Why CoQ10 Makes Your Skin Beautiful


We’ve done a lot of hooting and hollering about the launch of our CoQ10 and Argan Face Cream but forgot to mention why it’s such a fabulous addition to our skin care line up. Let’s talk ingredients:

CoQ10 Powder: You’ve probably seen this in grocery stores as a supplement to support heart health and energy. CoQ10 is made in the body but is hard to come by naturally in food, hence its popularity in supplement form. Topically, it’s a powerful antioxidant that smoothes wrinkles and reverses sun damage (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20635514). CoQ10 blocks collagen-damaging enzymes called metalloproteinases (MMPs) so the skin stays elastic, supple and strong. MMPs are stimulated by pollution, smoking, oxidative damage from UV radiation and other environmental hazards, so having CoQ10 to protect and fortify collagen against MMPs is especially important for an anti-aging skin treatment.

Argan Oil: This is an oil from Morocco that’s loaded with natural tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalenes and fatty acids. It absorbs quickly but is a rich enough oil to deeply hydrate dry skin. As an added bonus, it also prevents and reduces signs of stretch marks and other scarring.

Moroccan Argan Tree

Plum Kernel Oil: Like Argan Oil, Plum Kernel Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which boost cell regeneration, provide lipid barrier protection and nourish the innermost workings of the skin, the dermis. What makes Plum Kernel especially great in a face cream is its absorbability – it leaves virtually no oily residue so your skin gets hydrated but doesn’t feel like an oil slick.

Beyond containing these beauties, our new face cream is VEGAN. That’s right. This cream is beeswax free and ready to quench those thirsty vegan faces.


CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream seemed like an obvious choice for the Radiant Skin Treatment with its anti-aging and deep hydration abilities. Our customers have mentioned a progressive brightening of their skin with continued use of this new cream due to the high concentration of Vitamin C. Check out the Radian Skin Treatment through October 30thfor special pricing on all the steps of this skin beautifying regimen.

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.



My Top 5 Ways to Unwind with Skin in Mind


I have a confession: I’m a skin care nerd.  There, I said it. It’s because of this nerdiness that the following indulgences and activities chill me out:

1. Taking time at the end of the day to wash my face, refresh with some misting and give myself a mini face massage with my moisturizer and serum. It calms me down and resets my brain to bed time mode. This works so well for me that I think I could set the record for “Shortest Amount of Time Between Putting Head to the Pillow and Being in a Deep Sleep”. I mean it. I’m THAT quick.

2. Talking about ingredients. I especially love hearing stories behind ingredients. Take, for instance, the reishi mushroom extract in the Lip Line Treatment: Martha looked long and hard to find an artisan reishi mushroom supplier that met her stringent ingredient standards. When she finally found her mushroom guy (Paul Stamets of Olympia, WA), he took weeks (if not months) of coaxing until he finally agreed to be her mushroom guy. This Paul fellow is kind of a big deal, having written half a dozen books about mushrooms and discovering four new species of mushrooms. You can imagine how difficult it must have been for Martha’s fledgling skin care company to convince Paul’s people to supply the valuable and rare reishi mushroom extract used in Lip Line today. REALLY difficult. Stories like this intrigue me.

3. Indulging in a face mask when my boyfriend’s not home. He thinks it’s a creepy look on me but there’s nothing quite like relaxing with some Law and Order, drinking some tea and wearing a face mask. I’m relaxed just thinking about it.  Speaking of which, that reminds me of another relaxing, skin-related joy of mine…

4. Drinking water or tea. I know it’ll sound totally batty, but whenever I’m drinking water or tea, I think of how lovely and dewy my skin will feel once I’m hydrated. It’s not instantaneous. I know that. I just like to think of it that way.

5. Taking a bath. I get that a bath seems like a cliché relaxing option but it’s a cliché for a reason: it works. I just drop some essential oils in and let the hot water do its thing with my muscles and stress.  If I’m feeling saucy, I’ll light some candles and maybe have some wine. What a night, right?

Enough about me. What makes your days better? What are your indulgences or hobbies that turn you geeky?  I’d love to hear about them!

Until Next Time,


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