About The Face

BEAUTY FACTS

 

Keep in mind that taking care of your skin is not about being vain, it is one of our most important organs.  Our face, because it is the part of our skin most exposed to sun damage and other environmental hazard, should be one of our most important priorities.

 

An excerpt from  Essential Oils Desk Reference:

Human skin is like a large sponge.  It absorbs traces of almost everything that comes into contact with it—both harmful and beneficial.  The skin is expecially susceptible to exposure to organic solvents and petroleum-based chemicals.  When some of these come into contact with the skin, they can be absorbed in higher volumes than other types of substances.

 

This means that any questionable petrochemical commonly found in personal care products, such as sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), Triethanolamine (DEA), PEGs, and quartermiums can be absorbed into the skin.  Over time, some of these chemicals may accumulate in the organs and tissues and result in mounting brain, nerve, and liver damage (Matthew, et al., 1995)

 

A Troubling Trend

The most troubling indication that the synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and shompoos may be leaching into our bodies was provided by the government-funded Human Adipose Tissue Survey (Bicj, 1996).  According to this study, almost every person tested showed measurable levels of petroleum-based, carcinogenic chemicals, such as tolune, benzene, and styrene, in their fatty tissues.

 

This is why increasing numbers of health professionals are recommending personal care formulas that are completely natural and free of synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients.  “To stay healthy, people have to do more than just exercise and eat healthy,” states Denver physiciam Terry Friedmann, M.D.  “Consumers should also avoid personal care products that contain toxic synthetic ingredients that can penetrate the skin and accumulate in their tissues.  In some cases, these products can have a greater imapct on health than either diet or exercise.”

 


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[Natural Skin Care] 

Our products are not only chemical-free, but they also contain ingredients that help to nourish the skin and allow it to maintain its own natural beauty.  When working with challenging skin problems or to guard against aging, therapeutic-grade essential oils are vital in any skin regiment.  Essential oils can have powerful antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial benefits for the skin.  They have a unique and superior advantage over other substances because of their capacity to advance cellular renewal by increasing circulation, hydration and waste removal.  Essential oils boost immunity, reduce stress, calm nerves, and balance moods…all factors in maintaining healthy, youthful skin.

 

Essential oils used on the skin should be combined with a vegetable carrier oil [V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex] to:  a) slow evaporation allowing more time for the oils to penetrate and protect the skin;  b)  maintain the lipid barrier of the skin because most essential oils will tend to dry the skin;  and c)  enhances the effect of the essential oils—certain essential oils work synergistically with quality vegetable oils.

 

For the face, you might also opt to substitute the [A*R*T Purifying Toner] for the vegetable carrier oil.  [101 Essential Oil Uses]

 

Liver and Colon
Many skin conditions may be related to dysfunctions of the liver.  It may be necessary to clease, stimulate, and condition the liver and colon for 30-90 days before the skin begins to improve.  [Essential Oils For The Liver & Colon]

 

pH Factor

All our products are pH balanced.  This means that they will help to re-establish the correct pH level and strengthen the natural pH protection mantle of the skin.


The pH level of your skin refers to the natural acid mantle, which protects the skin from bacteria build-up and environmental hazards.  The skin, in its natural state, is about 5.5 on the pH scale.  When water or heavy alkalized soaps are used to cleanse the skin, this natural acid mantle becomes unbalanced.  When the natural acid matle is out of balance, several things occur:  1)  Excessive oil content on the skin,  2) Dry patches,  3) Skin prone to bacterial infection. 

 

Dry and/or Oily Skin
Both oily and dry skin lack moisture.  To maintain healthy, youthful skin, there are three things you must do: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

 

Since therapeutic-grade essential oils are natural plant oils containing all the nutrients in whole-food form, an oil that is good for dry skin is also good for oily skin.  However, here’s the scoop. Lets say you were working on a formula for wrinkles.  Frankincense essential oil and Sandalwood essential oil would be a must in your fromula, since both oils are the best for wrinkles and both are good for oily and dry skin.  However, if you have oily skin  you would want to use more drops of Frankincense than you would Sandalwood.  The converse would be true if you have dry skin. You would add more Sandalwood than Frankincense. 

 

Since every individual is unique, what is a good recipe for one person, may not be a good recepi for another person, even though both may appear to have similar characteristics.  There are so many other factors to consider, i.e. diet, exercise…Always be willing to experiment.  Just because one recipe didn’t work for you, it may mean that you only have to make a minor alteration.  When you get a few recipes that work for you, it is good to keep alternating from day to day, or week to week, or even month to month.  Allow your face to get the benefit of as many oils as possible.  Just like our bodies benefit from a variety of foods, so does our skin.

 

For more information please refer to:  [101 Essential Oil Uses].

 

Acne
Acne results from an excess accumulation of dirt and sebum oil (oil produced by the hair follicle) in the follicles and pores of the skin.  As the pores and hair follicles become congested, bacteria begins to feed on the sebum.  This leads to inflammatin and infection and the formation of a pimple or a blackhead around the hair follicle.

 

One of the most common forms of acne, Acne vulgaris, occurs primarily in adolescents due to hormone imbalances which stimulate the creation of sebum. 

 

Acne is adults can also be caused by hormone imbalances, as well as the use of chlorinated compounds, or poor dietary practices.  Heavy or greasy makeup can also contribute to acne.

 

Stress may also play a role.  According to research conducted by Dr. Toyoda in Japan, acne and other skin problems are a direct result of physical and emotional stress.

 

Essential oils are outstanding for treating acne because of their ability to dissolve sebum, kill bacteria, and preserve the acid mantle of the skin.

 

Wrinkles

Skin wrinkles are grooves in the skin.  Wrinkles can range from fine lines on the surface of the skin or they can be quite deep.  Typically, as a person ages, the sweat and oil glands of the skin become less numerous and smaller in size.  This cause the skin to lose moisture and to dry out, and it soon begins to sag in places where the collagen, the elastic fibers that support he skin, has weakened the most.

 

Our desire to retain and regain youth is strong and universal.  Many claims for youth-enhancing methods are unfortunately overblown.  However, there is much you can to eliminate fine lines before they form into deep seated wrinkles and even some deep wrinkle reversing treatments can give great results with the use of essential oils.

 

There are no beauty secrets, only beauty facts. 

Below are 5 basic steps to lovely skin, endorsed by the Dermatology and Cosmetology Board.  Listed beside each step is our recommended product.

CLEANSING    [Orange Blossom Facial Wash]

 

TONING    [A*R*T Purifying Toner] or [TidalWave Rejuvenating Toner]

 

STIMULATION    [Satin Facial Scrub – Mint]

 

MOISTURIZING    [Essential Oils]

 

PROTECTION    [Rose Ointment]