Moisturizer, the key to supple skin!

As the name suggests, moisturizer helps skin maintain its natural moisture which can be lost due to environmental, climatic or hormonal changes. It does this by creating a protective barrier on the outer layer of skin which serves as a seal to lock in the skin’s natural oils and help restore moisture that has been lost. The primary purpose of a moisturizer is to protect the skin from the various elements and to prevent further degradation of the tissues. As we age, moisture is lost and collagen in the skin breaks down which leads to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin = wrinkled skin (to some degree or another).
Now that we understand the purpose of moisturizer and with a myriad of choices on the market, which one do you choose? Skin type is a definite factor when making your choice; but more importantly, “can your body absorb and make use of the product?” would be a better question to ask yourself. Many commercial skin care companies use ingredients that are not easily absorbed by the body and as a result end up working against your body instead of with it. The ideal ingredients would be USDA Certified Organic with no chemicals, which are easily absorbed by the skin – help assist the body’s ability to repair itself and retain moisture.
The next thing to look at is does it do anything other than just hydrate your skin? Well, keeping skin hydrated is half the battle to supple, younger looking skin but ideally your moisturizer would contain other properties that help smooth fine lines, wrinkles, help skin cells regenerate, neutralizes free radicals, etc., etc. Sound too good to be true?
With our line of USDA Certified Organic Olive Essence products we have done just that by using olive oil as the foundation for the line. Used for thousands of years as a routine beauty treatment, it has amazing influence on the skin when used topically. Some of the benefits include:
·       it’s high in natural vitamin E which helps the skin neutralize free radicals
·       it’s a natural antiseptic which keeps bacteria at bay
·       easily absorbable into the skin
·       assists the body’s natural oil production, without clogging pores
·       heals and refines for a smoother, younger looking complexion
Because olive oil is so versatile, it is beneficial to ALL skin types. With this classic, we have combined powerful anti-aging peptides, minerals and amino-acids to help skin not only retain its supple youth but to work with the skins natural ability to repair itself, increase cellular turn-over and prevent sagging, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Choose from one of our four USDA Certified Organic moisturizers and see which one works for you – or use them all!

Facial Cleanser, Gel or Milk?

There are many different types of cleansers and it is certainly possible to find one that fits your needs. Part of that is identifying your skin type correctly; the other, understanding which cleansers do what and sometimes it’s just plain old trial and error.

What you need, is a cleanser that removes dirt and oil without leaving your face scratchy and tight; at the same time you don’t want any film left behind on your face or it may interfere with the treatments you apply afterwards.
So, your first step is to identify your skin type correctly.
Normal:  This skin type has small pores, a smooth even texture and a healthy color.  Because it is perfectly balanced, it is the most uncommon of skin types.  However, basic skin care is still needed to maintain, as well as to prevent any possible future damage.
Combination:  oily in the T-zone; medium pores with some dry areas — usually on the cheeks; and will occasionally breakout.
Oily:  pores are enlarged and visible; skin appears shiny and is prone to blackheads and blemishes.
Sensitive:  is delicate with fine pores.  It flushes easily and is prone to allergies and frequent rashes or blotches. Sensitive skin usually has a low tolerance to most skin care products.
Dry:  skin feels tight, particularly after cleansing.  It tends toward fine lines, wrinkles and a dull skin tone.
Acne:  most commonly very oily and may have large pores; skin has multiple eruptions in the form of blackheads and/or whiteheads. 
Mature:  characterized by loss of natural firmness and elasticity.  Skin can appear thin and dry– with an increase of fine lines and wrinkles.  Sun or age spots may be present.
Once you have identified your skin type the next step is choosing a cleanser that is right for you. There are two types of cleansers; the milk or “lotion” cleanser and gel cleanser.
The milk / lotion cleanser does not actually contain milk, but has a creamy white lotion-like texture; a consistency usually somewhere between that of milk and lotion. This cleanser is generally excellent for delicate, sensitive skin or skin that is irritated. It is usually moisturizing with a calming effect and will leave the skin soft and supple feeling. Despite their gentleness and creamy consistency, you should still receive a good clean that is residue free.
The gel cleansers are generally effective for giving the skin a deeper clean; this works well for combination-oily skin types. The consistency is clear and looks like gel. Gel cleansers often have various ingredients added to them to make them more effective or to tailor them to a specific skin need. Common ingredients in gel cleansers are salicylic acid & alpha hydroxy acid. However, that is not a rule because the purpose of a gel cleanser is for a deeper clean, so some are formulated with gentle ingredients, too.
Sometimes, you will find a hybrid of both! Such is the case with our Organic Olive Essence Facial Gel Cleanser. It has the deep and effective cleaning power of a gel but the gentle, moisturizing effect of a milk cleanser. It will get your face squeaky clean but without that tight feeling afterward. It is also formulated to work on all skin types.
Can’t go wrong with that! Happy cleansing!
A tip that may be helpful to you: unless your face is extremely oily, do not wash your face in the morning. Water is harsh on the skin and will only dry it out. Cleansing once at night before going to sleep is fine. And please, never use soap on your face!

Why Olive?

An ancient beauty secret for over 5000 years, olive oil is an essential component for skin health.  It was chosen as the cornerstone of the line because of its many beneficial properties:
  • it is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E which protects against age-accelerating free radicals
  • it is effective in slowing the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles due to its small molecular structure, olive oil absorbs quickly and provides maximum penetration into the skin, making it an effective moisturizer
  • it is anti-inflammatory; it boosts resistance to bacteria; and assists with the body’s ability to heal itself
  •  it helps reduce damage caused by exposure to sun