Ojai resident’s skin care product line is an organic success » Ventura County Star

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The cosmetics industry sells women and even men a lot of nonsense in a bottle,” she said. “I know organics are healthy and I know what it does for the skin. It’s about putting the client and their needs first.

My first press!

Could an Anti-Aging Superstar also Help Acne? – DailyBeauty | NewBeauty magazine

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Published in the April edition of the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, the new Italian pilot study found a 66.7 percent mean reduction in acne lesions in patients treated with a resveratrol gel.

A 66.7% reduction in acne lesions is impressive, no? Worth trying, for sure, if you have acne.

Executive Order to Eliminate “Just Plain Dumb” Regulations

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The over-regulation of the cosmetic industry that has been proposed in various legislation that we have fought on a State and National level is exactly the kind of “just plain dumb” regulation that would fall under this Executive Order.  I’ve asked Donna Maria to allow me to share her post on Essential U because I think it is good news.  What do you think?

Obama’s Executive Order To Eliminate Absurd And Unnecessary Paperwork, “Just Plain Dumb” Regulations :: by Donna Maria Coles Johnson of Indie Business. 

Here’s a post for anyone interested in the safety of cosmetic and personal care products. The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics is promoting “just plain dumb” regulations because:L 1) its analysis of the problem it is seeking to solve is not driven by science or facts and 2) its proposed solution is heavy-handed, expensive and does not address the larger problem that we have of unhealthy chemicals in our environment. Here’s more on cosmetic safety. Check out the rest of the Essential U post at the above link.

Delicious Living Editor’s Choice: Tipu’s Chai | Tea content from New Hope 360

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tipu’s Chai. I call this organic, fair-trade chai a “Goldilocks” drink: not too sweet, not too spicy, and just right. The recipe was passed down to founder Bipin Patel from his grandmother in India, so it’s the real deal, without any sweeteners, preservatives, or lactose. A warming treat, available in concentrate, decaf, instant, and slow brew.

Interested in the original Yogi Tea recipe, as made in the yoga ashrams back before it became a “brand.” Here’s the original yogi tea recipe, with an optional beauty twist added to it.

Beat dry skin: Moisturizers, exfoliation key to keeping skin healthy | MLive.com

Monday, March 7th, 2011

For skin that has lost its sheen, Sue Mangapora, a registered nurse from the Skin Renewal Clinic in Flint, says exfoliation is one of the most important things a person can do during the winter.

I recommend exfoliating twice a week. I use a product that has an emollient base that carries a powdery French salt to slough off dead skin and stimulate circulation. The key is to go gently, though. Here are simple instructions on how to exfoliate your face, and how to chose the right exfoliant for dry skin. For the rest of my body, I don’t use a product. I prefer dry skin brushing.

Tips on Using Beauty Products

Monday, March 7th, 2011

It seems that this product is quite controversial as many people believe it will cause dryness and irritation, but there is actually one thing you should know: not all toners have alcohol as an ingredient and can be beneficial for any skin type. Toners help remove all traces of dirt, give a firmer feel as well as restores the skin’s pH. Use toners which cointain active ingredients such as aloe vera or hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan).

Toners can really help with a host of skin conditions. I’ve seen acne clear up just with the right toner. For people with dry skin, it’s really important to use a toner that contains no alcohol. Sometimes, even organic toners can contain alcohol. It is widely used as a preservative. Some witch hazel distillates contain 14% alcohol, for instance.

Shea Butter, A Healing Moisturizer For Dry Skin – Luminous Skin

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

It is used traditionally to soften the skin and keep it from harm. Salt-gatherers, for instance, use it during the hours they spend every day in super-saline water. It keeps their skin from drying out and cracking in their harsh work environment.

Shea butter is an ideal natural remedy for dry winter skin. It is so healing and soothing. Unrefined shea butter is best. It will be a creamy yellow color, with a rich earthy smell (that is neutralized as soon as it makes contact with your skin). Look for soap that contains shea butter. The moisturizing elments of shea butter are preserved through the soap making process.

Healthy Foods for Beautiful Skin

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Eating fish is good for your skin, especially wild salmon. Wild Salmon is loaded with nutrients such as fatty acids, vitamin D, and selenium. Selenium helps protect your skin from the sun. For those who are allergic to seafood, fish oil supplements work great on the skin.

Salmon is a great choice for the skin. I have it twice a week. Other basics to consider, bu way of oils are coconut oil and olive oil, two top beauty foods, and perfect fats for regular use.

Simple Secret to Make Cellulite Disappear

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

If you’re thinking of trying the various cellulite wraps, compressors etc., save your hard earned money. Based on the fact that cellulite resides so close to the surface of the skin, it can temporarily be compressed. If you try a cellulite reduction compressor and you see it working for a day, all it means is that you compressed the fat temporarily – it will be back to the way it looked very soon.

Here’s a good article about getting rid of cellulite. My experience was that when I switched to eating only good fats, my cellulite went away. Nowadays, II cook only with coconut oil or ghee, and I have extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings every day.

Why Do We Scar? And How To Minimize Effects

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The treatment options for scars are varied. Early on, scars should be vigorously massaged with a moisturizer one or two times a day for about a minute. The active massage helps reorganize the immature collagen bundles forming during the repair of the injury. The moisturizer decreases the friction on the tender new scar while massaging and also moistens the region, as moisturizing glands are not yet functioning in a new scar.

Here’s a good post by a plastic surgeon about scars, and what to do about them, especially when they are new, to minimize their effects. People have used shea butter as a healing moisturizer for scars. I’d head in that direction before going for pharmaceuticals.