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Eco Living: Autumn And Winter Skin Care Ingredients
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

As the seasons change, you may be noticing changes in your skin too.  During the cooler seasons, skin is usually more prone to dryness, irritation, and dehydration.  Here are some of my favorite skin care ingredients to use during the fall and winter months.

When I think of the autumn and winter, I think of juicy pears!  Pears are excellent to use in skin care.  They are mildly exfoliating, but gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.  Pears leave the skin soft and smooth, and hydrated. I like to use pears in masks and scrubs.  For a super easy mask, mash a small slice of pear and apply it onto your facial skin.   Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse well.  It’s super simple, but your skin will look and feel fabulous!  You could add other ingredients to your pear mask like oatmeal, clay, honey, or yogurt: the possibilities are endless!

Avocado oil is a great oil to use during the cooler months.  It is suitable for dry, dehydrated, normal, and combination skin, though some people with oily skin love it too!  It is also great for sensitive skin.  Avocado oil is a rich, heavy weight oil.  However, unlike other heavy oils, it is very fast absorbing.  It is very effective at helping the skin retain moisture.  Avocado oil is rich in vitamin D and lecithin.  It is highly recommended for scars and inflamed skin issues like eczema or dermatitis.

Jojoba oil is really a liquid wax.  It is similar to the skin’s natural sebum, making it a boon during colder weather.   It is suitable for all skin types, whether your skin is very dry, extremely oily, or anything in between!  Jojoba oil is often used in many anti-aging products; it is recommended for fine lines.  It is also excellent for inflamed skin issues.  Jojoba oil has a very long shelf life.

Be sure to buy cold pressed, unrefined oils, and organic if possible.  Avoid solvent extracted highly refined oils, which are stripped of their nutrients and much of their benefits. 

Rose hydrosol is a great ingredient to use during the cooler months.  It is very hydrating and mildly astringent, perfect for all skin types and many different skin issues, including acne.  Plus it smells exquisite!  I like using it as a toner and hydrating spray: I use it after cleansing and before moisturizing, and I mist my skin throughout the day to keep it hydrated.   Rose hydrosol can be added to many other products, such as cleansers, water based serums, moisturizing serums, creams, lotions, masks, and more.

 

Links:

Here is my eco living article on how to change your skin care routine during fall and winter.  Includes a recipe for an awesome banana chocolate mask! 

http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/118-eco-living-all-natural-autumn-and-winter-skincare

 

I have previously written an article on other great ingredients you can use during the wintertime.  They are great ingredients to use during the fall too! 

http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/575-eco-living-ingredients-for-winter-skin-care

 

Here is my recipe for a wonderful toner made with rose hydrosol, featuring another awesome autumn skin care ingredient: cranberries! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/686-eco-living-lis-cranberry-toner

 

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
Inspired Living: The Best Antibacterial Essential Oils for Clear Skin
Danna Norek's Inspired Living Articles
Written by Danna Norek of Aura Sensory   

One of the top properties of essential oils happens to be that they are often a wonderful natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent. This makes them the perfect alternative to the often-toxic antibacterial agents we find in so many commercial soaps, washes, hand sanitizers, and cleaners. 

 

As someone who suffered all throughout my teens with acne, as well as many of the years between my twenties and thirties, I was always looking for something that would clean my skin and kill acne-causing bacteria without drying it out or irritating it.

 

Here is what I found are some of the best naturally antibacterial essential oils for clear skin. 

 

Lavender – Lavender may be an even more potent antibacterial agent than the more well known “acne killing oil” – tea tree oil.  Lavender is more expensive typically, but it really does have some excellent properties for killing acne bacteria. In addition, it possesses calming properties since it is also anti-inflammatory. This aids in the redness and irritation that often goes hand in hand with acne prone skin.

 

Tea tree oil - this native Australian oil has a very pungent scent and is a very powerful bacteria fighting weapon.  It is used as an antiseptic and astringent (which can also help to smooth the skin and seal the pores) as well.

 

Rosemary oil – Rosemary oil is just now being found as another option for helping to fight blemish causing bacteria. This oil also has a very pungent, earthy aroma which seems to be the case with most of the most potent antibacterial essential oils.  This suggests that it is these potent scent compounds that may also be responsible for giving the oils their properties.

 

Any of these oils can be diluted in a 3-4 part water, 1 part essential oil mixture and swabbed onto the skin as a sort of toner, although tea tree oil is usually mild enough to use with little or no dilution unless you have extremely sensitive skin.
 
Also, you can add any of these essential oils, just a drop or two to a squirt of your favorite facial cleanser - or if you use a hard soap simply add a drop or two to your hands before you lather the soap.  If you already have a ready made toner, you can also add a drop or two to your cotton ball after soaking it in the toner for an extra antibacterial benefit.

 

 

 
Eco Living: Rosemary Infusion For Skin And Hair Care
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Rosemary is a common but much loved herb that is used in food, medicine, cosmetics, and for spiritual uses.  One of my favorite uses of rosemary is using it in skin and hair care.  Here is my recipe for rosemary infusion. 

Ingredients:

8 ounces of distilled or spring water

1 teaspoon of rosemary

 

Directions:

Boil the water.  Take the pot off the heat, add the rosemary, and cover.  Let it infuse for at least 15 minutes to an hour or longer.  Strain and cool.

 

Notes:

Rosemary infusion can be used in skin or hair care.  It is an excellent skin toner.  Rosemary infusion helps hydrate the skin, improves skin clarity, and it is great for acne.  You can also add it to other skin care products like masks, scrubs, soap, and more!

I highly recommend using rosemary infusion as a hair rinse after shampooing.  Rosemary infusion is often suggested for dark hair, but it’s great for all hair types.  It is very hydrating and leaves the hair feeling soft and shiny.  It is often used for dandruff.  It is thought to improve overall hair health and it may promote hair growth.

In the recipe, I used the dried, organic herb.  But if you have access to fresh organic rosemary, simply use 2 teaspoons of the fresh herb. 

Infusions have a short shelf life.  Store rosemary infusion in the fridge and use it within a few days to a week.  For a longer shelf life, try freezing the excess, and defrost a few ice cubes as needed. 

 

 

About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

 
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