Our regular advice column for the secrets to perfect skin
November 2012 entries
Organic Skin Care Products
Organic beauty products are now available everywhere and are here to stay. Food, clothing and of most recently beauty care products including cosmetics. What was just a small movement has become a multi-billion dollar industry and has moved front and center in our awareness. Synthetics were the rave of the last 50 years and now it is out with the old and in with the "new/old"? Organically grown and produced products are now everywhere and despite the higher prices associated with "pure, traditional and natural" they are increasingly taking market share from industrialized production. Even the beauty industry is now embracing organic as synthetic ingredients and formulations are making room for traditional and natural ingredients. Organic ingredients are increasingly found in our cosmetics, hair and body care products.
Natural and organic beauty products can offer as much benefit as their synthetic cousins. Natural based colors, moisturizers and textures can provide the same brilliance, hydration and finish than any synthetic formulation as well as often providing the added benefit of necessary vitamins, antioxidants and minerals your body craves. You won't be compromising the efficacies of your beauty treatment, your overall health nor that of the planet.
Men and women are moving towards organic treatments as they are learning more and more about the adverse effects of certain elements such as parabens, PEG's and others. Reported to be contain carcinogens, many of the traditional ingredients for makeup, bathing products and hair care treatments are now being removed from formulations. To learn more about ingredients a great source iswww.ewg.org/skindeep/
Organic products have many benefits not least being they have anti-oxidative properties. Antioxidants help work to fight disease including cancer. Oxidation facilitates the ageing process in skin cells and antioxidants help defend against this process. It is true that some additives in our makeup and beauty care products are necessary to make them effective such as gentle foaming agents and binders that help limit product separation, but these can be limited. Mineral oils should be avoided and replaced with natural and organic olive or Argan oil. Olive oil and Argan oil have whopping amounts of vitamin E that mineral oil does not and helps with the natural moisturizing process in skin care.
Organic beauty products are right for those who are both health conscious and environmentally aware. Facilitating change starts with everyone of us, both singularly and collectively. The use of sustainable, natural products and organic whenever possible is not only good sense it is good for all of us.
Read your labels and make the choice for natural organic products. The organic movement is here and now. Let us embrace it with the cosmetics and beauty products we choose.
October 2012 entries
4 Easy Steps to Great Looking Skin
We spend much of our “beauty budget” on hair products and salons, but our skin is one of the first things that people take notice with their first impressions. That is why a proper and consistent skin care regime is so necessary. There are countless beauty remedies, elixirs, and promises that claim to improve skin tone, elasticity, and blemishes and offer a flawless complexion. The reality however is that nothing can be done instantly. Fast, overnight results are at best superficial and regularly just a dream ….no matter what the claims of the product manufacturer. To be truly effective, a skin care regime must become as important as eating and sleeping. Only with time can results be seen. Don’t worry though because a few simple tips will help you have a consistently healthy and glowing complexion.
Skin Care Tip 1:
Always use some type of exfoliation product, which will help to remove old skin cells and other debris and particles from your skin. This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones. You can either use exfoliating creams or scrubs, but nothing is better than a Moroccan Kessa exfoliating glove. This is used after you have soaked in the bath or enjoyed a hot shower. Use on hot moist skin with our without soap and rub energetically. You will see an entire layer of dead skin be removed right before your eyes. Not necessarily pretty, but oh so effective.
Skin Care Tip 2:
Avoid over exposure to sun or worse tanning beds. In addition to being dangerous where health is concerned, these may also lead to early signs of aging. Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it. Always use a high uv cream or lotion. Don’t worry the tan will still arrive, but not at the expense of your skin. Although I personally am not a fan of self -tanning products, they have improved over the years both in efficacy and realism. Always test in a small area first for color and irritation. Additionally, do use an after sun cream, lotion or oil as they will help rehydrate and moisturize our stressed skin. I believe like so many things, moderation and common sense should prevail when using all beauty products.
Skin Care Tip 3:
If your lips tend to become chapped in the winter months or wind burnt at other times, using lip balm or lipstick will help to protect the lips from nature’s elements.
Skin Care Tip 4:
Do not use products that irritate your skin in any way, including soaps that have harsh ingredients. If possible, use a moisturizing soap or that which is designed for sensitive skin.
Skin Care Tip 5:
Stop or substantially limit smoking. I know everyone has already written about the harmful effects of smoking, but it really is not good for your skin. This is particularly true for the sensitive lip, mouth and eye areas.
There are thousands of skin care products available in prescription or over the counter. It is highly recommended to consult a dermatologist prior to treating such conditions as acne, discoloration or patchiness or other skin disorders. Many professionals and skin care enthusiasts recommend ample moisturizing milks or lotions to replace the natural moisture that is lost given our daily routines of washing and exposure to nature’s harsh elements. My preference is to use natural and whenever possible organic products and avoid harsh chemicals or detergents.
The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes. It should not be considered as, or used in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Consult your doctor prior to beginning any skin care regimen or if you have been diagnosed with any disorder involving the skin.
Anti-oxidants and Skin Care
Like all of you, I am concerned about what my family eats. I want to make sure that we are all getting the very best that we can afford.
According to most nutritionists, it is important to eat foods that are heavyweights in antioxidants. Common agreement today suggests that antioxidants one of the important contributors in helping fight the aging process. It all has to do with free radials that protect us from various ailments and diseases. Antioxidant-rich foods not only make us feel better on the inside, but also on the outside. These foods can provide a glowing, vibrant complexion. One thing I am sure of is that supplements alone are no substitute for good, fresh wholesome food.
I am a firm believer that eating healthy helps promote younger looking skin. Washing, exfoliating and moisturizing are necessary for a glowing complexion, but without a proper diet the benefits are substantially reduced. I am always advocating to drink more orange juice and eat fewer pastries around my home. Another great addition to your diet is a few tablespoons of olive oil or flaxseed to your diet, or to eat some nuts or seeds (if you aren’t allergic to nuts). Flaxseed or linseed oil has extremely high levels of a-linolenic acid (a particular form of Omega-3 fatty acid and is used as a great nutritional supplement.
The most common antioxidant nutrients are vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. Eat whole fruit for extra fiber. Fresh juice is best, but can be expensive. Avoid juice in glass containers, and heat-pasteurized juice. Light and heat destroy some of the vitamin C.
Vitamin E: Great sources of Vitamin E are olive oil, Argan oil (non-cosmetic), nuts, seeds, wheat germ and fish oils. Apart from eating these in their natural state you can of course, find the in supplement form. Personally, I use olive oil on everything just because it tastes so good! Forget the butter and margarine and just use olive oil. You’ll be surprised at the difference.
Beta-carotene: These fall into the typical veggies category. Orange and yellow vegetables, and leafy green vegetables, including broccoli, are all good sources. Instead of potato chips or popcorn for an evening snack while watching television, opt for prepackaged, washed and peeled baby carrots.
Take good care of your skin with a daily beauty treatment with pure and natural cosmetics and bathing products, but equally important is your beauty within. Make sure you treat your skin to a combination of a healthy, antioxidant rich diet for healthy, glowing and younger looking skin. With attentive skin care, regular exercise (even modest), sufficient rest and sleep, a healthy diet and of course lots and lots of water you will enjoy an improved quality of life and a natural and glowing complexion.
October 22, 2012
Benefits of Exfoliation with Moroccan Black Soap
As we have
nearly thirty layers of dead skin cells clogging in the pores, exfoliation
plays a key part in achieving a beautiful skin. Exfoliation works by removing
these dead skin cells from the outer layer of our skin (called the epidermis),
making your skin smooth and radiant, with even skin tone. It also improves the
health of your skin by improving your blood circulation and lymph nodes. And by
using Moroccan Black Soap (Savon Noir Morocain), you can achieve a clear,
beautiful skin that you desire.
Soap with precious Argan Oil from Zakia’s Collection is an add
on version of the black soap range (other similar products include the add on
of Eucalyptus, Jasmine, and Orange Blossoms), made with pure, natural, and organic
ingredients. This product contains no polyethylene glycol, mineral oils, silicon, and preservatives from Parabens.
Formulated with base oils of Argan and olive that is rich in vitamin E, this
soap is high in emollients and moisturizing properties that suitable for all
skin types. Even aging, mature skin can definitely benefit the high potency of
the oils that can visibly diminish the wrinkles from your face.
Argan oil is
processed from the kernels of Argan tree, known as Argana Spinosa, which is
abundantly grown in Morocco. The oil is highly valued for it medicinal,
culinary, and cosmetic purposes. Extraordinarily rich in tocopherols (70.2mg
per 100g), phenols and phenolic acid, carotenes, squalene, essential fatty
acids, with 80% of unsaturated fatty acids, this oil is much more potent than
the women of Berber tribes collect the undigested pits from goats’ waste as the
goats are let freely to graze and eat the fruits. Due to its nature highly
prized by many. UNESCO has taken a life – changing step in protection and
conserving the population of Argan tree while providing it as a source of
income for the women in Argan oil production by using machines in processing
the oil directly harvested from the tree.
To reap up the
potency of Argan oil, use the Moroccan Black Soap in conjunction with Kessa
Royal Exfoliating Glove (Kessa, or kesse is glove in Arabic, or 'gant de
gommage' in French). Apply the black soap when your skin to be warm and moist
in circular movement. Leave on the soap for five and ten minutes as the soap
works onto your skin, unclogging the pores with its positive benefits. Rinse
thoroughly. Then you use the Exfoliating Glove to rub in vertical motion to
remove the dead skin cells, toxins and impurities. Depending on how you rub it,
you can see the dead skin shed from your face.
Make it as a part of your beauty routine on
weekly basis for best results. With this exfoliating process you can achieve a
radiant, healthy skin.