Thursday, January 30, 2014

Benefits of Vitamin C used by Herbally Radiant

     Vitamin C is most beneficial antioxidant, especially when it comes to skin treatment.  Applying it to skin is more than 15 times effective than ingesting it in food.  Therefore, good organic beauty formulations must contain vitamin C amongst other ingredients.

      Vitamin C produces collagen that aids in growth of cells and blood vessels, and gives skin its firmness and strength.  It also helps create scar tissue and ligaments which help skin to repair itself.

       With its sun protecting properties, it reduces sunburn caused by exposure to UVB radiation, and thus prevents adverse consequences of long term sun exposure.

       As effective antioxidant, vitamin C slows the pace of free radicals damage (free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen, and cause dryness to skin, besides fine lines and wrinkles.) In some recent studies, it has been found that ascorbic acid 2phosphate, which is a derivative of vitamin C, also reverses DNA damage.

      Thus vitamin C is an essential ingredient in good organic beauty formulations designed to treat age spots. In fact, it is more effective than most of the chemical-based formulations being marketed at present which claim to treat age spots.

      Herbally Radiant has, therefore, especially launched Antioxidant Range of Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Cream and Face Mask.  These have wonderful properties to enhance natural beauty and create bright looks.  Herbally Radiant has received good customer reviews from the customers who have used its Antioxidant Range.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brief Introduction to Holistic Way to enhance beauty with natural products

Herbs and extracts derived from plants, roots, flowers, fruits and minerals are used for long lasting care of skin and hair.  In different layers (epidermis and dermis) and containing water, lipids,  minerals and chemicals, skin regenerates itself regularly. This regenerative capacity weakens due to atmospheric causes, sun damage, unhealthy diet and life style. Numerous chemical-based skin care products with glamorous labeling are also major cause for skin damage, and since 2% of any substance applied on skin is absorbed by body, the results could be: skin disorders and allergies, spots, lines and wrinkles, acne, shingles, rosacea, loss of elasticity and so on. Organic way to bright skin is, therefore, the safest and best way.

A judicious combination of potent herbs and essential oils can lead to long lasting cosmetic effect on skin and hair growth; many of them have wonderful protective and curative properties. Highly skin friendly, organic ingredients help nourish skin, whip up circulation and refine pores, allowing better absorption of nutrients. Great number of such products use the common and not so common herbs and natural elements. Even milk and lemon are good natural cosmetics; fruits make excellent face packs; cucumbers, peaches and apricots have beneficial properties; extracts from almonds and coconuts are good for massage of skin and hair, and effective in controlling wrinkles and crease formation.   Some of these are natural preservatives and effective emulsifiers with fine aroma and soothing fragrance

Among spices, turmeric, clove, thyme, rose water, honey, lemongrass, Acacia concinna, sandalwood oil, rubia cordifolia, rosa centifolia, etc. have wonderful uses in germicidal treatment, skin softening and porcelaining, discouraging facial hairs besides tightening facial and body skin, removing free   radicals and rejuvenating cells.

For overall good health and fitness, right way of living, e.g. right food, drink, sleep, rest, work and exercise, is important, but the health of skin and hair often gets neglected, or harmed due to  chemical-based formulations flooding the market.

We all know that  most diseases are  direct manifestation of one`s mental conditions. When mind is stressed, the related hormone cortisone is released by adrenal glands. The level of hormone released affects the total volume of brain`s hippocampus, which regulates  memory. Stress also affects all our decision-making activities. Among the best remedy could be regular easy-to-follow yoga exercises, which if combined with meditation, becomes a complete fitness program.  It takes care of physical, mental and spiritual fitness, leading to overall well being. 

Herbally Radiant has been promoting use of organic natural beauty care; its R&D team has been regularly testing new formulations in order to provide its customers the best choice for maintaining healthy bright skin especially with its Rejuvenating and Radiant range of products.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Serum and Moisturizer

What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

Serums act as specialists. They are formulated to address specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, firming, age spots and discolorations. Serums can address needs that aren’t covered by a moisturizer.

The structure of the molecules in a serum is generally smaller than that of a moisturizer, which allows the serum to penetrate deeper than a regular moisturizer. Serums can deliver vitamins, retinol and antioxidants to the skin to tackle any beauty issue.

Thus, a good serum  provides intensive care to treat problem or fragile areas and it aims to penetrate deep into the three layers of the skin to strengthen the cells as well as deliver active ingredients to your skin.  Although a moisturizer only helps with the superficial layers of the skin by retaining moisture on the surface of the skin and preventing it from evaporating, a good face serum will actually help your moisturizer to penetrate deeper and provide effective hydration.

According to cosmetic chemists, serums have  advantages over moisturizers or gels as these are  absorbed quickly and are often non-conflicting with other bases. Gels may flake and creams may be too oily. Herbally Radiant Serums are not oil-based and therefore free from oily substances.

As for whether a serum should be used along with a moisturizer, experts agree that serums and moisturizers can be used together. Most serums do not have moisturizing ingredients. Their rich ingredients effectively help regeneration of skin cells.

Herbally Radiant Serums (in its top range beauty care products) are Rejuvenating Serum and Radiant Serum. These are very effective formulations as Age Defying, Hydrating and Smoothening. Their rich organic ingredients, with especially selected essential oils have amazing effect. The effective concentrate of DMAE, organic anti-oxidant herbal ingredients and Vitamins richly hydrate skin and smooth out fine lines. The DMAE provides contouring benefits to skin that is losing elasticity, lifts tightens and tones skin besides diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Just 1-2 drops of our natural organic serums in daily skin care regime will bring out soft, pure and richly nourished glow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nature's gift "Lavender" for enhancing beauty

Lavender essential oil has a variety of healing properties. It is great for skin because of its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties; it is often used to treat skin problems like wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks, rashes, inflammations, acne, cold sores, hives, bug bites, stings, ring worm psoriasis and when lavender oil is combined with chamomile, it can treat eczema. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties will lower swelling, itch, and pain, while  aiding in tissue recovery.  Other properties include : muscle pain relief in case of sore muscle, sprain, joints and muscular aches, relaxation, relief from migraine and other headaches, calming effect on nervous system, relief from discomfort caused by shock, vertigo, premenstrual syndrome, delusions, panic attacks, relief from digestive problems, vomiting , relief from dandruff, dry scalp and hair loss.
Lavender oil is used extensively in aroma therapy for its beneficial effects.
Lavender oil is mostly known as a middle note (takes a while to establish a scent), but is often used with other essential oils like pine, clary, geranium, nutmeg, cedar wood and sage, which also allows it to be used as a base (very fragrant, long-lasting) or top note (very fragrant, short-lived).

We in Herbally Radiant use lavender extensively in our natural organic beauty products because of powerful properties of this natural ingredient.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Main Key Organic Ingredients in Herbally Radiant products

Since many products with 'organic' labels are flooding the market of beauty care, it is important to learn about them and their benefits to skin.  Today, let us glance through six main key ingredients which are used in Herbally Radiant beauty formulations. These are combined with other ingredients to create best natural organic cosmetic product.

      Aloe barbadensis: A 90% water succulent plant, it has vitamins A, D, K & E, amino acids and minerals; highly regenerative for skin cells, aids cell growth, brightens skin texture, rich moisturizer. It has good antiseptic properties as it contains lupoel, salicylic acid, urea, nitrogen, cinnamon acid, phenol and sulfur – all great antiseptics which are widely used in sun protection creams as well.

2.       Cocos Nucifera (organic coconut) oil: A saturated oil, it is extremely stable with an almost indefinite shelf life.  It is uniquely rich in lauric fatty acid (48%) and has significant anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties because of its contents (upto 50%) of medium chain fatty acid. It is therefore one of the safest and most effective natural body moisturizers. Used in aromatherapy in soap, body/massage oil, and shampoo moisturizer, adding sheen and preventing dry hairs, or a nail, and cuticle treatment.

3.       Stearic Acid: Derived from animal and vegetable fats and oils, this fatty acid is opacifying agent, surfactant cleansing agent and surfactant emulsifying agent, and is approved by FDA as additive in food items.

4.       Kosher Vegetable Glycerin: A clear, thick nontoxic liquid derived from palm oil, it is good solvent of herbal constituents and preservative and is most popular natural ingredient.  It has soothing effect, making the skin supple while offering a protection.  Its emollient and lubricating properties are very useful for dry and scaly skin, helping epidermis to retain moisture and maintain natural glow. We use 100% kosher vegetable glycerin which helps in retaining moisture and pulling oxygen into skin.

5.       Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil: Contains zinc, chromium, vitamin A, D and B complex. Chromium, iodine and copper have anti-aging properties, reducing lines and wrinkles, balancing sebum levels without blocking pores (to prevent acne formation). Excellent make-up remover; as lip moisturizer, it keeps lips plump and healthy, brings down any inflammation on skin, preventing growth of bacteria. Also good as massage oil and is excellent carrier of essential oils in skin care products.

6.       Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) oil: Derived from seeds of wine producing grapes, it is lightest of oils and  virtually odorless. It contains vitamins, minerals and is high in poly-unsaturates and protein. Wonderful when used around the eyes and neck. Widely used in hypoallergenic natural products because it does not often cause allergic reactions.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Harmful Ingredients in NON-ORGANIC Beauty Products

Last week, newspapers have referred to the recent report of Centre for Science and Evironment (CSE) which has alarming finding that about half of the 73 national (Indian) and international brands of popular cosmetics contain high levels of toxic heavy metals.

The CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Lab had tested popular fairness creams, lipsticks, anti-ageing creams and lip balms for mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and nickel.

The tests found mercury in 44% of the fairness creams, chromium and nickel, both carcinogens, in 50% and 43% of the lipstick samples respectively.

Fairness creams Aroma Magic Fairy Lotion, Olay Natural White and Pond’s White Beauty were the top three with high mercury content. Use of mercury in cosmetics is banned. “Mercury is not supposed to be present in cosmetic products. Its mere presence in these products is completely illegal and unlawful,” said  Director General CSE, adding that Mercury is poisonous in any form and the chemical readily absorbs through the skin into the bloodstream.

 Hearts & Tarts-080V, Lancome L’Absolu Nu-204 and MAC So Chaud-A82 had high chromium content.

The top three lipstick brands with high nickel content were Lancome L’Absolu Nu-204, Hearts & Tarts-080V and MAC So Chaud-A82.

Herbally Radiant has been promoting organic natural beauty products because this sector is not well regulated and most of the manufacturers prefer to use cheaper chemical or petro-based ingredients in their beauty products. These have long term harmful effects.  Herbally Radiant has been highlighting these from time to time and advising public to go in for herbal natural beauty care products which are safer and provide the best nutrients to face, body and hair.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lavandula officinalis – the most commonly used ingredient in cosmetic products

Popularly known as Lavender, and derived from the Latin word ‘lavare’(meaning cleansing), it is  globally used in a variety of medicinal and beauty formulations.  Romans used lavender oils in perfumes, cleansing agents.

In organic beauty formulations, lavender is an important ingredient which is commonly combined with other herbs and organic elements.  Herbally Radiant has specialized especially in anti-aging and anti-acne formulations.  The lavender essential oil is useful in getting rid of acne and skin spots and in brightening face. 

Successive trials have shown that patients who massage lavender essential oil into their scalps daily showed more improvement.

Lavender essential oil also has anti-bacterial properties. In combination with other essential oils, it becomes an effective formulation in face cleansers, moisturizers, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner.  It repairs any damage caused to skin due to sun or atmospheric pollutants. The anti-aging products launched by Herbally Radiant, namely: Rejuvenating and Radiant ranges, contain lavender which, along with other ingredients like aloe, extract of green and white tea, vitamin E and many others produce long lasting results, enhancing the natural beauty.

Many people find lavender aromatherapy to be relaxing and it has been reported to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.

Lavender has many other medicinal properties, but we have focused here on its immense benefits in beauty care.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Few benefits of using organic beauty products

Natural organic ingredients are more agreeable with the constitution of our body. It is important to learn about the befits of natural products and harmful effect of chemical-based stuff on our body and appearance. Unfortunately due to misleading claims by the manufacturers of chemical-based beauty products, there is growing trend to go in for these harmful formulations. One of the key benefits of using organic beauty products is to minimize exposure to chemicals. In a study, Pharmacopia concluded that over 5,000 chemicals are used in personal care products and up to 60% of some ingredients in body products like moisturizer and bubble bath will absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream.

As we have pointed out earlier, whatever is applied to the skin, 2 per cent of it goes into our bloodstream. One can imagine the avoidable danger from the long term use of the chemicals not only to the skin but also to overall health. A study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers. Some of the chemicals detected were linked to beauty products.

The extracts of plants and herbs play complimentary role in maintaining the natural radiance of skin, in eliminating skin disorders and protecting it from atmospheric pollutants.  There are thousands of such ingredients which nature has provided in abundance.  The users of beauty products would be better off by learning their efficacy instead of following the sheer marketing claims of chemical based products.

Herbally Radiant has, therefore, made it a practice to display all the natural ingredients on the labels of its beauty products for the benefit of the users who could learn more about enhancing their appearance and beauty.  


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Extracts of tea leaf in natural beauty formulations

The extracts of buds and leaves of tea make very effective ingredient in natural organic beauty products. Green teas have the highest concentration of antioxidant properties (polyphenol and flavonoid content). Green and white teas thus possess anticancer and antimutagenic properties which provide excellent skin nourishment.

Green tea is also beneficial in preventing heart problems, lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing strokes and diabetes. The green tea is available with minimal processing – its leaves are withered and not fermented. It therefore becomes effective organic ingredient in top beauty formulations designed to prevent acne and to restore the shine of the facial skin, while also nourishing hair and maintaining their shine. 

Herbally Radiant has therefore used green tea extract after its own research and tests into its anti-aging properties.  Its top of the range products, namely, Rejuvenating and Radiant additionally contain a combination of essential oils which work in tandem with tea extracts and other ingredients to create a rejuvenated and radiant facial skin. These formulations have been very popular with customers who have experienced reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Besides the anti-aging moisturizers in Rejuvenating and Radiant range, the Rejuvenating and Radiant Cleansers have been specially launched by Herbally Radiant to help eliminate very gently all impurities from face, including make-up marks, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This helps skin to absorb rich nutrients from specially prepared serums and moisturizers.  The net result is a fine rejuvenated skin, showing bright side of it.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Acne relief through organic products

It has been noticed that a number of companies are trying to market their products for the acne treatment. Most of their claims are not verifiable nor tested for safe use.  On the other hand, it has been seen that many ingredients in such products are harmful both for normal skin as well as for acne-prone face.  It is important therefore to go through the ingredients on the labels of the products. Where ingredients are not shown or mentioned vaguely, it is better to avoid them. 

                                                                                                                                                                           Till customers identify right product for relief from acne symptoms, the following precautions should be taken :
Don't use harsh or irritating skin-care products. Treating acne-prone skin gently is the best way to go. 

Don't wash your face with bar soaps or bar cleansers of any kind. Soap is drying, and the ingredients that hold bar soaps in their bar form clog pores. 

Don't pick at blemishes! You can "pop" a pimple, but how you do it makes all the difference between healing and scarring. Anything other than that means unsightly scabs, which turn into scars that are hard to heal. 

Don't use extreme heat or cold to clean your face or treat a blemish. Hot compresses or ice cubes are not the way to treat acne or to encourage healing; they cause inflammation, and that makes acne worse. Pores do not open and close with hot or cold water. 

Don't apply thick, waxy hair-styling products, or hairspray, especially if your hair usually touches your forehead. The ingredients in these products can clog pores if they get on your skin.
The team of Herbally Radiant has recently launched natural organic products in Clean range to apply on acne prone skin. These are: Cleansers, Toners, Serums and Scrub. Regular use of these will help rid acne related disorders and reduce the spots and other blemishes. One can order these products on line: 

       Herbally Radiant is receiving good reviews from customers who have benefited from its Clean range products with great relief from acne.