When I was 22, I promised myself I would start to take particular care of my skin when I turned 30 which, included a daily regimen of internal vitamin D. But I was young, and way lead on to way, and I had forgotten the promise I had made to myself. Now that I am 39 plus processing :), I am reminded of my Mom browbeating the “Take Care of your skin” speech on an ongoing basis. She would include that one zinger line “You won’t be in your 20’s forever”.
Since I am a foodie, It is not necessarily hard to “convince” me of the healing effect coconut oil has, or the cooling effect cucumber has on the skin, these key ingredient can tell the story but there are so many natural nature’s products to choose from.
Here, I’ve compiled a glossary of Natural ‘Home. Made’ food-based and terms to help repair, replenish and refortify your most visible organ- your skin!
But first, “Nourish” is one of those words that sounds like what it does. It feels good to say it. Nourish.. Who does not want to be nourished? Who doesn’t want to nourish their skin? In our fast-paced society, it is difficult to find time to have the perfect balanced diet and vitamin intake. It is tough to absorb skin nourishment from the healing powers of the sun, when you work an office desk job.
Your skin is starving for nourishment. Natural ‘Home. Made’ Nourishing food & products will shock your skin with healthy nutrients all found in nature, like algae, tea tree and seaweed. Known to be rich in nutrients, these ingredients deeply nourish your skin, while moisturizing and protecting it from dryness. Nourish..
The elegance and sophistication of the rose; a subtle yet powerful icon of love, intricate and beautiful in its multitude of forms. It is almost poetic that the oils extracted from this marvelous creation, help to calm and soothe your skin. Rose oil is a key ingredient to reducing redness and blotchiness in your skin. Similarly, Cucumbers have the same targeted effect. Familiar with the iconic spa picture of sliced cucumber? Covering up the model’s eyes as she restfully enjoys the wholesome soothing cucumbers provide? Well, its “iconic” for a reason. Cucumbers are an excellent source for reducing inflammation and regenerating new skin tissue. These key ingredients soothe and moisturize your skin while providing a cooling effect. They restore skin suppleness by replenishing essential nutrients for a luminous complexion.
The simplest of substances can aggravate your delicate skin and cause an eruption of acne or other skin conditions. Your skin is delicate, like you. Your body is home to millions of chemical reactions, that are constantly exploding right beneath the surface of your skin. What is a person to do with all this pandemonium? Try our Calming products to soothe irritation with gentle ingredients that have antibacterial properties like baking soda. Protect your skin from the mayhem of the outside world and the havoc brewing under the surface. Calm your skin down so you can feel calm too.
When your skin becomes less firm and elastic, it means that your fibroblasts, connective tissue that produces collagen and elastin, are no longer functioning correctly. These cells are responsible for producing collagen and elastin, the connective tissues that keep the skin firm and supple. When they are no longer produced adequately, your skin loses elasticity, hollows, and eventually, wrinkles appear. In addition, “cellulite” or fat deposits collect under the surface of the skin, creating and dimpling appearance. Firming visibly reduce imperfections in the skin, aid in elasticity and offer intense hydration. Firm, tighten and soften your skin and give your skin the love it deserves.
Your skin’s moisture consists of two sources: the natural oil your body produces and the basic water level present in your skin. Your skin’s natural moisture takes a serious beating during the long hard workday
Moisturizing and Hydrating are actually two different things. Moisturizing reduces your skin’s water loss by forming a barrier over its surface. This barrier works hard to retain and preserve what moisture is already present in the skin at the time you use it. While some Hydrating products are geared to increase the water level that is present in the skin at the time you apply it. Clear? Good! By forming a protective seal on your skin’s surface, Moisturizers reduce evaporation your skin’s moisture throughout the day. Through brutally cold winter winds or dry heat of the summer sun, a lipid-based barrier will hold, and prevent the loss of vital moisture and nutrients from your skin. To moisturize even more, use a Sheet Mask as a direct contact with the skin aids in the process.
Self-conscious about your pores? Despite pore size being genetically determined, there still are some ingredients and practices that can aid in reducing their appearance. Pores, or small openings in the skin, produce an oily substance called sebum to help protect itself from the elements. Unfortunately, toxins such as pollution get trapped in our pores which leads to blackheads, enlarged pores and other imperfections. Ice and Baking Soda, egg white mask, clay masks or steam treatments can assist in clearing out and minimizing pores for smoother, more refreshed appearance.
pu·ri·fy – verb, remove contaminants from. The world is a greasy, grungy, and grimy place. Your skin does not stand a chance. But now, you can purify your skin with a variety of topical treatments from our Purifying line. Clear your skin of the toxins and bacteria that build up throughout the day. Add a purifying treatment to your normal cleansing routine, that reaches deep within your pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities such as Witch Hazel. Detox your skin and reveal a greater level clarity to your complexion. I recommend a purifying mask as a facial treatment like a clay or charcoal base to clean pores, reduce acne and oiliness, and improve the look and texture of your skin.
Sheet Mask Formula
Essential oils are great for soothing and purifying your skin. Tea tree and eucalyptus oils have antibacterial properties that help to battle acne while rose water will sooth your skin. When combined all together- you have the perfect acne-fighting solution.
If you’re too excited to buy a masks in the store, you can try using a paper towels (just be sure to poke out holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth, for, y’know, breathing and seeing.)
What You’ll Need:
Tea Tree Oil
Combine 3 drops of rose water, 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl
Stir the ingredients together with a spoon or a fork until evenly mixed
Gently dip your DIY mask into the bowl until it is fully saturated in the formula
Remove mask from formula and squeeze excess liquid out until mask stops dripping
Place mask gently over face and leave on for 30 minutes
I’ll bet that most people feel confident when they have healthy-looking skin. And yet, sometimes we don’t give our skin what it needs. Maybe we’re too busy or maybe we just aren’t sure what we should do to improve our complexion. Treat your skin to hydration that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, as well as bring back your natural glow.
What is Algae anyway? The term “algae” covers many different organisms capable of producing oxygen through photosynthesis that grow in marine habitats. Algae contain chlorophyll but lack true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue. Not only does Algae have some wonderful protective properties, it is also extremely moisturizing. It can help to regulate moisture balance in the different layers of the outer layer of the skin. It works as a natural humectant providing a reserve of water in the tissues, locking water in the upper layers of the skin, keeping it supple and hydrated. Algae provide the skin with minerals and trace elements, essential nutrients that help our skin maintain and reinforce its natural functions. Key minerals found in algae are: Magnesium: Relaxes the body, soothes and calms the skin; Potassium: Purifying, potassium helps to push fluids and toxins out of the skins cells; Sodium: Hydrating, by drawing moisture into the cells, keeping skin soft and supple; Calcium: helps to promote collagen and elastin production; Iodine: Detoxifies and increases the body’s metabolism and stimulates cellular renewal; Bromide: Relaxes and soothes the skins tissues. With all these skin-loving benefits, it is no wonder, that Algae is a popular ingredient in many of our skincare applications.
Besides the healthy amount of vitamin A found in apricots, which has long been associated with healthier skin, the antioxidants in apricots protect the skin from the effects of free radicals, which can lead to skin deterioration and signs of premature aging. Apricot extract/oil also heals damaged skin without undesirable side effects. A peeling formula produced from apricot kernels helps in getting rid of the old, dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and enables new skin cells to re-grow. This exfoliating action helps getting rid of fine lines and small wrinkles by eliminating the damaged surface cells from the skin. Apricot oil helps in maintaining skin clarity, suppleness and elasticity. Apricot oil is also great for dry, irritated skin because of its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamin A. Its moisturizing properties keep your skin cells hydrated and counteract any drying effects associated with exfoliating your skin, leaving you with a healthier and softer skin surface.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil shares many of the same properties as Green Tea, but it’s more powerful. Gentle on the skin, this oil can work wonders. It helps prevent acne and control breakouts. It penetrates deep into the skin, to dry out spots and allow the skin to heal.
Argan oil, the oil extracted from the fruit of Morocco’s Argan trees, is one of the latest miracle ingredients in the beauty world. Its benefits know no boundaries. Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. Argan oil is rich in Vitamins A and E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, which promote the regeneration of stressed and mature skin. Argan Oil restores texture, elasticity, and tone, while reducing inflammation. Argan oil is the ideal product to give your skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily in your skin and is non-greasy to the touch, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.
There are many important health benefits that Avocado extract can provide, including moisturizing the skin, healing acne and inflammation, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, exfoliating the skin, and decreasing oil on the face. Avocado extract is a rich antioxidant filled with vitamins and essential fatty acids, ideal for moisturizing and soothing dry rough skin. People suffering from acne or other inflammatory skin conditions on their face can benefit from the soothing and anti-inflammatory nature of avocado. Packed with vitamins A, B, K and E, Avocado is an essential ingredient to quickly reduce symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and acne after only a few applications. It also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a more radiant complexion. Avocado can help decreases oil levels in your skin, and exfoliate your pores, giving your skin a healthier and brighter appearance.
Goat’s Milk helps to reduce redness and soothes irritated skin. It is high in lactic acid which helps exfoliate dead skin cells. Goat’s milk is rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides. The essential fatty acids have a unique PH similar to humans, so it is less irritating and more easily absorbed by our skin. These fatty acids and triglycerides are super moisturizing. Goat’s milk contains precious skin minerals like selenium and is loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin A, the most important vitamin for the skin. As with other milks, goat’s milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid. It assists to gently slough off dead skin cells and helps to hydrate and brighten the skin. Goat’s milk has unique nourishing properties that make it the perfect ingredient to add to anything which touches your skin, from your shaving cream to your moisturizer. It is both an anti-aging wonder and a lifesaver for dry and sensitive skin.
YES, I said Caviar. It’s not just an expensive delicacy for the rich and famous. Caviar has major skin benefits. The benefits come from the extract of caviar and can deliver some gorgeous results. Caviar extract nourishes and boosts skin elasticity and firmness. The caviar extract helps to improve your skin tone as well as smoothing fine lines while diminishing the appearance of dark spots wrinkles and blemishes. It contains hydrating elements such as the fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. They provide moisture and leave behind a beautiful glow, making skin appear more radiant and youthful.
With its distinct flavor, the powerful taste of grapefruit is not for everyone. But with its high nutritional content and refreshing scent, more and more people are using the ingredient as a skin-care secret. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, grapefruit extract applied topically can provide an array of anti-aging benefits like evening skin tone and fighting off free radicals. Grapefruit extract helps fade age spots and increase skin luminosity. Effectively unclogs pores, removes facial dirt and skin impurities for a bright radiant look.
Green Tea is a potent anti-aging ingredient that combats signs of aging when ingested or applied to your skin. Green Tea also has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its high content of polyphenols. The catechins in green tea reduce irritation, redness, and swelling. Green tea is powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and congested pores. It helps kill systemic bacterial inflammation for smoother, toned skin. It is full of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both essential for skin health maintenance. Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a godsend for treating puffy eyes and dark circles.
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around you clogs your pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. The oil and dirt make your pores appear larger, more visible, and less attractive. Charcoal acts as a magnet to gently draw out dirt, oil and impurities from your clogged pores. Charcoal neutralizes environmental toxins, and also lifts away dead skin cells gently, without over-drying your skin.
Shrinking the size of skin pores can help tremendously with keeping your face clean and blemishes at bay. Clay acts as a magnet to draw-out and capture dirt, oil and impurities from clogged pores. The use of a clay mask will leave your skin feeling renewed, incredible clean, oxygenated and less inflamed. After application of a clay mask, you will feel your face tighten as the clay dries. Clay also helps control the overproduction of sebum, the natural oil of the skin, that encourages the production of bacteria which irritates the skin. This can result in acne. Clay has been used for centuries to beautify and brighten skin.
Cocoa butter comes from the cacao bean, which is found inside the cocoa pod that grows on the cacao tree. The cocoa pod is a large, gourd-shaped fruit; inside the pod are 30 to 40 cocoa seeds. After these seeds are dried, roasted, and pressed, the vegetable fat is extracted from the beans. This Cocoa Butter has a velvety texture, pleasing fragrance and contains emollients properties that are specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer. An antioxidant powerhouse, Cocoa Butter fights off free radicals that can cause skin aging, dark patches, and dull skin. It also increases your skin’s hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, proteins, fatty acids & minerals. It has amazing properties that revitalize, nourish and help your skin retain moisture, making it especially good for aging skin. Coconut oil can work as an eye makeup remover by breaking down the inky substances and hydrating the area in the process. Coconut oil even works on the toughest of waterproof mascaras. Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial substance and can be used to clear your face of acne or gunk built up in your pores.
Collagen is a protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. Its main function is to give your skin its shape and elasticity, by providing the matrix that preserves its structure. Collagen helps revive skin elasticity and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. It promotes soft, smooth and radiant skin, enhancing elasticity while boosting skin strength. Collagen is a cutting edge ingredient, and as more benefits are uncovered, we are incorporating it into more of our product formulations.
CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone or coenzyme Q, is an enzyme produced naturally in the human body, found in every cell and tissue. It is involved a number of biological functions including helping to produce energy, neutralizing free radicals, and keeping cells both inside the body and in the skin healthy. A young body has the ability to produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, various factors such as aging and stress can lower your levels of CoQ10. As a result, the ability of cells to regenerate and withstand stress declines. The lack of CoQ10 results in an impeded ability to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen is important because it makes your skin firm, while elastin gives your skin flexibility. The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to wrinkle and sag. CoQ10 is an essential antioxidant that provides the energy source for cellular renewal and smooth, firm skin. This makes CoQ10 a key player in making your skin look younger.
The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage. Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. Cucumbers contain vitamin C, an antioxidant. They also have plenty of vitamin K, also an antioxidant, which fights dark circles under the eyes. This is why a couple of cucumber slices placed over tired, puffy eyes in the morning makes you look refreshed. Vitamin B-5, is another compound found in cucumbers that helps your skin retain moisture. The vitamin A in cucumbers fights dark spots and freckles because it helps control your skin’s production of melanin. Cucumber extract soothes and cools your skin while leaving your skin smooth and silky. Your face will feel clean, refreshed and revitalized!
Rose oil is extracted from rose petals. Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose oil has excellent emollient (softening) properties for moisturizing dry skin; it also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation. Rose oil can also help refine skin texture. The oil is a tissue regenerator loaded with therapeutic benefits for the skin.
Micellar water burst onto the skincare scene a few years ago. Micellar water gets its name from micelles, which, when it comes to skincare, are teeny-tiny cleansing molecules (made up of something known as surfactants) that are suspended in water solution. The surfactants that make up these micelles partially love water and partially love oil, which is ideal because when applied to the skin, these micelles attract the oil and grime. Washing your face with hard water can actually be detrimental to skin health, as it has been shown to disrupt the skin’s barrier function. If the skin’s barrier function is disrupted, it can lead to the worsening of conditions such as rosacea, acne, eczema and dermatitis and basically means that your skin is not protected as well from extrinsic factors. Like a magnet, micelles dissolve, capture and gently lift away skin impurities, oil and makeup from your face without harsh rubbing. Results are beautiful skin that is perfectly cleansed, moisturized and refreshed.
Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants that help combat dry, dehydrated skin. It is packed with essential nutrients like Vitamins A & E and fatty acids that work to repair and revitalize skin. Olive oil moisturizes and fights bacteria. If you’re prone to acne, using a treatment made with olive oil may help decrease your acne by killing off the bacteria that causes the acne. Olive oil is also known to moisturize and hydrate your skin. It may be especially helpful to use olive oil as a moisturizer after you’ve been exposed to the sun or suffered a sunburn, as Olive Oil has been proven healing properties after exposure to harmful ultraviolet Sundays.
Not to be confused with seaweed, Sea Kelp is unique kind of seaweed. Sea kelp is officially labelled as a brown seaweed, even though it can vary in color. Sea Kelp only grows in saltwater and specific rocky marine habitats, while seaweed can grow in any form of marine habitat. Sea Kelp is loaded with skin-nourishing nutrients, such as Omega-3 essential fatty acids and polyphenols. These nutrients help to reduce redness and soothe irritated dry skin to leave skin feeling smooth, soft and firm- for a more youthful looking appearance!
Seaweed may annoy beachgoers at the shore, but as a skincare ingredient, it can be surprisingly beneficial for the skin. Apart from its ultra-hydrating qualities, seaweed boasts anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to signs of aging. Seaweed’s nutrient-rich benefits increase elasticity and activation of collagen synthesis, causing a lifting of facial contours, so lines become less visible. Seaweed is also known for its soothing and smoothing effects for supple skin.
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and many other locations for years to improve skin and hair. Shea Butter has tremendous benefits:
Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. Reduces Inflammation: Due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne. Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and is effective in combating free radicals that cause premature aging of skin cells. The seed oil of pomegranates contains punicic acid, a kind of fatty acid, that helps lock moisture in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. If you’ve been suffering from uneven, patchy looking skin, sunburn, and sunspots, add pomegranate to your skincare regimen. It also tightens pores, strengthens and tones your skin.
Snail mucin or “snail essence” is a new beneficial ingredient that has been introduced into many skincare products. Yes, we are talking about the slimy trail that comes out of a snail ― as a key skincare ingredient. When snails are agitated, they excrete a thick fluid as a means to protect themselves. When concentrated, this slimy snail mucin aids human skin by hydrating, preventing aging and improving wrinkles and scars. The glycolic acid in snail mucin is said to help cells produce collagen and elastin, which even out skin tone and smooth its surface. These anti-aging and healing properties known to effectively firm, repair and revitalize damaged skin tissues, while encouraging cell regeneration to restore skins texture.
We’re used to taking Vitamin C to boost our health. It is a vital ingredient for fending off a cold, or even the flu, as well as lessening stress levels. Most people are not aware, but Vitamin C also works wonders on our skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which offers superior protection from the signs of aging. It helps to boost collagen production, improve elasticity, promotes cell regeneration and protects against damaging environmental aggressors. Not only does it penetrate your skin to fight free radical damage caused by the environment, but it also helps fade pigment oversaturation, stop inflammation, and repair lackluster complexions.
Dead Sea Minerals
Well-known throughout the globe for medicinal healing powers, the Dead Sea located in Israel contains the most natural mixture of salts & minerals, geared to draw out dirt and impurities from your skin. Minerals such as magnesium, sodium and potassium enhance your skins ability to retain moisture, making it healthy and silky smooth. Fantastic for exfoliation, these minerals peel away dead skin cells and restore elasticity. An exotic yet crucial ingredient for your skin care.
These are not so but a derivative of nature but are in high demand:
Luxurious Diamond Powder provides skin brightness and clarity. It also nourishes and hydrates the skin, resulting in a younger-looking appearance. This very fine powder also assists in the production of the skin’s collagen & elastin while soothing the skin. Diamonds possess the capability of helping reduce the signs of aging by providing supple, beautiful, energetic and restored skin. They are the ability to: provide a beautiful glow when light reflects the superfine particles, nearly diminish and erase wrinkles from the skin, fill in fine lines and help to promote collagen production within the skin. Diamond powder is a great exfoliator, and gentler than most.
Glycolic Acid is a powerful exfoliation ingredient, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. Made up of small molecules, it is able to penetrate the skin deeply and easily. This makes it most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness, and uneven texture.
Gold has long been a sign of beauty and elegance. Gold extract is known to reduce the appeara
nce of fine lines & wrinkles by firming and toning the skin, offering a luxurious anti-aging skin treatment. It also provides intense hydration to revitalize, smooth, and soften your skin for a radiant complexion. Gold can increase the elasticity of your skin helping you to look younger, reducing the likelihood of dryness. Gold has been attributed to enhancing the appearance of the skin by minimizing irregularities and smoothing skin tone. It lessens the production of melanin in the body which is responsible for tanning of the skin when exposed to sunlight.
Naturally occurring in the body, Hyaluronic Acid secures moisture and creates fullness. Contrary to how it sounds, Hyaluronic “Acid” isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – a powerful moisture-binding ingredient, that keeps skin plump and hydrated. As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic Acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid). Hyaluronic Acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate. Hyaluronic Acid retains water to keep skin hydrated and alleviate visible dryness. This increases the skin’s elasticity & firmness, reduces fine lines & wrinkles, and fights the signs of skin aging.
Pearls? You mean those shiny fancy accessories? Those rare, lustrous beads from the sea actually offer numerous skincare benefits when used topically. Pearls in skin care are a powerhouse because they contain dozens of important amino acids as well as many beautifying minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, strontium, copper, selenium, silicon, and titanium. Best of all, these precious nutrients are easily assimilated and utilized by the body, providing a wide range of skin support. Both fresh and saltwater pearls can be ground into a fine powder and used for a multitude of benefits. Pearl extract contains valuable minerals and amino acids that slow down the skin’s aging process. These nutrients help to nourish, moisturize, and improve skin clarity for a more youthful-looking appearance.
Platinum powder is believed to be one of the highest antioxidant and anti-aging ingredients available. Platinum is an amino polypeptide which penetrates the layers of the skin and assists in the production of collagen and elastin.
As you age, the firmness of your skin dissipates, and lines and wrinkles form. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It stimulates the production of new skin cells and increases collagen fabrication in your skin. This stimulation firms the skin and minimizes lines and wrinkles. Retinol even helps fade dark spots that result from aging, leveling your skin tone. These effects make Retinol a key ingredient of battling aging skin in our anti-aging products.