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It’s that time of year where I feel like everyone is going to Hawaii. My social media feeds are absolutely full of Hawaii pictures. Or is that just because I live in Northern California and Hawaii is SO easy to get to with tons of nonstop flights. I can get to Hawaii more easily than I can get to Tennessee to visit my parents. Seems crazy, right?

Anyway, this little paradise is actually home to a few of my favorite skincare rituals and concoctions as well. And fortunately, you don’t have to trek all the way to Hawaii to get them.

Some of my favorites come from MAHALO Skin Care, a botanical-based line founded by Maryna and handcrafted in Kauai. She spent many years studying ancient practices of Polynesia, Eastern and western healing and combined that with modern beauty technology knowledge and advancements. MAHALO has some amazing products but I think one of the standouts is the Pele Mask. The Pele Mask has charcoal AND volcanic ash clay, both of which are toxin magnets.

It also has hints of turmeric, holy basil, guava, aloe vera, witch hazel and…cayenne.  Yes, you read that right – cayenne pepper.

The mask exudes a bit of heat for the first few minutes but it’s not a burning sensation (at least not for me). It comes in a powder form and can be mixed with water or yogurt for applying to the face. And just like any good charcoal mask, you’ll want to follow with a cleanser to get ALL of it off.

My other fav from MAHALO is the Vacation Glow Body Elixir. It’s really a body oil, but a really REALLY good one. If you really prefer unscented products, this is not one for you. It’s full of avocado, macadamia, and argan oils then scented with Hawaiian kukui, jasmine, geranium and even frankincense. I admit I don’t know what frankincense smells like on its own but this little concoction is…decadent and effective.

I lather it on at night then close my eyes and almost feel as if I am in a spa in Hawaii.

And then one of my kids runs in and ruins that. But hey, it’s great for a few minutes, right? One other thing to note about MAHALO, which is in response to questions I’ve had. The products come in these beautifully crafted bamboo bottles. However, inside they are in glass, so they are well preserved.

Mahala skincare care Pele mask volcanic ash Honua Aloha Youth Serum Made in Hawaii

Two of my Hawaiian favs – Mahalo and Honua

One of my other favorites is a new discovery, called Honua Hawaiian Skin Care. Honua Founder Kapua developed her own line of products to tackle sun damage and pigmentation in her own skin, while infusing her love for Hawaiian culture. I currently use the Aloha Youth Serum, which aside from sounding like a magical product, contains several Hawaiian Super Oils (‘Aila Kuku and Kamai), which hydrate and promote collagen and elastic production. One of my favorite ingredients, Olena (Hawaiian turmeric), is used as an anti-inflammatory and skin brightener, which…let’s be honest, we all need more of these days! Honua also has another product that is primarily Olena with infusions of kukui, cacao, chia and noni. Noni is a small evergreen tree that grows among lava flows. It is rich in antioxidants and is used to treat many conditions. Cacao is another great antioxidant, rich in flavonoid antioxidants, like procyanidin, which is said to be effective in preventing heart disease, strokes and cancer. Chia is yet another great….yes, you guessed it, antioxidant!

What I know about antioxidants mostly applies to consuming them, but including them in serums and oils certainly isn’t a bad thing! After all, about 60% of what we put on our skin sinks right in.

I really want to go into detail on all of these antioxidants and why they matter but this post will be 5 pages long if I do that, so I’ll do that separately and soon. Stay tuned!