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Today, I would like to discuss the use of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to treat stress. We spoke about Lavender before and today I would like to discuss this remarkable gift from nature even more.
Everyone from time to time goes through stressful times. We have all been there. Whether it is something temporary–such as worrying about a car repair or an upcoming test, or longer lasting such as an unhappy relationship, financial troubles, etc.–stress affects our bodies on so many levels. Holiday time, while a time of happiness, can also be a stress-inducer.
If I were to ask you what the main symptom of stress is in terms of health, you might say “a headache.” Tension headaches are a very common sign. Other signs, though, is a rapid heart rate, an increase in blood sugar levels, decreased energy, skin troubles ranging from paleness to breakouts, insomnia, and depression.
When I am stressed out, my skin just looks tired. My heart will race. My shoulders will tense up and have knots. I think we’ve all experiences these symptoms before. Then there’s insomnia. If I am stressed, I go to bed and then my mind starts zooming from issue to issue and I cannot relax. Then I worry that I’ll be tired the next day for not sleeping well. It’s quite a cycle. It’s at that time when I experience those symptoms that I realize I really need to get more in touch with my tranquil side once again.
Using Essential Oils can help relieve the symptoms of stress and find our way back to that peaceful and relaxed state. Ideally, you’ll also be using exercise, meditation, and healthy eating to help things along as well.
The most well known oil for relaxation and stress relief is Lavender.
It is, perhaps, the most well known of the Essential Oils.
Lavender, or Lavandula Angustifolia, is commonly grown throughout Europe, particularly in Bulgaria, France, and England. It can be grown here, though. I live in New York and our climate really isn’t the best for growing an abundance of beautiful lavender. That is not to say it cannot be done, though. This fragrant herb is just lovely. It works well on its own or can be used in blends to enchance its effects. I actually have some in my summer garden.
Lavender, though, does much more than smell nice. A scientific research team at Texas A & M University conducted a study to measure a human’s response to odor. Study participants were asleep and given EEG tests. This study was conducted in 1992 and had interesting results. It showed that Lavender Essential Oil essentially lulled the participants to sleep sooner.
Lavender, though, isn’t the only beneficial Essential Oil when it comes to relaxation.
Chamomile is another. Chamomile, or Anthemis Nobilis, is distilled from dried flowers of the chamomile plant. Its usage dates back to ancient Egypt. Chamomile usually is found in England, North America and in most southern parts of Europe. You often hear people saying to have some chamomile tea if you need to relax a bit. Why? This Essential Oil has been shown to calm nervous personalities, anger and irritability, and anxiety. It is very soothing. I’ll talk more about this another week, but just as it calms the mood, it calms even troubled skin.
Lemon Essential Oil is another relaxing oil. This is surprising to many people, as Lemon (Citrus Limonum) can also be energizing. When combined with other Essential Oils, it can be wonderfully stress-relieving. It improves mental clarity and can even “lift” heavy emotions when used in conjunction with oils in a blend. Lemon calm help relieve the symptoms of tension and migraine headaches as well. Lemon Essential Oil originated in India.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is said to have originated in India. It also comes from the West Indies, Africa, and China. This warming oil is often used to treat muscle aches and pains and I have personally found it helpful to me when I had knots in my shoulder blades and back and need to relax and de-stress. I have found it to be particularly helpful in a recipe I am going to share with you today down below.
Cedarwood is another beneficial oil, but isn’t talked about as much as the others. Cedarwood, or Cedrus Atlantica, is commonly grown in Morocco, among other countries in the area. While it is woodsy and not something you’d think of as a relaxing oil, it actually is known by aromatherapists as a gentle sedative and can help to calm symptoms of anxiety.
How can you reap the benefits of the Essential Oils I have mentioned?
You can gently and carefully add some of them to a handkerchief and take a small sniff. You can put some in a carrier oil and apply a dab or two to the skin. Personally, I like an aromatherapy spray.
*Today I would like to share a recipe with you. It is a relatively simply do it yourself project with a handful of ingredients. This is a pillow mist and body spray. It’s one I came up with using stress-relieving essential oils combined into a synergistic blend and will provide the great benefits of aromatherapy.
You can spray this right on your linens. I spray it on my pillowcases, sheets, and curtains. I spray it on unscented dryer sheets and even place it underneath my mattress pad. This recipe is gentle, so you can even spritz a bit on (spot test for sensitivity first, please) and enjoy its effects.
One of my favorite relaxation ideas is to spray this on my towels, pop them in the dryer while I am in the tub, and then when I come out I have warm towels and aromatherapy.
Here is the recipe:
2 ounces of distilled water
2 ounces of witch hazel
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops ginger essential oil
4-5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Combine in a bottle. This makes just over 4 ounces. You can divide it into 1 ounce or 2 ounce bottles with misting spray tops.
*Another favorite means of relaxation: add some lavender sprigs to a small sauce pan of honey and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then pour into airtight canning jars. I actually made a bunch of jars and will give some in Christmas baskets full of handmade goodies. I like Buckwheat honey, but there are so many other lovely varieties. It takes hardly and time and VOILA! — lavender infused honey. It tastes particularly delicious in Chamomile tea. If you recall from above, this herb is great for R & R, too!
*Make sure you’re using your favorite (seed) products infused with lavender as well to help unwind and de-stress. In addition, why not make a little R & R basket for your gift recipients? Body products from (seed) are affordably priced, high quality gifts! Put our lavender products in a gift basket with some herbal tea and maybe a pair of slippers and you’ll have a fabulous gift to give someone who needs some stress reduction!
Enjoy…and be well rested!
Last week on the (seed) blog, we talked about how our body oil is truly different from other body oils on the market. I received a question from a reader about mineral oil (commonly found in body oils other than our own) and I thought I would answer it right here for you.
This comes from Anne: “I keep hearing bad things about mineral oil. I looked at the back of my body oil and it is the #1 ingredient. Can you tell me why it’s bad?”
Mineral oil is a synthetic, petrochemical-based ingredient. Animal studies have revealed that mineral oil can cause anemia, spinal cord damage, as well as damage to the kidneys and nerves. Petrochemicals have also been linked to cancer. And why is it in so many body care products? Because it is DIRT CHEAP. It costs pennies on the dollar compared to healthful, natural oils to create products with petrochemicals such as mineral oil.
From the Organic Consumers Association:
“Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of problems when used on the skin photosensitivity (i.e., promotes sun damage), and it tends to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. You are being sold a product that creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.”
Here is another helpful resource from the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. It is a fact sheet about mineral oil. Hazards of mineral oil exposure included in this guide: skin rashes and irritation, lung irritation, coughing, shortness of breath, and more.
If your body lotions and oils contain mineral oil, it is not because mineral oil is of benefit to the skin, but rather because it makes it cost less for companies to formulate.
Natural oils are far better than synthetic. In (seed) Body Oil, we use oils that truly provide a clear benefit to your skin.
Oils used in (seed) Body Oil include grape seed, coconut, sunflower seed, jojoba, apricot kernel, and olive. No petrochemicals here!
Shop the (seed) Market for our full selection of body oils and remember to check your labels!
Body oil. This is a product designed to make your skin feel silky and soft. There are so many body oils on the market these days that it’s easy to be confused when you are staring at 10 different ones at the drugstore or grocery store.
Oils are all the same, right? You might as well just pick the one you have a coupon for since they’re all created equal.
Not by a long shot.
I think it might surprise you to learn what is REALLY in some of the mass market’s most popular body oils–the one you see advertised in slick magazine ads.
I scoured the ingredients listings of the most popular body oils sold right in my local grocery store. What I saw on the labels surprised even me! Let’s take a look, (seed) friends.
Let’s take a look at the difference. Unlike the other oils, which contain many harmful ingredients, crude oil, and evem formaldehyde-releasers, (seed) Body Oil is TRULY 100% natural.
We only use wholesome, healthy oils used to nourish the skin. We don’t add fillers, silicones, mineral oil, or harmful artificial colors and scents.
Our body oils — all 4 — are safe and natural and spritz right on without leaving a greasy residue.
Find (seed) Body Oils in the (seed) Market or art your favorite retailer.
PLEASE be aware!
For anyone new, my name is Rebecca Gournay, and I am co-founder of (seed) Body Care. I am writing today because I think you should be aware, and not assume, how your safety is being monitored in products you may use every day. Or, rather, not being monitored.
There is VERY LITTLE oversight by the FDA in Personal Products you use every day – the ingredients used require little, if any, back up to ensure their safety to your health. When an industry decides it will “self-regulate,” it is a step in the right direction, but not always a guarantee that the final end user of products are being cared for in an objective way.
I was really disheartened last week to read in the “Wall Street Journal” the article “Cosmetics Talks Turn Ugly, Industry Group Backs off of Plan with FDA to Tighten Safety Regulations.”
C’mon. I get it – reformulating is expensive. Better, safer ingredients cost more. But a person’s health and well-being need to take priority here. Endocrine disruptors (chemicals that can create reproductive issues) are personally concerning to me – we struggled with infertility. Carcinogens are concerning to me – my mom died of cancer 15 years ago. Who hasn’t been touched by health issues where you suspect the root cause is…well, undetermined?
So, while industry executives try to best determine the way they will monitor you and your family’s safety, may I please encourage you to learn what you can, read labels, and not assume that if it is on a store shelf, that it is safe and good. There are products there that are safer and healthier alternatives – please take the time to find them.
Do you have the dry skin blues? It is has been so chilly here in New York. Our heat has been coming on. We’ve had the fireplace going the past several nights, too. This can make for some major skin changes.
Chances are, you know what I am talking about. Itching. Flakiness. Redness.
If you ignore the above skin symptoms, it’ll only get worse and you’ll notice flakes of dead skin on your legs and a dull texture. If you take some time to follow these steps, your skin will be silky and radiant all winter.
Try these 5 steps each day for a week. See the difference in your skin! If possible, avoid anything with artificial fragrances on the skin for maximum benefit.
STEP 1–Dry Brushing
Spend 5 minutes each morning dry brushing your skin. You can find good quality, natural bristled body brushes in most stores with body care items.
Your skin will see phenomenal benefits with dry brushing. Avoid the face and heart region. Work from the feet up in gentle, long motions working up towards the heart. Do the hands up the arms and shoulders. Also work on the torso working up.
Dry skin cells will help be shed. Skin will appear newer and more radiant. Regular brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and lends a smoother feel. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce toxins. Circulation can also be improved.
STEP 2–Oil Up Before the Shower
After dry brushing, apply (seed) Body Oil. We have FOUR fabulous options just for you!
Apply the oil from neck to toes (not bottoms of feet, though, or you may slip). I always do this before getting in the shower to protect my skin from the extra warm water I like to use. It helps to seal in moisture.
STEP 3–Scrub a Dub
Choose an oily scrub and use this on your body before lathering up in the shower. I prefer a salt scrub for its detox properties. Simply mix up some sea salt (Wegmans has it) and an oil such as grape seed, olive, or almond.
Use this once a week. Why? Exfoliation aids in cell turnover, sloughs away dull skin cells and leaves behind a renewed appearance. Don’t use more than once a week, though, because the next product I am going to suggest contains very natural and gentle exfoliants, so you don’t want to overdo it.
STEP 4–Choose Your Suds Wisely
The perfect bar of soap for the whole family is our Moisturizing Body Soap. Red clay helps draw out impurities, grape seed oil moisturizes, and our unique blend of pomegranate, apricot and strawberry seeds gently exfoliates. It also will soothe itchy, tight skin.
If you can only choose one bar, make this the one.
The creamy gentle lather will cleanse your skin without stripping it of natural oils.
STEP 5–NOURISH AFTER SHOWER and AT BEDTIME
Don’t fret about spending lots of money on artificially scented lotions and potions. Synthetic fragrance is one of the leading irritants of sensitive and dry skin.
According to a study by The National Academy of Sciences, Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace (published report by the Committee on Science and Technology, US House of Representatives, 1986-but not refuted), more than 95% of artificial fragrance ingredients are derived from petroleum. Many still contain phthalates, too, even though companies are slowly eliminating these toxins.
Take the natural approach and use our uber gentle Body Cream. You can still have a fragrance, but it will be light and natural from essential oils only. Your skin will truly thank you because of our luxurious blend of shea butter and grape seed oil to penetrate the skin without being greasy. The end result is nourished, healthy and soft skin!
We have a special treat for you today, (seed) blog readers. Please welcome Amy Kurtz, Certified Health Coach, as our special guest blogger for today.
How we nurture our bodies externally is just as important as how we nurture and care for our bodies internally.
I grew up in a “health conscious” household but throughout my seemingly “healthy” upbringing, I was essentially unaware that I had celiac disease– as well as a truckload of other food allergies- wearing down my body. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, in 2010, that the “perfect storm” of health issues rained down on me after a trip abroad: mono, thyroid dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction, heavy metal poisoning, parasites, SIBO, candida, gastric paresis, bowel paresis, severe edema, etc. I began fighting for my life.
Is it over? No. Is it better? Yes. Health and vitality are my focus now and I want to help others prevent what happened to me or treat what’s already onset. I hear more and more each day that people are developing insane food allergies in their twenties. Why? That is yet to be determined, but we sure can fight it with shared knowledge, unwavering determination and communal support.
After being diagnosed with celiac, I had an extremely tumultuous, painful, and dramatic breakup with gluten. After having experienced the deliciousness of gluten my whole life, I realized I was addicted to it and that it was toxic for me to keep going back to it. Sounds like an on-again, off-again boyfriend, doesn’t it? (Cue Justin Timberlake’s song, “Cry Me A River.”)
Despite the intense gluten divorce, I was still having major symptoms. I was chronically breaking out in hives all over my face. It then spread to my hands. At first I thought it was directly related to the food I was eating, so I went on a strict elimination diet to get to the bottom of it! The diet relieved some of it, but the hives were persistent. One of my doctors had a lotion on her desk called (seed) and gave it to me to use on the irritated parts of my hands. It was the only product I put on my skin that didn’t aggravate the irritation more. I then began thinking, “Why would some products make my skin break out while others felt so soothing and non-irritating?” I began to research this and found out that (seed) is 100% natural with very few ingredients. I also read that it is gluten-free!
I then had my “A-HA! Moment” and everything started to make sense. My mind started racing as I researched if products with gluten could irritate someone with Celiac Disease externally as well as internally. Celiac is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and prevents absorption of food. People with celiac disease or even extreme gluten allergies cannot tolerate gluten internally. I quickly learned that gluten is in many more products than simply the food we eat. It is surprisingly found in many every day products such as vitamins, medicines, lotions, makeup products, and hairspray. I decided it was time to remove gluten completely from my life.
I got rid of every product in my house that contained gluten, even the ones that were questionable. It looked like I was moving an ex-boyfriend out when I was finished packing up all of my gluten filled products. Although it was difficult to shut it out of my life, I have successfully done so to the point where I don’t even think of it anymore, and have deleted its number! I bought gluten-free face wash, body wash, lotion, makeup – EVERYTHING. Guess what happened? My face stopped breaking out in hives completely. My internal and external healing process rapidly accelerated once I began treating it naturally, and I started to feel better.
Before any of this had ever happened I was an actress living in New York City, and ironically the way I supplemented my acting career was by being a health coach and a Pilates teacher. While at that time my primary focus was acting, everything changed after my trip abroad in 2010. I realized I had to focus my life in helping others reach their best possible selves physically, mentally, and spiritually. I now work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.
I am living proof that there needs to be a harmonious balance between the external and internal in order for the body to be at peace with itself.
Amy Kurtz is a certified a AADP Holistic Health Coach and Pilates trainer. After going through her own personal health battle, it became her mission to focus her life in helping others reach their best possible selves: physically, mentally, and spiritually. During her Health Coach training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition , she studied over 100 dietary theories, innovative coaching methods, and practical lifestyle management techniques with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Amy currently works as a Health Coach for Dr. Jeffrey Morrison at The Morrison Center in New York City, where she works with patients one on one to achieve their health and wellness goals. Amy’s personal experience, along with her education, has allowed her to create healthy lifestyles for people that incorporate whole foods, fitness, personal development, and harmony into their everyday lives. You can contact Amy at email@example.com.
Today’s post stems from a newly released study conforming what many of us have already known about anti-bacterial hand soaps: they are harmful. So many people believe that they are helping their families by using anti-bacterial products when they may, in reality, be harming them down the road.
Germs. They’re everywhere. We all know that handwashing is imporant. I wash my hands so many times per day I couldn’t even give you an estimate of the number of times I am washing my hands. I have always been a frequent handwasher. I don’t like getting sick. No one does.
I remember once when I was working for a cosmetics counter at a department store and being in the bathroom scrubbing my hands…a makeup artist from another line was in the bathroom and didn’t wash her hands. Ten minutes later, she was applying eyeliner to a customer. I think this is why, at times, I can be somewhat of a germophobe, but also why I get so paranoid about cleanliness that I did my own makeup for my wedding–I could never get that image out of my head.
Our son, Nicholas, was a preemie. Thankfully he was healthy and only required a few extra days beyond the norm in the hospital. I was so concerned about people touching him once we arrived home that if I could’ve put a plastic bubble around us, I would’ve. I made sure everyone washed their hands. I stocked up on 5 and 6 bottles at a time of a heavy anti-bacterial hand soap and placed a bottle at each sink and made all visitors scrub their hands with it.
I thought if we washed our hands often with this germ killing soap, that I could shield our family from ever getting sick.
Reality set in and I really started researching these things more and more. I had already been using a natural bar soap on my body but still thought that I needed that special germ fighting soap. After researching what exactly is in these anti-bacterial hand washes, we stopped using them probably 7 or 8 years ago in this household.
First of all, it is important to note that bacteria isn’t horrible. There are actually good forms of it. What happens is that people get so worried about germs that they end up getting rid of healthy bacteria. Triclosan is the active ingredient in anti-bacterial products, including these hand soaps. By the way, triclosan is a cholorphenol (a pesticide linked to cancer). While using this in an appropriate environment-say a hospital-may very well be necessary, it isn’t if you live in a healthy home.
You may have clean hands, but you may also be doing more harm than good. Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of allergies because of weakened immunity. ”Super bugs” have become more prevalent, and because of unnecessary use of these products, diseases are becoming more resistant to antibiotics (as in the case of MRSA).
Triclosan has also been shown to linger on the skin–in other words, you believe you’re rinsing it down the drain, but it continues to sit on the skin and kill bacteria. What you end up with is a greater chance of becoming ill and resistant to treatment because your healthy bacteria isn’t there to fight the nasties. It’s not just that–I have been reading more and more about triclosan. While there haven’t yet been conclusive results and multiple studies, there is research being done with potential links between triclosan and autism because it interferes with myelination in the brain. This has prompted researchers to start studying a possible link between triclosan and Alzheimers.
By the way, if you’re a breastfeeding mom and use anti-bacterial products, the triclosan does get into the breastmilk.
You cannot avoid triclosan altogether, though. While you can choose regular soap and water and non anti-bac hand washes (which the FDA says are equally as effective at getting rid of germs), triclosan is present in almost 70% of our rivers, lakes and streams. It is killing marine life and affecting our entire eco-system.
In fact, a new study was just published about the environmental impact of triclosan acknowledges the lingering effects may be worse than thought. Triclosan, by the way, is also present in many deodorants, some toothpastes, and several mouth washes.
For more, I recommend reading the EWG’s Guide to Triclosan by clicking here.
What can you do?
Experts agree– washing your hands with traditional soap and water can help protect you from germs without stripping away healthy bacteria. Our 100% natural Grape Seed Enriched bar soap will gently cleanse your skin without harmful sulfates and triclosan.
- sodium laureth sulfate free
- petrochemical free
- paraben free
- cruelty free
- phthalate free
- soy free
- no artificial colors
- gluten free
- artificial fragrance free
You know fall has arrived when you hear your children start in with a major case of the sniffles. Or when YOU start to have that same stuffy headed, achy feeling. Congestion is common this time of year.
Once upon a time there were two options: deal with the symptoms and feel better in several days or apply the stuff in the blue jar to your chest at night.
As years have passed, though, we have learned more and more about just how unhealthy those popular decongestant rubs truly are.
Today, I am going to share with you some facts about popular decongestants.
There are many things going around these days, and a couple weeks back, three of the four of us seem to have caught one of them. We had stuffy heads, scratchy throats, cough, and lots of congestion. You’d think I would be reaching for the jar of congestion-relieving vapor rub to treat the symptoms so my little guy could get a good night’s sleep. Wrong! Have you seen what is in this age old “remedy”? As a health conscious mom, I cannot advocate applying parabens and turpentine to my little guy’s chest. What did I reach for? I am going to tell you about the benefits of our new Decongesting Blend Body Oil in a moment, but first I’d like to discuss what is in the other products we are so used to buying at the drugstore.
Of course I am deeply concerned about the parabens and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients in this product, but I am especially concerned about turpentine and camphor.
More on camphor:
Plus, we have all heard of turpentine. Here is how the dictionary defines turpentine: “a volatile pungent oil distilled from gum turpentine or pine wood, used in mixing paints and varnishes and in liniment.”
This begs me to ask whyso many are continuing to apply this to their skin–to their children’s skin. Knowing that our bodies absorb an estimated 60% of what we apply to our skin, is it worth the potential risk? It’s not. There are much healthier options out there now, thankfully.
“I was having some congestion trouble and had a headache. I sprayed it on my chest and arms. 30 minutes later I was feeling better.” – Penny
“I L-O-V-E it!” – Cindy
And my own story:
When 3 of the 4 of us were under the weather, I decided to try this blend for this first time.
I applied the oil to my feet and covered with socks. I also spritzed on the chest where one would normally rub a congestion-relieving rub. Within 10 minutes, my congestion had GREATLY lessened and I could breathe more easily. I was able to sleep well. When my husband got no relief from his over thr counter congestion medicine, he let me put the oil on him, too.
He also had immediate relief.
I applied the oil to my 10 year old’s chest and feet. He said, “I feel like I can lay down on my pillow without a stuffy nose!”
He fell asleep easily and this morning said he wanted more oil because it helped him so much! I love the fact that the product is all-natural and free of camphor and turpentine. Products do not have to have chemicals to be effective.
Disclaimer: Of course, we believe if you are feeling unwell to consult your physician and this is not in anyway intended to be a substitute for medical advice.
“Stop drinking so much coffee and start drinking more green tea.” I hear this advice almost every time I go to my doctor. We know that Green Tea is highly regarded. It is frequently talked about on health-themed shows such as Dr. Oz and featured in magazines. It is also found in many skin care products, including ours. Why?
Today we’re going to talk about Green Tea. It’s more than just hype — it really is beneficial!
1. Green Tea is abundant in polyphenols, making it a potent antioxidant. Skin cells can be protected by Green Tea!
2. Green Tea has more antioxidants benefits than Vitamin C or Vitamin E.
3. Green Tea is anti-inflammatory. It can help soothe red and irritated skin and ease symptoms of many forms of dermatitits. It also can be used to help soothe a sunburn.
4. Green Tea– because it is both antioxidant AND anti-inflammatory– can actually help to make your sunscreen perform better.
5. Green Tea can help keep your skin looking more youthful, thanks to the mix of catechins and polyphenols.
Yesterday here in upstate New York, it was in the 90′s and super humid with a heat index of 100+. Tomorrow, the weather prediction is a high of around 55 degrees. Once the temperature dips and we have the furnaces running in a few short weeks, the air in our homes will change and become more dry.
What we view as a nuisance actually can have a major impact on our skin. From high humidity to a sub-zero winter temperatures, weather conditions have just as much of an impact on your daily skin care routine as the products you choose.
Your skin care routine often changes with the weather. Let’s take a look at how humidity and temperatures affect your skin.
Humidity and Skin Care
An increase in humidity means that there is excess moisture in the air. The same is true for your skin. When there is more moisture in the air, there is more moisture in your skin. While this may be wonderful for those with dry skin, it can wreak havoc on oily or combination skin types. When there is high humidity, changes such as excess oil and a tacky feeling on the skin.
- Exfoliation is a great choice to help unclog pores. Using our Exfoliating Body Soap is a smart choice because when you exfoliate, you are helping clean the pores. This will help prevent body acne, which is more common for people in high humidity areas.
- Using a lightweight Body Lotion or Body Oil are wise instead of option for a heavy cream when it comes to moisturizing.
Conversely, those living in areas with low humidity such as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah will often experience issues related to dry skin. Itchiness and a tight feeling are common skin issues related to dry air, but there are some skin care tips you can use to help tackle the problem.
- Be gentle on your skin. When you dry off after bathing, be sure to pat your skin dry. Never rub it.
- Always follow your shower or bath with a rich moisturizer such as (seed) Body Cream.
Shea butter, sunflower oil, and grape seed oil all hydrate dry skin caused by low humidity.
- Ingredients such as sulfates and other harsh detergents will cause more dryness, so avoid them in your body cleansers. Our Body Soap Bar does not contain these ingredients, so it leave your skin clean without stripping it of natural oils.
Air Temperature and Skin Care
Sweltering heat causes skin issues. When it’s hot, we’re exposed to bright sunshine. We also hit the beach and swimming pools to cool off. All of the above can have an effect on our skin care.
Chlorine from swimming pools strips the skin of natural oils and can leave your arms and legs dry. Be sure to rinse well after being in the pool and follow with a lightweight, yet effective moisturizer. Our Grape Seed Enriched Body Lotion is the perfect choice because it will quench the skin without being too heavy.
Salt water from the ocean is known for its positive effects on the skin, but there are also negative ones. The salt is actually hard to completely wash off the skin and can cause body acne. After a dip in the ocean, be sure to wash with a gentle bar soap like our Gentle Exfoliating Body Soap.
Sun damage is the #1 cause of premature skin aging. When it’s hot, most of us wear shorts, tanks tops, and sundresses. This leaves our skin vulnerable to the UV rays. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must.
Exposure to cold temperatures also impacts our skin. Think of how your skin feels when you are out walking on a chilly winter day. Brisk temperatures and wind can make your skin feel numb. It may be tingly or even sore. Most often, the extreme cold dries the skin.
Be sure to protect your skin in the cold weather. Keeping your hands, feet, and ears covered is one of the best things you can do for your skin.
Try switching from lotion to cream in the winter. Richer body creams like our Grape Seed Enriched Body Cream offers a barrier and help to protect your skin from the elements.
Body oils are extremely helpful in the cold air . They help your skin retain moisture, which is especially important in the cold weather. We offer 4 distinct Body Oils here at (seed).
Just as you do in the summer, wearing a sunscreen is imperative in the winter. Snow actually reflects the sunlight, making your skin susceptible to burning.
Our skin care regimens are seasonal for nearly all of us. That’s why I prefer citrusy lotions in the summer and icher, heavier creams or dryness in the winter. Skin care needs really can change as quickly as the weather. Making a couple of small changes in your beauty routine is all it takes to help your skin through these seasonal weather transitions.