#OHA101: Fall Skincare Tips for Glowing Skin

Summer Sun & Fun Give Way to Crisp Air – and Updated Skincare

fall tree and fieldFall brings more than just back-to-school madness and pumpkin spice everything. With the changing weather, it’s important to maintain and update your skincare routine to reflect your inner glow.

We want you and your skin to stay healthy and happy. Read on for OHA’s fall skincare tips:

  • Stay hydrated. This one seems like a summer tip, but as the temperature drops, your skin gets drier – prevent this by staying hydrated from the inside out. Drink lots of water, and quench your skin with a Hydrating Mist, mixed with a serum. Keeping your skin hydrated also boosts your immune system to keep you healthier going into the cold and flu season.
  • Exfoliate your face and body. Flaky skin from summer fun and dropping temperatures can be remedied with a moisturizing exfoliant. Use a good loofah and some Facial Sugar Scrub (great all over your body!) to slough off dead skin cells and keep your skin glowing.
    • sun worshipUse sun protection. Another one that seems summery, but the sun’s rays are intense year-round. It’s important not to let up on UV protection even though summer is over – clouds can even magnify UV rays. Our Natural Sun Protection Lotion protects you all year.
  • Switch to a richer face moisturizer. Protect skin from drier air and low temperatures by using a richer moisturizer to replenish your skin. Rich doesn’t have to mean heavy, either: try the Advanced Moisture Treatment for nourishing essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that absorb beautifully into your skin.
  • Protect your lips. We definitely are plagued by dry, flaky lips when the season changes. Even though you want to lick your lips constantly, that’s not a good idea – it dries them out even more! But if you have to lick your lips, make them taste delicious with Chocolate & Rose Lip Butter – so moisturizing, you won’t have to lick any more (though you’ll want to – yum!).

The end of summer is always a little sad for us, but endings always signify opportunity and new beginnings. Savor the changing light, colorful leaves, and coming cozy winter months, and be good to yourself.

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– Karissa Lew – contributing writer

09.10.2015

#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.

blog3_astaxanthin_cellsOverexposure to UV light damages your skin, causing wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Astaxanthin protects your skin by rejuvenating it both internally and topically, helping cells overcome inflammation and DNA damage. The most effective method of natural sun protection is using a topical sunscreen in addition to taking astaxanthin internally.

According to Huffington Post’s Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., astaxanthin has been shown to protect your skin. When taken internally, it accumulates in and penetrates the skin cells, reducing UV damage. The skin’s sensitivity to UV light gradually decreases due to this accumulation. In addition, this helps reduce fine lines and maintain your skin’s moisture levels and smoothness.

The best dietary sources include sockeye salmon, shrimp, crab, and red trout. Supplements are also a great way to ingest it. Incorporate astaxanthin into your daily routine: the recommended dosage is 4-12 mg/day.

– Karen Khuu – Contributing Writer

#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.