Summer Skin : Soothe What Ails You

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Who doesn’t love Summer? Everyone seems more chipper this time of year. Maybe it’s because they’re enjoying life outdoors, spending quality time with friends and family, and not having to layer their clothes to feel comfortable. All of this is lovely. The downside to summer, for many, is the harsh effect it has on their skin. Being outdoors in hot weather leads to sun damage and often sun burn. People with oily skin, like myself, often experience breakouts during the summer. For those of you in drier climates, your skin may get drier with the weather. Heat can wreak havoc on the balance we’ve reached with our skin and I’m here to share some helpful ways to overcome some summer skin obstacles.

Preventing Sun Damage and Burns:

A study from 2009 explains how antioxidants, like OHA’s green tea and vitamins E & C may have “minimal SPF” despite having been shown to “protect against UV-induced DNA damage and immune suppression, in part through its ability to reduce oxidative stress”. The conclusion is that “the addition of botanical antioxidants and vitamins C and E to a broad-spectrum sunscreen may further decrease UV-induced damage compared with sunscreen alone.” The best way to prevent sun damage and skin cancer is to use non-toxic sunscreen in conjunction with antioxidant skin care, like OHA. The most concentrated source of antioxidants in OHA is the Intensive Nutrient Complex, so if you want the most sun-protective bang for your buck, this is your best bet. Even better? Combine CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream, Lip Line Treatment, and Hydrating Mist in the palm of your hand and apply it all over your face and neck for a thoroughly antioxidant-rich facial routine.

Already Burnt?

Is it too late for prevention? If so, your skin will be red, sensitive, and hot. Make sure to stay out of the sun after a burn and drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s important to be gentle with your skin, especially when it’s burnt, so avoid scrubbing vigorously and avoid any harsh, acidic skin treatments. Instead, use Intensive Nutrient Complex and Daily Moisturizer with Hydrating Mist to thoroughly calm the skin and bring it back to balance. Your burn will feel overheated, so liberally sprits your face and shoulders with Hydrating Mist to cool down and give your skin nourishment all day. Even oily skin that is feeling a bit fried can benefit from this treatment. Just be sure to dilute the serum and moisturizer with at least 7 sprays of Hydrating Mist in the palm of your hand before applying to your skin.

Speaking of Oily Skin…

As soon as the weather switched to summer in Seattle, my forehead developed some unsightly breakouts. Because my skin felt oily all day, I found myself touching my face a lot to wipe away excess oil. It’s no wonder I was having zit problems! As soon as I started using a little bit less moisturizer and serum (from 1 pump to less than half a pump for each) and using about twice as much Hydrating Mist, my breakouts cleared within a week. Beyond healing my breakouts, this new routine moisturized my skin just enough that it didn’t feel oily after my skin care routine but also didn’t leave my skin without oils after cleansing. When you have oily skin, it’s tempting to power wash your face and avoid moisturizer, but this habit will lead to your skin needing to replace oils that were removed from cleansing and often overcompensate by getting extra oily. Just a little bit of moisture will give your skin some much-needed balance.

On the Drier Side?

Martha’s favorite combination when she needs both sun protection and a lot of hydration is CoQ10 & Argan Face Cream combined with Daily Moisturizer and Intensive Nutrient Complex. This trio offers a protective barrier between the elements and the skin’s lipid barrier while also quenching thirsty skin. Essentially, it provides the skin with moisture and locks in that moisture all day. It’s chock-full of antioxidants, too, so it’s a great supplement to your sun care routine.

Your skin is communicating with you on a daily basis. It’s reflecting your emotions, your diet and how you’re nourishing it directly. When you notice changes in your skin, see what shifted in your life to figure out the cause of your skin’s changes. If the summer heat has been giving your skin trouble, I hope these bits of advice help you get back to good. Treat your skin kindly and enjoy all this season has to offer.

The Dynamic Duo : Intensive Nutrient Complex and Daily Moisturizer

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The skin is a complex organ with seven layers to balance and nourish. Though there are seven layers, they can be lumped together and described in three groups: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The subcutaneous layer is the bridge between skin and the underlying organs. It insulates, regulates temperature, and stores lipids. Just above the subcutaneous layer is the dermis, which houses blood vessels, sweat glands, nerve endings and hair follicles. Both the subcutaneous layer and the dermis thrive when they are fed nutrients from quality skin care products. The Intensive Nutrient Complex is OHA’s most concentrated product, giving the deeper layers of skin the nutritional boost they need to stay balanced and nourished.

The layer of skin we can see is the epidermis. It’s comprised of mostly dead skin cells that lay like scales on a lizard. It protects our internal organs and more vulnerable layers of skin. In healthy skin, dead skin cells will slough off gradually and evenly. When we’re under stress, dead skin cells slough off unevenly and create gaps in the surface. This can translate into uneven skin tone, blotchiness, sensitive skin, acne, dryness, redness and rosacea. Fortunately, the Daily Moisturizer is full of polysaccharides that fill in those gaps in the epidermis. Filling in those gaps allows the skin to retain moisture, stay balanced and lock in those nutrients that are being delivered to the deeper layers of skin by the Intensive Nutrient Complex.

Used in concert, these two products help soothe the most inflamed skins and feed the deepest layer of skin while protecting and reinforcing the structure of the outermost layer.

My Top 5 Ways to Unwind with Skin in Mind

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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,

Meg

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