vitamin C the skin’s powerhouse

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant for your skin.

Did you know that rose hip and sea buckthorn oils have more vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C is what keeps our skin healthy and firm.

Humans do not produce vitamin C. We either have to eat foods containing it or apply to our skin. As the epidermis and dermis need vitamin C, the skin benefits more from topical application. As vitamin C is water soluble topical is the way to go. Our rose geranium face moisturizer, face and neck elixir and eye serum that contain this crucial vitamin penetrate the skin quickly and effortlessly. All of our products are water less. Basically, by applying vitamin C products to your skin your skin benefits more than drinking a vitamin C drink. 

Topical Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerhouse for the skin. Two observational studies found that higher intakes of vitamin C from the diet were associated with better skin appearance, with notable decreases in skin wrinkling. 

As we age, collagen formation declines. Environmental stress such as pollution, sun, smoking etc. affect the collagen in our body. Collagen is the most prominent protein in our body and comprises about 70% of our skin. It is found throughout the body and acts as a quilt holding us together. Collagen gives the skin firmness. Your skin needs vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, to replenish declining collagen formation. Topical Vitamin C helps the skin as we age by promoting collagen production and limiting the damage done by environmental stress.

History has shown that Vitamin C has been used for the skin. It is known that women in Tibet would rub sea buckthorn berries on their skin to the skin healthy. The oil is bright golden orange and they would massage it in their hands and face. Rose hips and rose petals have been used for centuries for the skin. In history they used what was at hand, what Mother Nature produced. Just like we do at HollyBeth Organics.

 

 

Pumpkin Seed Oil

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Pumpkin History

Before we talk about pumpkin seed oil, let’s talk about the fruit. Yes, the countless varieties of pumpkins are in the same family as squash, cucumbers and melons. Its origin dates back to about 5000 B.C. in North America. Pumpkins are among the most versatile fruits that exist.

The shells were used to make bowls and mats by Native Americans. Medicinally, they have been used to treat acne, fever, parasites, and kidney problems etc. etc. Long a staple in diets, the flowers seeds and meat are considered delicacies in certain cultures. Pumpkin seeds have even been recommended by the World Health Organization for its abundance in zinc.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

We all know about the virtues of pumpkin pies and roasted seeds, but the pumpkin seed oil is the prize for me. Pumpkin seed oil is packed with everything you need for glowing skin. The seeds are cold pressed to obtain the oil that makes a dark green light oil with a slight nutty aroma. It is not a heavy oil like coconut oil and will therefore not clog your pores.

Benefits for the skin and hair

This powerhouse of an oil is packed with fatty acids, alpha hydroxyl acid, Vitamins A, C, E and zinc. These ingredients are all needed to boost collagen production, increase cell renewal that brighten and smooth the skin.

Research by the University of Maryland Medical Center has indicated that the oil is beneficial to hair and skin. Why? The omega 6 fatty acids are vital to help stimulate hair and skin growth. The vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids are essential for hair growth. The oil can decrease the production the enzyme (5 alpha reductase) that is responsible for slowing hair growth.

Vitamin K in pumpkin seed oil is known to reduce swelling, healing and bruising after surgery. It is also applied to the skin to help with rosacea, acne and spider veins according to WebMD.  We love pumpkin seed oil so much that you can find it our nourishing body oil and body oil.

So the next time you carve that pumpkin or make pumpkin pie, keeps the seeds.

Anti-Aging Essential Oils: Spotlight on Carrot Seed

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Anti-Aging Essential Oils

Anti-aging essential oils are key ingredients in HollyBeth Organics’ skin care products. Naturally loaded with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, essential oils have the amazing ability to deliver precious nutrients to the skin without clogging pores, bringing dull skin back to life and reversing the signs of aging.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Carrot seed provides one of the most powerful essential oils used to fight the signs of aging. Found in HollyBeth Organics most popular anti-aging skin solutions, this natural youth restorative hydrates, revives, protects, and tightens. Carrot seed essential oil contains carotenoids that protect from sun damage and free radicals that damage skin cells. High levels of vitamin A and vitamin C rejuvenate the skin, engendering cell regeneration and improving skin tone. Ultra-hydrating, this anti-aging essential oil pumps the skin with moisture, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Youth Tonics

Carrot seed essential oil is utilized in two of HollyBeth Organics’ most popular anti-aging solutions: Face & Neck Elixir and Eye Serum. Both products improve texture and tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagginess, and hydrate thirsty skin while protecting against damaging environmental elements. These powerful youth tonics harness the power of anti-aging essential oils to deliver remarkable age-reversing results.

Are Organic Skin Care Products Effective?

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Are Organic Skin Care Products Effective?

Are organic skin care products effective? A legit question to ask for those of us who have been raised on products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Though these chemical-based skin solutions can produce results, they can also irritate delicate facial skin, engender skin allergies, and disrupt the natural balance of your skin. Not to mention whatever you put on your skin is also going into your body. Kind of a scary thought when you take a look at the unfamiliar ingredients listed on the back of many drug store products.

The Power of Antioxidants

So what is the alternative? Can organic skin care products deliver real results? The answer is YES! HollyBeth’s organic skin care products are made with pure, natural oils. Natural oils derived from plants, flowers, and fruits are packed full of powerful antioxidants that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Antioxidants counteract destructive free radicals that age the skin by repairing and preventing cell damage. Mother Nature’s anti-aging serum!

Organic Skin Care Solutions

HollyBeth Organics utilizes various natural oils known for their skin-healing abilities, such as camellia, calendula, and jojoba combined with essential oils like rose geranium, clary sage, lavender, and grapefruit to create luxuriously effective skin care solutions that counteract the signs of aging and promote youthful, healthy skin.  Skin is nourished, balanced, and protected without the damaging effects of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

The Benefits of Geranium Oil

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The Benefits of Geranium Oil

There are about 250 naturally growing species of scented geraniums (Pelargonium), most of which are native to South Africa. Geraniums come in many different colors and scents; however, only a few types of geraniums are capable of producing copious, quality essential oil, which is extracted through steam distillation of the stems and leaves of the plant.

History of Geraniums

The use of geranium oil dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used to treat cancer. Ancient Greeks utilized geranium oil to treat wounds and speed up the healing process. In the late 17th century, geraniums became a part of Victorian parlor etiquette, adorning tables as a revitalizing potpourri and a garnish for finger bowls. Geraniums are now a popular staple in gardens worldwide.

Benefits of Geranium Oil for Skin

The many benefits of geranium oil make it a popular ingredient in HollyBeth’s products. Its astringent properties tighten the skin to reduce wrinkles while increasing blood flow below the surface of the face to promote the healing of acne, age spots, and scars and encourage new cell growth. It is Mother Nature’s anti-aging serum!

Benefits of Geranium Oil for Body & Mind

Geranium oil is also a great medicinal tool. It helps balance hormones, ease nerve pain, fight infection, heal wounds, and improve mental function as a natural anti-depressant and anxiety reliever. Geranium oil can even be used as a deodorant and bug repellent. And of course, it smells great, too!

The beauty of geraniums is much more than skin deep! These lovely flowers are true gift of nature for the mind, body, and spirit.

Click here to discover which HollyBeth Organics products utilize geranium oil.

Nighttime Skin Care Routine: 3 Steps to Cleanse, Protect, & Nourish

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Improve Your Skin While You Sleep

Your nighttime skin care routine plays an important role in the condition of your skin. Those eight hours of sleep (well, maybe more like 5 – 8 hours depending on life’s busy schedule) are prime time for your body to relax, recuperate, and repair.  Help your skin to take advantage of your slumber with some pre-sleep face prep.

Wash Away the Day

I never go to bed without washing my face. My go-to nightly face wash is HollyBeth Organics’ Chamomile Foaming Cleanser. For normal to dry skin, this face wash beautifully cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture.  100% USDA certified organic, HollyBeth’s Chamomile Foaming Face Cleanser is made from the goodness of Mother Nature, meaning there are no chemicals or artificial ingredients that will linger behind on your skin. Skin is naturally cleansed, balanced, and prepped for the next step in my nighttime skin care routine.

Combat Irritation

With blemish-prone skin, I like a little extra insurance to protect me from future breakouts. HollyBeth Organics’ Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil is my solution. A few drops applied to my freshly washed skin protect and repair from below the surface, maintaining the skin’s natural balance while combating irritation and acne. And because it is dry oil, there is no greasy film or heavy buildup. It sinks directly into the skin and won’t clog pores.

Nourish the Eye Area

The final step in my nighttime skin care routine is HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Cream. A fan favorite and best seller, HollyBeth’s Eye Cream hydrates, smoothes, and invigorates the eye area, allowing you to wake up refreshed and dark circle free. My husband and I won’t go to bed without it!

Cleanse, protect, and nourish while you sleep with a little extra help from HollyBeth Organics’ 100 % USDA certified skin care solutions.

Fighting the Signs of Aging

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Fighting the signs of aging seems to be a battle that will never end. Getting older is inevitable, which means wrinkles are, too.  I love the wisdom and experience I gain with each passing birthday – the fine lines and dulling skin, not so much. I’ve noticed it most in my eye area. I can’t get away with late nights and little sleep anymore unless I want to wake up with dark circles and huge bags under my eyes. Even with a good eight hour slumber, the dull area under my eyes reminds me that my skin is not as supple as it used to be. HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Serum to the rescue!

HollyBeth Organics’ Eye Serum

HollyBeth Organics’ highly concentrated Eye Serum is the cure-all for the aging eye area. Black cumin seed oil fades dark circles, while carrot seed oil brings dull skin back to life with the powers of Vitamin A and C. Camellia oil protects the delicate skin of the eye area from the damaging effects of the sun, while pomegranate seed oil delivers nourishing antioxidants that promote skin rejuvenation. This powerful serum packs one heck of a punch to the delicate eye area, soothing, hydrating, de-puffing, nourishing, and protecting while fading the signs of aging and brightening the skin.  Seriously, what more could you ask for? Use this miracle serum both day and night to combat the signs of aging to keep your eye are looking alive and your skin refreshed – and no one will be able to tell how many hours of sleep you didn’t get ;).

The Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair

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The benefits of argan oil for hair are widely touted by many beauty products. Shampoos, hair treatments, and styling products all praise argan oil as a defining ingredient.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a plant oil that comes from argan trees that are native to Morocco. The oil is extracted from the kernels in the nuts that are within an argan tree’s fruit. The extraction process is done by hand, including the pealing of the fruit, the cracking of the nut, and the pressing of the kernels for oil – quite an arduous task!

The Benefits of Argan Oil

So why all the fuss? Argan oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that hydrate, rejuvenate, and protect. Vitamin E and A promote new cell production while minerals and antioxidants nourish and calm inflammation. It is a multi-miracle serum straight from Mother Nature, perfect for pampering your skin and hair.

Argan Oil for Hair

Argan oil is great for keeping hair shiny and healthy. This non-greasy oil protects from heat damage (perfect for those of us attached to our blow dryers and flat irons) as well harmful UV rays from the sun.  It is also a great leave-in conditioner and split-end tamer! The benefits of argan oil apply to the body as well! It hydrates the skin and locks in moisture with just a few drops.

Go Organic

With so many products on the beauty market boasting argan oil as an ingredient, how do you know which one is the best? To keep your skin and hair free of unwanted toxins and parabens, it is always best to go organic. HollyBeth Organics’ Hair & Body Silk is 100% USDA Certified Organic, made with pure, organic argan oil. Use it all over your body for healthy, radiant skin and all good hair days.

The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

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The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

Looking for the best organic face moisturizer? Look no further than HollyBeth Organics’ Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer. This nourishing blend of camellia, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils combine with antioxidant-packed Vitamin E to balance and protect your skin while antiseptic properties help reduce the signs of scars and aging. This velvety do-all is great for every skin type, even sensitive and rosacea-prone.

Fan Favorite

This silky face cream is one of HollyBeth Organics’ most popular products. Not only is our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer a customer favorite, it is also a must have face making tool for professional makeup artist Fiona Stiles, and even in the travel bag of actress Nikki Reed! Definitely the best organic face moisturizer in our book ;).

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer is available in a 2 oz. or sample size.

Daily Defense from Dry Winter Skin

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Daily Defense from Dry Winter Skin

Ah, winter. A season of warm fires, big cozy blankets and yummy hot drinks, as well as freezing cold temperatures , bone-chilling winds, and constant runny noses. The harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin, stripping it of moisture, leaving it dry and irritated. Guard your body’s largest organ with daily hydration. HollyBeth Organics has a variety of USDA-Certified Organic skincare products for daily defense from dry winter skin.

Face Moisturizer

The first step in your beauty regimen should be a good face moisturizer. Protect against dry skin by starting your day with our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer. Rose, camellia, and sea buckthorn oils combine to empower this beautifully fragrant face cream with skin-smoothing, ultra-hydrating ingredients.

Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream

As you head out into the winter weather to go about your day, don’t forget to bring your Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream. Keep your hands, lips, and other vulnerable areas protected with this moisture-rich shea butter cream packed with the uplifting fragrances of orange and peppermint. You can tame dry hair and frizzy hat-head flyways with a small dab, too!

Lavender Hand Cream

Keep our Lavender Hand Cream handy to sooth your skin with the calming effects of lavender, camellia, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. This antioxidant-rich blend of nourishing oils and Vitamin E is sure to rejuvenate thirsty skin.

Body Balm

Ready to wind down and relax after a long day? Treat your skin with our luxurious Body Balm. A calculated blend of camellia, pomegranate, clove, and grapefruit oils paired with hydrating beeswax creates a strong defense against dry skin. This powerful combination of moisture-boosting ingredients penetrates deep, healing dehydrated skin while stimulating healthy skin cell growth. Your skin will be soft and supple all winter long.

Healthy skin is your first line of defense against all those icky winter germs! Support your well-being with hydrating, protective skincare, lots of warm clothing, good food, and happy spirits.