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.

 

 

The Dynamic Duo : Intensive Nutrient Complex and Daily Moisturizer

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.

The Super Powers of Licorice

There are few foods as polarizing as licorice. I fall into the “no, thank you” camp while others happily consume it on a regular basis. The beautiful thing about licorice, besides providing the world an illustration of living peacefully amongst differing opinions, is that it comes from a plant (with the hardcore title of Glycyrrhiza glabra, but I’ll just call it ‘licorice’) with impressive super powers for your skin. Let’s review some of those here:

1. Are dark spots from acne, eczema, aging and scars bothering you? Studies show that licorice can naturally lighten pigmented skin to give it a more balanced, even look.

2. Suffer from psoriasis? Have no fear! Licorice Root Extract is here! Slather the Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream over your psoriasis-addled skin and watch it get better in no time.

3. Are you battling itchy dermatitis? In a study by the Department of Pharmaceutics, “Two percent licorice topical gel was more effective than 1% in reducing the scores for erythema, oedema and itching over two weeks. The results showed that licorice extract could be considered as an effective agent for treatment of atopic dermatitis.” Lucky for you OHA customers, Martha formulated the Vitamin C Infused Hand Cream with a 7.5 % concentration of licorice root extract to provide even more scientifically proven healing power.

4. Best of all, applying licorice root extract topically helps prevent skin cancer and consumes free radicals to slow down the skin’s natural aging process. The Department of Medical Elementology and Toxicology did a study whose results showed, “that glycyrrhetinic acid (a “major active component of licorice roots”), an antioxidant, is a potential chemopreventive agent that can inhibit… cutaneous oxidative stress and tumor promotion.”

 

Basically, licorice root extract is awesome. It’s a potent extract that will not only balance your skin tone and soothe what ails your skin but it also prevents future skin troubles, like skin cancer and wrinkles. Now, when you use your favorite OHA hand cream, you’ll know you’re applying the real deal.

 

 

The CO2 Mask’s Triumphant Return

I’ve mentioned before that I spent a sizable amount of my adolescence in Martha’s house.  She was always formulating concoctions for everyone in the household to test; “Smell this” frequented casual conversations.  About nine years ago, Martha concocted a handful of face masks. One was a chocolate mask with coffee and one was the CO2 mask. Being a coffee and chocolate freak, the obvious love affair should have started with the coffee chocolate mask. I didn’t know what CO2s were but that CO2 mask, more than anything else I’d ever tried, made my face feel clean without feeling dry, feel glowing without making me feel oily and even healed random zits. I loved it. I loved it so much, that I would awkwardly bring up the CO2 mask in conversations with Martha, hoping she’d offer me a lifetime supply. She’d mentioned that CO2s cost stupid amounts of money but that they were the purest iterations of plants.

Fast forward to Fall of 2010 when Martha, after some nagging, recreated her famous CO2 mask. It’s as fabulous as I remember it and I’m squirmily excited that so many people seem to love it as much as I do. Sheila Hansen, of If a Goddess Wore Makeup said,

“The new mask is awesome. I normally avoid using masks because most of them leave my skin feeling tight and dry, but NOT the new mask by OHA. My skin felt clean, soft and hydrated. LOVE it.”

It’s beautifully healing on tired, dry or panicked skin, which pretty much sums up how my skin feels this time of year. Martha got creative and added acai and pomegranate to give your skin a fantastic nutritional boost. Let us know what you think of this little miracle!

Hyaluronic Acid: Fantasy or Reality?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been getting loads of anti-aging publicity in the skin care arena. Is there any basis to the hype? Let’s talk about the good stuff:

  • 60 Minutes featured a Japanese village that lived longer and had fewer wrinkles and diseases than the rest of the world because of their diet that was rich in hyaluronic acid. Consuming HA works.
  • Hyaluronic Acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, helping skin get plump and hydrated when injected with it.  Injecting HA works for plumping the skin.
  • Damaged connective tissues in the body, especially in places like the knees, heal beautifully with HA injections.
  • HA rocks at healing wounds.

This is all great, right? It sounds like a perfect fit for skin care.  Here’s the trouble:

  • Long chain hyaluronic acid is what’s most effective at plumping the skin, retaining water and healing connective tissue. The long chain versions of HA, however, can’t penetrate the skin.  It can’t get under the skin and cause the plumping or healing that it’s marketed to do.
  • Short chain hyaluronic acid can penetrate the skin but it actually causes inflammatory responses rather than healing and hydrating.

We get that there are tons of good points about HA but when it comes to topical skin care, hyaluronic acid is a marketing scheme and not actually beneficial to your skin.  That’s why OHA uses Tamarind Seed Extract in the Lip Line Treatment – it plumps and smoothes the skin without causing an unsightly reaction. You can heave a sigh of relief, knowing that OHA doesn’t fall prey to hype, but uses what’s best for your skin.

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