Thank Aloe! The Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin

Thank Aloe! The Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin

Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, or simply Aloe Vera, has been used LOVED for thousands of years! The benefits of aloe vera for skin care are pretty astounding. Just think about it…any plant that can stay super hydrated in the desert has to be amazing for the skin.

What I find so super amazing about this one powerful ingredient we’ve included in our Ultra Nourishing Day & Night Cream is the 200 nutritional substances packed within it leaves!That’s all packed into one ingredient. The benefits of aloe vera for skin that’s healthy and hydrated are abundant.

Aloe is loaded with 20 known minerals, 20 amino acids, 12 vitamins including vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene and active enzymes!! Click To Tweet!

The Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin Don’t Stop There…

Aloe is a super succulent and best friend to dry, damaged, irritable or even sensitive skin types. It’s a “must-have” ingredient to soothe skin after sun exposure or other damaging activities like wind exposure. Another thing I really love about Aloe is it’s healing anti-inflammatory ability to soothe skin the skin. It reducesscars and helps wounds.

benefits of aloe vera for skin

You know when it’s just too much to leave that little black head alone and you do a little more damage than you wanted to. Not only does it help the damage we may do, but also helps with acne, pimples and even rosacea.

But wait, there are more benefits of aloe vera for skin care!!!

Because of the salicylic acid and high antioxidant amounts, aloe again proves itself a must in a skin-care routine. That’s why it’s we chose to include this wildly potent ingredient in our Ali & Shay Ultra Nourishing Skin Cream.

OH, guess what else? It protects from UV damage as well and can block up 30% of those undesirable ultraviolet rays when applied generously. Yes please!

Thank you Aloe for giving us these amazing anti-aging and super healing benefits for hydrated, healthy, and nourished skin.

Hyaluronic Acid – Give Me A Drink!

Hyaluronic Acid – Give Me A Drink!

So many skin products boast of firmer, tighter, moisturized skin. But let’s talk specifics; Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (psst, meaning from a plant) is holding up it’s reputation of increasing moisture but also encouraging collagen production which gives us plumper & juicer skin. We’re getting multiple benefits from one simple ingredient. What more can you ask for?  

Not all Hyaluronic Acid is “created” the same…

There is one caution when shopping for a skin care line with Hyaluronic Acid and it lies in it’s name “botanical”. There are two types of Hyaluronic Acid. We are looking only for the type that comes from a plant called “cassia angustifolia”. With this botanical version we know a couple things; it’s a far more ethical practice to procure this coveted ingredient and the it’s purity is indisputable. It’s made my mother-nature which, in our book, is the best possible source!

Back in the day Hyaluronic Acid was obtained from horses or rooster combs (fleshy part at the top of the head). Yuck! Luckily for us, they found a fantastic replacement that is solely botanical and still boasts of all the desirable benefits!

So what is Hyaluronic Acid, anyways?

Hyaluronic Acid  is something that in naturally occurring in joints, connective tissues and the SKIN. As we age, well, our levels decline. In fact it goes from 20% to 10%.  That’s a big decline of something so mandatory to our youthful, glowing appearance. That’s why it’s such a vital ingredient in anti-aging products.

Let’s talk about some quality benefits.  Hyaluronic Acid has an incredible ability to hold AND attract more than 1000X it’s weight in moisture. Seriously! That’s incredible. It has a very unique ability to attract a changing amount of moisture based on the amount of environmental moisture in the air.  Given that I live in one of hyaluronic acidthe one of the driest states in the United States – Utah – hyaluronic acid was a must in our skin-care line. Shannon lives in Phoenix, Arizona – just as dry so we both wanted to ensure our products focused on moisture retention as well. Plus, when your skin is dry it shows more wrinkles and creases. Having Hyaluronic Acid in our beauty line keeps your skin looking fresh, moisturized and nourished. Now that’s convenient! 

So when looking for a skin care regimen to assist your skin each and every day to fight the signs of time, Hyaluronic acid is vital. It is going to protect the skin, keep it plump and juicy by strongly binding and attracting moisture all while filling in wrinkles and fine lines. We certainly like the sound of all that and we are loving the results. 

 

Gotu Kola Does All This

Gotu Kola Does All This

Gotu Kola is one of those little known ingredients that packs a powerful punch of benefits. It’s a small, perennial herbaceous plant from the wetlands of Asia. It’s been used for centuries in India, Africa and China because of it’s powerful medicinal properties. It’s a member of the parsley family and is flavorless and odorless. It can be taken as a tea, tincture, powder or added into various products.

Gotu Kola, also known by it’s scientific name, Centella Asiatica, is used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, including blood pressure, anxiety, and memory. Here’s are a few of our favorite benefits.

Gotu Kola reduces wrinkles and improves wound healing.

Of course we love this one and is why we’ve included this incredible herb in our ingredients. This medicinal herb is well known for it’s potent skin healing and nourishing abilities. Recent research has proven the anti-aging effects of this “miracle herb”. Molecules in the herb known as saponins have powerful healing effects. They have a powerful anti-oxidant effect that can improve scar tissue, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and leave the skin with a healthy texture. These little leaves are chock-full of awesome nutrients for the skin.

Gotu Kola has also become well known reducing the time for a wound to heal. In addition, it reduces the appearance of scar tissue, making the wound less visible. Pretty amazing, right?

It also improves circulation.

Who would have thought this little parsley-looking herb could have such a powerful effect! The University of Maryland Medical School recommends Gotu Kola for people with veinous insufficiency – basically Goto Kolapeople who’s veins aren’t strong enough to pump blood back up their legs, so fluids pool in their feet and ankles. On their website, they said,

Several small studies suggest gotu kola may help reduce swelling and improve blood flow. In a study of 94 people with venous insufficiency, those who took gotu kola saw their symptoms improve compared to those who took placebo. In another study of people with varicose veins, ultrasound tests showed that people who took gotu kola had less leakage of fluid.

It’s also recommended to take Gotu Kola before a flight to prevent swelling in the legs and ankles.

Used to help with blood pressure.

Because of it’s ability to help with circulation, Gotu Kola has been known to help reduce high blood pressure. A recent study showed promising results when it comes to using this herb to help with blood pressure because it can relieve the tension in the arterial system, increasing circulation and improving blood flow.

It even improves memory!

I’ve already found myself recommending this to a ton of people, not just for the incredible skin healing properties but also for it’s memory-improving abilities. A study in the Journal of Alzheimers showed amazing results when patients with Alzheimer’s were given Gotu Kola. It seems to improve the cognitive pathways, leading to improved memory. Another study done with a group of Alzheimer’s patients showed a verifiable improvement in memory for those taking Gotu Kola. How’s that for some amazing results?

A “Miracle Herb”?

While the benefits of this incredible herb have been known for centuries in Asian countries, it’s relatively new to the Americas. In our research on the best ingredients for anti-aging and skin health, we discovered Gotu Kola and we’re bringing it to you!

 

Oh Peptides – You Make My Skin Sing

Oh Peptides – You Make My Skin Sing

Peptides, oh peptides, what wonderous gifts you bare.
My skin now glows from head to toe…
And you’ve done wonders fro my hair.

Okay, okay, so I’m not a poet! But I am a scientist. There’s an interesting little tid-bit. Before becoming a stay-at-home mompreneur, I was a Biology teacher and some-times lab rat at a pharmaceutical company.

Researching ingredients is a bit of a geek-out for me, which brings me to peptides and why they were a must for our first product, Ultra-Nourishing Day & Night Cream.

You see peptides are little pieces of proteins. Why are they important? Well, proteins are the building blocks of skin. Think of proteins as the framework on which everything relies for structure, firmness, and shape. Without proteins…or without enough proteins, your skin gets saggy, droopy, dull and wrinkly.

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When Alisha and I set out to create our first product, we wanted all the ingredients from nature that had the most amazing benefits and results. Peptides definitely topped our list. They are simply essential for anti-aging, a healthy glow, great texture and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

So why add peptides to skin cream?

When peptides are applied to the skin they signal the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Both of these are responsible for giving our skin elasticity and strength, so obviously great anti-aging components. When you apply peptides to the skin, skin cells can utilize these building blocks to create more of the proteins, improving the look, texture and composure of the skin. Pretty cool, right? It’s a little known beauty secret that produces a big effect.

In fact, in a recent study conducted in Germany found that:

As a consequence (of peptides), pigmentation of photo-damaged skin and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced with the regeneration of the skin matrix cells. Skin elasticity increases, and skin appears smoother and firmer…

There’s a ton of research being done on the value of peptides, not just for anti-aging (which we love) but also for medical applications such as help for burn victims. All in all, we love the incredible benefits of peptides which is why we’ve included them in our beauty products.

Thanks for stopping by and reading our posts!

Shannon  XOXO

 

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31728/full
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/fight-wrinkles-skincare_n_3814410.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15648443
http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/4/2/16/pdf

 

 

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