyze their photos is fascinating to me. I can’t imagine being so unfamiliar with my own image, but with mirrors and glass windows a rarity, these girls rarely even see a reflective surface. Far from disliking their photos because of an unflattering angle, as we are so ready to do, these girls typically respond with peals of laughter.

I recently had the honor of an introduction to Heather Binns, a talented photographer volunteering for an organization called Prints for Prints. Prints for Prints reminds me of the value of the family photograph. From the Prints for Prints website:

A family photograph is a precious thing to many of us, and especially to people who live in rural areas and often do not have a record of their children or elders. Prints for Prints creates makeshift studios in rural villages, working with local student photographers when possible, for the purpose of donating prints to those who do not have photographs of their loved ones.

Heather will be traveling to Morocco in February. It gives me great pleasure to sponsor her work with Kahina’s charitable partners, the High Atlas Foundation and Education for All, Morocco, where she will document their work and donate prints to families and the girls in the boarding home to send home to their loved ones. I hope you will join us in following Heather on her journey via instragram @heathre. We look forward to sharing some of her photos here.

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10 Plus Ways We Use Kahina Lip and Face Balm

January 16, 2015

Kahina Lip & Face Balm

Our customers have been asking us for an argan lip balm for years, which was the jumping off point for formulating our new Lip & Face Balm. Being Kahina, we have a hard time formulating a product with just one (or a few) uses, so we knew that this lip balm would have more to offer than your standard Chapstick. It’s proven itself so multipurpose, we have three in rotation at any one time: one in our bag, one bedside, and one at the vanity.

Here’s how to get the most of our new Lip & Face Balm:

1. Yes, of course you can use it on chapped lips throughout the day, but consider an overnight lip treatment the fastest route to repair. You can gently exfoliate the lip area (brown sugar and olive oil or just a wash cloth) beforehand if you’d like, otherwise you can simply apply a generous layer before bedtime. We notice immediate improvement after just one night, but if your lips are severely chapped, keep repeating until healed. Keep your lips in best condition by applying a light layer each night.

2. Love lip color? We do too, but even all-natural brands can be drying due to the pigment used to create color. The more pigment, in general, the dryer it can make your lips. For that reason, we recommend applying a layer of Lip & Face Balm before any lipsticks or crayons.

3. There’s an alternative to this technique: apply Lip & Face Balm over lip stains. Lip stains are liquidy tints that, again, can be very drying. Applying Lip & Face Balm after the lip tint gives you a semi-gloss finish while also moisturizing lips.

4. This may sound strange, but we love putting Lip & Face Balm over our eyebrows. It gives them a nice sheen and helps them stay in place (although this will hold will not last as long as gel), and we hope the conditioning elements will encourage healthy growth. If you’re tweezing or getting a brow wax, Lip & Face Balm is a *must* post-grooming to soothe any redness or irritation.

5. Mix Lip & Face Balm with loose powder foundation or powder concealer. The resulting creamier concealer is perfect for dry spots. Apply with concealer brush or fingers. Warning: getting the ratio right takes a little practice. Add powder sparingly otherwise you’ll end up with a dry finish once the balm absorbs.

6. This is a favorite: combine Lip & Face Balm with loose eye shadow powder/pigment to get a glossier, wetter finish. Dab a little balm on the back of your hand, then add a sprinkle of eye shadow. Mix with eyeshadow brush or your finger, then apply. Again – be careful not to oversaturate the mixture with powder otherwise over time it will become less glossy and too powdery. We like this technique best with light-colored, shimmery or metallic shadows, but experiment with darker colors if you’re going for the greasy eye look.

7. Is your face parched or flakey (no) thanks to dry heat, too much sun, frigid winds, or chlorine/saltwater? Lip & Face Balm is a deep moisturizing treatment for face – apply on freshly cleansed skin, preferably after a skin steam or a shower.

8. Does showering leave your face dry or tight? Lightly cleanse skin at the skin, then apply a layer of balm to protect against moisture loss while you’re in the shower, sauna, steam room, etc..

9. We spot treat small cuts, bruises, and burns to help speed healing and reduce chance for scarring.

10. Have a cold? Blowing your nose repeatedly can lead to the worst chapped skin. Apply Lip & Face Balm regularly to help repair the red, flaky skin during and post-cold.

And some bonus uses from Kahina founder, Katharine L’Heureux:

11. I use it under my eyes to deeply moisturize and add glow

12. Apply over bruising; immortelle can help speed healing

13. Put on a layer all over face and neck before flying — it helps protect your skin from moisture loss that’s inevitable on a plane

14. Whenever I have a headache, I apply Lip & Face Balm on my temples, being sure to also breathe in the scent to help relieve the pain. Immortelle has been shown to aid in headache relief.

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