GUEST POST: Why should I use oil on my skin?

I on Image is delighted to welcome back our lovely guest beauty blogger Vivienne McAlister-Geertz, owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin who tells us about the benefits of using oil on your skin.

I get asked all the time by customers why they should use oil on their skin. Many customers are afraid that oil may cause blocked pores which could lead to pimples and acne while others believe oils should be avoided, like some fats in our diet, as they are bad for us. I want to highlight the importance of using oils on your skin by listing a few of their benefits. – Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits Jeffrey Betts on Stocksnap.io

Photo credits Jeffrey Betts on Stocksnap.io

1. Oil reduces the amount of water and hydration lost through your skin

 Your skin will become dry and vulnerable when it loses both water and naturally-produced oils. If your skin isn’t kept hydrated with the use of oils, your body’s water will begin to escape more easily. As this water escapes the soaps and cleansers that you use will be more easily absorbed into your skin and will begin to strip out your skin’s naturally-produced oils. Gradually your skin will become more and more dry.  In the case of hands, they may begin to chap.  And in the case of other parts of your body, you will develop more and more wrinkles.

2. Oils cleanse your skin

 When it comes to oil “like dissolves like”. Especially in relation to oily skin-types, you can use oil which is rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients to dissolve oils that are produced by your body but which are clogging your pores and, in cases, causing acne. Most products designed for use on oily skin work on the premise that dirt and oil should be removed from clogged pores.  But by removing the oil, this can cause a negative spiral effect. However, the principle of “like dissolves like” or “oil dissolves oil” (known as the Dissolution Theory) can be used to dissolve oil and dirt which is lying deep inside the skin’s pores and clogging them, withdraw and remove dead skin cells, help remove bacteria from the skin, effectively remove makeup and sunscreen, and deliver anti-oxidants and nutrients to enhance the health of the skin

3. Oils have attributes which are beneficial to healthy skin

  • Base oils that are highly emollient soothe and soften your skin while others have regenerative properties which means they aid the daily renewal of the surface of the skin and, so, slow down the aging process. Others can be rich in essential fatty acids which maintain moisture, softness and elasticity in the skin which is particularly important for aging skin where essential fatty acids, naturally produced by the body, begin to decline. Others still can be high in anti-oxidants which protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can damage skin cells.  They can calm inflammation, improve skin health and rejuvenate its appearance, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping up the skin.
  • Exotic oils are expensive as the methods of extraction are usually very labour intensive and it takes a lot of source product to create a small amount of oil. In particular, oils which are extracted using the CO2 extraction method are the purest and gentlest botanical extracts used in skincare.  Exotic oils are usually packed full of many of the beneficial properties already mentioned above in relation to base oils…and much, much more.
  • Essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts which carry many therapeutic properties such as antiseptic properties which can help in the treatment of skin disorders, stimulating properties which can help circulation; they can help suppress muscle spasms, aid skin regeneration, fight infections, act as natural deodorants, promote healing and encourage either stimulating or relaxing feelings.

About the author

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

My name is Vivienne McAlister-Geertz and I’m the owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin, a handmade skincare company. I believe that the size of your jeans doesn’t determine how beautiful you are; it’s the size of your heart, the strength of your determination, and the gentleness of your love. So, through Simply Skin, I take you on a personal adventure that will inspire you to step into a world of beautiful dreams and fantasies. I bring to the forefront, the honest unapologetic you. My dream is to encourage and guide you to love the woman you really are, with sincerity and authenticity. No more hiding and blending in with society’s expectations and norms. Celebrate, with pride, your individuality, your uniqueness and your natural beauty, for all women are truly beautiful.

 

 

 

GUEST POST: Delicious DIY Face Masks

Inspired by the very first rays of spring sunshine (and slightly shocked by the effects of one’s wine and chocolate egg diet on one’s face…) I on Image welcomes our second guest beauty blogger Nirit Yogev, owner of Pure Natural Cosmetics. With Nirit’s gentle guidance we make our own face masks with ingredients from our own kitchen cupboards. Bye bye puffy Easter face, welcome radiant healthy spring skin!


CRANBERRY FACE MASK

Cranberries are naturally rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and plenty of other antioxidants, which will keep your skin looking healthy. This power-packed berry also acts as a natural toner, and when combined with moisture-rich honey and yogurt, it creates a soothing mask.

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 crushed cranberries (fresh, not canned!)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients. Apply to a clean face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off gently with warm water.


COCOA AND COFFEE DETOX MASK

This mask will detox your skin and really make sure that it is not puffy at all. This mask also helps replenish a lot of the lost moisture that your skin sustains. So, if you want to plump up your skin and make it look healthy, hydrated and oh-so-beautiful, this is the mask for you!

Coffee&Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream

Instructions:

Blend all of the ingredients together, spread evenly over skin, and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. When you rinse it off, massage your face gently to exfoliate as well. If there’s any mask left over after you wash your face with it, add a bit of water to it and use it as a scrub for the backs of your arms and any other body part that could do with some smoothing.


REDUCE REDNESS FACE MASK

This reduce redness face mask will help pull out the red in your face and leave it looking oh-so-pretty and fresh. All you need is some green tea, some yogurt, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar and finally some honey. Did you know that apple cider vinegar is amazing for you skin? It really helps to stabilize the pH in your skin.

ReduceRedness

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Strong-brewed green tea

Instructions:

Blend the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons hot, strong green tea to the mixture. Stir regularly for a few minutes, adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply it to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe clean gently with a damp cloth. Rinse with cool-to-warm water, but do not use soap, and pat dry gently. Repeat twice a week for best results.


All photo credits Pure Natural Cosmetics

About the author:

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Welcome to the wonderful world of herbs, flowers and nature’s treasure that all combine in our hand made products. I would like to invite you to share my passion about healthy and aware life style! As the skin is the largest organ in your body and about 60% of what you put on it dissolve into your blood and organs, you should be able to trust the products you use . For that reason, we are committed to using only premium, responsible sourced natural ingredients. Hand made with the most pure and natural ingredients and without any chemicals or parabens. All the products can be custom made according to special allergies or requests. Made with love without harming animals or the environment.

GUEST POST: Healthy Winter Skin

On this crisp wintery Wednesday I on Image welcomes our first ever guest beauty blogger Vivienne McAlister-Geertz, owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin

When winter arrives we all want to keep the chill outside and the warmth inside. But that means we crank up our heat and this inevitably leads to dry skin. Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electricity, the effect is the same. So how do you reduce the effects of winter and central heating on your skin? Read our guide below so you can enjoy healthy, happy skin throughout the cold winter days. –Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits John Price at www.stocksnap.io

Photo credits John Price at www.stocksnap.io

So what does the cold winter weather do to your skin?

The winter weather strips your skin of its moisture and then sucks away the naturally-produced sebum (or oil) that your skin creates to keep your skin moisturised. Then when you turn on your central heating, it will begin to pull the moisture out of the air in your home, making it drier and this, in turn, pulls the moisture out of your skin. So it’s a double-whammy – both the winter weather outside and the central heating inside both draw moisture out of your skin. As your skin loses moisture, it becomes more and more dry and can begin to feel tight and itchy. To avoid your skin becoming damaged and prematurely aging you really need to turn the heat up on your skincare routine.

Adjust your cleansing and moisturising routine

Did you know that whilst a hot shower or bath may feel good when it’s cold outside, the hot water actually strips the oil away from your skin much more than lukewarm water? I recommend you turn down the heat a bit when you’re in the bathroom, especially when you’re washing your face and hands as they are exposed to the cold weather the most, and the skin on your face and hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body.

Because your skin dries out more in winter you really need to up your game when it comes to moisturising and you may find that the moisturiser you use in spring and summer just won’t kick it in winter. I recommend using oil-based products such as body serum and facial serum to replenish the oil that is being stripped from your body. I also recommend using a body butter which is heavier than a moisturiser. When out shopping for a body butter, try to find one that does not contain water (you’ll see “Aqua” listed on the ingredients label if it contains water) as a true body butter should only consist of butters and oils. Always have an oil-based product like a body serum or facial serum close by when you cleanse your skin, for example near the bath, shower or at the sink, so you can apply it immediately after you wash.  Applying a moisturising product to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin.

And don’t forget about your feet. During winter your feet also need extra strong treatment so the lotion you use during summer just make not kick it. I recommend upgrading to a heavier moisturiser, like a foot butter, which is full of butters and oils. Remember to choose your moisturiser carefully. Avoid moisturisers which contain petroleum-based ingredients such as mineral oil or paraffin wax as these ingredients tend to dry out your skin even more.

Photo credits George Yanakiev at www.stocksnap.io

Photo credits George Yanakiev at www.stocksnap.io

Protect your skin

When you’re out and about, protect your skin from the winter elements by covering up and wearing gloves and scarves. By adding this extra layer of protection you reduce the amount of moisture being sucked from your skin. Apply sunscreen. Yes – sunscreen isn’t just for summer.  The winter sun, especially in combination with the reflection and glare from snow, can still damage your skin. I recommend you apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas such as your hands (if you don’t have gloves) approximately 30 minutes before going out and re-applying if you are staying out for long.

Avoid wearing socks and gloves that are damp or wet as this can irritate your skin or cause cracking and itching. And if you suffer from eczema, wet gloves and socks could cause a flare-up. If your facial skin is dry, avoid using harsh peels and masks that contain alcohol or are clay-based as these will strip the oil from your skin. Rather choose masks which are deeply hydrating and use them only occasionally.

Exfoliate, hydrate and sleep on it

Although regular weekly exfoliation should be part of our skincare routine, because we cover up more in winter and our skin isn’t on show so much, we tend to forget the importance of exfoliating our skin – out of sight, out of mind. We need to remember the reason for weekly exfoliation and that’s to help remove dead cells from the skin. If there are too many dead cells caught on the skin your winter moisturiser simply cannot penetrate through to do its job. Whilst it’s important to exfoliate your body each week, I recommend you pay particular attention to exposed areas of skin such as your face, hand and lips. I recommend using an exfoliating product which contains butters and oils meaning your product will exfoliate and moisturise. Immediately after exfoliating, don’t forget to generously slap on your winter moisturiser.

How many times have you heard someone tell you that you need to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and looking younger for longer? Well…. just because you drink plenty of water doesn’t mean you won’t have dry skin. According to dermatologist, Kenneth Bielinski, whilst the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from drinking fluids, the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water they consume. I recommend drinking plenty of water for your health, not just your skin. In winter we tend to not drink as much water as we turn more towards hot drinks like cocoa. Why not try some warm water with lemon juice in it for a lift?

As you already know, you need to crank up the amount of moisturiser you use in winter. But why not also let your moisturiser work for you while you sleep? On those areas that need that extra boost of moisturiser during winter, such as hands and feet, why not slap on some body butter on your hands and foot butter on your feet last thing at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

If you follow the tips in this guide and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy throughout the winter months, you’ll have less work to do to prepare your skin for the warmer spring weather. –Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

 

About the author

Vivienne McAlister-Geertz

Photo credits Dave Pelham Photography

My name is Vivienne McAlister-Geertz and I’m the owner and Chief Skin Lover at Simply Skin, a handmade skincare company. I believe that the size of your jeans doesn’t determine how beautiful you are; it’s the size of your heart, the strength of your determination, and the gentleness of your love. So, through Simply Skin, I take you on a personal adventure that will inspire you to step into a world of beautiful dreams and fantasies. I bring to the forefront, the honest unapologetic you. My dream is to encourage and guide you to love the woman you really are, with sincerity and authenticity. No more hiding and blending in with society’s expectations and norms. Celebrate, with pride, your individuality, your uniqueness and your natural beauty, for all women are truly beautiful.