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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Drink It In - Hydrating Your Skin

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    Did you know that "moisturizing" your skin and "hydrating" your skin are two different things? Yep, it's the truth.

    We have all seen the ads for cosmetic creams and moisturizers that promise to "penetrate deeply" into the skin, and yet, you apply these creams and two or three hours later, your skin feels dry, tight and stretched again.

    The reason for that feeling is this: Hydration is something that occurs within the skin, and while creams and moisturizers may grease it up, lubricate it so to speak, it doesn't really give your skin what it really needs, and that is water.

    So, what's a girl to do?

    Take, for instance, the Erno Laszlo system of "splashing". When using any of their facial cleansing soaps, they recommend 30 splashes. 20 splashes of "treatment water" (water that has had the soap itself dipped in it) and then 10 splashes of clean water.This may seem excessive and time consuming, however, it allows the minerals in the product to be delivered to the skin with water, which is the best delivery method.

    One of my very favorite products, and one that is under utilized, is a spritz toner.

    These spritzes can be used all day long to impart healing organic juices, aloe, calendula and water to the skin for instant hydration! Carry them in your purse and liberally spritz during the day for a refresher and let your skin drink it in!

    Juice Beauty Mist Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

     

    When using as a toner in the morning, spritz on, leaving the skin slightly damp and follow with a moisturizing cream that is loaded with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, and powerful antioxidants that fight free radical production in the skin and mimic our natural acid mantle, which our body loses the ability to produce on its' own as we age. Voila! now you're hydrated!

     

     

    Two Moisturizers that I highly recommend for all of the reasons listed above are Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Elemental Herbology's Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator. Both of these moisturizers are chock full of the good stuff. Antioxidants, Organic juices, Aloe, Argan Oil and Royal Jelly.

     

     

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    I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the Kneipp line of bath products and essential oils for the body. The skin on our bodies is just as important as the skin on our face as far as hydration is concerned. Interesting story: The Kneipp line of products was developed by a German Monk by the name of Sebastian Kneipp who in 1890 cured himself of tuberculosis with homeopathic herbal remedies and water therapy!

    The word "essential" means something that has to come from an outside source, not made by the body, and in the case of keeping the skin moist and hydrated, essential fatty acids must be stepped up on a daily basis orally – to help bring back elasticity and thickness to the skin. Evening Primrose Oil is and excellent source of EFA's!

    drinking-waterOne last tip... and it's a big one. Make sure that you are drinking the maximum amount of water that you can during the day! There is nothing better for your skin and for your health!

     



  • I Scream, You scream, We all scream for Sunscreen!

    When I first decided to write this blog, I didn't realize that to fully understand how and why we need to protect our skin would require a biology and chemistry course! If you care to look it up, there are a plethora of articles written by dermatologists and scientists that will break down each and every aspect of which atoms are affected, light energy movement within the cells, etc..... SO, I decided to break this down to , well, easy to understand terms. Translation:

    UV light (ultraviolet light) from the sun contains both UVA and UVB rays.

    UV(A) rays are responsible for AGING the skin.

    UV(B) rays are the cancer causing rays. Think Basal Cell Carcinoma.sun

    How do we protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun? There are several ways to avoid sun damage. Obviously, staying out of the sun and/or wearing sensible protective clothing are two ways. But really, who wants to do that? Summertime is FUN time! For those of us who want to enjoy the benefits of the sun, there are products that can afford some protection. It is important to understand that no product will give you 100 percent protection from UV light from the sun.

    hampton-suncare Hampton Sun Sunscreens. Smart. Serious. Sunbathing.

    Hampton Sun and Ahava sunscreens utilize agents such as Avobenzone, Oxybenzone and Octocrylene as their active ingredients. These are chemical agents which absorb the rays of the sun (both kinds). Many people are allergic to certain ingredients and should always check labels. Our Elemental Herbology line has products which contain Methoxycinnamate, which is an organic sunscreen. (Click the picture to take you to our full selection of these products.)

    Ahava-Sun-Protection-Anti-Aging-Facial-Moisturizer-SPF-50-697045001699And one thing you definitely don't want to forget is your lips! There is nothing worse than dry, cracked, sore lips. Some people with sun sensitivity are also prone to cold sores from sun exposure.



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