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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: December 2007 Issue
Welcome to the December Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter.
Firstly, Susan and I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year. We also like to thank you for your continued interest in our Newsletter and the positive feedback we've received from so many of you.
Now that Christmas is only a matter of 3-4 weeks away and the Christmas spirit is well and truly surrounding us, we thought we'd help you celebrate Christmas with a special gift offer from us... just keep reading...
Index of the December Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:
(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)
Special Christmas Gift Offer from Us to You (Click on 'Christmas Gift'- this is for Members Only)
Feature Article: How to Mix & Match Wildcrafted's skin care products
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Article: Cellulite: What is it and How can you get rid of it?
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Article: Seasonal Effects on Your Skin
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
About a herb of interest - Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Kitty's Corner - Live in an Apartment and Looking for a Pet?
(by Kitty the Cat)
December 2007 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter
Do your hands give away your age?
Ok, so let’s talk hands... Not unlike the face, your hands tend to show the world your age. Women will spend time and money taking care of their facial skin, which results in younger, healthy looking complexion, but what about your hands? Are your hands looking 10 older than your face?
Why not spend a little time and effort giving your hands and anti-aging treatment?
First, make your hands wet, using warm water, then put about a 20¢ piece of Skin Renewal Gel on your palm and gently massage the product over the back of your hands and fingers. Don’t rub too hard, just a gentle massaging action will do the trick nicely.
Rinse off the products and dry your hands. Then use the Angel’s Touch Intensive Hand Cream and work the product into your skin and your done. Simple, isn’t it?
If you continue to do this as regularly as you do your face, you’ll soon see the difference and your hands won’t give away your age to anyone.
If the skin on the back of your hands has age-spots, various discolorations and a slightly leathery appearance, you might consider using the Age Defying Essence rather than the Angel's Touch Hand Cream.
Rough body skin?
You can follow the same procedure as above using the Skin Renewal Gel, but substitute one of our All-over Body Moisturising Lotions for the Angel’s Touch Hand Cream.
As an alternative to using the exfoliant, you can use a loofah, which also helps to remove the dead layers of skin. Get a loofah with a handle long enough to reach the skin on your back - it too develops layers of dead skin that need to come off if you want smooth, healthy skin.
Quick links to products discussed in this article:
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The first sign of cellulite is every woman’s nightmare. Cellulite is an irregular accumulation of fatty cells immediately underneath the skin, which leads to a dimpled appearance known as cellulite or ‘orange skin’. So, let’s take a closer look at cellulite, what it is, why mainly women get it and how you can get rid of it.
What is Cellulite?
In addition to the secretory portions of sweat glands, the hypodermis (subcutaneous connective tissue which lies just below your skin) contains lobules of adipose tissue (tissue containing fat-cells), which are separated by strands of collagenous fibers, called septae. When these septae become excessively filled with well-nourished adipocytes (fatty cells), the surface of the skin becomes dimpled and the appearance is known as cellulite.
Cellulite occurs around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Because of the close proximity of cellulite is to the surface of the skin, it creates a dimpled appearance in those body regions.
It occurs mostly in women as well as in some men, and can affect most age groups. Even if you do not have a weight problem, eat healthy food, drink plenty of fluid and exercise on a regular basis, you can still have cellulite.
It is estimated that about 85% of women have some cellulite. Cellulite can begin to develop in teenagers, but more commonly begins to show itself in the late 20’s, early 30’s. Factors that are attributed to the development of cellulite are: age, genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise.
However, even fit and healthy top athletes can and do get cellulite. Basically the reason women get cellulite is because women have to store fat to give them enough calories to get them through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What Can You Do and What Works To Rid Yourself of Cellulite?
For starters, be patient. Anything you are going to do that will ultimately bring results will take time.
Lymphatic drainage massage, and specific massage strokes such as effleurage, frictions, tapotement, and kneading will help to remove the build up of fat deposition. You will need to have regular massages, at least once per week for 6-12 months, depending on the amount of cellulite needing to be removed. As the months pass, however, you will start to see a difference, very slow at first, but if you continue this form of treatment, you will see a difference.
The use of essential oils in lotions and creams can indeed help to break down cellulite. Essential oil of Mandarin, which is a citrus oil, will help to break down fat. The way to get the best effect is to use a product like Wildcrafted’s Mandarin Toning Lotion, applied to your thighs and buttocks, or where ever you have cellulite, rap this area with Glad wrap, and allow the lotion to work for about 20 minutes. Repeat this at least 3 times per week.
You can take this one step further. The best results are obtained by applying the lotion to the affected area, wrapping Glad wrap around these areas followed by 15-20min of gentle exercise, such as going for a walk, riding a bike (exercise bike) or using a treadmill.
In addition, combine this regime with a healthy diet, ample intake of water and some regular exercise, and you will start to see a difference over time. Again, be patient. This will not work in a day or two.
Aromatherapy Oil Bend to help reduce cellulite
Using the same essential oils as are contained in Wildcrafted's Mandarin Toning Lotion, namely, Mandarin, Lemon, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon grass and Peppermint you can make an oil blend using 6 drops each into 50ml of Almond or Apricot oil. After a bath, shower or exercise, gently massage a few drops of the oil into the affected areas of your body. Do this twice a day.
There are a couple of machines that seem to provide results. One of these is called the Tri-Active and the other the Velasmooth and both of these machines do improve the problem, however, they are expensive, and only the Velasmooth is available in Australia at a cost of $150.- per session! Results are starting to be noticed after 4-6 months of weekly sessions.
Your best bet is to combine the massage with a lotion such as the Mandarin Toning Lotion, a regular exercise regime and a good, healthy, well-balanced diet.
Assault Your Cellulite
Usually doing one thing on its own will not produce long-term effects. For example if you decide you will exercise every day for 20 minutes, focusing on your thighs, you will get trim muscles and you will loose some of the cellulite, but even athletes have cellulite, so what chance have we, non-athletes, got?
On the other hand if you go on a diet, the same sort of thing happens. You will loose weight, probably, and you will start to feel healthier and more energetic, but the cellulite will likely only reduce and not disappear.
Similarly, you can buy a variety of products, all of which claim to work, and many of them probably could, but in the long-term, it is not likely that you will be able to get rid of the cellulite totally.
The only way that you can get rid of cellulite is to combine the three. Eat fresh, wholesome foods, do not eat processed food; stay away from coffee, alcohol and sweet soft drinks. Instead drink diluted fruit juice/vegetable juice, at least 2 litres of water every day and keep all other drinks to a minimum.
In addition, exercise at least 3 times every week. Find an exercise you enjoy, because if you don't, you won't do it long-term. The exercise you choose needs to become a hobby, that way you look forward to doing it rather then a have to do.
Finally to specifically target the areas of cellulite deposition, use a cream or lotion that contains a range of essential oils that include Lemon, Mandarin and others.
Citrus oils break down fat. They also are readily absorbed through the skin and thus directly affect the fat cells stored just below the superficial layers of the skin. One such product is Wildcrafted's Mandarin Toning Lotion. It contains the mix of citrus oils that are known to target fat cells in the skin.
Again, the best results are achieved if after you apply the Mandarin Toning Lotion, you wrap the body-parts in Glad wrap and do some gentle exercise such as going for a walk or a gentle bike ride. After this exercise, have a shower, reapply the toning lotion and rest for 15 minutes.
If you do this and follow the suggestions above with respect to diet and fluid intake, you will see significant result, but only if you stick to it and continue the process over several months (6 months plus).
Treating cellulite is a long-term multi-facetted approach and there is no such thing as a quick fix here.
I hope this little article will help some of you begin to get a grasp on how to go about getting rid of your cellulite. Be persistent, patient and make it fun.
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How Do Different Seasons Affect Your Skin?
Unless you live in the tropics where the climate remains relatively constant throughout the year, you will experience seasonal changes and so does your skin. Even the tropics experience a change, namely the wet season (summer) and the dry season (winter). So let's start with these two.
In Summer, the temperature is generally higher than in winter and we often resort to cooling the environment around us by the use of air conditioning or at least using fans to circulate air which helps to cool us off a little.
In the case of fans, the circulating air helps to evaporate water (perspiration) off our skin and in so during, the skin is cooled and this helps to cool the body. The loss of water through perspiration has a dehydrating effect on our skin unless we drink increased amounts of water and other re-hydrating fluids.
Similarly, air conditioning moves / circulates air, which has the same effect as the fans, but in addition, an air conditioner removes (some) water from the air and cools the air at the same time, creating a dryer, cooler environment in the air conditioned space.
An other factor of consideration is that heat tends to cause opening of the skin's pores. This in turn allows for increased sebum secretion (oil secretion) and thus our skin can get a little more oily than usual. As a consequence, the stale oil on the skin combined with environmental dust and other pollutants can lead to blocked pores and result in black heads or acne pimples.
So what does that mean to our skin?
Well, for starters the drying effect from fans and air conditioning needs to be addressed. Make sure you increase your hydrating fluid intake during summer. What I mean by 'hydrating fluid' is water, herbal teas which are not diuretic such as peppermint or other mint type herbs, fruit juices, and smoothies (ice blended with various fruit and a little yogurt).
In addition, your skin care regime needs to include facial/body masks as well as exfoliation using a good, natural exfoliant. This does two things.
Keeping your skin clean is the first step. The second part to keeping your skin hydrated is to use your moisturiser a bit more often. Moisturising your skin 3 maybe even 4 or more times a day will help to keep it hydrated and in addition provide protection from the environment (at least to some extent).
If your skin type changes from normal to oily during summer, then you should also change your skin care system to treat oily skin, rather than using the system for normal skin. It is important to remember that with the changing of the seasons, your activity levels may change together with the types of foods you eat and the fluids you drink. They all contribute to your internal environment and this is reflected by your skin.
Remember your skin is a living, breathing organ that adapts to the environment and therefore you need to adapt your skin care approach accordingly.
The other seasonal extreme is Winter. In winter, the air is generally cooler - in some parts of the world it is freezing and thus our skin reacts just as it does in summer to the change in climate.
Unlike summer, during winter we tend to ad heat to our physical environment and like air conditioning, heating too dries the air reducing its moisture content. It is a principle of physics that if you are in a dry environment, your body will loose moisture to the dry environment. Hydration is therefore very important and necessary to stop your skin from becoming dry.
Dry and cracked lips are classic symptoms of dehydration that often appear during late Autumn and Winter. But the drying of the skin goes beyond the lips. Just like in Summer, your skin needs the right skin care regime to keep it moist and hydrated.
While in Summer normal skin may become slightly oily, in Winter normal skin will tend to become dry and in some people even increase in sensitivity. This is because the cold air will tend to close the pores rather than open them as happens during summer. So the bodies natural oils are not being secreted onto the skin and thus the natural oils that protect the skin are reduced and the skin will be more vulnerable.
Again it becomes necessary to increase the frequency of applying your moisturising cream and drink warming, hydrating fluids. You may want to consider using a nourishing night cream during this time, if you don't already use one.
People suffering from Eczema/Dermatitis, which gets worse in Winter, need to pay particular attention to their fluid intake. I know from personal experience, that if I do not drink enough water, my skin soon lets me know and becomes very dry, itchy and irritated.
It easy to forget to drink water and other hydrating fluids during winter, because the temperatures are lower and the heat of summer which tends to make one want to drink cooling drinks is not there to remind us.
For people with oily skin types, Winter is often a 'good time', because the cold climate causes the skin's pores to close and thus less sebum is secreted. Similarly, people with dry skin types tend to have a reprieve in summer when pores open and secrete more oils that lubricate the otherwise dry skin.
Again it is important for either scenario to adapt the skin care regime to the changes in the skin. So if you have 'normal' skin in winter (oily skin types), than use a skin care system suitable for normal skin. Conversely, if you have a normal skin type in Summer (dry skin types), than change the skin care system to suit. Your skin changes with the seasons and therefore so should your skin care system.
Often the 'normal skin type' or 'true skin type' is most obvious during the mid-Autumn/mid-Spring seasons. These seasons are usually mild, representing an 'average' of the seasonal extremes. It is then that your true skin type(s) is most easily determined.
I'll give you an example. Most of the year round, my skin type is generally normal to dry from the neck down. My face has a tendency to a slightly oily T-Zone, while the lower half of my face and cheeks are slightly on the dry side and my neck is normal.
In summer, my T-Zone gets oilier and the rest of my body's skin stays mostly normal, maybe with a slight tendency to dryness. In Winter, my oily T-Zone becomes normal, the rest of my face stays normal to dry, but my lower legs become very dry unless I stay on top of it and make sure I drink enough fluids and use plenty of moisturising cream.
Remember that most people have several skin types over their body and especially on their face. It is more common to see two skin types, as illustrated in the example above, than just one uniform skin type.
As I mentioned, mid-Spring and mid-Autumn are like the average of Summer and Winter and often during this time, your 'true' skin type is revealed. However you need to be aware that even during these two seasons your skin type may change as either Winter or Summer gets closer.
So get to know your skin and how it reacts to the changing seasons; adapt your skin care system and make sure you use natural skin care products to ensure you do not introduce potentially toxic chemicals into your body.
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Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Common names: Roman Chamomile; Matricaria chamomila - German Chamomille also known as ‘super blue’
Traditional / Historical Uses:
Chamomile is one of the oldest favourites amongst garden herbs and its reputation as a medicinal plant shows little signs of abatement. The Egyptians reverenced it for its virtues, and from their belief in its power to cure ague, dedicated it to their gods. No plant was better known to the country folk of old, it having been grown for centuries in English gardens for its use as a common domestic medicine to such an extent that the old herbals agree that 'it is but lost time and labour to describe it' (Grieve, 1977).
Long known as the ‘mother herb’, Chamomile has a history of use in all female problems and as a soothing tea for teething and colicky infants. It has also been used for indigestion and other digestive problems and as a sedative.
Added to Massage and Bath Oil blends, Chamomile has pronounced sedative properties and is especially effective where there is nervous agitation associated with anger, irritability and over-sensitivity and can be found in the Wildcrafted Mellow Mood Massage Oil Blend , and Wildcrafted Relaxation Hydro Oil Blend .
Uses In Natural Skin Care Products:
In skin care, Chamomile is renowned as a major analgesic, anti-inflammatory and wound healer, relieving pain, redness from any cause and promoting skin repair.
It is good for dry, red, hot and sensitive skin and is said to have anti-allergic properties. In this respect, German Chamomile has a stronger action due to its higher Azulene content that also gives it the name of ‘super blue’. Like most essential oils Chamomile has antiseptic properties and so is used cosmetically as a skin decongestant and cleanser.
Chamomille Blue can be found in the following Wildcrafted Skin Care Products:
Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:
Volatile oil, comprising azulene (chamazulene), farnesene, alpha-bisabolol, sesquiterpens, palustrine, quercetol, methoxycoumarin, furfural, apigenin, salicylic acid, choline, phytosterol, triacontane, fatty acids and flavonic heterosides (Stuart, 1979)
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We hope you enjoyed receiving our Newsletter over the past 12 months and are looking forward to the New Year as much as we are looking forward to bringing you new articles, hints & tips as well as the odd special offer, just for you subscribers.
Remember, Christmas is not that far away and the best way to avoid the stress and rush is to start thinking about your Christmas gifts now...
Susan and I would like take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and joyous festive season.
In good health
Danny & Susan Siegenthaler
© Copyright: Wildcrafted Herbal Products, 2007
Hello to you all, and a hearty Miau.
I hope you found last month's article interesting and helpful.
This month we'll talk about suitable pets if you live in an Apartment
Living in an apartment doesn't mean you can't have pets, but there are guidelines you should follow.
One of the keys is choosing a pet that suits your lifestyle. Take into account the amount of time and energy you can devote to your pet and the needs your pet will have. Generally dogs are more active and love companionship, while cats are less active and more independent.
If you choose a dog, the most important factor is its personality. Some breeds of dog are more suited to indoor living than others. These include Whippets, Greyhounds, Corgis, Boston Terriers and Smooth Collies. Remember, even relatively low maintenance dogs need to be walked daily for exercise and toilet breaks.
Cats have the advantage of being very comfortable indoors and easily housetrained. Some breeds recommended for apartment living include Abyssinians, British Shorthairs, Birmans, Burmese, Persians and Russian Blues. An indoor cat will be kept happy with a window to look out of, some toys to play with and a scratching post.
Other animals that can make good apartment pets are birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, mice, some reptiles and guinea pigs.
For now, Miau from me, until next year.
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