The Super Powers of the Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask

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OHA’s Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask features many powerful ingredients that revitalize and promote ongoing benefits for your skin lasting several hours after each treatment. We’ve mentioned CO2 extracts in the past, but every time we do research, new information emerges that makes us love this mask even more. It contains a vast array of CO2 extracts not available in any other OHA products. Not only are CO2 extracts considered the most bioactive and clean (residue, allergen, germ and preservative free) extracts available, CO2 extraction is also an eco-friendly extraction method that doesn’t create waste streams. Being a company out of the very green and beautiful city of Seattle, it seemed fitting to feature extracts that are especially kind to the environment. By using CO2 extracts, we’re providing your skin with the cleanest and most potent nutrients available from nature.

 

Because we’re so impressed with CO2 extracts, we believe that every skin type can benefit from using OHA’s Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask. “Every skin type?” Trust me, I know that sounds like a lofty claim. Whenever I read about products for “all skin types”, I doubt that it’s actually the best product for all skins and tend to assume it’s the best compromise for all skin types. This mask, however, really IS the best thing for all skin types, especially those with acne, sun damage, or roseacea. Here’s why:

 

Why it works on acne:

  • Seabuckthorn  and Rosehip CO2  contain high and almost equal amounts of Omega 3 and 6 supporting skin membrane function and elasticity and useful in cases of roseacea, acne and all skin inflammatory issues.
  • Turmeric CO2 contains curcumin which is known for its anti-inflammation and anti-carcinogenic properties that are also highly antibacterial.

Why it works on sun damaged skin:

  • Pomegranate CO2 contains punicic acid, which has been found to promote skin regeneration and decreases the incidence of skin cancer formation.
  • Carrot Seed, Seabuckthorn, Rosehip and Calendula contain high amounts of carotenoids which are also known as Pre-Vitamin A. Carotenoids offer your skin protection from environmental toxins and ultra violet damage. They also assist in wound healing.

Why it works on roseacea:

  • Rosemary is well known for its cell regenerative properties. The rosemarinic acids have been identified for use in eliminating the Demodex mite, thought by many to be a direct cause of roseacea.
  • Seabuckthorn  and Rosehip CO2  contain high and almost equal amounts of Omega 3 and 6 supporting skin membrane function and elasticity and useful in cases of roseacea, acne and all skin inflammatory issues.

Why it works for every skin type:

  • Both the Rosemary and St. Johnswort CO2 have calming and analgesic properties that help us to relax and breath deeper.
  • Another unique ingredient in this mask is unrefined Acai oil. This super food oil is rich in essential amino acids, minerals, vitamin C and E, essential fatty acids and other highly therapeutic nutrients.

The overall ingredient deck of this formula makes it as useful for anti-aging  as it is for acne and roseacea.

The Dynamic Duo : Intensive Nutrient Complex and Daily Moisturizer

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The skin is a complex organ with seven layers to balance and nourish. Though there are seven layers, they can be lumped together and described in three groups: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The subcutaneous layer is the bridge between skin and the underlying organs. It insulates, regulates temperature, and stores lipids. Just above the subcutaneous layer is the dermis, which houses blood vessels, sweat glands, nerve endings and hair follicles. Both the subcutaneous layer and the dermis thrive when they are fed nutrients from quality skin care products. The Intensive Nutrient Complex is OHA’s most concentrated product, giving the deeper layers of skin the nutritional boost they need to stay balanced and nourished.

The layer of skin we can see is the epidermis. It’s comprised of mostly dead skin cells that lay like scales on a lizard. It protects our internal organs and more vulnerable layers of skin. In healthy skin, dead skin cells will slough off gradually and evenly. When we’re under stress, dead skin cells slough off unevenly and create gaps in the surface. This can translate into uneven skin tone, blotchiness, sensitive skin, acne, dryness, redness and rosacea. Fortunately, the Daily Moisturizer is full of polysaccharides that fill in those gaps in the epidermis. Filling in those gaps allows the skin to retain moisture, stay balanced and lock in those nutrients that are being delivered to the deeper layers of skin by the Intensive Nutrient Complex.

Used in concert, these two products help soothe the most inflamed skins and feed the deepest layer of skin while protecting and reinforcing the structure of the outermost layer.

Are Natural Ingredients Actually Effective?

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According to a University of Louisville study called Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care, natural ingredients are proven to be effective in topical skin care. Lucky for you, Martha has used the very best natural, organic skin care ingredients to nurture your skin’s natural healing abilities and conquer free radicals that age your skin prematurely.

“Certain ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera, have been identified as beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, respectively, due to their anti-inflammatory properties”

Martha includes aloe vera in almost every formulation – Cleansing Milk, Hydrating Mist, Facial Sugar Scrub, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream, and Shea Body Butter.

 

“For combating acne and rosacea, green tea, niacinamide and feverfew are considered efficacious.”

Acne and rosacea are common symptoms of internal inflammation. If these ingredients appeal to you, check out our Hydrating Mist, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Shea Body Butter, and Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream

“As to hyperpigmentation and antioxidative capabilities, licorice, green tea, arbutin, soy, acai berry, turmeric and pomegranate are among those plants and compounds found to be most beneficial.”

Since this is from a scientific abstract, the writers decided to lump together two distinct ingredient actions : hyperpigmentation correctors and antioxidants. Licorice is a fantastic dark spot remover and is featured in the Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream. The rest of the ingredients listed are potent antioxidants, which you’ll find in high concentrations in the all of Martha’s formulations, but most especially in the Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask.

Are Natural Ingredients Actually Effective?

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According to a University of Louisville study called Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care, natural ingredients are proven to be effective in topical skin care. Lucky for you, Martha has used the very best natural, organic skin care ingredients to nurture your skin’s natural healing abilities and conquer free radicals that age your skin prematurely.

“Certain ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera, have been identified as beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, respectively, due to their anti-inflammatory properties”

Martha includes aloe vera in almost every formulation – Cleansing Milk, Hydrating Mist, Facial Sugar Scrub, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream, and Shea Body Butter.

 

“For combating acne and rosacea, green tea, niacinamide and feverfew are considered efficacious.”

Acne and rosacea are common symptoms of internal inflammation. If these ingredients appeal to you, check out our Hydrating Mist, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Shea Body Butter, and Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream

“As to hyperpigmentation and antioxidative capabilities, licorice, green tea, arbutin, soy, acai berry, turmeric and pomegranate are among those plants and compounds found to be most beneficial.”

Since this is from a scientific abstract, the writers decided to lump together two distinct ingredient actions : hyperpigmentation correctors and antioxidants. Licorice is a fantastic dark spot remover and is featured in the Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream. The rest of the ingredients listed are potent antioxidants, which you’ll find in high concentrations in the all of Martha’s formulations, but most especially in the Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask.

Are Natural Ingredients Actually Effective?

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According to a University of Louisville study called Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care, natural ingredients are proven to be effective in topical skin care. Lucky for you, Martha has used the very best natural, organic skin care ingredients to nurture your skin’s natural healing abilities and conquer free radicals that age your skin prematurely.

“Certain ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera, have been identified as beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, respectively, due to their anti-inflammatory properties”

Martha includes aloe vera in almost every formulation – Cleansing Milk, Hydrating Mist, Facial Sugar Scrub, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream, and Shea Body Butter.

 

“For combating acne and rosacea, green tea, niacinamide and feverfew are considered efficacious.”

Acne and rosacea are common symptoms of internal inflammation. If these ingredients appeal to you, check out our Hydrating Mist, Daily Moisturizer, Night Cream, Lip Line Treatment, Under Eye Therapy, Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask, Shea Body Butter, and Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream

“As to hyperpigmentation and antioxidative capabilities, licorice, green tea, arbutin, soy, acai berry, turmeric and pomegranate are among those plants and compounds found to be most beneficial.”

Since this is from a scientific abstract, the writers decided to lump together two distinct ingredient actions : hyperpigmentation correctors and antioxidants. Licorice is a fantastic dark spot remover and is featured in the Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream. The rest of the ingredients listed are potent antioxidants, which you’ll find in high concentrations in the all of Martha’s formulations, but most especially in the Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask.

The CO2 Mask’s Triumphant Return

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I’ve mentioned before that I spent a sizable amount of my adolescence in Martha’s house.  She was always formulating concoctions for everyone in the household to test; “Smell this” frequented casual conversations.  About nine years ago, Martha concocted a handful of face masks. One was a chocolate mask with coffee and one was the CO2 mask. Being a coffee and chocolate freak, the obvious love affair should have started with the coffee chocolate mask. I didn’t know what CO2s were but that CO2 mask, more than anything else I’d ever tried, made my face feel clean without feeling dry, feel glowing without making me feel oily and even healed random zits. I loved it. I loved it so much, that I would awkwardly bring up the CO2 mask in conversations with Martha, hoping she’d offer me a lifetime supply. She’d mentioned that CO2s cost stupid amounts of money but that they were the purest iterations of plants.

Fast forward to Fall of 2010 when Martha, after some nagging, recreated her famous CO2 mask. It’s as fabulous as I remember it and I’m squirmily excited that so many people seem to love it as much as I do. Sheila Hansen, of If a Goddess Wore Makeup said,

“The new mask is awesome. I normally avoid using masks because most of them leave my skin feeling tight and dry, but NOT the new mask by OHA. My skin felt clean, soft and hydrated. LOVE it.”

It’s beautifully healing on tired, dry or panicked skin, which pretty much sums up how my skin feels this time of year. Martha got creative and added acai and pomegranate to give your skin a fantastic nutritional boost. Let us know what you think of this little miracle!

Can a Single Ingredient Solve Your Skin Woes?

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Have you ever noticed that a lot of skin care companies hang their hats on a single ingredient?  Think about it for a minute.  You’ve probably seen a tea tree skin care line for acne prone skin, a mushroom or vitamin E line for mature skin, a rose line for rosacea and sensitivities…I could go on.  The point is, they make a skin care line with a tolerable amount of that mushroom or tea tree or vitamin E and add non-active fillers to create their skin care product.  While it works for some, it doesn’t address the multi-faceted needs of the skin.  On a daily basis, my skin’s trying to protect me against pollution, retain moisture even when I step into the moisture-sucking coldness that is the Chicago winter, heal the randomly occurring zit when I’ve forgotten to de-grime my cell phone/pillow case, and regenerate new skin cells so it can slough off the old, dead skin cells.  A hefty dose of rose – on its own – isn’t going to support all of those functions.  It’s going to fall short in a serious way.

Think of your daily skin care routine as your skin’s meal time. Sure, oranges are full of vitamin C and help support the immune system but if you just eat oranges all day, every day, your other systems will be deprived and then bring down your immune system while they’re at it. That’s why you can’t just focus on one skin issue with a single ingredient; you’ve got to support all of the systems of the skin.

You can probably sense what’s coming, right?  That OHA isn’t like those other companies?  Well done, fearless reader! OHA supports all of the functions your skin performs. Martha, our skin care guru and formulator, is uncompromising, using only the highest quality, organic and raw versions of all of those ala carte ingredients in other skin care lines. You’re getting all the nutrient-rich ingredients without the filler and fluff. It makes a lot of sense but it’s surprisingly unique. So wash, hydrate, treat and moisturize knowing that you’ve got all of the best ingredients and not just one.

How OHA Fixed my Acne Fiasco

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Growing up, I watched one of my older brothers struggle with serious skin issues, like acne to the point of having to take medications like Acutane. You may have heard of it.  It’s so toxic that doctors won’t prescribe it until you’ve gotten two negative pregnancy tests and won’t keep prescribing it unless you take a pregnancy test every month.  Yikes. For my poor brother, no amount of lip balm or lotions could keep his lips and skin from being itchy and flaky while he was taking Acutane. After seeing him like that, I went through puberty, middle school, and high school, dreading the inevitability of one day waking up with a painful case of full-blown acne. Lucky for me, I just had little outbreaks here and there but no ongoing issues….until I graduated from college.

The area under the right side of my chin became a hotbed of acne disasterousness. At first, there were a couple of spots and then those spots seemed to breed and take up residency. Soon enough, I couldn’t deny that these breakouts were constant, painful and not going away any time soon. I just kept thinking, “I’m in my twenties! Acne is for teenagers!”. After I visited my doctor, I had to face facts: I had acne and two acne prescriptions to prove it.  My doctor told me that I’d be prone to acne through my mid-thirties and that I’d have to keep medicating until then. Cue my sense of heavy dread.  Though the medication cleared up my acne, I didn’t feel great about it.  I was putting toxic creams and pastes on my face, despite my general belief that there’s usually a more natural, organic option that will do the job just as well as a synthetic. I didn’t know what else to use, though, so I ignored my discomfort.

My Face 1 Month on OHA and Off Acne Meds

About a year later, Martha asked me to join the OHA team and got me hooked up with the OHA skin care system. After about a week, I loved how my skin felt and I decided to take a leap of faith. I thought, “I really believe in these products and their healing properties. I also don’t want this acne medication adding toxicity to my life and body.  Now’s my chance to make the switch and see what happens.”  So I did it.  Initially, I developed a bit of a rash. Panicked, I called Martha, worried that I’d made a bad choice and that I would have to be on acne creams until I was in my thirties.  She explained that my skin, with the help of OHA, was pushing all the toxins from the acne medications to the surface and would clear it out in the next week.  Less anxious, I stuck with it and the rash cleared within a week.  Now, 6 months later, my freaky acne hasn’t resurfaced and I am endlessly grateful to OHA for giving me an organic, natural alternative to those acne creams. On the other side of the coin, living in Chicago, the winter generally ravages my skin, turning it red and dry within minutes of being outside, but OHA’s balanced me out to the point that my skin knows how to take care of itself.  The acne’s gone but so is the potential for dryness on my cheeks and oiliness on my t-zone.  Ahhhh, balance.

So, that’s what OHA’s done for me. I feel lucky to have had such a fantastic line of products fall into my lap the way OHA has. Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear how OHA’s worked for you. Email. Leave a comment. Don’t be a stranger.

Until Next Time,

Meg

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