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. [Read more…]

#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.

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#OHA101: ASTAXANTHIN

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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. [Read more…]

#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: [Read more…]

What we’re thankful for…

As the official kick-off to the holiday season, the Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful time for families and friends to join each other and share a special meal. It’s also a time to reflect on our lives and show our gratitude to those we love.

We want to take this time and show our gratitude to you for the amazing support you have shown OHA this year. We can’t do what we love without you and we thank you for allowing us to provide you with the very best in skin care.

Color, Color

These days, glass and plastic bottles come in lots of different colors. Here at OHA, our glass and plastic bottles are brown. Most people think we just picked the color because of aesthetics. But the truth is, there is a reason why we choose to store our products in dark colored bottles.

OHA skincare products are made using plant based organic ingredients. Since we don’t use synthetic preservatives, our products are sensitive to light and heat. Our brown colored bottles shield light away and help protect the ingredients in our products. Therefore, the whole ingredients in your OHA product remains balanced and full of the healing, restorative and regenerative elements. Be sure to always keep your OHA purchase out of direct sunlight and away from heat.

How to Use OHA: Keep it Simple and See Great Results

We’ve talked a lot about combining OHA but chances are, you’ve probably never gotten a visual for what this process looks like. When you’re applying your moisturizer and serum and mist, the best method we’ve discovered is to combine the trio in the palm of your hand (as shown in the picture on the left). Once all three products are in the palm of your hand, mix them together with a finger or by rubbing your palms together. Then, apply the mixture in upward strokes to your face and neck. The Hydrating Mist allows the moisturizer and serum to penetrate the skin more deeply and spread more evenly than if you applied them separately. It also maintains the pH balance of your skin that ensures penetration, moisture retention, and overall skin health. It’s better for your skin AND it cuts the time you need to spend on your skin care routine.

Step into Spring with Sugar Scrub

For the first time since August, Seattle enjoyed a sun-filled weekend and it finally feels like Spring is here. The flowers are blooming, the frogs are hollering, and we’re finally trading our boots for flip flops.  In this season of rebirth and growth,  it seems natural to want  our skin to experience the same newness and vibrancy. The best product for exactly that is our Facial Sugar Scrub. It’s so versatile and refreshing that we want to make sure you know all about it for your Springtime facial routine. The following are some alternative uses for our favorite scrub:

•    By diluting a small amount of Sugar Scrub in the palm of your hand with Hydrating Mist or water, even the most sensitive skins can enjoy the gentle exfoliating, cleansing and nourishing benefits.
•    Apply a quarter-size amount of product over damp skin and leave on for up to twenty minutes. Once rinsed off, the Sugar Scrub will leave your skin plumped, hydrated, glowing and smooth as silk. Try applying right before your next shower and rinse off just before you finish showering.
•    Apply a small amount to a blemish and leave on for a half hour. It draws out impurities and helps the blemish heal more quickly.
•    Apply to hands to gently exfoliate and give yourself a revitalizing hand treatment. Follow with the Vitamin C Hand Cream.
•    If you’ve been working in the garden and scratch your hands, first clean the scrapes, then apply the Sugar Scrub to the scratch and let it dry until it naturally flakes off. Martha did this over the weekend on a scrape she got while cleaning her roof. It had zero sting and her scrapes aren’t even visible a day later.
•    Use Sugar Scrub to help remove a mask treatment. It makes the mask come off more easily while not stripping away the mask’s beneficial ingredients like a cleanser often does.

All of these are made possible by using naturally antibacterial and organic cane sugar. We grind the cane sugar for every batch so that the sugar is coarse enough to lift debris and dead skin but fine enough to not irritate or cause micro-tears on the skin. We combine this sugar to a mixture of aloe, collagen-boosting MSM and vitamins C & E. Our  Lemon and Lavender Tee Tree essential oils are unique to OHA and not available in other brands. On top of that they are truly refreshing and thoroughly therapeutic.  We hope you are as inspired by this new season as we are, and of course we wish you health and beauty.

The Super Powers of the Supercritical CO2 Gel Mask

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.

Your Skin as a Reflection of Your Emotions

Have you noticed that your skin reacts badly when you’re under stress? Mine does. I can sometimes point to a zit and say, “This is from that terrible traffic jam I got stuck in yesterday.” Alternately, when you’re giddy and teeming with good news, people often comment on your skin, saying you’re “glowing”. Emotions play a huge role in how our skin behaves.

Skin issues, like break outs, eczema, psoriasis, and redness, are a reaction to external AND internal processes. For instance, frequently switching out your pillowcase can go a long way in preventing break outs that are caused by the oils and bacteria built up every night. This is an external issue that’s easy to fix. The internal issues, such as your emotional wellbeing and stress levels, are trickier to address but just as important.

A recent study done by the Department of Psychology at the London Metropolitan University found that internal issues can wreak havoc on our skin. Their study uncovered that people with negative emotional patterns, like social isolation, anxiety, and depression, are more likely to have chronic skin problems, like eczema and psoriasis. This shows that one’s thought patterns and way of interpreting the world changes their skin’s ability to take care of itself. This means that your skin care routine should involve tending to your emotional health. If that means speaking with a counselor, exercising, or spending quality time with friends, do it. For you and your skin’s sake, do whatever it takes to break emotionally destructive patterns.

Another important part of your skin care routine is cleansing, treating and protecting with quality skin care products. Lucky for you, OHA fans, OHA is the only skin care line we’ve encountered that addresses emotional health as well as skin functions. Vanilla Leaf Flower Essence is featured in every product and boosts self esteem. The essential oil blends in each product are made to heal skin on contact but also balance the mind and soothe the nerves. This two-pronged approach of feeding skin directly with nutrients while also addressing emotional balance separates OHA from every other skin care line in a profound way. Enjoy your skin care ritual with OHA, knowing that you’re tending to both your external and internal wellbeing.

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