Biodynamic Beauty


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Biodynamic Skincare

We all know that products labeled ‘organic’ mean that potentially aging, harmful and toxic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers have not been included. But what do you know about Biodynamic? It might be new to you, but the practice of Biodynamic® farming and the inclusion of these natural ingredients in skin care is actually the oldest consciously organic approach to farming and gardening and one of the most sustainable in existence.

In its simplest definition, Biodynamic means working with the forces that create and maintain life, and it comes from two Greek words meaning life and dynamic forces. First introduced in a series of lectures by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), it takes a holistic view and works toward the health of the whole property and regards the farm, plants and animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes.

With Biodynamics, seeds are planted following the lunar cycle, so that when the tides are high, roots receive the most moisture and crops receive the most nutrients. The planting cycle includes rotating crops, so nutrients have the opportunity to return to the earth so that each seed planted in the soil will benefit from the healthiest start.

A percentage of these seeds are then held back to feed future crops and to be used as seeds for the next harvest. These crops are then nurtured with natural medicinal herbs and mineral composts to enhance the soil, igniting the growth of the plants and infusing ingredients with natural nutrition instead of harmful chemicals.

Modern agriculture robs the land of nutrients and often results in genetically modified ingredients, but choosing organic and Biodynamic ingredients ensures there are no chemicals added. Each and every Biodynamic crop is monitored by certifying agencies before inclusion in products, which are then tested and verified before they make their way to shelves and, ultimately, to you. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure only ingredients that follow Steiner’s practice can be called Biodynamic to guarantee their potency and efficacy.

The disciplined practice of Biodynamic farming renders fruits and herbs unusually high in nutrients and active compounds. We can harness these potent ingredients into skin care products that are the ultimate in pureness and results-driven skin care, and companies like Jurlique and Eminence Organic Skin Care have done just that with dedicated Biodynamic Collections.

Mother Nature has given us the tools to create something special; skin looks and feels better when using organic products because ingredients that are active and effective really do make a difference…and not just for your skin.
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Lighten Dark Spots Naturally


Home remedies for age spots are not overnight successes, and if patience is not a virtue possessed then it may be best to visit your dermatologist for medical treatments.  Home remedies can take from six to eight weeks before results are noticeable.

 

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CITRUS
The simplest is applying a lemon slice directly on the spots you want lightened. Apply up to two times every day. Leave in place for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
A mixture of 1 tsp. each of orange and lime juice with 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar can be applied and rinsed the same way.
Citrus applications can dry and irritate your skin after prolonged use. It recommends a quality skin lotion after each rinse.
 Another common food equaling a lemon’s acidity is the red onion. One slice of red onion, rubbed into the skin daily is also touted with natural bleaching abilities for the skin.
 
NATURAL VITAMIN E
Natural Vitamin E consists of several compounds which include alpha, beta, delta, and gamma tocopherol. However, the most important ingredient is alpha-tocopherol due to its antioxidant properties. Alpha-tocopherol had been shown to reduce significantly the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, freckles and dark spots on the skin.

NUTGRASS ROOT

 It is a natural whitening ingredient that can brighten skin effectively by reducing melanin up to 40% without any harmful side effect. Clinical trials have shown that Extrapone nutgrass is effective in reducing freckles and dark spots due to its ability to inhibit the formation of the skin pigment melanin.
 
SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter, if applied in its natural form, on the affected skin area, can be very effective.  In addition to aiding in dark spot removal, shea butter also helps moisturize and hydrate the skin, rejuvenating and refreshing it.  ‘
 
BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk contains a natural bleach that will gradually fade the dark spots on your skin. Buttermilk helps your skin cells regenerate at a faster rate, helping replace the damaged cells in your dark spots and fading their color. Buy buttermilk at the grocery store, soak a cotton ball in the liquid and rub it on your dark spots. Hold the cotton ball on the dark spots for 10 minutes.
 
CHEMICAL PEELS
Try glycolic facials, which are offered by many spas and salons.  These facials help remove ark spots as glycolic acid is the main component used in these facials.  Glycolic acid helps in removing dead cells and the upper layer of the skin, thereby aiding in dark spot removal.  
 
ALPHA HYDROXY/RETINOL
Dermatologists often recommend applying a retinoid or retinol directly on age spots. A prescriptive retinoid is more effective and provides a faster result that the OTC retinol. The spots should diminish or even disappear in a few months.
 
An important drawback is that it also makes skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which could make your age spots or scars darker. You must stay out of the sun while using lotions formulated with this ingredient to experience optimal fading of skin blemishes.
 
CHINESE HERBS
A natural remedy based on traditional Chinese herb lore is homemade ginsing and gotu kola cream. Mix 1/8 tsp. powdered ginseng root with 1/8 tsp. gotu kola. Moisten the blend with ginseng tea to form a paste. Apply directly on your pigmented spots, then rinse with cool water after 10 to 15 minutes. Use this preparation twice a day. Repeat until you see the degree of lightening you want.
 
Although home remedies are considered safe, there are side effects to be wary of as with any treatment. Natural acids from onion and lemon are completely safe for ingestion and topical application however when used for extended periods of time and in excess, skin burns can occur. Other factors to consider are over bleaching of your skin. This could leave age spots whiter than your other skin once treatment is complete.
 
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Organic Skin Brighteners
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Pumpkin Enzyme Peels


Pumpkin Peels

  • Pumpkin peels have emerged as an alternative to traditional acid peels. Pumpkin contains a high concentration of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, which combat free radicals and damage from sun exposure. These vitamins promote healthy cell turnover and encourage the production of collagen and elastin. Pumpkin also possesses nutrients like zinc and potassium that nourish the skin, while natural AHAs and enzymes exfoliate. Allantoin acts as anti-inflammatory to help calm the skin. Many women enjoy the smell and it is better tolerated by sensitive skin.

Usage

  • Pumpkin peels should be performed once or twice a week. Each application should last three to five minutes. In lower doses, pumpkin peels can be used without breaks. Allow a month or so for visible results.

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Get the Most From Your Facial Treatments


Your facial doesn’t need to begin and end at the spa.  Here are 3 simple tips you can try to ensure your skin remains healthy, glowing and clear between spa visits.

Prior to your appointment:

* Pamper Your Skin: Avoid tanning and sunbathing one week prior to your                    appointment.  Do not exfoliate your skin either.  Sun and scrubs have a tendency to make your skin more sensitive, which may require you to postpone services such as peels or microderms.

The day of your appointment:

* Go Au Natural:  Put off wearing makeup until the day after your treatment.  Your skin  needs time to absorb all the products used during your service in order to achieve the best results.

Following your appointment:

Avoid the sun:  Keep out of the sun for at least three days following a facial service such as a peel or microdermabrasion.  Professional exfoliation exposes fresh, new layers of skin which are very sensitive to sunlight.  When you go outside take extra care to use an SPF of 30 or higher and remember to reapply every 90 minutes.

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