#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: 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: 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.

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.

Relaxing with OHA

We talked last week about how to feel revived during this hectic season but sometimes, you just need to relax. OHA can help. For the last several blogs, we’ve highlighted the vitamins and botanical extracts in this skin care line, but a third component is aromatherapy. Now let’s get something straight about aromatherapy. Candle companies will have you believe that “aromatherapy” is feeling better from being in the midst of good smells. The true meaning of “aromatherapy” is “the therapeutic use of plant-derived essential oils”.  It’s not about breathing in synthetic vanilla fragrances, but about healing with pure aromatics. We want our customers to have a positive relationship with aromatic plants because what go hand in hand with those aromas are plants’ healing properties. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to get you feeling easy breezy in no time with some of OHA’s most aroma-therapeutic products for relaxation:

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Night Cream: OHA is the only skin care company using organic Kashmir lavender from the Himalayas. This is one of the finest lavenders in the world and it’s in this Night Cream to soothe frayed nerves. The natural healing powers of lavender are intensified by the association with what a lot of people consider the most healing and spiritual place on earth. Australian Sandalwood, also included in this blend, has been used for temple building because it’s believed to protect one from negative energies and surround one in divine presence. Beyond having a beautifully nourishing cream to apply at night, you can bask in the spiritual and healing aspects of these exotic and rare oils. Take time to breathe in the rich aroma and try it for daytime use, too, especially if you need extra calm in your day.

Rosewood Lavender Shea Body Butter: Rosewood is considered to be one of seven trees in the South American culture that can transform the planet. It is thought by the South Americans to be guarded by angel spirits and they use it as a rite of passage when their people die. This blend also includes English Lavender, which contains different compounds from Kashmir lavender due to the entirely different soil. Lavender grows all across the world from the Himalayas, to England, to the USA, to Australia. Martha’s OHA formulations feature lavenders from all over the world in order to provide the skin with every possible healing compound that lavender has to offer.

Intensive Nutrient Complex: Martha’s a firm believer in “it takes a village” when it comes to formulating with essential oils. That’s why she included 7 different lavenders, 3 vanilla balsams and a bouquet of soothing and healing florals in the essential oil blend for this best selling treatment serum. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of chocolate, coffee, tea or wine, you will appreciate our use of small but over-the-top skilled, artisan essential oil producers. These producers and Martha’s skill in blending assures you of true aromatherapy in every application of OHA.

Enough said. How should you use these products to relax? We suggest using any of these as a balm for temples, shoulders, feet and anywhere else a massage therapist would release tension. Be aware of the long history of lavender providing beauty rest that we all need so badly this time of year. As you apply these products to your face and body, take a moment to breathe deeply and enjoy the relaxation that follows.

Best to your holidays!