Naturally Nourish Your Skin



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..

Inflammatory/Soothing


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.



Calming


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.


Hydrating

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

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.


Pore Refining

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.


Purifying

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:

  • Rosewater

  • Tea Tree Oil

  • Eucalyptus oil

  1. Combine 3 drops of rose water, 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl

  2. Stir the ingredients together with a spoon or a fork until evenly mixed

  3. Gently dip your DIY mask into the bowl until it is fully saturated in the formula

  4. Remove mask from formula and squeeze excess liquid out until mask stops dripping

  5. Place mask gently over face and leave on for 30 minutes



Revitalizing

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.



Algae

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.



Apricot


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



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.



Avocado



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.


Goats Milk

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.


Caviar


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.



Grapefruit

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

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.


Charcoal

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.

Clay

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

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

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

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

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