Nourish Aging and Sensitive Skin Naturally! October 14, 2017 01:14
I have some happy news that I want to share with you. A few days ago, I got my diploma in Organic Skincare Formulations from Formula Botanica, the world's leading and award-winning Organic Cosmetic Science School. I am so thrilled with the experience and knowledge I gained going through this course! I am more enthusiastic than ever about natural skincare and have so many product ideas waiting to come to life. I just need 48 hours in a day to make everything happen (sigh…).
When I started this course I thought I knew a lot about natural skincare and the power of natural ingredients. Ha-ha! I hadn’t even scratched the surface! Among other amazing things, I learned more about chemistry, the anatomy and physiology of the skin, the science of choosing natural ingredients, how to include them in my formulations and preserve them naturally, without toxic chemicals. More importantly, I studied the chemical makeup of ingredients, which gave me a behind the scenes understanding of what an ingredient can do for the skin, what skin type it's appropriate to use for and at what levels.
How is getting my diploma and learning all these cool things good news for you? Well, for starters, I hope you can be genuinely happy for me. I've been working so hard to get here! Secondly, in order to graduate, I had to complete a final project and submit my best formula designed throughout the course. Months of research went into choosing the right ingredients and testing the formula. I am so thrilled to add this new product to my skincare line and introduce it to you today!
This Hydrating Day Cream is designed for women whose skin shows signs of aging, enlarged pores and sensitivity due to hormonal changes related to perimenopause or menopause. It is lightweight and has a wonderful soft texture, absorbs quickly into the skin, with a non-greasy finish. The stars of this formulation are Centella Asiatica and Rosehip botanical extracts. To get the maximum benefits for the skin, I used organic, cold-pressed, non-comedogenic oils (=oils that are not going to clog your pores). Pomegranate, Argan, Red Raspberry and Meadowfoam oils are high in EFAs (essential fatty acids), which are particularly important for the normal functioning of the skin.
A few interesting facts that I took into considerations when I selected these particular oils:
Pomegranate oil contains Punicic Acid (Omega 5) at 75%. Punicic Acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid with unique properties that fights inflammation, regenerates tissues and protects the internal moisture balance of the skin. As skin matures and ages, normal physiologic functions slow; this acid helps maintain healthy skin by supporting collagen production and protecting against environmental effects of sun and weather.
Argan oil, lovingly referred to as Liquid Gold by the people of Morocco, is an excellent oil for use in skin care and for treating problem skin. Light and capable of penetrating the skin without feeling greasy, this oil is considered anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. Palmitic Acid in this oil (12-14%) has antimicrobial properties, protecting the skin from unwanted penetration of environmental substances. Oleic Acid (Omega 9), present in a high percentage (45-47%), helps maintain the suppleness, flexibility and softness of the skin.
Red Raspberry oil is exceptionally light and sinks into the surface of the skin quickly, creating a dry, but moisturized feel. Very high in Vitamin E and provitamin A, this oil has been identified as having potential for sun protection. Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) – found at 52% in Red Raspberry oil and 31-35% in Argan oil – plays a crucial role in maintaining the barrier and passage functions of the skin. Oils high in Linoleic Acid absorb quickly and deeply into the skin layers. The quick absorption carries additional plant nutrients into the layers of the skin to nourish and condition the cells. Red Raspberry oil is also high in Alpha-Linoleic Acid (Omega 3) that helps relieve itching, redness and irritation of the skin.
While Argan and Pomegranate oils are well known for their anti-aging properties, Red Raspberry oil, Meadowfoam oil and Mango butter are recognized for their UV protection, which is a highly desirable benefit for a day cream.
Meadowfoam seed oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is probably the best oil to help prevent moisture loss. This oil naturally helps your skin to form a barrier to lock in moisture and deliver nutrients deep into your epidermis. Gadoleic Acid, contained in this oil at 61%, is a very-long-chain Omega 9 monosaturated fatty acid that protects the skin’s outer layer of the skin from damage by oxidation.
After extensive research of various botanical extracts known for their anti-aging properties, the winning two were Centella Asiatica and Rosehip extracts, due to their extraordinary skin benefits.
With a long history of skin healing, Centella Asiatica (also known as Gotu Kola) is regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and numerous potent phytochemicals. The primary active constituents in Centella Asiatica are saponins known as asiaticoside, madecassoside, and madasiatic acid. These saponins beneficially affect collagen production. Extracts have been found to calm inflammation, speed wound healing, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen, and improve circulation. Centella's circulation-boosting abilities are so powerful that it's been used as an effective treatment for varicose veins and broken capillaries. Recent research has found extracts from the plant to be successful anti-aging ingredients. Read more here.
Rosehip extract is high in vitamin C as well as 32 other minerals and vitamins such as beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, citrates, citric acid, iron malates, malic acid, niacin, phosphorus and vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K. Being rich in Vitamin C, it contains natural antioxidant properties and can be used in skincare products to promote elasticity and maintain the suppleness of the skin. Find out more here.
The formula also contains Aloe Vera juice, recognized for its unique properties to soothe and moisturize dry, irritated and damaged skin.The ‘plant of immortality’, as it was called by Egyptians, can perform miracles for your skin. It contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins, which provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, reducing skin inflammation. Rich in antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and E, Aloe juice helps to improve the skin's natural firmness and texture.
Vitamin E and Vitamin C (in its oil-soluble, more stable form Ascorbyl Palmitate) are used to promote collagen production, repair skin from conditions that cause wrinkling, dryness and support the skin’s immune function, but also for their antioxidant properties and role in protecting the skin from environmental factors.
All ingredients selected for this cream are approved for use in organic cosmetics by ECOCERT, the largest organic certification organizations in the world, are natural, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. I hope you'll give it a try. Your skin will thank you.
To celebrate the launch of the new Hydrating Day Cream, I want to offer you 15% off your entire purchase. Enter discount code CREAM at checkout. Offer expires Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Buy here.
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