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My Body Oil Line is launched! I have been using body oil after every shower for 15 years. I started with Sweet Almond Oil and then Jojoba. After a while, Jojoba just didn’t feel rich enough for my dry skin (though great in a blend and for oily skin). I started learning about different kinds of plant oils and this summer I started mixing them. Some are fragrance-free and some contain a beautiful blend of essential oils. The essential oils are added to benefit the skin and not just for their aroma.
Body Oils should be applied to moist skin, just minutes after drying off from a bath or shower. This will seal in the moisture and give the skin nutrients that it does not get from lotion. Lotion can be applied during the day if the skin still needs it, but you may find that you will not have to use as much lotion when you start your day with a body oil. The body oil will absorb and will not transfer to clothes or sheets. Avoid applying oil to dry skin.
4 Body Oils are now available:
Nourishing Summer Body Oil
Nourishing Summer Body Oil with Cooling Essential Oils
Balancing Summer Body Oil
Balancing Summer Body Oil with Cooling Essential Oils
The carrier oils used in my blends are:
Pumpkin Seed Oil– rich in vitamins A, B, D & E and fatty acids.
Almond oil– high in Linoleic Acid and Vitamin D.
Sunflower oil– high in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and lecithin.
Avocado oil– incredibly beneficial in many ways including strong UV absorption properties, a high degree of epidermal penetration, the ability to promote cellular regeneration, and a high sterol content which is beneficial in arthritic conditions.
Marula oil- a light, nourishing oil that is included in the summer oil because of its ability to heal sunburns. It also relieves Dermatitis, Eczema & Psoriasis.
Jojoba– (really a wax and not an oil) is highly regarded because of its ability to penetrate the skin and its resemblance to our skin’s natural sebum, or oil. It is very moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.
One more thing… my “Summer” body oils are not just for summer. They are just lighter versions of what is to come. Winter blends coming soon…
Last week I was working in the garden with my new garden friend, Kristy. She has graciously agreed to work in trade for facials! My garden was in need of some love as 2 children under the age of 3 do not allow me to give it much attention. We were pulling out the Sumac tree that was taking over a bed and Kristy pointed out some people are sensitive to the plant oils in Sumac. Minutes later, without washing my hands (an Esthetician “no-no”), I applied sunscreen to Julia’s face and arms. Shortly after, she broke out in a rash. My first instinct was to make sure was had Children’s Benadryl in case it started to swell to the point of impeding on her eye sight. Then I remembered the anti-inflammatory properties of the lovely Calendula, or Marigold, flower. I use Weleda Calendula products on my children every day without much thought and now was the chance to see what Calendula could really do. I washed her face with the Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash and then applied the Calendula oil. The rash was gone in 10 minutes! I am amazed at how our first instinct will often be to seek relief first from the drugs that are overly accepted in our culture, with only little thought of the natural remedies that gave birth to modern medicine. There is a place for both of course but it is my hope that more people make a place for the natural remedies in their lives.
Don’t take me literally when I talk about roasting marshmallows. I am not talking about eating them, and my perfume oil, “Roasting Marshmallows”, does not smell like marshmallows. But this rainy, cool summer day calls for an oil that is warm, woody, spicy and sweet. Essential oils can bring balance to the body. Just by inhaling, our brain responds with sedating or invigorating impulses. An oil can balance your mood, the weather, and your dosha (your ayurvedic body type). The dominant presence of Cedar and Cardamom in Roasting Marshmallows provides emotional strength and stability, warmth and dryness to a cold, wet day, and balance to a Kapha dominent dosha. When I wear an oil that balances the climate I actually feel more of an embrace for the day. Just days ago I was almost bathing in “Laying in a Hammock”. The heat was almost unbearable but when I walked outside and a breeze of lavender and bergamot mixed with the air, my body spoke “Ahhhh, this is summer!”
Summer is here and with that comes changes in your skin!
Here is an easy to follow guideline to treatments and products that can help to address some of your summer skin issues:
Increased Oil Production
Clarifying Acne Treatment using Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid to exfoliate and manage oily skin.
HOME CARE- Glymed Sulphur Mask, Glymed Serious Action Mask, Glymed Astringent no 2, Eminence Pink Grapefruit C Gel, Eminence Tomatoe Oil-Control Gel, Eminence Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate, Eminence Citrus Exfoliating Wash
Small Summer Bumps (pustules)- on lower half of face, due to heat, humidity, and sun
Clarifying Acne Treatment using Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Tea Tree oil.
1 Hour Organic Facial with the Clear Skin Mask, containing clay, yogurt, tea tree oil and cucumber.
HOME CARE- Glymed Anti-Aging Exfoliant Mask, Eminence Clear Skin Mask, Eminence Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate, Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
Sun Damaged, Devitalized Skin
Vitamin C & Sea Treatment using Vitamin C and seaweed.
1 Hour Organic Facial using the Stone Crop plant to lighten and hydrate.
Illuminating Antioxidant Treatment using enzymes, peptides, botanicals and antioxidants.
HOME CARE- Glymed Hydrating Enzyme Mask, Glymed Anti Aging Exfoliant Mask, Glymed Stem Cell Power Serum, Glymed Mega Purifying Cleanser, Glymed Gentle Facial Wash, Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash, Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, Eminence Stone Crop Masque, Eminence Stone Crop Moisturizer, Pevonia Vitamin C Concentrate