How Hydrating Mist Keeps Skin Balanced Between Seasons


With the weather so haywire, it’s important to nurture skin throughout the changes.  As it starts to get colder, the body responds by using more protein, causing skin’s layers to develop more quickly. Having less time for skin to develop leads to imbalances, like chapped skin, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone or flakiness.

Our 90% Organic Hydrating Mist can help the skin stay soothed and nourished during this transition. It contains soothing and softening aloe vera, antioxidant-rich green tea and hydrating hydrosols (see below to find out what these are).  Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory, helping soothe redness and rawness caused by chapped, weak layers of skin, while MSM helps strengthen collagen and keeps the skin even-toned and supple.

What’s so unique about our toner is it hydrates rather than “tightens”. When other brands’ toners claim that their toner “tightens”, you’re generally left with skin feeling uncomfortably tight and dry.  Not so with Hydrating Mist because it aims to soothe and hydrate. Hydrating Mist should be applied after cleansing to help prepare the skin for moisture and it helps disperse the products. OHA moisturizers and serums go much farther when accompanied by the Hydrating Mist, so you get better value for your money.

What’s a Hydrosol?

OHA uses Rose and Lavender hydrosols due to their immense healing and soothing properties. You can even use them on babies! Hydrosols are not as bioactive as other compounds but their ability to gently soothe and hydrate is well worth it.

Hydrosols, which you’ll find in our Hydrating Mist, are commonly called ‘floral waters’. Real hydrosols are the first product from the plant distillation process, followed by essential oils. Although it would be significantly less expensive to mix water and essential oils for a toning water (as most botanical skin care lines do), we use real hydrosols because all skin types, even the most sensitive, can absorb and benefit from them.

A Few Words from Martha Buldain, OHA Formulator: I want to emphasize that this is a beneficial and therapeutic product, not just filler in your skin care routine. It helps hydrate and refresh, while also helping all of our other products disperse evenly and sink in thoroughly. I especially like mixing the Hydrating Mist, Intensive Nutrient Complex, and Daily or Night Moisturizer in the palm of my hand. Three steps done at once saves time while still providing nutrients and hydration.  Lastly, it is truly refreshing and uplifting, with lavender and grapefruit, and it helps ease headaches.



Pumpkins Make My Fall Go ‘Round


I set a goal for myself this season: consume and enjoy as much pumpkin as I’m able. I wish I could say I was motivated by its glorious amounts of Vitamin A, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. I wish I could say I was motivated by my desire to support the great farmers in Washington State. While those are lovely side-benefits, the truth of the matter is this: I dig pumpkin and I don’t want this season to pass without fully embracing this delicious, seasonal gift.

Enough about me. Let’s talk about some of the pumpkin’s skin-worthy superpowers:

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil, featured in the Intensive Nutrient Complex and Night Cream, is rich in squalene, which scavenges for skin-aging free radicals, soothes the skin and protects against UV damage and other environmental damage. Squalene also seems to have potential for fighting cancer.
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil is also rich in alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), which provide UV protection and prevent skin oxidation. (pssst! That means that pumpkin’s a powerful antioxidant!)
  • Essential Fatty Acids abound in Pumpkin Seed Oil. EFAs effectively reduce inflammation, repair itchiness and flakiness, replenish moisture and protect the skin’s lipid barrier.
  • Pumpkin Leaf Oil is a great mosquito repellant!

To sum it up, Pumpkin Seed Oil is a potent antioxidant, protector, soother, and moisturizer. Lucky for you, Martha only blends with the finest, whole oils that are unrefined and pure so you will experience all of the pumpkin’s unadulterated benefits.

I hope you’ll join me in my celebration of pumpkins this fall. You can keep up with my pumpkin consumption in my facebook photo album and feel free to send me your pumpkin-centric ideas (I’ve been on the hunt for a good pumpkin ravioli recipe!). Also, make sure to check out this month’s sweet pumpkin special that pairs our pumpkin seed oil products with the OHA Cleansing Milk, plus a great coupon!

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