Deborah Burnes is a leading expert on natural skincare, the co-founder and CEO of Sumbody, an all natural, eco-friendly skin care company, and the author of NATURAL BEAUTY SKIN CARE: 110 Organic Formulas for a Radiant You!, a collection of simple homemade, chemical-free recipes for head to toe beauty, written “to empower people to take control of both their health and their beauty routine.”
Burnes interest towards healthy skin began early, at her horticulturist grandfather’s side in his garden learning about plants, botanicals and herbs. Later, she studied medical herbs and chemistry and attended cosmetology school which culminated in developing her own skincare line. Burnes’ motto is “Let’s make it pure and let’s make it work.”
BITB asked the questions, Deborah Burnes answered. Here’s what she had to say:
1. How can the consumer know that a product really is clean and green since the words organic, clean, green, natural and eco are not regulated?
Consumers needs to stop being seduced by the front of the label and turn it around. We all need to get intimate with the back of labels and always read and research the ingredients.
2. What small beauty changes make the biggest difference in living a healthier life?
- Use less products.
- Use products with fewer ingredients (ingredients that you actually know!)
- Use the proper products for your skin issues
- Make and use face masks!
3. What is your favorite beauty recipe from the book?
Everyone needs to deep clean their pores and skin, so my favorite is the Detox Cleanser, which eliminates chemical buildup and cleans your pores. Keeping your pores clean and restoring your pH level are key to achieving your skin goals. Apple cider vinegar restores the skin’s natural pH level and aids the removal of dead skin cells, dirt, and oils. Apples have a high malic acid content. Malic acid is an alpha hydroxyl, which brightens skin, stimulates collagen production, and removes dead skin. Lavender and rosemary hydrosols fight germs.
Detox Cleanser Recipe:
- 4 teaspoons apple juice
- 4 teaspoons lavender hydrosol or rosemary hydrosol *
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon soymilk
- 4 tablespoons quinoa flour
*Note: If you don’t have lavender or rosemary hydrofoil, you can substitute distilled water.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or mini food processor, and pulse or mix for about 10 seconds, until all blended.
- Transfer to a small airtight container.
- Wash your face with a dime-sized amount of cleanser. Rinse completely.
- Store in the refrigerator for 10 days to 2 weeks.