It’s no secret that here at Beauty Heroes HQ, we love our oils. We feature many oil-based products in our Clean Beauty Shop, from cleansers like In Fiore’s Lustra Illuminating Cleansing Essence, to serums like Antioxidant Facial Serum by Laurel. And this month, we introduced one for the body – Beautycounter’s Lustro. From cleansers to treatments to moisturizers to hair masks, oils are proving to be the new 10-in-1 wonder ingredient. But, while we’re past the point of consumer confusion (i.e.,“Wait, won’t an oil on my skin make me breakout?”), there is still a lot to learn – and love – about this staple ingredient.
This month’s Hero Product Selection from Active Botanical Serum by Vintner’s Daughter is complex, concentrated and potent; it’s no wonder that the process used to craft it was informed by the intense detail involved in fine winemaking. Intrigued by how this skin-transforming blend achieves it’s multi-correctional and stunning results, we asked April Gargiulo, founder of Vintner’s Daughter to go deeper into the process of extended maceration, which she uses to impart the potent actives into this blend.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two years, face oils are still en vogue. In the winter, they are the beauty equivalent to a cozy cashmere sweater. In the spring, they can feel as light as silk against the skin. So why do some folks still hold dear to their phobia of oils? Partly because of the myths surrounding oils. Julie Elliott, founder of In Fiore, helps debunk three commonly heard fallacies of using a face oil…..
Jasmine is a sweet and seductive night blooming flower native to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa with a wealth of healing benefits. Although there are more than 200 species, only two are traditionally harvested for their essential oil – Jasminum Grandiflora (Royal Jasmine) and Jasmine Officinale (Common Jasmine). When used in skincare, jasmine essential oil acts as an effective antibacterial, soothing dry skin and eczema and increasing cell turnover to lighten the appearance of scars. Treating skin imbalances holistically, jasmine balances hormone levels and works as a formidable stress-reducing therapy.
Rhodiola Rosea, also known as ‘Golden Root’ or ‘Arctic Root’ is a yellow flowering plant that can be found growing on sea cliffs in the high altitude mountains of the Arctic, Europe, Asia and North America. It’s a well-documented medicinal plant used historically to treat fatigue, stress, depression, fertility and even gastrointestinal disorders. Rhodiola has a unique set of phytochemicals called rosavins that aren’t found in any other plant, making it a very unique and carefully studied botanical. Classified as an adaptogen, an herb that boosts your own ability to respond to stress, rhodiola root is gaining awareness and popularity by complimentary medicine practitioners and herbalists in the West. When used in skincare products, it boosts microcirculation, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and protects skin from environmental stressors like UV rays.
Daisy flower has a rich and storied history as a healing plant, offering multiple benefits to the skin. Listed on product labels as Bellis Perrennis, which translates as “everlasting beauty,” daisy extract has a unique combination of polyphenols that work as tyronase inhibitors that naturally suppress the production of melanin. The extract of these precious little flowers yield a high concentration of free-radical scavenging antioxidants and exfoliating acids that are especially friendly to sensitive skin types.
Water is your number one cleansing companion. Pivotal to good health, those eight glasses we’re told to drink daily do more than quench thirst. They’re the everyday detox agent your body needs to function. Water makes up nearly 70% of the body and is, after air, its most vital nutrient. The body uses water to lubricate joints, regulate temperature, protect organs, hydrate cells, speed the elimination process and help kidneys flush out toxins. Not surprisingly, to be under-hydrated strains all of these miracles and can leave you feeling tired and your skin looking less than radiant.
As you begin making the switch to non-toxic beauty products and do a cabinet detox, you’re likely to wind up with plenty of containers filled with remnants of carcinogenic and hormone disrupting ingredients. While your first instinct may be to rinse out and recycle these product-lined bottles, jars and tubes, doing so sends these toxic chemicals right into our surface water (as does using them on a daily basis, but thank goodness you’re done with that). We know that contaminating water is not what you had in mind so here are some better ways to dispose of old product containers and their contents as safely as possible.
There’s no need to limit your intake of detoxifying foods to a dedicated cleanse. There are plenty of fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that can optimize the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms. Seek out foods that support elimination – tasks carried out by the liver, kidneys and digestive system; help the body rid itself of free radicals; and cleanse the blood. Use this list of everyday ingredients to prevent toxic buildup – from foods, environmental conditions, or beauty products, and help make system-brightening decisions everyday. Compiled by Urban Remedy founder, Neka Pasquale, an acupuncture and food as medicine practitioner, this condensed list of foods has been excerpted and condensed from her book, Urban Remedy, The 4-Day Home Cleanse Retreat, published by Weldon Owen.
Isn’t washing your face every day a detox program for your skin? Well, yes – but it’s not everything. Removing make-up and residue from the surface of skin is an important step in helping allow skin to naturally detox through your pores and prevent blemishes.Just as in a body detox, ingredients that clear the path and support your skin’s natural cleansing mechanisms – by physically removing debris from the surface and boosting circulation to stimulate removal of waste from tissues and cell regeneration – are worth incorporating into your everyday routines.