How DIY Organic Face Moisturizing Kit by Oleum Vera Benefits Your Skin

What is the key to have a healthy happy skin? There’s no need to rack your brains, as we all know moisturizing is an integral part for keeping the skin glowing. Oleum Vera, a Canadian beauty brand is taking huge leaps to ensure that your skin heals and gets nourished with the help of organic oils. The facial skin is extremely sensitive and it takes great effort to keep it blemish free. The worst thing that you can do with your skin is use chemical based products that further damage your skin.

Essential Oils and Plant Based Oils in the Organic Kit Moisturizes the Skin in a Natural Way

In order to provide a healthy alternative to the harsh chemicals used in commercial products, Oleum Vera has released a completely organic kit that contains essential oils and plant based oils. Marula, jojoba, glycerin, tamanu, pomegranate seed, vitamin E (non-GMO), tea tree, frankincense, geranium, and lavender oils are part of the kit. These oils can be mixed to formulate skin toners and moisturizer serums that heal and repair the skin in a natural way. The kit also contains a recipe book that guides you in creating these serums and toners.

Here is how DIY organic face moisturizing kit benefits your skin and treats a host of skin problems.

  1. Dry and Sensitive Skin

Dry and sensitive skins are extremely hard to take care of but the DIY face moisturizing kit by Oleum Vera contains organic oils that benefits such skin types greatly. Skin redness and inflammation is often treated with chamomile essential oil. Peppermint oil also has a cooling effect on the skin. With the help of the recipes that come along with the organic kit, skin freshener containing peppermint and chamomile oil can be made for dry and sensitive skin.

  2. Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Oily and acne prone skin also need moisturizing and nourishment. There’s a common misconception that people with oily skin do not require moisturizer. The fact of the matter is that an ideal organic moisturizer created from essential oils and plant-based oils actually reduces the sebum production and cleans the clogged pores. Jojoba oil is a natural way to cure acne prone skin and remove the marks. Jojoba oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Jojoba oil and tea tree oils can be mixed together to create a concoction that treats acne spots.

    3. Aging Skin

Geranium oil is natural astringent. It helps in tightening the skin and reducing the wrinkles. The kit contains the recipe to make gentle geranium serum. The botanical and organic serum is an effective anti-aging. Geranium essential oil also works as a muscle toner and it can be mixed with jojoba carrier oil which moisturizes the skin in a way that prevents the skin from sagging.

Apart from treating the aforementioned skin problems, the kit also contains recipes for moisturizing normal and combination skin types with natural ingredients like lemon and cucumber mixed with essential oils and plant-based oils to create a potent concoction that makes your facial skin supple and fresh.

5 Ways to Prevent the 7 Signs of Aging


There are seven main signs of aging, and they are dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, dull skin, patchy skin, dry skin, and open pores. If you want to prevent these signs of aging and maintain your youthful appearance, continue reading for five helpful tips.

Use the Right Anti-Aging Moisturisers
There are a lot of anti-aging products on the market that all claim to make your skin look beautiful and smooth, so it can definitely be challenging to narrow down your choices to the ones that are right for you and that will actually be effective. Sticking with reputable products that contain the highest quality ingredients is the best way to ensure you’ll get the results you seek, without wasting any time on products that are useless despite their claims and hefty price. A good place to start is Skin Doctors products, which range from those that treat dark circles, to those that specifically fight the signs of aging.

Stay Hydrated
You’ve probably already heard quite a bit about the importance of drinking enough water every day and keeping your entire body hydrated, but did you know that doing so will also benefit your skin and prevent signs of aging? Be sure to incorporate several glasses of water into your daily routine, and get rid of all of the sugary and overly caffeinated drinks to prevent dehydration, especially during the summer.

Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly will do your body good in several different ways, but it will also help you maintain a more youthful appearance. When you break a sweat, you’re increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to your skin, and that will stimulate the production of collagen. Plus, sweat will naturally get rid of toxins that are in the skin (just wash your face after your workout to prevent new breakouts). And when you exercise, your skin will even produce natural oils that will increase suppleness, giving you a healthier, more youthful complexion.

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
You need to be exposed to the sun in order for your body to naturally produce vitamin D, but you don’t want to overdo it, as it could result in skin damage that results in premature aging. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays every day in order to protect your skin and keep it looking beautiful.

Get Enough Sleep
In addition to common sense rules like staying hydrated and eating right, you also need to remember just how important sleep is. In today’s super busy society, that can be tough, but failing to get enough sleep will result in your skin looking aged. The sweet spot is 8 hours of sleep so that your body, and your skin, can repair naturally.
Taking care of your overall health and your entire body will help you also take care of your skin, so make sure you sleep well, eat right, exercise, and use natural products on your skin to prevent the signs of aging.

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Good

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Good

It was once thought that varicose veins were something that happened to older women (and men!) but never to younger ladies in their late twenties and thirties. Actually, varicose veins can strike women of almost any age and to anyone who has them, they are thought to be one of the least desirable features. When a woman has varicose veins she is unlikely to put on a swimsuit to go to the beach, wear capris length pants or even wear a knee length dress. Even if she has the shapeliest legs imaginable, those unsightly veins will prevent her from showing a little leg.

Cause of Varicose Veins

Just as cardiovascular disease can strike anyone of any age, even though more common as we grow older, varicose veins can be symptomatic of vascular disease. Veins all have valves that open one-way only and when those valves fail, blood pools without returning to the heart as it should. The end result is swelling and veins that appear to have burst. This usually happens in the legs because those are the areas farthest from the heart and because of gravity, it is much harder for the body to pump blood back to the heart.

Are There Natural Remedies to Varicose Veins?

While there are a number of products on the market that claim to be effective in the treatment of varicose veins, few are really what they claim to be. In many cases they are nothing more than a supplement known to thin the blood. It is thought that by thinning the blood, the body would not need to work so hard and that blood could be pumped through the valve much easier. To some extent this might be effective, but usually treatment by a medical professional would be much, much more effective.

Medical & Surgical Procedures for Varicose Veins

When you go to a valid professional vein treatment center such as the Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center in New York, there are a number of procedures which have verifiable results. You may be asked to wear compression stockings (hose) that help reduce the effects of gravity, literally pushing the blood back up the leg. Other times minimally invasive procedures such as Microphlebectomy can be used to remove the affected vein yielding great cosmetic and healthful results.

Other times a medical procedure called Sclerotherapy is performed which involves injections with a tiny needle that literally cause the affected veins to swell to such an extent that they stick together and become unnoticeable within a few weeks. This not only reduces pain but also improves the appearance, ridding the leg of those spider veins that are so unsightly.

If you are suffering from varicose veins, chances are they are not painful but just ugly to look at. Even so, some people do experience a significant amount of pain due to swelling and it isn’t until the veins are removed with Microphlebectomy or closed off with Sclerotherapy that levels of pain are reduced. Are there ‘natural’ remedies? None have been conclusively proven so it is always best to trust you doctor if you want to rid your legs of those oftentimes twisted and ugly purple varicose veins.

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Do you know how to wash your face? We bet you don’t!

Do you know how to wash your face? We bet you don't!

So many of us have gotten into the routine of absent mindedly washing our faces each morning and night, but are we really taking into consideration a few tiny tricks that can make all the difference in a more effective wash?  Washing your face seems like a pretty straightforward practice, right?  While a quick splash of water and some soap might be all you need, there are some subtle things you may be doing that could be the cause of excessive drying, oily skin or  Fear not — a few simple tweaks can make your skin healthier. Rachel Sharoff is a licensed aesthetician at Skintology Skin and Laser Center in Manhattan. She provides tips to get this simple cleansing practice down pat.  

It’s important to stimulate your lymph system to get much needed oxygen and blood circulating in your face. Also, be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type and please try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin. Rachel Sharoff  explains that, “the goal of face washing is to unclog pores and to dissolve dirt, makeup and remove excess oils. You may not realize that this is also a great opportunity to slough off dead skin cells by exfoliating.” Lastly, have you considered the route you take? Begin washing your face starting at your forehead and work your way to your nose, then outwards to your cheeks and eventually down to your face and neck. A proper face wash is a really simple way to maintain the health of your skin.

Rachel Sharoff’s four step process for correct washing 

STEP 1: Begin by washing your hands. (You don’t want all of the grease, grime and germs from your hands on your face, do you?) And, if you have on any eye makeup, remove it before you begin to cleanse.

STEP 2: Wet your face completely with tepid water. Anything too hot will shock the skin and could even burst capillaries, resulting in those sensitive red marks usually found around the nose and cheeks. Next, squeeze a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto your fingertips and rub them together. Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into your skin (anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute) in small and gentle circular motions.

STEP 3: One of the best ways to ensure that dirt and makeup are removed is by using a muslin cloth when you rinse. In addition, if you gently scrub in small circles, the cloth also acts as a light exfoliant! Also, don’t forget to rinse your hairline, your neck and the nooks on either side of your nose.

STEP 4: Finish by splashing your face two to three times with cool water (not freezing cold—again, you don’t want to shock your face) to close your pores and then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Step 5: The last step—don’t forget your eye cream! The under eye area is the thinnest part of your skin, so it’s desperate for moisture. Massage or pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes about half an inch under your brow bone. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.



Not washing your hands – Before you start with washing and cleaning of your face, thoroughly wash your hands. You do not want bacteria from hands to be transferred onto the delicate facial skin.

Don’t use cold water – It is a big mistake to rinse your face with cold water due to close the pores. Not only will the cold or hot water shock and irritate the skin, but it will also lead to varicose veins on the face.

Be cautious when applying facial cleansers – Never apply facial cleanser without moisturizing your face first. Most of these products are aggressive and should be mitigated by water.

Not rinsing and repeating – If you don’t wash out well cleansing product, it will dry out your skin and clog pores. Rinse face until you completely remove the cleanser. Do not forget to rinse the area close to the scalp, as this leads to skin irritation.

Either over-exfoliating or not exfoliating at all- Using an exfoliator can enhance the texture and tone of your skin. “As we get older, our own enzymes that normally exfoliate our skin are no longer as effective so complexions can look rough and dull,” says Rachel Sharoff.  She recommends exfoliating at night, since that’s when skin is in “renewal mode,” generating new skin cells. But keep in mind that exfoliating more than twice a week can irritate your skin.

And what about the towel? – Towel you use for your face should always be clean and soft.

Going to bed with makeup on – Never go to bed without first thoroughly cleaning the face of makeup and dirt. Leaving makeup overnight can lead to accumulation of fungi and redness and irritation.

Don’t Spend a Fortune- Save your pricier ingredients, like retinol or antioxidants, for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. “They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin,” says Sharoff.


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Why Darker Skin Can Narrow Skin Tightening Choices

Dark Skin tightening

One thing is true of all people, regardless of their complexions. That thing is that we will all develop sagging skin at some point, especially when we get past a certain age. The good news is that there are many possible treatments for sagging skin. The bad news is that, if your skin happens to be dark, your options may be more limited.

Things That Complicate Treatment of Dark Skin
There are several things that can complicate treatment of dark skin. One of them is that melanin-producing cells below the surface of the skin are sensitive to certain skincare methods. If your skin is dark and you have one of those procedures, you might leave yourself vulnerable to changes in the color of the treated skin. That’s certainly not a side effect that most people want to deal with, especially since it can be permanent in some cases.

Another issue with treating darker skin is that people who have that particular skin coloration tend to have more active oil glands. If your skin is naturally oily, you should probably avoid heat-related treatments, such as laser procedures. The reason is that the oil can get overheated, leading to anything from temporary blisters to permanent scarring.

More Information on Laser Skin Treatments
Those with darker skin should be aware that not all laser treatments are bad. In fact, there are several types of cosmetic laser machines that are perfectly capable of treating dark skin. The important thing to do is to consult an expert, if you are interested in having a laser procedure done. They can help you to assess the state of your skin as a whole, including pigment, oil levels, sagging, and other issues. That can allow them to pinpoint the treatment that would work best for you.

Keep in mind that lasers vary in strength, purpose, and style. For instance, ablative lasers can impact the top layer of skin, which can have an adverse affect on pigment and oil glands. Non-ablative lasers tend to penetrate to the deeper layers of skin cells that the outside world can’t see, treating problems from the inside out. So, if your skin is dark, non-ablative treatments may be the better option for you.

Non-Laser Treatments for Sagging Skin
Of course, there are several treatments for sagging skin that have nothing to do with laser machines. You might prefer to try one of them instead. Some of them include medicated creams and lotions, as well as sound wave treatments (ultrasound or radio frequency procedures). All of those treatment options are non-invasive, meaning that they shouldn’t have a negative impact on your oil glands or skin pigmentation.

Other possible sagging skin treatments include microdermabrasion and Botox injections, but the list doesn’t stop there. That’s why it’s so important to consult a professional. They can assess your entire situation, including your skin type, color, other skin issues you may have, and your sagging or wrinkled skin. By treating you as a whole person instead of focusing on the sagging itself, they can give you the best outcome.

Review: Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray

ReJane Iredale Smell the rose hydration spray review

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jane Iredale introduces this limited edition hydration spray Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray. This spray was developed exclusively for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, which receives 100% of profits from sales. <–Love that!

This facial spray contains organic Rose Damascena Flower Water which is an excellent skin tonic. The spray cleanses the skin without disturbing its natural protective shield. The advertised benefits are:

  • Rose Damascena Flower Oil and Extracts penetrate into deep layers of the skin. They nourish, tighten, cleanse, detoxify, increase blood circulation, calm and support the skin’s functions.
  • Recommended for any skin type, especially dry and sensitive skin. Calms and soothes skin while reducing redness.
  • Rose fragrance is refreshing and uplifting. It de-stresses and provides an overall feeling of well-being.

I received this press sample a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it ever since. The spray has a light, not overpowering rose fragrance. For me the spray is wonderful to use in the morning, it helps to wake me up. It’s so light when applied and it dried without leaving any sticky residue. In general I used it after washing me face without needing any additional moisturizer but if you have dry skin you may want to still use a moisturizer as this is lightly hydrating. I have oily skin so I found this spray quite balancing all by itself. Sometimes I sprayed it on throughout the day as a pick me up because the scent is uplifting, especially when you’re  feeling exhausted. I can see myself traveling with this spray, especially when flying to feel more wake when I’m jetlagged.

I absolutely love that Jane Iredale is cruelty free, it make me feel better that using a product that is not tested on animals. And the fact that this company uses natural and organic ingredients in also a huge plus. Below you can see recognize every ingredient in this spray which makes me feel safer about using it.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Extract*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Glycerin**, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*, Calendula, Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Alcohol** *INGREDIENT FROM ORGANIC FARMING ** MADE USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Have you tried Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray?

4 Simple Ways to Care for Your Skin

4 Simple Ways to Care for Your Skin

Your skin tells your life story. Your skin is able to communicate the state of your health, your style of living, and even your level of happiness. The skin can communicate so much in fact, that people are now trying harder than ever before and resorting to options that include aesthetic lasers to improve the look and feel of theirs. While there are many beauty treatments out there to help rid you of acne, wrinkles and scarring, everybody will agree the best way to ensure you have beautiful-looking skin is to prevent problems occurring.

To do that, or to improve your current skin condition, here are 4 simple ways for you to care for your skin.

1. Live Healthily

Your skin is the outer display of your inner self. Everything that’s happening inside your body and mind will reflect on your skin. Unhealthy habits can’t be hidden, and will eventually have an effect on your appearance. If you smoke, drink too much alcohol, and burn the candle at both ends, you’ll notice your skin start to suffer because of your lifestyle.

2. Avoid the Sun

Having the sun pulsate down upon you may feel pleasant, but it’s not good for your skin. UV rays age the skin, which is why those living in hotter climates tend to age quicker. As it’s impossible to avoid the sun, and not something you’d want to do anyway, just make sure your skin is protected whenever going outside. Apply a daily moisturizer that contains SPF factor 15 or above, and cover the rest of your body in sunscreen. If the sun is really harsh, try to protect yourself from its glare as much as possible. Hats, umbrellas and sunglasses can go some way to keeping your skin protected.

3. Stop Using so Many Skin Products

Many skin products and treatments that include medical laser devices come with such elaborate advertising campaigns these days that you feel your skin is doomed to look ugly unless you invest in the product or laser treatment. Furthermore, whether it’s moisturizers, fake tanners, or make-up, you’ll need to cut down on artificial skin care products if you want it to look healthy. These products clog up your pores and make it impossible for your skin to breathe. Because of this it’ll look dull and lifeless and will be prone to breakouts.

4. Reduce Stress

Stress isn’t good for your skin. It encourages you to scrunch up your face, and makes you spend ages frowning. Stress can negatively affect your skin’s elasticity, and will make you unhealthy in general. The good thing about stress is that it’s possible to lower it. You don’t need to go to any fancy Eastern philosophy class, nor take medication to do so. If you’re looking to banish acne and wrinkles, take some time each day to relax. Write down your worries and talk through them so that they aren’t always on your mind.

If the Above Advice Doesn’t Work, Seek Expert Help

If your skin isn’t helped by the above advice, you may wish to seek expert help. You can talk to a dermatologist about whatever is troubling you, or you could attempt to improve your skin’s texture by using cosmetic procedures such as chemical pills or aesthetic laser equipment used in laser rejuvenation surgery.

Even if you do decide to consult the experts, just remember, once you’ve fixed your problem, beautiful skill will still depend on your ability to live healthily.

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There is no fee or commitment to obtain this voucher through Gilt City. This incredible offer is only available for one week and must be redeemed by October 6th, 2014, so stock up on all of the Darphin favorites!

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About Darphin:

  • Darphin calls the creation of their products “the art of formulation.” Each step involves uncompromised attention to detail, from selecting the finest ingredients to meticulously following tried-and-true formulas.
  • Darphin’s serums – from the Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum to the ideal Resource Wrinkle Minimizer Perfecting Serum – can balance and detoxify skin, relieve redness, rejuvenate and restore radiance.
  • The 8-Flower Nectar, “a precious youth elixir,” combines the aromatic essences of eight different flowers, along with a host of anti-oxidants, to smooth fine lines and firm the skin. Other Essential Oil Elixirs include the Aromatic Purifying Balm, which can even skin tone for a more balanced complexion.
  • Along with effective skincare, Darphin also offers a variety of bodycare products like Nourishing Satin Oil, Aromatic Seaweed Bath and Shower Gel, and Perfecting Body Scrub.
  • Visit Darphin’s website and chat live with a Darphin Expert, or take a skin consultation quiz to help you select a skincare regimen that complements your particular needs and goals.


Review: Aeveka Naturally Pure Skincare

Aeveka Naturally Pure Skincare

I recently tried several products from the Aeveka Naturally Pure Skincare line including the Refreshing Citrus Cleanser, Regenerating Night Crème and Replenishing Co-Q10 Eye Crème. This is an all natural skin care line which means that it’s made with non-toxic and organic ingredients found in nature. It’s also cruelty free and vegan which is a major plus for me!

If you’ve read some of my past posts you already know that I prefer natural beauty products because I believe that they are safer for our health. Our skin absorbs everything that we put on it so it just makes sense to use the healthiest products made with non-toxic ingredients. Makes sense, right?!

I’ve been using the Refreshing Citrus Cleanser for over six weeks now and it’s very gentle. It’s made with a fruit base and turbinado sugar as well as organic jojoba oil, which has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The cleanser did a great job of gently removing the excess facial oil without leaving my skin dry. After cleansing my face, my skin felt balanced enough to go without a moisturizer -but I would never do that!

The Regenerating Night Crème contains Co-Q10 to help reduce the signs of aging along with a superfruit blend and an antioxidant tea blend. The creme has a lightweight consistency and was more like a lotion. It felt very luxurious on the skin and I used it during the day as well (just sparingly). The night creme should be used sparingly because a little goes a long way.

The Replenishing Co-Q10 Eye Crème is quite refreshing. I put my jar in the refrigerator to keep it chilled for a morning pick-me-up and it certainly did the trick. This creme has lots of beneficial ingredients like micro algae which produces oxygen and promotes full skin rejuvenation.  The eye creme is great if you have fine lines because after using it they seem to fade away and the skin appears much more plump and fuller. I loved how the creme absorbed so quickly and how it felt great under my eyes.

Overall I was impressed with all of the products, they were gentle and felt great on my skin. This brand is a great option if you have sensitive skin because it’s non-irritating. and lightweight.

Have you tried any of the products from Aeveka?

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Review: DHC Kakonjuka Cream

DHC Kakonjuka Cream is a daily moisturizer with exotic ingredients like maitake mushroom, rishi mushroom and licorice.


Normally I stay away from creamy moisturizers since I have oily skin. However I found the list of botanical ingredients intriguing. Reishi mushrooms have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer properties. Maitake mushrooms protect, moisturize, and strengthen skin.

This putty hued cream has a thin consistency and is surprisingly lightweight. Upon application it feels rather rich but completely absorbs into the skin leaving is soft and smooth. I liked how quickly is seemed to sink in without feeling heavy or greasy.

Unlike other moisturizers it does not have a perfumey scent to it -although the scent is quite unique. The scent fades quickly and I didn’t notice it once I applied the cream to my face.

The cream works well at plumping the skin and moisturizing all day long. It leaves skin smooth and primed for makeup application.

Have you tried DHC’s Kakonjuka Cream?