Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shea Butter Lavender

Shea Butter lavender blends the healing moisturizing oils of shea butter with the calming and relaxing essential oils of lavender. This has been a long time favorite of many for decades.

Winter time can really dry out our skin. This blend is great, especially for night time moisturizing, because it hydrates your skin while you sleep while the soothing scent of lavender relaxes you to get to sleep. Folklore suggests that pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help people fall a sleep. Studies today claim that lavender may improve sleep quality and promote relaxation.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Olive Oil Castile Soap

All soaps are made by combining lye with oil. The differences in soap is the oils that are used to make it. Each oil produces different qualities. Olive oil castile soap is made using primarily olive oil.

Olive oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps smooth and moisten the skin. Hydroxytyrosol is a very powerful antioxidant found only in olive oil. This oil is non-greasy and won't clog your pores. Very mild and great for babies and sensitive skin.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shea Butter Cocoa Butter

If your skin if feeling dried out this winter, it's time to start using shea butter and cocoa butter.

Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the wild shea tree in West Africa. This butter has moisturizing and healing properties. Refining is usually done with a chemical called "hexane". Certified organic means that the butter is filtered using clay and no toxic chemicals. African women have been using this oil for generations to protect their skin from the harsh dry climate.

Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from the cacao bean. It is a natural emollient and contains natural antioxidants and actually helps to increase skin hydration.

Using these body butters daily will help combat dry itchy skin as well as the skin splitting on your hands especially around the fingernails.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tea Body Wash

Tea time may take on a different meaning when you start the day with tea body wash.

The antioxidant qualities have always been good for our bodies but did you know it is also healthy for our skin?

Tea (especially green and white varieties) helps to prevent the activities of enzymes which break down elastin & collagen that lead to wrinkles on our skin. It gives your skin a good dose of anti-aging antioxidants. Other studies show promising results with white tea. The serum was applied to the skin before sun exposure and the polyphenols in tea helped to protect vital cells from damage (see Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland).

So give your skin a good dose of tea in body wash or lotion to keep your skin looking younger.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Almond Oil for Skin

Almond oil is a highly effective way to combat the dry, flaky, itchy skin we experience this time of year.

his pale yellow oil is obtained from the dried kernal of sweet almonds. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, D and E. This nourishing oil easily absorbs into the skin to soothe and soften the skin which is why many massage therapists use this hydrating oil to lubricate the skin during a massage session.

Apply almond oil around the eyes to reduce puffiness and help minimize fine lines and dark circles. It is excellent in creams, lotions and balms to relieve dry itchy skin.