Category Archives: Natural Skincare

Coconut Pink Clay Mask

This is such a great mask, it is super moisturizing and it helps to eliminate toxins and tone your skin while tightening your pores.  It is great for mature skin and also helps to keep wrinkles at bay.

You won’t believe how silky soft your skin will be after you use it!

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Recipe: Approx. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons        Use: 3 – 4 times a week

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoons French Pink Clay
  • 1 Tablespoons Aloe
  • 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops Ylang Ylang  Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops Grapefruit Seed Extract

Instructions:

Measure everything and puree in a food processor or blender until really smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides and stir the bottom at least once

Wash your face and preferably exfoliate then apply mask for up to 1/2 hour

You won’t need to spry on a hydrosol due to the coconut oil and butter

Rinse throughly and wash your face after to remove excess oil

*It will last for a long time in the refrigerator I sometimes make a double batch

Skin Benefits:

Coconut Butter - is the pureed coconut meat with about 60% oil, which has a thick, creamy and slightly gritty texture.  It has the same benefits for the skin as coconut oil but helps retain moister better and it promotes skin elasticity making it great for dry, aging or wrinkled skin. It removes dead skin cells. It has a small molecular structure so it absorption easily through the skin and penetrates deep in to the layers of the skin and strengthens the tissues underneath. High in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Use in: masks and exfolients

Coconut oil (Virgin) absorbs very easily and it’s great for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive skin, pre-mature aging, wrinkle, inflamed, irritated & itchy.  It does not clog pores and it is extremely softening, soothing, nourishing, very moisturizing.  It helps retain moisture and gives the skin a protective layer. The oil is full of anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, antiseptic & antibiotic.  Contains many fatty acids & multivitamins.

French Pink Clay  is a combination of red and white clay and is one of the mildest.  It is great for normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  It is very cleansing and detoxifying while it gently remove dead skin cells, absorbs dirt, oil & bacteria from pores.  It also refreshes the skin giving it a youthful glow.

Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that draw and hold oxygen into the skin.  While it penetrates and holds moisture in the tissue it also promotes cellular renewal from the enzymes that breaks down & digest tissue. It improves the skin elasticity and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It tightens the skin and dilates capillaries increasing blood supply.  It is very balancing to the skins natural Ph.

Lavender Essential Oil is a balancing oil, meaning if you have dry skin it returns it to a normal state and the same goes for oily skin as it balance the sebum production, this is why it is used on all skin types.  It reduces inflammation and is soothing, healing and rejuvenating.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is also balancing oil like lavender. It is good for all skin types and is a toning oil.

*You can buy ingredients at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Herbs

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Rosewater Toner

Toners improve your skins appearance by toning the skin while cleansing it further and the combination of these ingredients is such a fantastic treat for the skin. This toner is great for all skin types except sensitive, it balances the skin, which makes it good for normal, dry, oily and mature skin.  I use it to restore the Ph. balance of my skin after cleansing; it’s also hydrating and helps  retain moisture in the skin as well as soften the wrinkles.

Recipe: Makes 3 1/2 oz.
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Organic Rose Hydrosol
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Witch Hazel
  • 1 Tablespoons Pure Aloe Vera Gel (Make sure there is no rubbing alcohol in it )
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Drop Grapefruit Seed Extract

Essential oils are optional but an added boost for your skin.  If you only want to buy one I recommend the lavender with 4 drops and make sure it’s organic
  • Normal Skin – Lavender – 4 drops
  • Dry Skin - Lavender 2 drops – Rose Geranium 2 drops
  • Oily Skin - Lavender 2 drops – Rose Geranium 2 drops
  • Mature Skin - Lavender 2 drops – Geranium 1 drop – Lemon 1 drop

Instructions:

Measure everything and put in to a glass bottle with sprayer and shake well

Sprays on your face after you shower or wash your face then apply coconut oil or a moisturizer.

The oil/moisturizer will help to trap the toner in allowing to further penetrating the top layers of your skin

Skin Benefits:

Rose Hydrosol is super hydrating

Aloe Vera Gel penetrates the tissue and promotes cellular renewal

Witch Hazel tightens loose tissue helping tired and sluggish skin

Apple Cider brings oxygen to the cells and maintains elasticity

Grapefruit Seed Extract is very healing and deep cleansing

*You can buy all ingredients including a glass bottle with a spray top at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Naturals

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Revitalizing Cucumber Yogurt Mask

There is nothing better than being able to whip up a at-home skin care product.  Not only is it cheaper, fun and satisfying but you know exactly what you are putting on your skin.  The skin is the largest organ you have and it sucks up what ever you put on it including chemicals so lets give it some real nourishment!  This mask will make your skin feel fantastic while balancing the Ph. balance of your skin.

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Recipe: 2 – 3 applications (save in the refrigerator for up to a week)

  •  2 – 1/4 Inch Slices Cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey

Instructions:

Puree the cucumber in a blender or food processor then add the yogurt, aloe, honey and lemon.

First wash your face, neck and chest then apply the mask all over and leave on for 5 minutes then apply more of the mask and repeat 1 or 2 more times for a total of 15-20 minutes.

* You can cut two slices of the cucumber and lay them on your eyes while you have on the mask.

Rinse off with warm water, and then follow cold water to help close pores.  Now is a great time to spray your face and neck with a hydrosol of toner and follow with your favorite moisturizer.  I often use coconut oil after.  You can use this mask from 1 to 3 times a week

*We believe beauty starts within so adding cucumber to your diet like drinking cucumber juice is also very beneficial to the skin

Skin Benefits:

Cucumbers are cleaning, soothing and softening while it rejuvenates the skin and complexion.  It contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin K and caffeic acid which helps remove water retention reducing puffy eyes, dark circles and soothes irritated skin.  They contain pantothenic acid that helps the skin retain moisture. The vitamin A in cucumbers lightens dark spots and freckles by helping to control the production of melanin in the skin.  It tightens and brightens the skin, which revitalizes and promotes a youthful glowing skin. Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and silica that is hydrating to the connective tissues and bring the skin to a normal Ph. balance as they have the same Ph. as the skin.  The seeds are full of Vitamin E and potassium, which is great for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, aging skin and blemishes.

Yogurt tighten the pores and gently exfoliates the top layers of the skin with the lactic acid and calcium it contains. This also helps cell reproduction (skin renewal), which is helpful in reducing wrinkles.  It is very hydrating and brightening and contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it good for blemishes and to reduce age spots and blotchiness.  It has protein, probiotics and enzymes that restore your skin’s natural pH balance. Yogurt contains zinc with anti-inflammatory properties that helps regulate oil production and reduces oily skin, acne and pimples.  It’s also a mild anti-astringent helping to tighten skin.

Honey is extremely moisturizing and soothing to the skin as well as it is high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect.  It is an antibacterial that is great for blemishes as well as with the antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.  It is an anti-oxidant that helps slow down signs of aging and helps bring a youthful glow to your face.

Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that draw and hold oxygen into the skin.  While it penetrates and holds moisture in the tissue it also promotes cellular renewal from the enzymes that breaks down & digest tissue. It improves the skin elasticity and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It tightens the skin and dilates capillaries increasing blood supply.  It is very balancing to the skins natural Ph.

Lemon Juice is an excellent exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells due to being very rich in alpha hydroxy acids. You maintain the skin elasticity by removing dead skin cells and allowing the pores to breathe.  Lemon tightens wrinkles and enlarged pores, brightens the skin, and lightens age spots and other discoloration.

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Kelp Mask

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Add Kelp Powder to a small bowl along with Aloe Gel, Honey and Lavender Essential Oil then mix well

Apply to face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes

Remove with warm water and pat your face dry

Follow up with a moisturizer

For the body you will want to apply in the shower.  You can also apply to your face in the shower

Recipe – For the Face

  • 1 Teaspoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Aloe Gel
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil

For Face & Body

  • 1 Tablespoon Kelp Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Aloe Gel
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (You don’t want to leave out because of the strong Kelp smell)

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A Basic Scrub For All Skin Types

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Blend everything in a food processor until finely granulated or each ingredient separately in a coffee grinder, mix and then store in a jar.

  • Put a Tablespoon of Scrub in the palm of your hand
  • Add just enough Water or Floral Water to make a paste
  • Gently make circular motions on your face, neck and chest
  • Let the scrub do the work, don’t press too hard
  • You can put a jar in your shower to use on your face & body but make sure you don’t get any water in it or it will mold

* Because of the Clay in the Scrub you can also leave it on your face for 10 minutes, this will act as a mask.  If Clay starts drying use one of your Hydrosol’s or Floral Water to keep moist so as to only draw out toxins and excess oils without over drying your skin.

Other ingredients you can add in place of water…

  • Honey is added for extra moisture and it absorbs impurities from the pores
  • Olive Oil can be added for Dry Skin, it penetrates deep into the skin & locks in natural moisture.

Basic Scrub Recipe – Makes 3 Cups

  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Pink Kaolin Clay
  • 1/4 Cup Lavender Flowers and/or Rose Petals and/or Chamomile Flowers (Optional)

You can buy all the ingredients here at a very reasonable cost www.mountainroseherbs.com  Or check your local health food store.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Ingredient List for Natural Skincare

Powders & Meals

Dry-Ingredients

Almond Meal – Brewers Yeast – Flax Seed Meal – Oats-

  • Almond Meal – All skin type.  Cleansing,  moisturizing, softening, smoothing, nourishing, lifts out impurities by unclogging Pores, cleanses away dead skin cell & replenishes skin oils.  Anti-Inflammatory & anti-oxident.  High in vitamin E which is great for premature aging
  • Use in:  Face & Body Scrubs & Masks.
  • Aloe Vera Powder - Dry, aging, acne & rosacea.   Soothing, protective, potent moisturizer, increases blood supply, rejuvenating, connective tissue formation, reduces scars, stimulates epidermal growth & repair, stimulate collagen & elastin.  Anti-Inflammatory, antiseptic & anti-Bacterial.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Soothing Creams & Lotions, Sun Care Products, Shampoos & Conditioners.
  • Arrowroot Powder - All skin types.  Healing, softening, helps other Ingredients penetrate the top layers of the skin & emollient.  Astringent & slightly antiseptic.
  • Use as: a Thickening Agent in Moisturizer, in Face, Body Powders, & Baby Powders or as its own Face Powder due to its Oil Absorbent properties.
  • Brewers Yeast - Great for mature, oily or acne.  Helps to clear problem skin, minimize brown spots, tighten pores, pull out Impurities, helps UV damage, stimulates blood flow, circulation & brightens complexion.  Anti-bacterial.  High in B Vitamins, Chromium & Selenium.
  • Use in:  Scrubs & Masks.
  • Flax Seed Meal - Dry, acne, mature. Helps improve eczema, psoriasis & rosacea.  Soothing, nourishing, moisturizing, softening, provides healthy cellular activity & skin regeneration.  Anti-inflammatory.  Contains Omega 6 Essential Fatty Oils.
  • Use in: Face & Body Scrubs & Masks.
  • Kelp Powder - All skin types.  Highly nutritious, toning, softening, firming, stimulating, hydrates, regenerates skin cells, exfoliates dead skin cells, clogged pores, minor abrasions, skin irritations, removes toxins, mineral rich that smooths & soothes the skin.  Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial & anti-tumor.  High In Iodine, Vitamins A, B Complex, C & E.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Salves, Hair Care, Face Cleansers, Body Wash.
  • Oat Powder - All skin types.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, cleansing, softening, moisturizing, toning, protective to the skin, lifts away dead skin cells, helps fade age spots, smooths skin, protect the skin, helps minimize scars, make a paste for rashes & insect bites.  Anti-Inflammatory, anti-oxidant & anti-itch.
  •  Use in: Face & Body Scrubs, Masks, Soaps.
  • Orange Granules - Oily & aging.  Cleansing, stimulating, helps improve skin tone, helps maintain capillary & collagen health, removes dead skin cells, reduce blemishes.  Antiseptic & anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Scrubs and Masks.
  • Orris Root Powder All skin types.  Violet fragranced rhizome of The orris Iris, adds moisture, elasticity, protective, healing, exfoliating, detoxify, helps the skin rid itself of dead particles and other toxins.  Mild astringent.
  • Use in: Face and Body Powders, Peeling Creams, Toothpaste.
  • Rose Hip Powder - Dry, oily, combination, mature & damaged skin.  Toning, firming, hydrating, oxygenates, purifies, revitalizing, removes dead cell, smoothes rough skin, fades spots,  gives the skin a healthier more radiant appearance.  Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti aging.  High content of essential fatty acids, vitamins & minerals.
  • Use in: Scrubs & Masks.
  • Spirulina – Dry, acne, wrinkles, psoriasis & eczema.  Helps the formation of new cell membranes, eliminates toxins, helps store moisture & improve elasticity.  Incredibly high in anti-oxidants.  Contains amino acid methionine, vitamins C, B1, B5, B6, E, beta-carotene, copper, manganese & zinc.
  • Use in: Scrubs, Masks, Cleansers & Moisturizers. 

 Herbs

Herbs for Skincare

Chamomile – Rose - Lavender - Marigold – Frankincense – Sandalwood    

  • Chamomile Flowers - Dry, oily, sensitive, acne, aging skin & eczema, soothes rashes, soothing, healing, strengthening to the skin tissue, reduce puffiness, cleansing to the pores.  Antiseptic, anti-oxident & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Comfrey leaf - Oily, acne, sensitive, mature, wrinkles & helps relieve eczema, soothing, healing, emollient, revitalizing, rejuvenating, cell regenerator, increases blood circulation.  Mildly astringent.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Elder Flowers - All skin types, softens dry & mature. Irritable skin, healing, soothing, Firming, cleansing, smoothes skin, protects against infections, clears the skin, reduces pore size & Breakouts.  Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic & mildly astringent.
  •  Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Frankincense Resin - Dry, acne, wrinkles & aging skin.  Balancing, tighting, improves elasticity, rejuvenating, cell regenerator, reduces scarring, soothe rashes & improves circulation.  Anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams & Bath Tea (use in tea bag)
  • Jasmine Flowers -  Dry, greasy, sensitive skin, wrinkles & reduce fine lines.  Elasticity, nourishing, balancing, soothing, smooths, skin-softening, irritated, scars, and cleanses the skin.  Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Lavender Flowers - Normal, dry, combination, wrinkles, oily, acne, eczema & seborrhea.  Cleansing, balancing, itchy skin, sunburn, scars, inflammation, cell regenerator & stimulating to complexion.  Astringent, antiseptic & anti-fungal.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Lemongrass - Acne.  Cleansing, normalizes overactive oil glands, regulate skin oils, minimize pores, tonic & high vitamin A content.   Antiseptic, anti-microbial & anti-bacterial.
  •  Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Licorice Root - Acne & mature.  Improves skin tone, emollient, soothing & further opens pores to help enhance the penetration of all nutrients.  Anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams
  • Marigold (Calendula)Dry, sensitive, acne & eczema.  Soothing, cleansing, sagging, irritable, damaged, ulcers, protects cells, reduce capillary blood vessels, reduces inflammation, irritated tissue, calming properties, wound healing.  High amounts of flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, proteins, bio-flavonoids, glycosides & saponins.  Antiseptic & anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Steams, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Peppermint - Oily & acne.  toning, soothing, cooling,refreshing, revitalizing, clarify, improves circulation, reduces large pores, helps restore elasticity.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-itch & astringent.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Rose Petals - All skin, especially dry, sensitive & mature.  Cleansing, softening, toning, stimulating, soothing, hydrating to all skin types, retains moisture.  Anti-aging, astringent & mild anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.
  • Rosemary Oily & wrinkles.  toning, healing, blackheads, dull, lifeless skin, sagging skin, circulation & restore elasticity.  Astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use in: Steams, Hair Tonics & Bath Tea.
  • Sandalwood Chips/Powder - All skin types especially dry, acne, oily, mature & wrinkles.  Improves circulation, brings a glow to the skin, tightens pores, scars, spots, irritated, blemishes, inflamed & soften the skin by holding in moisture.  Anti-aging, anti-itch, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory & antiseptic.
  • Use in: Steams & Bath Tea (use in tea bag).
  •  Yarrow - Oily & wrinkles.  toning, healing, soothing, inflamed, large pores, chronic redness, scars & stretch marks.  Strong anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use in: Steams, Scrubs, Masks & Bath Tea.                                                                                       

Liquids

Liquids

Pure Aloe Vera Gel – Apple Cider Vinegar - Grape seed Oil – Olive Oil

  • Aloe Vera Gel - Penetrates tissue, cellular renewal, tightening, dilates capillaries increasing blood supply, breaks down & digest tissue, enzymes that hasten the regenerative phase of healing, moistening to the tissue, balancing the skins natural Ph, draws & holds oxygen into the skin, which in turn holds in moisture.  Anesthetic, anti-itching, anti-bacteria & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use in: Masks, Cleansers, Toners, Tonics, Creams, Face & Body Oils.                                                                                        
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - All skin types except sensitive.  Helps sunburn, psoriasis & other itchy skin condition. Reduce red marks & blemishes, toning, purifying, soften skin, restore skin’s natural pH balance, helps keeps skin supple, very oxygenating, maintaining elasticity, healing & reviving.  Contains natural enzymes, vitamins & minerals.  Rich in anti-oxidants, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial.
  • Use as: A Natural Preservative, Toners, Tonics, Astringent, Cleansers and in Baths.
  • Castile Soap - All skin types.  Olive oil based soap, slightly alkaline which temporarily changes the Ph of the skin & helps the soap combine with dirt, so it easily washes away, the skin then reverts to its normal, slightly acid Ph.  Anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Cleansers & Body Washes.
  • Honey - All skin types.  Soothing, healing, nourishing, rejuvenating, refreshes depleted skin, high in enzymes so it has a exfoliating effect, maintains suppleness & elasticity.  Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial & Aanti-microbial.
  •  Use in: Masks, Scrubs, Moisturizers, Cleansers, Creams, Shampoos and Conditioners.
  • Hydrosols Powerful water by-product from the distillation process of essential oils.
  •  Use in: Masks, Scrubs, Moisturizers, Cleansers, Creams, Shampoos and Conditioners.  See Wonderful Hydrosols for individual descriptions
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract - All skin types, especially dry, oily, acne, eczema & dermatitis, healing, deep cleansing.  Anti-aging, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic & anti-bacterial.
  •  Use as: a natural Preservative in Toners, Tonics, Astringents, Cleansers, Lotions, Face & Body Oils. 
  • Lecithin - All skin types, great for wrinkle.  Softening, toning, reduces, Irritation, restores moisture, emulsifier.  Anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory.
  • Use In: Cleansers, Lotions, Face & Body Oils.
  • Lemon Juice - Heals acne, reduce fine lines & wrinkles.  Toning, scars, age spots, remove blackheads, removes dead skin cells, mild skin peel, brightens & smooths the complexion. 
  •  Use in: Scrubs, Masks & Toners.
  • Squalane -  Dry, wrinkles, helps eczema & psoriasis.  Damaged, hydrating, emollient, smoothing, softening & regenerates cells.  Nutrient rich oil derived from olives, wheat germ, rice bran & amaranth Seeds.
  • Use in: Masks, Moisturizers, Cleansers & Creams.
  • Witchhazel - All skin types, great for oily & mature.  Cleansing, toning, tired, sluggish, blemished, Infected skin or scalp, tightens loose tissue, effective tonic for red veins on face & nose.  Astringent & Anti-oxidant.
  • Use in: Cleansers, Toners, Tonics & Astringents.

Clay

Clay

French Green – Kaolin – French Pink 

All clay is rich in minerals and active enzymes that remove dead skin cells; it stimulates circulation, absorbs dirt and draws out toxins.  They also tone and strengthen the connective tissues, exfoliates the skin which encourages skin cell turnover.                                           Use in: Scrubs & Masks.

  • Bentonite - All skin types especially acne & wrinkles.  Age spots, sagging, natural detoxifier, clarify the pores, draws out blackheads, purify skin & gives a radiant complexion.  Anti-bacterial & anti-aging.
  • Dead Sea Mud - All skin types.  it has pure minerals that come from deep in the ocean.  Restore healthy skin cells, removes toxins, & improve overall appearance.  Contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium & iodine that revitalize the skin.
  • French Green - All skin types especially wrinkles.  The green comes from 44.5% silica content, containing plant matter, providing nourishing minerals.  Hydrating, removes Impurities, invigorates the complexion, tightens pores absorbs excess sebum, dust & contaminants.  Leave a mask on for no more than 5 to 10 minutes
  • French Pink Clay - A combination of red and white clay and is one of the mildest.  Normal, sensitive, delicate, mature skin & also used to treat acne.  Cleansing, detoxifing, remove dead skin cells, refreshes skin, absorbs dirt, oil & bacteria from pores
  • Fullers Earth - Great for acne, oily spots & blemishes.  Dull complexion, reduce oil and remove Iimpurities, exfoliates dead cells & increases blood circulation below the skin.
  • Kaolin Clay - All skin types (except the red), including very sensitive & delicate.  Stimulate circulation deep into the capillaries, brightens & decongest the skin.  Comes in 4 colors – white, yellow, pink & red.

White Kaolin -  It is also known as china clay or white clay, the most gentle of the three.  Use to cleanse, gently exfoliate & stimulate blood circulation.

Pink Kaolin - it is also gentle and contains the same benefits as white kaolin.  Emollient, balances skin’s pH, refines skin texture & dehydrated skin.

Yellow Kaolin - It is a little bit stronger than the other two types of kaolin clay but is still gentle and works to exfoliate & cleanse without removing excess oils.

Red Kaolin - A stronger drawing power than other kaolin clays. This clay is more suitable for oily skin.  Works to exfoliate & cleanse without removing excess oils.

  • Moroccan Red Clay, Rhassoul - All skin types especially oily & acne.  It is found beneath the Atlas mountains of Morocco.  Extremely absorbent, very cleansing, improves circulation, detox’s the skin, tightens pores, firming, improves skin texture, clarity, elasticity, balances skin & brings brightness of the epidermis.  Highly Astringent.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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Wonderful Hydrosols

WonderfulHydrosol@cali-zona.com What is a Hydrosol?  It’s a healing water and the by-product of the actual distillation process of essential oils.  The highest quality Hydrosols are steamed in small batches of fresh floral and plant material, like flowers, leaves, roots, barks, stems and seeds for the production of Hydrosols only.  Every drop contains the water-soluble active principles of the whole plant.  There is a small amount of the essential oil about 5% retained in the water that disperse in an ionized form. They are just like essential oils but a milder form.  They are not to be confused with floral waters which are waters with added essential oils.

What is the benefit of using a Hydrosol?  The mildly antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and cooling properties are wonderfully balancing as well as rejuvenating to the skin, while the vitamins and minerals nourish.  The waters are so full of nutrients and therapeutic properties, which make them great for all skin types and contain skin-soothing substances.  The nutrients are also valuable to the scalp and hair.

How to store your Hydrosol?  When not being blended with other products, they should always be kept in a cool dark place and in the refrigerator during warmer months.

  • You can use Hydrosols in Toners, Body Sprays, Facial Oils, Creams & Lotions
  • Use Hydrosols to keep clay masks moist to continue pulling out toxins while keeping the good oils in your skin
  • After cleansing your skin spray onto skin and apply facial oil right away to trap in the moister
  • Add them to dry scrubs & masks in place of water

Some of our favorites:

Basil - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Aging.  Mild Tonic, Cleansing, Balancing, Free Radical Scavenger & stimulate new Hair Growth.  Basil helps the active ingredients of other herbs to penetrate the Skin.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Fungal.

Calendula - Sensitive & Irritated.  Eczema, Refreshing, Healing, Skin Disorders, Epidermal Scratches, Scars, Abrasions, Rashes, Sunburn, Burns, Hotspots & All around Skin Tonic. Anti-Septic, Astringent, Anti-Bacterial Anti-Microbial & Anti-Inflammatory.

Cistus (Labdanum) - All Skin Types especially Wrinkles & Fine Lines.  Tightening, Detoxifying, Helps Plump up Skin Cells, Cleansing, Healing for Wounds, Healing of Scar Tissue, Prevent & Stop Bleeding.  It may also be effective in helping to Heal & Prevent Stretch Marks.  Powerful Anti-Aging & strong Astringent.

Chamomile, German - All Skin Types especially Dry, Sensitive, Aging & Irritated.  Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Soothing, Itching, Spider Veins, Burns, Improves Elasticity, Reduces Puffiness & Dark Circles.  Powerful Anti Inflammatory, Anti Bacterial & Antiseptic.

Chamomile, Roman - Soothing, for All Skin Types especially Fair Skin, Sensitive,  Inflamed, Oily & Acne prone.  Toning, Calms Rashes, Great for Burns.  Astringent & strong Anti-Inflammatory.    

Clary Sage - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne and Congested.  Balancing, Toning, Revitalizing, Improves Elasticity, Cell Regenerator, Reduces size of Pores, Dandruff & Hair-loss.  Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory.

Cornflower - All Skin Types  especially Dry, Delicate thin Skin & Aging.  Eczema, Healing, Soothing, Toning, Firming, Hydrating, Disinfect Wounds, Eye wash for Tired & Puffy Eyes,  Use for Dandruff, A Rinse for Pale Blonde, White & Grey Hair.  Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent & Antiseptic.   

Cucumber - Sensitive Skin.  Healing, Soothing, Toning, Hydrating, extremely Refreshing, Cooling, Repairs Damaged Skin, reduces Fine Lines, reduces Pores, Strengthens Collagen, Elastin & Connective Tissue.  Use in the summer as a crisp refreshing face & body spray.  High in Vitamin C, High in Silica.  Anti-Inflammatory.

Frankincense - All Skin Types especially Dry, Aging & Acne.  Reduces Wrinkles, Hydrating, Toning, Lifting, Firming, Helps maintain Skin Elasticity, Refines Skin Texture & Helps fade Stretch Marks.  Antiseptic

Helichrysum - Dry, Sensitive, Oily, Mature & Aging.  Rosacea, Toning, Healing, Hydrating, Congested, Damaged & Helps to Heal Scar Tissue.  Analgesic, Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Oily & Acne.  Soothing, Aids Circulation, Opens Clogged Pores & Congested Skin.  Anti-Bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Oxidant.

Lavender - All Skin Types, especially Sensitive, Damaged & Fragile.  Very Cooling, Soothing, Balancing, Healing, Toning, Rejuvenating, Regenerative, Minor Burns & Rashes.  Antiseptic & Anti-Inflammatory.

Lemon Balm/Melissa - Normal, Dry, Oily, Mature & helps combat Acne.  Eczema, Nourishing, helps Dull Sluggish Skin, Rashes, Irritations & Sunburn.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory.

Lemongrass - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne & Skin Irritations.  Balancing, Toning, Very Refreshing, Invigorating & helps balance Oily Scalps.  Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal & Analgesic.

Lemon Verbena - All Skin Types especially Dry & Combination.  Hydrating, Cleansing & Clears Impurities.  Astringent & Strong Anti-Inflammatory.

Lime - Oily.  Soothing, Toning, Invigorating, Refreshing, Stimulates Circulation, Balances pH, Tightens the Skin, Minor Blemishes & Rejuvenating.  Astringent.

Neroli (Orange Blossom) - Oily, Sensitive, Mature, Dull, Congested & Blemished.  Balancing, Hydrating, Toning, Refreshing, Detoxifying, Cellular Regeneration & improves  Elasticity.  Astringent & Anti-Bacterial.

Peppermint - Oily, Acne & Blackheads.  Cooling, Stimulating, Dull, Irritations, Itchy, Purifies Sluggish Skin & Pores.  Antiseptic, Anti-Microbial, Mild Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Inflammatory

Rose - All Skin Types, especially Dry, Sensitive & Mature.  Toning, Hydrating, Regenerative,  Retains Moisture, Tighten Pores, restores ph Balance, Refreshing to Tired Eyes & Reduces Broken Thread Veins.  Mildly Astringent.

Rose Geranium - All Skin Types especially Dry, Combination, Sensitive, Irritated & Acne-prone.  Helps relieve Rosacea, Hydrating, Nourishing, Very Balancing & Cell Regenerator.  Antiseptic, Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Aging.

Rosemary - Normal, Dry, Oily & Acne.  Toning, Balances Oil Glands, Regenerates Cells, Detoxifying, Helps Unclog Pores, Stimulates Circulation, Maintains Hair Shine & Softness.  Powerful Anti-Oxidant.

Sandalwood - Dry, Delicate, Oily & Acne.  Helps relieve Eczema & Psoriasis, Balancing, Skin Disorders, Tired, Soothes Irritation, Protects Wounds, Sores, Pimples, Boils & Infections.  Anti-Inflammatory.

Yarrow - All Skin Types especially Oily, Acne, Inflamed & Irritated.  Balancing, Toning, Soothing, Detoxifying & Stimulates Circulation.  Since it contains silica, it helps promotes Tissue Repair, Scars & Helps reduce Varicose Veins.  Astringent, Antiseptic, Anti-Bacterial & Strong Anti-Inflammatory

Ylang Ylang - All Skin Types especially Dry, Oily & Combination.  Cell Regeneration, Restorative & Balances Moisture.  Antiseptic, Analgesic, Antibiotic & Anti-Inflammatory

Here are 3 high quality companies for ordering:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/fwater/fwater.html - Best prices

http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/descrip.asp

http://www.shopsimplers.com/collections/hydrosols

A great book  Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy Book by Suzanne Catty.

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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It’s All About the Oil

There are many oils used for the face and body to keep the skin supple and hydrated. They have therapeutic qualities, and are used for normal skin, combination skin, sensitive, oily, acne, mature and wrinkles.  In Aromatherapy they are used as a carrier oil for the essential oils and added because of their therapeutic qualities.

Oils-for-the-skin

* Make sure they are expeller or cold pressed unrefined and organic

Cold Pressed - A method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimized throughout the batching of the raw material.  This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth.  Temperatures are rigorously controlled to ensure that it does not exceed 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Although not a practical method of extraction for all vegetable oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice.
Expeller Pressed - A method of natural, mechanical extraction and processing of oils where a small amount of heat is produced simply through the frictional heat created by hydraulic presses.  This is usually around 120-200 degrees Fahrenheit and makes the oil suitable and economical as a base for cosmetics because of its fairly undisturbed molecular state. It also makes fine food grade oil.

Here is a list of oils, butters & waxes and their actions.  Always test a small amount on your wrist to make sure there is no allergic reaction.  If you are allergic to any nut DO NOT use the oil!

Almond oil - Absorbs easily, dry skin, wrinkles, itchy, temporary relief from eczema & psoriasis.  Skin rejuvenation, nourishing, softens, smooths & is a sun protector.  Anti-inflammatory.  Rich in proteinessential fatty acids, and rich in minerals & vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Apricot oil - Easily absorbed, dry, prematurely aging, mature, sensitive, inflamed, irritated, eczema, toning, nourishing, clogged pores, scar tissue, helps retain elasticity & suppleness.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in oleic, linoleic acids, GLA, omega 6, minerals, vitamins A, & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Argon oil - Absorbs quickly, dry, dull, preventing wrinkles & acne.  Great for preventing & reducing stretch marks, psoriasis, & eczema.  sun protector, tissue building, strengthens brittle damaged hair & dry scalp.  Very hydrating, restorative, revitalizing.  Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory & antioxidant.  Rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamin C, phenols, carotenes, squalene & fatty Acids.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Avocado oil - Moderate absorption, dry, sensitive, dehydrated, mature, eczema, psoriasis, problem skin & other irritations.  Rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, amino acids, carotene, sterols, lecithin, essential fatty acids & more.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Beeswax - Locks in moisture, cell regeneration & protects skin from the environmental toxins, softening & nourishing.  Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic & anti-oxidant.  Contains some vitamin A.  Use: with other oils

Borage seed oil - Moderate absorption, dry, maturing, acne, damaged, rough, psoriasis, eczema & rosacea.  It is a cell regeneration, stimulating, soothing, nourishing & hydrating.  anti-inflammatory.  Contains skin strengthening GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), minerals & vitamins.  Use: 2 – 10% with other carrier oils

Cocoa Butter - Deeply penetrates skin layers, dry, reduce scars & stretch marks, increases hydration, protects against UV radiation &fights free radicals.  Super anti-oxidant.  Contains flavonoids, polyphenols, high in Vitamin A, C, E & minerals.                Use as: 100% on rough skin or with other carrier oils

Coconut Butter - is the pureed coconut meat with about 60% oil, which has a thick, creamy and slightly gritty texture.  It has the same benefits for the skin as coconut oil but helps retain moister better and it promotes skin elasticity making it great for dry, aging or wrinkled skin. It removes dead skin cells. It has a small molecular structure so it  absorption easily through the skin and penetrates deep in to the layers of the skin and strengthens the tissues underneath. High in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Use in: masks and exfolients

Coconut oil (Virgin) – Absorbs easily, all skin types, especially dry, sensitive skin, pre-mature aging, wrinkle, inflamed, irritated & itchy.  Does not clog pores, softening, soothing, nourishing, very moisturizing.  It helps retain moisture and gives the skin a protective layer.  Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, antiseptic & antibiotic. Contains many fatty acids & multivitamins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Cucumber seed oil -  Absorbs quickly, dry, acne, helps prevent premature aging, revitalizing for maturing skin, irritated, eczema, psoriasis & sunburned skin.  Detoxifying, toning, reducing inflammation, accelerates skin regeneration, defends skin cells from free-radical damage, helps restore & retain skins moisture levels.  Contains oleic and linoleic acids, omega 6 fatty acid, B1, C & E.  Use:  10% with other carrier oils

Evening Primrose oil – Moderate absorption, dry, premature aging skin, wrinkles, acne, rosacea & eczema.  Hydrating, promotes healthy firm skin, elasticity, cell regeneration, rejuvenating, nourishing to the scalp, hair & nails.  Astringent, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant.  Contains several fatty acids rich in GLA.                        Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Flaxseed oil – Moderate absorption, dry, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, psoriasis & eczema.  dull, smooths & firm the outer skin, reduces redness, itchy, irritated, locks in moisture & prevents water loss.  Anti-inflammatory.  Contains omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin B, potassium, magnesium & zinc.  Use: 100% or with other carrier oils

Grape seed oil - Absorbs quickly, dry, wrinkles, anti-aging benefits, evens skin tone, nourishing, toning, hydrating, improves elastin, protect & increases collagen.  High anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent & antiseptic.  Contains beta carotene, vitamin C, D, E, omega 6, GLA, minerals & proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hazelnut oil - Penetrates top layer of skin, all skin types, great for sensitive & acne prone.  Soothes, heals, irritated skin, cell regeneration, hydrating, reduces pores & can filter sunrays.  Slightly astringent & anti-bacterial.  High in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, minerals & proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hemp seed oil - Absorbs well, dry, anti-aging, acne, psoriasis, eczema, inflammation & skin lesions.  Moisture balancing properties, hydrating, healing & regenerative.  Anti-oxidant.  Exceptionally high in essential omega fatty acids, proteins, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E & High level of chlorophyll.  Must be refrigerated.                                     Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Jojoba oil - Penetrates deep into pores, dry, sensitive, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, dull, blackheads & seborrhea.  Reduces scars, dissolves old plugged sebum, (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it), reduces pore size, soothes inflammation, heat rashes, healing, protective, balances skin’s natural oil, mimics collagen & sebum,  reduces water loss, helps seal in moisture, does not clog pores & very stable.  Natural anti-oxidant properties.  Anti-microbial & anti-Inflammatory.                                                       Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

 Kukui nut oil - Absorbs easily into the deepest skin layers, dry, sensitive, mature & acne.  Soothes irritated, sunburned, burned skin, relieves itchy dry skin due to eczema, psoriasis, rosacea & chapped skin.  Anti-Oxidant.  High in the essential fatty acids, linoleic acids, vitamins A, C, & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Macadamia nut oil - High absorption rate, all skin types, great for dry & aging.  Scars, sunburns, minor wounds & other irritations. Protective, one of the best regenerative oils & closely resembles sebum (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it).  High in monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin A, E, B complex, calcium, phosphorus, iron & proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Olive oil - Penetrates deep into the skin.  Dry, sensitive, wrinkles, itchy & inflamed. Soothing, very mild, attracts external moisture, cell regenerator & plumps the skin.  Anti-aging, anti-Inflammatory & strong anti-oxidant qualities.  Contains vtamins A, E, K, minerals & proteins.  Use: 50% – 100% with other carrier oils

Pomegranate seed oil - Deeply penetrating. Dry, oily, combination, wrinkles, age spots, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, cell regeneration, helps eliminate free radicals that damage & age the skin.  It helps improve elasticity, firms, balances, soothes, nourishes & develops healthy skin.  Powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial.  High in favonoids & punicic acid, which is remarkable for the skin & deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer.  High in vitamin A, B, C, E, & minerals.                                       Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Pumpkin seed oil - High Absorption rate, Reviving for Dry & Mature skin.  Lifting,  Firming, Protects Cell Structure,  Neutralizes Free Radicals, Replenish & Maintain Moisture.  One of the most Nutritious Oils Available.  Very High Levels of Anti-Oxidants.  Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Vitamins A, Beta-carotene, B2, B3, C, & Zinc.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils       

Rose Hip seed oil – Penetrates deep in to Skin, All Skin Types, Wrinkles & Premature Aging.  Inflamed, Weathered, Dehydrated, Scars, UV Damage, Sun Spots, Rejuvenating, Increases Cell Turnover & Speeds up Cell Regeneration.  Contains Lycopene which is a powerful Antioxidant.  Extremely high in Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3, 6, & 9, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, C & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Safflower oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types, Balances Normal to Dry skin & Acne.  Reduces Blackheads, Moisturizing, Nourishing, Maintains Elasticity, Restructures the Skin, Provides a Protective Barrier Preventing Water from Escaping, Softens Dryness, Smooth Roughness & some Skin Problems.  Anti-Oxidan & Anti-Aging.  Extremely high in Oleic acids & Linoleic acid.  Linoleic acid is powerful at Removing Dirt & Oil.  High in Vitamin A, C, D, E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Sesame oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types, Eczema & Psoriasis. Helps reduce Blackheads, Damaged, Hydrating, Nourishing, Natural Sunscreen & Helps reduce Dark Spots. Rich in Vitamins, Minerals, Lecithin & Amino acids.  Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral & Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Vitamin B complex, A & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Shea Butter – Easily Absorbs, Dry, Sensitive, Wrinkles, Moderate Eczema, Dermatitis & Reduces Irritation of Psoriasis.  Burns, Stretch Marks, Blemishes, Dark Spots, Skin Discolorations, Fades Scars, Rashes, Enhances Cell Regeneration, Capillary Circulation, Stimulate Collagen, Balancing, Restores Elasticity, Toning, Protects against Sun, Wind & Weather.  Anti-Inflammatory.  Lower percentage of Linoleic Acids than the Oil, Fatty Acids, Oleic, Stearic, Palmitic Vitamin A, E, D, F, Provitamin A & Allantoin.              Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils                                    

Shea nut oil -  (Make sure it is manually expressed not chemically) Penetrates Deep into the Skin, All Skin Types, Sensitive Skin, Moderate Eczema, Dermatitis, lessens Irritation of Psoriasis, Rashes, Burns, Penetrates Stretch Marks  & Scars better than Shea Butter, Fades Scars, Blemishes, Dark Spots, Skin Discolorations,, Cutaneous Dryness, Collagen Boosting, Restores Elasticity, Rejuvenating to Damaged Cells, Restores Tone, Protects against Sun, Wind & Weather.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in Linoleic Acids, Extremely high in Vitamins A, E  & F.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Sunflower oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types,  Eczema.  Helps Retain Moisture, Nourishing, Protective, Cell Regenerating, Inflammation, Damaged, Redness, Irritated, Hair Strengthener, Anti-Aging & Anti-Oxidant.  High in Omega 9, Essential Fatty Acids, Beta Carotene & Vitamin A, B, D, High in Vitamin E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Vitamin E oil - Easily Absorbs, All Skin Types & Psoriasis.  Reduces Scar Tissue, Cell Regeneration, Protects Skin Cells, Holds in Water, Strengths the Skin, Protects against UV Radiation, Natural Preservative with Anti-Oxidant & Free Radical Scavenger.  Anti-Aging & Anti-Inflammatory.  Contains Vitamins E, Minerals & Protein.                                              Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Walnut oil - Absorbs Quickly, Deep Penetrating, Normal, Dry, Mature, Oily, Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis.  Soothes  Sunburns, Damaged, Regenerating, Toning, Firming, Very Nourishing, Healing & Stimulates Circulation.  Mild Astringent, Anti-Aging & Anti-Oxidants.  Helps Condition Smooth Hair, High in Linoleic Acid, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, E & Niacin.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

 Wheat germ oil (Virgin) - Dilute with other oils for Absorption, Dry, Dehydrated, Dull Complexion, Prematurely Aged Skin, Mature & Damaged Skin, Helps Reverse Wrinkles & Promotes Skin Cell Formation, Eczema & Psoriasis.  Reduces Stretch Marks, Scaring, Sunburns, Relieve Roughness, Cracking, Chaffing, Nourishing & Rejuvenating.  Anti-Inflammatory, & Anti-Oxidant.  With its high Vitamin E content, lt is a natural Preservative, helps to Prevent Rancidity & Prolongs shelf life of Cosmetic Products.  Contains natural sources of Vitamin E, A, D, Proteins, Lecithin & Squalene.                                                        Use: 5 – 10% with other carrier oils

Natural Skin Care Supplies: Mountain Rose Herbs

Related articles: It’s All About The Skin

* The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Benefits of Facial Steaming

Steaming has been an Ancient ritual practiced by many; the Romans believed that steaming was good for cleaning and beautifying the skin. Today many Esthetician would agree to the benefits of steaming.

Benefits of Steaming

Steaming is a very important step in the cleansing process.  It boost’s the blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new and healthy cells. Steams cause the pores to open and perspire, which releases trapped toxins and brings them to the surface, while loosening dirt and impurities so that the skin may breath.  The moisture softens the surface layer of skin, which soften wrinkles. The steam helps to free any dead skin cells, dirt, or bacteria trapped which may cause breakouts and blackheads

Benefits-of-Facial-Steaming

Herbs and essential oils nourish the skin by deeply penetrating their healing and rejuvenating qualities, improving circulation, cellular metabolism and regeneration, while bringing vitality to the complexion.  It will also allow your skin to better absorb any products you use after the steaming such as a coconut oil.  So make sure your moisturizer is chemical free.  Steaming regularly will soften skins and facial lines as well as give one a heightened sense of beauty.

During the steam your face will begin to perspire, although sweat consists mostly of water it is also mixed with your body’s wastes and toxins, so we recommend using a scrub/exfoliant like Exfoliating with Pineapple or our Basic Scrub before you steam to exfoliate the dead skin making it easier for the toxins to release.  Make sure and rinse your face very well after to wash away the toxins you have removed.

How to Steam:

You will need a ceramic/glass bowl, Organic Essential Oils (1-2 drops) and/or Organic Dried Flowers/Herbs (2 Tablespoons) and a large towel.

  • Boil purified water, pour into a ceramic bowl, and add herbs and essential oils and let sit for a few minutes to slightly cool.  You don’t want to scald your face.
  • Cover your head with a large towel making a tent to keep the steam from escaping.  Keep your face at least 12 inches from the water.  If it feels to hot move your face further away
  • Steam for 10 to 15 minutes
  • After wash your face and rinse 4 -5 times to release any impurities and toxins
  • Use a toner after to close the pores
  • Steam once or twice a month
  • If you have acne, it might aggravate it more
  • If you have broken capillaries it will aggravate them

*This is by far the best resource for dried Organic herbs at a very reasonable price. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/bulkherb.html

*A little more expensive than MRH but its nice to have more than one place incase one is out of what you are looking for.  http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs

Why Exfoliate Your Skin

  Exfoliate

Organic: Ground Flax Seed, Raw Almonds, Pink Clay, Lavender, Rolled Oats

Young skin cells shed effortlessly as one age’s the process slows down.  The new cells form in the Basel layer, the deepest sub layer of the Epidermis, they push the old cells to the surface that is what causes dry patches of built up dead cells which gives the complexion a sallow, dull and lifeless appearance.  The build up of dead skin cell will limit how much of your moisturizer gets through.

Exfoliating cleanses the skin while stimulating new cell growth and circulation by sloughing off the dead skin.  This is very helpful in keeping the skin color even by unblocking the pores and reducing spots and blotchiness.  It also allows skin care products to penetrate better.  Exfoliating gives your complexion a bright youthful glow.

Face: The importance of a facial exfoliant is to scrub away dry dead skin cells. They can be extremely beneficial to dry skin types as well as oily.

Body: The use of a body exfoliant in the shower revives and stimulates the skin and circulation, while delivering nutritious vitamins and minerals deep into the pores.

Exfoliate With Pineapple -  More Scrub recipes to come