5 Sunscreen Alternatives

Five Natural Sunscreen Alternatives

In Part One of our Sun Protection Blog Series, Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen, we talked about how sunscreen may be bad for your health and the environment.  

So how do we protect ourselves from harmful rays, while avoiding the problems associated with sunscreen?  Here are five great alternatives:

1. Raspberry Seed Oil

Raspberries are delicious and great for your skin

Raspberries are delicious and great for your skin

How it protects you

According to studies, Raspberry Seed Oil scatters and absorbs UV rays, and in turn may act as a broad spectrum UV protectant.  It is actually comparable to titanium dioxide preparations, and offers protection of about 28-50 SPF.

How to use it

Our Natural Sun Protection Lotion is chock-full of Raspberry Seed Oil, soothing aloe vera, and green tea extract (we’ll talk more about that, later!).  It is non-greasy, natural, free of chemical smells, and is great for sensitive skin.

We love Raspberry Seed so much that we put it into every one of our moisturizers.  Because of this, and the natural UV protection from other unrefined oils, all of our moisturizers offer natural sun protection benefits.

If this oil is so great, why isn’t it a mainstream sun care product?  

The thing is, it isn’t a particularly cheap or plentiful oil.  It is made from raspberry seeds… those tiny little things that get stuck in your teeth.  It takes an enormous amount of those minuscule seeds to make the oil.  Also, getting it approved would cost millions in research and legal fees.

People want cheap sunscreen, regardless of what is in it.  So for most companies, an oil like this isn’t worth it.

We feel that the benefits really outweigh the cost.  

There are so many nasties in mainstream sunscreen– they can do terrible things to your body and the environment.  Plus, there are other really wonderful qualities of products like Raspberry Seed Oil– it works wonders on acne, ecxema, psoriasis.  It is also a great anti-aging remedy, since it reduces wrinkles and fine lines, improves elasticity, and moisturizes your skin.

 

2. Astaxanthin

5 Natural Sunscreen Alternatives

Astaxanthin is a deep red cartenoid– an organic pigment found in microalgae.  It gives some forms of marine life, such as salmon and shrimp, their reddish hue.

How it protects you

Astaxanthin protects your skin from the sun by scavenging the free-radicals that cause damage.  It is stored in your skin, and is distributed through all of the layers, providing deep protection.  This provides consistent protection against ultraviolet radiation, which is the most powerful environmental risk factor for skin cancer.  Sunscreen only protects the top layers of skin, and washes off easily.

Studies show that Astaxanthin can also help with macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fertility, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, skin aging, and many other health concerns.

How to use it

In order to get the ultimate sun protection benefits from Astaxanthin, take it internally, daily, for several weeks– this allows it to build up in your system.  It is a good idea to also apply it topically.  We include it in our daily-use  Advanced Treatment Serum.  We have you covered!

 

3.  Green Tea

Drink two cups a day, and/or apply topically!

Drink two cups a day, and/or apply topically!

How it protects you

Along with many other potential health benefits, the catechin metabolites in Green Tea can protect your skin from sunburn inflammation and longer-term UVR-mediated damage.

How to use it

These catechins make up quite a bit of the tea, so you only need to drink two cups a day to have noticeable results.

Another great way to harness the power of green tea is to apply it topically.  We carry a Green Tea Cleansing Mist, which is a refreshing pre and post-sun treatment.  Many of our other products include green tea extracts, as well.

 

4. Shade your skin from the sun

Our favorite option is linen. It is light enough to keep you from overheating, while protecting you from the sun. Pair with an enormous, floppy hat, for effortless chic.

Our favorite option is linen. It is light enough to keep you from overheating, while protecting you from the sun. Pair with an enormous, floppy hat, for effortless chic.

We all know to do this, but let’s face it– we don’t want to. Limit your exposure to sunlight by wearing clothing that covers your skin, and accessories like hats and scarves.  There are actually some really great, stylish options out there, if you look!

Dark and vivid colored, tightly weaved fabrics offer the best protection.  However, anything is good!  Clothing is the best way to protect yourself from ultraviolet rays.

 

5. Don’t avoid the sun (completely)

Avoiding the sun altogether isn’t great for you, either. Getting a little sun can do you good!

Avoiding the sun altogether isn’t great for you, either. Getting a little sun can do you good!

How it protects you

Exposure to sunlight increases your Vitamin D.  Vitamin D deficiency is linked to Breast Cancer and colorectal Cancer. Other benefits of sunshine include helping you sleep, lowering your blood pressure, protecting you from melanoma, and raising levels of serotonin– thus improving your mood and energy level.

How much you need

10-15 Minutes of sunshine a day is recommended for getting all of the benefits.

 


 

If you must wear sunscreen…

Avoid sunscreens that contain Retinyl Palminate (Vitamin A), oxybenzone, Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs), and insect repellent.  Also, avoid sprays, as sunscreen may be harmful if inhaled.

 

Now go outside and enjoy some sunshine!  

 

Any questions or comments?  What are your suggestions for natural sun protection?  Let us know, in the comments below!  

Five Natural Sunscreen AlternativesDisclaimer:  I’m not a doctor.  I’m just a blogger with an interest in skincare.  A lot of research went into this, however you should always do research for yourself, especially when it comes to important things like protecting your skin and body from disease.  This is your health–don’t mess around!  Also, make sure to consult your doctor, dietitian, or other medical professional, before ingesting or applying any of these products.  

 

 

 

 

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May 10, 2016 by Brianna Karle, Resident Beauty Blogger

2016 OHA Mother’s Day Gift Guide

OHA 2016 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Buying gifts is hard enough– buying gifts for the woman that raised you, or raised your children, is nearly impossible. How do you show her your appreciation? Chances are, mom isn’t wanting just some random gift (I’m talking about you– stuffed bear holding a box of mediocre, drug-store chocolate). She wants a loving, appreciative experience.

If you are thinking about spending the day pampering her (as you should), OHA has got you covered.

No two moms are exactly the same, and you should keep that in mind while you plan your Mother’s Day. To help you out, we have organized some gifts and experiences by types of moms. We are sure that you can find something she will love!

Green-Thumb Mom

 

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

Your mom could spend all day in her garden! She loves digging in the dirt and watching her hard work come to life.

The Product

Facial Sugar Scrub

When mom is done gardening, her pores are clogged with dirt and sweat. That grubby feeling can get uncomfortable, quickly. The Facial Sugar Scrub ($28) can be used daily, and leaves skin feeling smooth and clean, without damaging the skin in the process. Plus, it smells divine!

The Experience

  • DIY a planter and fill it with her favorite flowers
  • Weed her garden.
  • Spend the day at the botanical garden

 

Expectant Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

This mom has it rough. Even moms with the easiest pregnancies have aches, pains, and skin concerns. She has had to give up an incredible array of activities and food items. Hormones are raging, sleeping is difficult, and there’s so much to get done, before baby comes!

This mom needs some SERIOUS pampering. Somebody better be waiting on her, hand and foot, already. If that is you, do more! If not, you can definitely find a way to help.

The Product

Sugar Shea Butter Cream

Shea Butter is a must for pregnancy! As belly skin stretches, it dries out and gets itchy. Shea Butter provides a great deal of relief. Rubbing on lotion is also a great way to connect with baby! (Bonus: it is widely believed that Shea Butter may help prevent stretch marks!)

Our Sugar Shea Butter Cream ($32) is rich and luxurious- a sure comfort for the expectant mother.

The Experience

  • Treat this special mom to a pre-natal massage. She needs relief from all those aches and pains!
  • Make her a big, fluffy nest of blankets and pillows, bring her all of her favorite pregnancy foods, massage her feet, and veg out watching her favorite movies.

 

Sporty Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

Whether she is running her stroller around the lake or is spending her retirement at yoga retreats, this mom likes to relieve her stress by working up a sweat.

The Product

Green Tea Cleansing Mist

This is a go-to product for mom, after she works out. Our Green Tea Cleansing Mist ($19) is extremely refreshing! The Green Tea extract is full of antioxidants, which will protect mom’s skin from UV rays and rejuvenate skin cells. Mist with 6-10 pumps when waking up in the morning, after working out, or whenever out in the sun.

The Experience

  • Take mom on a hike and spend the day together, enjoying the outdoors
  • Take her to see her favorite team play (hot dogs and beer? Sounds perfect, to me)
  • Is she always trying to get you to go with her on a jog or to yoga? Humor her!

 

Beach-Bum Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

Your mom is a sun worshiper- her beach-bag is pre-packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Your childhood was spent playing in tide pools, hitting around a volleyball, and hanging out around the bonfire. She probably has a lawn chair set out on the patio, for the days she can’t make it to the beach.

The Product

Advanced Treatment Serum

Mom can add this serum to her beauty routine for natural protection against the sun. Our Advanced Treatment Serum ($108-182) is packed with Astaxanthin, the most potent anti-oxidant available. It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Astaxanthin also may reduce the risk of skin cancer and reverse skin damage.

The serum also contains Red Raspberry Seed Oil, which offers broad spectrum protection. Both you and mom can feel at ease, knowing that she is protecting herself against harmful rays.

Check out our blog article on the Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen to see why it is important to switch to natural sun protection products.

The Experience

  • Grab a beach blanket and pack a picnic. Simple and special!
  • Treat mom to a beach vacation. It can be a special time for you to connect! Plus, you get a vacation out of it, and who doesn’t need a vacation?

 

Health-Nut Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

This mom doesn’t just make your eat your vegetables- you’re eating all of the best superfoods, full of antioxidants and vitamins. You don’t even flinch when faced with a dark green beverage, or a pizza covered with kale, all thanks to mom. She knows that a healthy diet makes you feel great, from the inside out.

The Product

Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask

Our Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask ($42) is about as healthy as it gets! It is packed with seven CO2 extracts, which are full of flavonoids and essential nutrients. This Aloe mask contains Seaweed, Green Tea, Acai, and Bentonite Clay, among many other beneficial ingredients, to hydrate and rejuvenate mom’s skin. The Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask is basically a superfood for the skin!

The Experience

  • Take a trip to the local Farmer’s Market. Pick out some ingredients, and make a healthy meal, together. Spend the afternoon chatting in the kitchen and drinking wine (antioxidants!)
  • It is nice to know where your food comes from. Does mom have a vegetable or herb garden, already? If not, start one for her! Build her a raised vegetable bed, or create a fun mason jar herb garden, for the garden. Pinterest is your best friend for great small garden projects!

 

Techie Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

This mom is attached to her smartphone, her ipads, and her netflix account. If it a gadget, she owns it.

The Product

Under Eye Therapy

The ultimate in skincare for a tech-obsessed woman is our Under Eye Therapy ($42). Mom’s passion for technology is probably leaving her eyes strained and puffy. Give her some relief with this soothing therapy. The cucumber has a cooling effect and the honey and perilla oil reduce the swelling.

The Experience

  • One word: IMAX.
  • If you take her to dinner, don’t bug her about how many times she looks at her phone. She’ll appreciate it.

 

Every Mom

OHA Mother's Day Gift Guide

All moms are different, but almost all have some things in common- chances are, they’re stressed, tired, and need a break. Life can really wear a mom down! Sometimes what a mom needs most is just to relax.

The Products

Night Cream and Hydrating Mist

Two of our most popular products, Night Cream ($42) and Hydrating Mist ($29) are wonderful for stress reduction and emotional balance.

The Night Cream provides a moisturizing nighttime detox with lavender for restful aromatherapy.

Our Hydrating Mist refreshes and hydrates the skin, leaving mom with a youthful glow and supple tone. The mist contains lavender and rose hydrosols, as well as Vanilla Leaf Flower Essence, to maintain balance and relaxation, throughout the day.

The Experience

  • Treat mom to a massage, mani-pedi, or spa day. Pamper her!
  • Make mom take the day off- take over her chores and responsibilities for the day! Encourage her do whatever she wants.

We are having a special on the products for the “Every Mom” — buy your set, now! 

2016 OHA Mother's Day Gift Set

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May 1, 2016 by Brianna Karle, Resident Beauty Blogger

Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen

In our Sun Protection Blog Series, we’ll be going over why sunscreen may be bad for your health and the environment, followed up with alternative ways to protect yourself from the harmful rays, and more! 

Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen

Sunscreen– it is the go-to beauty product for many celebrities and bloggers.  You’ve heard that without it you will get sunburned, age quickly, and worst of all– you will get cancer.  Sunscreen is supposed to be a very good thing.  

But is it, really?

Sunscreen may cause health problems

Some ingredients used in common sunscreens have become controversial. Certain research studies show that extended use can be linked with speeding up the development of tumors and lesions and trigger allergic reactions, among other health issues.

Here are a couple of ingredients that you might want to steer clear of:

 

1.  Oxybenzone

Chemistry

Oxybenzone is thought to be one of the most toxic ingredients in cosmetics

Oxybenzone is found in 80% of  “chemical” sunscreens, which absorb UVA and UVB rays.  It is a photostabilizer and chemical filter which absorbs UV light.  However, oxybenzone may actually be pretty dangerous.

Oxybenzone may cause:

  • Breast cancer
  • Increased photosensitivity
  • Production of free radicals (which have the ability to attack your cells)

It has also been linked to contact eczema and allergies. All around, not something you want on your body!

2.  Retinyl palminate (Vitamin A)

Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen

Retinyl Palminate may increase the rate and frequency of tumors

Another chemical that you may want to avoid in your sun protection arsenal is Retinyl Palminate.  It is a common vitamin supplement, and is regularly found in topically applied sunscreens.

Retinyl Palminate may increase the risk for cancer on sun-exposed skin.

When tested on laboratory mice, exposure to Retinyl Palminate led to:

  • Earlier onsets and increased multiplicities of skin lesions
  • Increased incideneces and multiplocities of squamous cell neoplasms
  • Enhanced photocarcinogenicity active of SSL ans UVB

(Note: I feel so bad for these lab mice– what an awful life!  Feel comforted knowing that our products are cruelty-free and are not tested on animals).

3.  Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs)

Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen

Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles may damage genetic information and cause cell mutations

This one is pretty scary.

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) is a common ingredient in “Physical” sunscreens, which reflect and scatter UV rays.  It is great at what it does, but it is white, pasty, and sticky.

Enter Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles– engineered to be a version of TiO2 with much smaller particles.  Nanoparticles make the Titanium Dioxide easier to apply, and also increase its effectiveness as a sunscreen.

However, these mini particles have some really not-so-mini issues.  

Breathing in TiO2 NPs can cause lung toxicity, inflammation, and possibly cancer.

These nanoparticles may have potential for:

  • Cytotoxicity (damaging cells)
  • Genotoxicity (damaging genetic information and causing cell mutations).
  • Increasing oxidation and generate free radicals, which can lead to further damage.

 

Effects on the environment

Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen

Nanoparticles and oxybenzone may negatively impact coral and other marine life

If all that doesn’t worry you, consider the effect on the environment.   Around 4,000-6,000 tons of sunscreen enter the oceans every year, according to the National Park Service.  When you get into the water, the sunscreen washes off your skin and into the ocean.

The nanoparticles in sunscreen may actually cause development problems in marine life, such as sea urchins.

Oxybenzone may also  severely damage the coral reef, with endocrine disruption and DNA damage.  This contributes to coral bleaching, the death of coral, and other problems.

 

What can you do?

It is absolutely possible to be protected from the sun without using these ingredients!  There are options out there!

At OHA, we offer our Natural Sun Protection Lotion that protects you from UV rays, without exposing your skin to these potentially dangerous and toxic chemicals.

There are also natural chemicals that can be applied topically, and supplements that can help protect you from the inside out.

 

There are more potentially nasty ingredients in your typical, conventional sunscreens– this is just the tip of the iceberg.  We encourage you to do your own additional research and make your decisions based on what you find out.

 

Stay tuned for our next installation in our Sun Protection Series, 5 Sunscreen Alternatives,  for more information on what you can do to protect yourself, naturally.

In our next installation, we will be going over:

  1. Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  2. Astaxanthin
  3. Green Tea
  4. Shade
  5. Embracing the sun

 

Hidden Dangers of SuncreenAny questions or comments?  What are your suggestions for natural sun protection?  Let us know, in the comments below!  

Disclaimer:  I’m not a doctor.  I’m just a blogger with an interest in skincare.  A lot of research went into this, however you should always do research for yourself, especially when it comes to important things like protecting your health.  Don’t mess around!  Also, make sure to consult your doctor, dietitian, or other medical professional, before ingesting or applying any products, or abstaining from using sunscreen. 

 

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April 13, 2016 by Brianna Karle, Resident Beauty Blogger

What is your OHA Moment?

You know those moments when it all just clicks – those ‘aha!’ moments.

Well, your skin can have those too. We like to call it an OHA Moment. 

Maybe it happens suddenly – like when you’re washing your face. You take the day off, and and feel wonderful and fresh and clean as you put on moisturizer. Or maybe it sneaks up on you, like it did for me. I used to struggle with dry, flaky skin that still broke out through the seasonal transition into winter. Once I started using OHA, my skin stopped being unhappy – coming out of my first winter using OHA, I realized my skin had been happy and moisturized throughout the whole cold winter season. No dryness or flakes, just happy, balanced skin. Aaaaah! (see below for my favorite OHA routine!) 

red-scribble-heart ohamomentWe want to hear about your OHA Moment! Do you have a story about how OHA helped your skin? Do you feel a special connection to an OHA product? How does OHA make you feel, and how do you like to use it?

We’d love to hear what you love about OHA!

Share your OHA Moment one of these ways:

  • Send an email to info@ohaskin.com with your message telling us what you love about OHA or
  • Send us a Facebook message or
  • Write on our Facebook wall

Be sure to hashtag your #OHAMoment! If you’re feeling extra radiant, include a selfie.

We are excited to read about your #OHAMoments!

Warmly,

Karissa
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My OHA routine: I start and end my day with the Cleansing Milk. In the mornings, I follow it with the CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream, or Sensitive Skin Therapy if I feel a breakout coming. Then I mix some Green Tea Cleansing Milk and Intensive Nutrient Complex (or Advanced Treatment Serum in the winter), and massage into my face and neck.

At night, after I cleanse and exfoliate, I use the Under Eye Therapy, and then apply my cocktail of Green Tea Cleansing Mist, Night Cream, and Intensive Nutrient Complex. About once a week I also treat myself to a mask with the Supercritical Co2 Gel Mask. My skin’s never been happier!

#OHAMoment

09.24.15

#OHA101: Fall Skincare Tips for Glowing Skin

Summer Sun & Fun Give Way to Crisp Air – and Updated Skincare

fall tree and fieldFall brings more than just back-to-school madness and pumpkin spice everything. With the changing weather, it’s important to maintain and update your skincare routine to reflect your inner glow.

We want you and your skin to stay healthy and happy. Read on for OHA’s fall skincare tips:

  • Stay hydrated. This one seems like a summer tip, but as the temperature drops, your skin gets drier – prevent this by staying hydrated from the inside out. Drink lots of water, and quench your skin with a Hydrating Mist, mixed with a serum. Keeping your skin hydrated also boosts your immune system to keep you healthier going into the cold and flu season.
  • Exfoliate your face and body. Flaky skin from summer fun and dropping temperatures can be remedied with a moisturizing exfoliant. Use a good loofah and some Facial Sugar Scrub (great all over your body!) to slough off dead skin cells and keep your skin glowing.
    • sun worshipUse sun protection. Another one that seems summery, but the sun’s rays are intense year-round. It’s important not to let up on UV protection even though summer is over – clouds can even magnify UV rays. Our Natural Sun Protection Lotion protects you all year.
  • Switch to a richer face moisturizer. Protect skin from drier air and low temperatures by using a richer moisturizer to replenish your skin. Rich doesn’t have to mean heavy, either: try the Advanced Moisture Treatment for nourishing essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that absorb beautifully into your skin.
  • Protect your lips. We definitely are plagued by dry, flaky lips when the season changes. Even though you want to lick your lips constantly, that’s not a good idea – it dries them out even more! But if you have to lick your lips, make them taste delicious with Chocolate & Rose Lip Butter – so moisturizing, you won’t have to lick any more (though you’ll want to – yum!).

The end of summer is always a little sad for us, but endings always signify opportunity and new beginnings. Savor the changing light, colorful leaves, and coming cozy winter months, and be good to yourself.

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– Karissa Lew – contributing writer

09.10.2015

#OHA101: Super Foods For Super Skin

Eat Your Way to Healthy Skin

You are what you eat. Everyone has heard this phrase many times before, and research has shown it is certainly true. Dermatologists like Dr. Jessica Wu, MD., say that research shows one’s diet can affect their complexion and hormone balance. Certain power foods can work wonders for your body, especially your skin. In fact, what you eat is just as important as what you apply topically to your skin.

Here are some superfoods for super skin:

blog5_olive oil_huffpostOlive Oil – Olives and olive oil are packed with anti-oxidant polyphenols that help shield against damaging free radicals. In addition, most of the fat content in olive oil is mono-saturated fatty acid which rejuvenates your skin and helps it look youthful. Topically, using unrefined olive oil helps relieve, repair, and hydrate extra dry skin by helping to rebuild the skin’s moisture barrier. This helps prevent further moisture loss and possibly reduce damage that causes wrinkles and discoloration.

 

blog5_greentea_creativebeautyhealthGreen Tea – Rich in antioxidants, the polyphenols in green tea make the skin more elastic, smooth, and less sensitive to sun damage when exposed to UV rays. ECGC (epigallocatechin-3-gallete) boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin, delivering key ingredients to keep your skin looking healthy. Green tea has so much to offer that researchers are continually conducting studies to uncover its benefits.

Read more about green tea and its natural sun protection qualities here.

 

blog5_Sunflowerseedoil_organicfacts.netSunflower Seed Oil – Growing in popularity, sunflower seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, including stearic acid and linoleic acid. Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil are rich in Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. It helps keep your skin elastic, and clear of blemishes and pimples.

Also, vitamin E is related to improving skin health and regenerating cells. Antioxidants like vitamin E neutralize free radicals that can produce cancerous cells. Vitamin E in sunflower seeds and sunflower oil is also thought to enhance immune function, and is known for its sun protection against UVB damage.

Many of OHA’s products use these superfoodsand more in combination, making your skin smooth and glowing. Find these power foods in OHA’s Night Cream, Sensitive Skin Therapy, Daily Moisturizer, and Under Eye Therapy.

Karen Khuu – Contributing Writer

07.02.15

#OHA 101: GREEN TEA EXTRACT

GREEN TEA: THE ANTI-OXIDANT POWERHOUSE

GREEN TEA – one of the most popular beverages known to detoxify our body.

blog4_greentea_leaves_titleGreen tea is one of the most powerful botanical antioxidants today. Rich in polyphenols, the most active and abundant ingredient in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallete (EGCG). EGCG is a bioactive polyphenol that increases antioxidants in our skin, revitalizing and restoring compounds. It works by helping restore our skin’s natural antioxidant balance. Unfermented green tea is the most potent source, containing the highest concentration of antioxidant polyphenols.

Studies suggest that green tea polyphenols are photo-protective in nature. Green teas polyphenols help eliminate free radicals that cause solar UVB light-induced skin disorders. 80% of skin damage is due to exposure to free radicals and UV light, and much of the damage to our skin has already happened by age 18. Green tea reduces the number of sunburned cells (skin redness), protecting the epidermis from UV damages.

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In 2003, Dr. Stephen Hsu, Cell Biologist at Medical College of Georgia, conducted a study that linked green tea to skin cell restoration. Green tea compound polyphenols were like “safeguards for healthy cells.” Old cells in the outer layer of skin that were exposed to EGCG in green tea actually started dividing, reactivating dying skin cells and making DNA. Hsu stated that though there are unknowns, if green tea can energize dying skin cells, it has the potential to improve skin condition.

 

Green tea powder matcha tea isolated on white.Green tea helps protect your body when you drink it, too. Some physicians recommend drinking 4-6 cups a day – the more the better! Green tea supplements are also effective, with a recommended dosage of 250-400 mg per day with 90% polyphenol content. You’ll even find some skin products with green tea – provide uniform protection inside and out!

Green tea does wonders for your body and researchers are continuing to conduct clinical studies to further discover green tea’s abilities to protect our skin!

*We are not scientists; merely natural skincare enthusiasts who want to relate information based on research studies.

Karen Khuu – Contributing Writer

05.14.2015

#OHA101: ASTAXANTHIN

NATURE’S SUN PROTECTANTblog3_astaxanthin_powder

Astaxanthin, pronounced asta-zan-thin, is the ultimate antioxidant!

Astaxanthin is the naturally occurring red pigment found in algae, lobster, and salmon that gives them their vibrant red color. Aside from the red pigment, astaxanthin acts as a natural sunscreen. Think of astaxanthin like armor for these animals — shielding against free radicals and other stresses like harmful UV rays.

blog3_astaxanthin_cellsOverexposure to UV light damages your skin, causing wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Astaxanthin protects your skin by rejuvenating it both internally and topically, helping cells overcome inflammation and DNA damage. The most effective method of natural sun protection is using a topical sunscreen in addition to taking astaxanthin internally.

According to Huffington Post’s Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., astaxanthin has been shown to protect your skin. When taken internally, it accumulates in and penetrates the skin cells, reducing UV damage. The skin’s sensitivity to UV light gradually decreases due to this accumulation. In addition, this helps reduce fine lines and maintain your skin’s moisture levels and smoothness.

The best dietary sources include sockeye salmon, shrimp, crab, and red trout. Supplements are also a great way to ingest it. Incorporate astaxanthin into your daily routine: the recommended dosage is 4-12 mg/day.

– Karen Khuu – Contributing Writer

#OHA101: Red Raspberry Seed Oil

April 3, 2015 – Karen Khuu (Contributing Writer)Fresh raspberry

Mother Nature’s Sun Protectant

Red Raspberry Seed Oil – Raspberries mean summer and sun to most of us. Did you know that the seeds from this little red fruit offer your skin a truly natural alternative for sun protection?

With summer around the corner, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Red raspberry seed oil is an especially potent ingredient that has been proven to naturally protect your skin from UV damage and reduce dark spots.

This special natural oil is exceptionally packed with nutrients and provides natural SPF. According to B. Dave Oomah:

 “Red Raspberry Seed Oil may act as a broad-spectrum UV-A and UV-B shield. It has shown an SPF of between 28 and 50 and thus is a valuable ingredient in natural sunblocks and sunscreens.” (Oomah, et al 2000)

Red raspberry seed oil not only revitalizes your skin but also protects it from UVA and UVB damages, also known as Broad Spectrum Protection. It offers the same amount of sun protection as Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) is a mineral pigment, sunscreen, and thickener commonly found in a majority of physical sunscreens. Red raspberry seed oil offers people an alternative to Titanium Dioxide and chemical exposure coming from substances like Oxybenzone. This oil will also enhance the protection offered by your normal sunscreen plus fight hyperpigmentation and provide moisture—something the everyday chemical sunscreens don’t offer.

Red raspberry seed oil is cold-pressed and extracted from its seeds. It is rich in essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6), Vitamin A, and Vitamin E (alpha and gamma tocopherols). These vital nutrients play an important role in rejuvenating and protecting your skin from environmental damages.

As the season changes, our skin changes with it. Sun or no sun, it is important to think about what we trust to protect our skin.

Nearly all of OHA’s products contain red raspberry seed oil. Advanced Treatment Serum, Intensive Nutrient Complex, and the CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream have the highest concentration of the oil, offering natural UVA and UVB protection. Learn more about these products here.

The Awesome of OHA

March 10, 2015 by Karen Khuu, Contributing Writer

NOURISH YOUR SKIN, RADIATE YOUR BEAUTY

Whether you are an OHA expert-user or newly introduced, it is never too late to discover our unique and holistic approach to skincare.

OHA Advanced Treatment Serum

The Advanced Treatment Serum (above) is the most potent of all the products. For more information, visit ohaskin.com/products/advanced-treatment-serum/

Potent Super-Nutrient Ingredients

OHA uses powerful ingredients rich in antioxidants that truly reduce the signs of aging, have been proven safe, and result in radiant, beautiful, and glowing skin:

  • Esterified Vitamin C
  • Tocotrienol Vitamin E
  • Tocopherol Vitamin E
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • MSM
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Supercritical Extracts
  • Unprocessed Red Raspberry Seed Oil (with natural broad spectrum UV protection and an SPF of 28-50*), Blackberry Seed Oil, Green Tea Extract, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn.
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Each petal in the flower flame represents one of our five senses: Sight, Smell, Touch, Hearing, Taste

 

Clean

We use food-grade nutrients because they are more strictly regulated and pure. These ingredients are so safe, you could eat them!

We don’t use synthetics, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, nanoparticles, phenoxyethanol, silicones, talc, tallow, 1,4-Dioxane, or fragrance.

Our products are preserved with plant-based extracts and leucidal, a preservative from fermented radishes.

All of our products are packaged in glass and BPA-free recyclable plastics.

We source our ingredients locally and within the USA as often as possible to reduce our carbon footprint and support the talented artisans within the US and the Pacific Northwest.

OHA is the root of the word “aloha” and means “joyous life energy”

You may have seen our flower flame, but may not have known that it is a symbol for true beauty. Each petal of the flower flame signifies one of our five senses. The more we attend to these senses, the easier it is to access the beauty within and outside of ourselves.

*The SPF of unprocessed plant oils varies based on soil and climate conditions.