We were pleasantly surprised to receive today a new customer – a registered nurse - who knew very well the types of ingredients that go into skin care products and their effects. She was impressed with our anti-aging products with immensely beneficial natural ingredients and Essential Oils. On her advice, we are going to disseminate the useful facts about maintaining and revitalizing body and facial skin.
Briefly, skin’s two layers (epidermis and dermis) contain a complex system of nerves, blood vessels, oil glands, sweat glands, hair follicles, sensory cells and sensory nerve endings. While epidermis is made up of several rows of living cells, the dead skin cells are constantly being shed and replaced by cells from the deeper layer (dermis).
A network of capillary blood vessels supply oxygen and nutrients to the skin and lymphatic vessels drain away waste products. In the basal layer of epidermis are cells which produce a pigment called melanin. This determines the color of the skin and protects skin from the sun’s rays – a natural protective response to help shield the inner layer.
While the normal skin has soft, velvety texture and color glows under its translucent surface. In oily skin, the sebaceous glands are overactive, needing special cleansing to keep pores unclogged. Dry skin is the majority type; it lacks both sebum and moisture and looks fine-textured, transparent, patchy and fragile. It flakes and chaps easily.
Among our top selling and most popular anti-aging products, Radiant Age-Defying Cream is the most powerful skin repairing moisturizer. Since this cream contains many herbal and plant-based ingredients, here we can only mention the following three of them and explain their benefits :
Aloe vera: It is an incredible medicinal plant full of nutritional benefits and has both internal and external applications. Aloe Vera contains several vitamins: A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, and is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Among the 20 minerals in Aloe vera are: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
With its extremely beneficial properties, aloe is key primary compound in Herbally Radiant’s formulations. It is a known vulnerary, (helps heal wounds of burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even bug bites). Aloe is (1) great hydrating substance (99% water), helping rejuvenate mature skin; (2) rich in powerful antioxidants with antibacterial properties; (3) antipruritic, good for relieving or preventing itching; (3) an astringent triggering contraction of body tissues, reduces bleeding from minor abrasions; (4) increases elasticity of skin through collagen and elastin repair; (5) excellent emollient to soften and soothe skin; (6) supplies oxygen to skin cells, improving blood through capillary dilation, thus increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
Jojoba oil: A natural emollient, its similarity to sebum allows it to absorb easily and readily into our skin, making it a gentle, skin-softening moisturizer for all skin types. In addition to acne, jojoba oil provides good treatment for various other skin infections and health ailments, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. According to Shirley Price, a renowned aromatherapist and co-author of the book "Aromatherapy for Health Professionals," jojoba oil may improve and relieve an assortment of skin conditions, including psoriasis, chapped skin, sunburn and eczema.
Due to its non-greasy texture, light weight and anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil has proved to be an ideal ingredient for treating acne-related skin problems. This is also confirmed by Leda Hadady, author of "Asian Health Secrets," that jojoba oil actually dissolves the sebum that clogs our pores, providing relief from acne.
Olive oil: Olive oil, considered a naturally effective beauty enhancer for centuries, is a mild, pure and natural substance from fruits of olive tree. Besides its cleansing properties, it protects and moisturizes for smooth, soft skin. Olive oil contains rich antioxidants helpful in improving skin tone, helping scars fade and balancing the oils in our skin, thus turning even oily skin into what is considered "normal."
Olive oil can reach deep into the skin creating smooth and silky dermis. The antioxidants-vitamin E and vitamin A-also protect skin from external exposure. Its application promotes skin elasticity, which then reduces wrinkles and helps prevent new ones from forming.
It is not possible to detail here many other key, or non-key, ingredients that go into Herbally Radiant’s anti-aging formulations. Having launched nearly 76formulations, our in-house R&D team is constantly looking for improvisation, and monitoring the effect of new ingredients and procedures.