#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

#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.

Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter Skin Tips

Winter is now officially here! With the post holiday blahs, the raging flu epidemic and the temperature fluctuations between indoors and outdoors, we want to share some quick and easy tips which help to boost your immunity, skin, and spirits.

In addition to your daily skin care routine, add extra usage of the following products:

1. OHA Hydrating Mist: use frequently throughout the day. Why? Keeping your skin hydrated boosts your immune system by moisturizing your outer layers of skin and maintaining a normal PH balance.

2. OHA SuperCritical Gel Mask: there is no better time to deeply nourish your skin. When your skin has to adjust between frigid outdoor temperatures and dry indoor climes, your skin is working overtime and winds up fatigued and sluggish. Find some time in the evening and treat yourself to an at-home spa treatment. It will re-invigorate your skin while giving you a chance to relax.

3. OHA Chocolate & Rose Lip Balm: don’t go anywhere without it… We don’t! It helps chapped lips stay supple and moisturized!

4. OHA Daily Moisturizer: why is it working? Its essential fatty acids and antioxidants reduce inflammation and irritation while maintaining your lipid barrier’s water content.

Always make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and breathing mindfully. We recommend trying Holy Basil tea to keep digestive and nervous system stress at bay. Also try tracking down Rhodiola, an adaptogen, known to help you conquer stress and increase energy.

A Special Message from our Founder…

Happy Holidays

The holidays are finally upon us and, as the year draws to a close,
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your continued
love and support of OHA. My team and I work very hard to bring you the
very best products using the best ingredients of the highest quality.
Thank you for being our customer and for believing in OHA.
We wish you, your family and loved ones, a fantastic 2013!

Best wishes,
Martha Buldain
Founder and Formulator

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.

Use Your Voice and Vote!

Today is the day that your voice matters. It’s a day when you can take part in a beautiful thing called democracy! No matter who you vote for, know that your right to vote is a privilege and a responsibility. As an American, you live in a place where you are free to cast your vote without fear of violence or retribution.

So go out and vote!

Organic vs Conventional

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There’s no arguing that us humans need food to survive! Of course we know that eating fruits and vegetables is better for us than all of the processed packaged stuff. But with all the recent talks about conventional and organically grown fruits and vegetables, it’s tough to know what the right thing to do is.

You may have heard about the now famous “Stanford Study” which determined that organic food was not any more healthier than conventional. Unfortunately, they missed a few things.

Plain and simple, organic produce just tastes better. If you have ever tasted a conventional tomato and an organic one, you know what I’m talking about! There is no denying that the organic tomato is dense full of flavor. And what about all those chemicals? With the rise of antibiotic resistance, more and more people are realizing that the widespread usage of pesticides and antibiotics in agriculture has had a damaging effect. Pregnant women, babies and kids are advised to stay away from chemicals of all types. The negative impact on farmers, their land and our eco-system are also enough reasons to consider organically grown produce. Organic farming methods help the Earth renew itself while spraying pesticides beats up the land. Plants end up relying on the chemicals to help them fight disease and aren’t strong enough to protect themselves. When plants aren’t practicing this natural battle, they’re not building up their natural self-defense mechanism. It’s this activity that fills them full of antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids and other phytonutrients which we need to help us live in optimum health.

Take some time to research this topic on your own and come to your own conclusions. Here’s a recent post over on Mark’s Daily Apple to help get you started.

We’d love to know what you find out there! Leave us a comment here about your thoughts on all of this and whether or not you choose organic.

Support your local farmers, growers and of course, skin care makers!

To your health.

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.

Tanning: Not as Good as it Looks

With summer quickly approaching and sunny days outnumbering the cloudy, we decided it was important to share some of the science on how the skin responds to tanning. If reading an article about UV rays and melanin sounds like the last thing you want to do, just know that there are OHA products with especially powerful sun filters (not SPF, but pigmented antioxidants that reflect the sun’s rays). If that sounds like you, check out products like the SuperCritical Gel Mask, Intensive Nutrient Complex, CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream, and Lip Line Treatment to protect your skin from damage as we head into summer. If you want to get to the nitty gritty, read on, OHA fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a rare, sunny day in Seattle, I spent a long time in the sun at a party on a roof. One of my fellow party-goers refused sunscreen and even planned on going to a tanning salon because she was going to Hawaii soon and needed to prep her skin for the extra toasty Hawaiian sun. I didn’t know this person very well, so I didn’t feel comfortable telling her that this myth of prepping your skin for sunny weather is loosely based on logic, but actually false. According to Nina Jablonski, the author of Skin: A Natural History,

“Dark-skinned individuals can tolerate longer sun exposure than the light-skinned because their natural complement of melanin confers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 10-15. In contrast, the SPF of moderately pigmented skin, such as we find in southern Europe or central Asia, is only 2.5.”

You would think that by forcibly making your skin darker, you would be protecting yourself against further damage by upping your skin’s SPF. Sadly, your skin’s SPF doesn’t change as you tan, but is predetermined by your ancestry.

“For people with genetically light skin, tanning does not significantly increase the SPF sufficiently to protect DNA from UVR-induced damage…People with lightly to moderately pigmented skin who routinely expose themselves to UVR produce free radicals, which lead to premature aging of the skin and, over time, to visible wrinkles and uneven pigmentation”.

Worse yet, extra exposure leads to extra damage. After a significant amount of sun exposure and/or tanning, the skin becomes leathery to protect itself. Further damage leads to a breakdown of the stratum corneum, the body’s vital barrier against “oxidative stress such as ultraviolet radiation, ozone, air pollution, pathological microorganisms, chemical oxidants, and topically applied drugs”.

“One of the ways the skin defends itself against some environmental stressors is to become thicker. When the skin is repeatedly exposed to UVR, for instance, cell division increases in the deepest layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale, which is the source of epidermal cells; and, as a result, the stratum corneum thickens. If the stress…is extreme – such as too much UVR – the stratum corneum can cease to be an effective barrier. This can have disastrous results if a large area of the skin is affected.”

Please remember to limit your time in the sun. While OHA does not contain SPF or sunscreen, many of OHA’s products contain ingredients like Green Tea, Seabuckthorn, and Vitamin E, which have been scientifically researched and shown to suppress the damaging effects of UV radiation and reduce the likelihood of developing skin cancer.