Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jojoba Oil for Healthy Skin

Take a look in your bathroom cupboard and you will likely find several items with Jojoba oil (aka Simmondsia chinensis) listed in the label. This is because Jojoba oil is excellent at providing light, easily absorbed moisture that matches most skin types.

Jojoba (pronounced "hō-hō'-bə") oil is extracted from the bean found inside the olive-shaped fruit from the jojoba plant. This shrub-like plant grows in arid climates like Arizona, Mexico, and South America. The oil, actually classified as a wax, is odorless and colorless. Jojoba is very light and easily absorbed by skin, but very hydrating. It is also non-comodogenic and has a very long shelf life.

Jojoba oil is used as a substitute for whale oil and its derivatives, such as cetyl alcohol. The importation of whale oil to the US was banned in 1971, which is when Jojoba was discovered to be suitable, if not superior, to whale oil for use in cosmetics.

Jojoba oil is widely used in moisturizers, lip balms, hair care products, massage oils, and as a base oil for other essential oils. Jojoba is the oil most closely matched to the skin’s own sebum , so won’t clog pores, making it suitable for those with acne-prone skin. Its rich and gentle moisturizing qualities also make it a great choice for those with dry and sensitive skin types.

Caren Online carries several products which contain Jojoba oil, like certain select items from B Leaf Botanics line. B Leaf Botanics Banish blemish cream is one that contains Jojoba, making it perfect for those deep hormonal blemishes Ellen likes to call "undergrounders". Have you tried this product yet? Check it out!

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Toner: Are You Missing This Crucial Skin Care Step?

When someone says “toner” do you still think the big bottle of Clearasil?  Most think of toner as something only those with acne need.  An astringent designed to deep clean and banish breakouts.

Toner is actually a lot more than just a zit zapper.  This skin care step is meant to further cleanse the skin but, depending on the toner, it does a variety of other things too.  Toner can hydrate, balance, firm, and provide anti aging benefits.  Used after cleansing, toner is meant to ready the skin to better receive the next step, treatment and/or moisturizer.

So, which toner is right for you?  That depends on your skin type and issues. 

Oily/Acne – Using a toner that balances skin’s naturally produced oils will help to keep shininess and breakouts at bay.  A slightly astringent toner not only takes cleansing to another level, but will help to tighten pores. Karen's Botanicals Fennel Sage toner is a good bet.

Dry/Mature – This skin type needs extra hydration.  Follow up your cream cleanser with a nourishing toner made with moisturizing ingredients. Try B Leaf Botanics Drench toning mist before applying moisturizer, over makeup to help set, and even throughout the day in dry climates.

Normal/Combination – For a mid-day refresher use a toner with skin invigorating properties.  Perfect summertime pick-me-up for skin. SKIN Lemon Fresh toner is a good one to try.

Sensitive – Just because skin is sensitive does not mean you have to skip this important step.  A gentle toner can actually soothe and protect delicate skin.  With its high chamomile hydrosol content, B Leaf Botanics Drench is your best bet.

Hormonal – B Leaf Botanics Harmonize toning mist is moisturizing yet lightly astringent to balance hormonal skin.  Tightens and tones while it soothes.

Toner tips:

Toners do not always have to be the after-cleanser step.  Use your favorite toner as a cleanser itself when you skin is not in need of a thorough cleansing.  Toners and hydrosols also make great skin refreshers on hot summer days, and toners with moisturizing ingredients may even take the place of moisturizer this time of year for those with oily skin.  Best summer skin care investment?  The Answer Ideal Tone Hydrate Mist to moisturize and repair while delivering protective antioxidants to skin. 

Light Ingredients for Healthy Summertime Skin

If you are using the same skin care products year ‘round, chances are you’ve noticed a change in your skin.  Seeing bumps, breakouts, or extra oiliness?

Lighter ingredients used in hot, humid months not only keep excess oil at bay, they also help to maintain a fresh, clear complexion.  Soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients are key to keeping skin cool and healthy during hotter months.

Even if you are a champ at applying your zinc-based sunscreen, exposure to UV rays, wind, and water irritate and dry out skin.  Soothing, hydrating ingredients repair and protect the skin.

Take a look at the perfect-for-summer skin care products we carry:

SKIN Unscented Wash is ideal for summertime cleansing.  Gentle and straightforward, this one works well on all skin types.

We know that summer means you are on the go.  Cleanse quick and easy with Just B by B Leaf SWIPE Natural Face Rinse.  Simply swipe and go.

B Leaf Botanics Reverse Serum contains a healthy dose of calming aloe vera plus sea algae extract, this serum also helps to reverse sun damage.  A summertime must-have!

It may be humid, but facial moisturizer is still a necessity.  B Leaf Botanics Balance Face Lotion provides light hydration with anti-aging benefits and calming ingredients.

Prone to breakouts? Try B Leaf Botanics Banish Blemish Cream.  Contains willow bark extract and tea tree to help banish blemishes.  Designed for teens, tweens, athletes, and anyone looking to keep breakouts in check.

Multi-tasking is where it’s at this time of year.  For light moisture with zinc sun protection use Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30.  This high performance product feels great on skin while delivering serious UV protection.

The best all natural summertime skin care will carry you through the hot season.  Beautifully.

Image:  -Alina- at Flickr.com, cc

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Natural Sunburn Soothers

So you apply sunscreen when planning to be out in the sun, and limit your exposure during the time of day when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. But there are those times --and we’ve all had them-- when you get a sunburn.

Sunburn is caused by UVB rays, and while UVB rays cause less long term damage than UVA, a blistering sunburn definitely ups our risk for developing DNA damage and disease.

Prompt treatment with soothing, healing ingredients will help to reduce damage and make the burn more comfortable. If you or the little ones are left sun-scorched, try these effective natural remedies to help ease the pain and swelling.

The first thing you should do after receiving a sunburn is take a cool to lukewarm bath or shower. Just like running a burned finger under cool water, this stops the burn from penetrating into deeper layers of the skin.

You have probably heard Aloe Vera touted as a natural healer, and for good reason. The juice from this succulent has a soothing, cooling effect on the skin and delivers a dose of hydration to keep sun-parched skin soft and supple.

Chamomile is well-known for its calming properties for the mind. But this is true for skin also. Chamomile calms aggravated skin conditions (like sunburn) and relieves skin sensitivity and irritation. B Leaf Botanics Drench Hydrating Toning Mist contains both aloe vera and chamomile to help to cool sunburn gently.

Arnica is a superior natural first-aid ingredient. This plant extract helps to heal burns, bruises, wounds, and insect bites. Arnica also contains immune-boosting nutrients.

A cooled brewed Black tea bag, or the cooled tea applied to a towel, offers relief from discomfort when applied to the burn. Black tea also provides antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals caused by sun exposure.

Calendula is super gentle and holds healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The flower also stimulates the immune system and is rich in antioxidants. Skin’s Healing Calendula Salve is so gentle it can even be used on lips.

Vitamin E has many health benefits for our body, from helping prevent heart attacks and some tumors to keeping skin hydrated and glowing. This vitamin is also essential in decreasing inflammation, a side effect of sunburn. Foods that contain Vitamin E are whole grains, vegetable oils, and nuts.

Keep this list handy in case of over exposure. But remember – prevention is the best option. Apply a mineral sunscreen prior to going out in the sun. And remember to re-apply every two hours, or more if you are swimming or perspiring.

Image: jeanieforever at Flickr.com, Creative Commons license.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Product Spotlight: Oblige' Shea Butter Cream with Olive Leaf



The most sought after product this time of year?  One that softens, soothes, and heals.

Each winter we think we will skate by without the signs of parched-ness making their appearance.  Yet once January hits, the symptoms of dry skin are all too real.

What you need is one super hydrating, ultra protective, wonder healing product.  And wouldn’t it be nice if it had anti-aging properties too?

Gotcha covered.

Oblige' Shea Butter Cream with Olive Leaf is made with shea butter, one of the best ingredients for rejuvenating and treating sapped winter skin.  Added bonus:  it works well on all skin types.  Plus, this cream contains Olive leaf to soften the appearance of premature aging.

This multi-tasker also works well on dry hands and frayed cuticles.  Try it on eczema, rosacea, and wind burn too.