Natural Skin Care Newsletter - October 2006



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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: October 2006 Issue

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Welcome to the October issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. We have packed a variety of topics into this issue hoping that at least some of the articles will be of interest to you. Also you are the first to hear about our exiting New Product Range ...

We hope you'll enjoy reading this month's issue.

Index of the October 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)


(News and What's New At Wildcrafted)

Look 10 Years Younger in 7 Days
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

3 Key Steps to Radiant Beauty This Summer
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Body Skin versus Facial Skin: How does the skin of your face differ from the skin on the rest of your body?
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Spring Clean Your Body
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - Runny Eyes in Cats
(by Kitty-the-Cat)

October 2006 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter










This newsletter is packed with information and useful hints and tips. With Spring in full swing and Summer on its way, we'll look at spring-cleaning your body and getting ready for the Summer.

We have created a New Product Range: Natural Body Moisturising Lotions, and as Members of our Newsletter, you are the first to know about this exiting range of new products, which includes the old favourite 'Geranium & Aloe Body Lotion', as well as a number of additional Products. They are now in a 250ml bottle with a pump to reduce contamination and increase ease of use.
Have a look, they're great

Christmas is not as far away as we'd like to think, so we thought you might just want to have a look at some of the Great Christmas Gift Ideas we've put together for you.

Happy reading and shopping!

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Look 10 Years Younger in 7 Days

Do you really believe that an anti-aging skin care product you apply to your face can make your skin look 10 years younger in 7 days? Probably not, but you should, because there are products which are currently being marketed that say they do and they actually work. Or do they?

There’s only one problem - basically these types of products do not work in the long term. That is, as soon as you stop using these products, not only do all your wrinkles come back, but there will most likely be a few additional ones and chances are that your skin will not look as healthy as it did before.

The reason for this is that these types of creams and lotions are nothing more than humectants, an oil-free class of moisturizer that reduces the loss of water by binding it to the skin, thus reducing loss of moisture, resulting in a temporary smoothing out of wrinkles (Harvard Medical School). Basically, that’s the long and the short of it.

For this privilege you get to pay a heap of money, for what? Water? Yes, basically that is exactly what you are buying, a cream that holds water in your skin, resulting in a reduction of lines and wrinkles. If that’s what you want, than that’s fine, however, most consumers of skin care products want products that CARE for the skin, hence the name - skin care. Locking water into your skin is hardly taking care of it.

Real skin care is about providing the skin with the building blocks that nurture the skin with the nutrients it needs to give you a healthy, vibrant and youthful looking complexion. These nutrients are a combination of botanical ingredients, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, and linoleic acid; vitamins, and minerals, which help maintain the skin’s outer protective layer and actually provide your skin with the help it needs to result in the healthy, good looking skin you want to have.

PicSome people are very fortunate and have a very healthy, good looking skin into their 70’s and beyond, unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. Everyone’s skin is slightly different and everybody has different ideas of what their skin should be like.

When using creams that merely supply your skin with water, you are in actual fact not really using a skin care product, rather you are using a product that hydrates your skin - that’s it. Nothing else is on offer and your skin will not be benefiting in the long term from this type of product. Once you stop using it, the wrinkles will come back deeper and more prominent than ever. Just read some of the information provided by Dermatologists in the media. They all say the same thing. Don’t fall for the advertising and marketing hype.

Instead, you should think about real skin care and start to implement a daily skin care regime that actually has the potential to nourish and rebuild the tone and health of your skin. Using natural skin care products is even more preferable, as most of them do not contain potentially harmful ingredients that may end up doing you more harm than good.

There are many synthetic chemicals that are added to commercially available skin care products, such as parabens, EDTA, and the list goes on, and on, and on. Have a look at the list of ingredients that are routinely being used in many commercially available skin care products. It will astound you.
If your aim is to reduce the lines and wrinkles on your face, consider a holistic approach. Yes, it does take more time and effort, but the results will be much better, longer lasting and not least of all, much healthier for you.

Choose products that are truly natural. Natural skin care products usually contain essential oil and herbal extracts that are effective in treating your skin. They are not synthetic designer chemicals that will provide you with a quick fix. They are however proven substances that have been shown to promote healthy skin and a vibrant looking complexion. Cosmetic butters, oils from seeds, such as wheat germ, sesame seeds, etc., as well as different type of hydrosols, etc., are all rich in nutrients that soothe, hydrate and nourish your skin.

Many essential oils and herbal extracts have natural properties that enhance cell growth and aid in collagen production. These are the type of ingredients you need to look for in your skin care products. They will help, not just in the short term, but also over time. If you did stop using these types of products, the skin would still benefit from the time that you did use them and would continue to look healthy and vibrant, at least for some time.

So do your self a favour, don’t fall for the heavily promoted quick fix. It’s not, and you end up paying far more than just a lot of money.


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3 Key Steps to Radiant Beauty This Summer

Beauty is so subjective, yet both men and women are constantly striving to achieve that ‘Body Beautiful’. This is promoted through the media, where we are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful men and women who, by implication, are successful because of their good looks.

Beauty however, is much more than just skin deep and true beauty comes from within. There are simple steps, which anyone can follow to look and feel more beautiful. Beauty is much more about how you feel and project yourself, than it is about the size of your waist, number of lines on your face or darkness of your tan. It is about the projection of health, vigour and confidence.

So how can you achieve this radiant beauty?

Simple. There are 3 key steps you need to incorporate into your daily life to bring to the outside the beauty within.

Step 1 - Diet

Yes, it is an old cliché, but you are what you eat. Your skin, eyes, weight, looks and even your emotional state are influenced by what you eat. Eat rubbish, and you’ll feel like rubbish, and that is what you’ll project to the people around you. This sounds hard, and many of you will not believe this to be true, but the fact is that if your diet does not consist of a well rounded, nutritionally balanced intake of good quality food, sooner or later your body will reflect this.

So what is a well rounded, nutritionally balanced diet?

Diets come in all shapes and sizes. Everyday we read or hear about another miracle diet that will loose us those extra kilos, make us look a million dollars and so on... Unfortunately, most of these diets do not work, at least not for the majority of people who try them. This is not always the fault of the diet, but often this is due to the fact that the celebrity who is promoting this diet has a completely different lifestyle to the one we have. They can afford to spend hours in the gym, have personal trainers and have the cash to buy the high quality foods, vitamins, herbs, etc.

Another aspect is time pressure. Often it is a lack of time that prevents us from doing what we know we should be doing, but simply do not have the time to do. Or do we?

According to the AC Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day! Now that is a lot of time that could be invested into more productive activities.

So let’s look at what you should be eating.

The first thing is, do not go on a diet. Yes, that’s right, do not go on a diet. Rather look at what you are eating and make better choices. First, stop purchasing highly processed foods like TV dinners and the like, stop buying junk food during the day to have a quick lunch or even to substitute a sound breakfast. It does not take any longer to cut up a banana and add it to some natural yogurt together with some oats, nuts and grains, than it does to get into the queue at your local fast food outlet. The quality of food however is as different as day and night. The natural breakfast will provide you with much higher nutritional value than anything you can get from a fast food outlet.

Secondly, when doing your shopping, focus on buying fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if you like, but that’s not necessary. Focus on making meals rather than buying them already made. Ready made meals have preservatives and other additives you do not need and that may not be good for you. Stick to making the meals yourself. Take some of the TV time and invest it in your health.

Thirdly, it is better for your body to eat small meals frequently rather than one large meal at night, as so many of us do. Remember that you do not need a lot of energy to sleep, but you do need energy to tackle your day-to-day activities. It is therefore best to eat the largest meal of the day in the morning and decreasingly large portions subsequently during the day. Use fresh fruits and nuts to provide you with healthy, quick little snakes that will sustain you during the day. Come dinner-time, make meals that are light and easy to digest. There are hundreds of books out there that will provide you with recipes that are easy to make, healthy and of high nutritional value.

Finally, keep this in mind when preparing meals. Use small quantities of many foods. For example, try to exceed 15 different fruits and vegetables every day. This does not mean you need to eat 15 pieces of fruit/vegetables, but rather small portions of more than 15 wholesome foods. In a muesli for instance, use rolled oats, dried or fresh banana, apple, pears, berries, add different nuts such as almonds, pecans, hazel nuts, walnuts, add a handful of pine seeds, raw oats, raisins and sultanas. Then, when making your salad use lots of different vegetables, don’t be afraid to experiment. You see how easy it is to achieve variety of over 15 different foods in anyone day. In addition, don’t forget to have fish 2 or 3 times a week.

Yes, it’s a change in the way you are used to doing things, but these sorts of changes are exactly what is needed if you want to achieve that ‘body beautiful’. Are you prepared to pay the price? If not, don’t bother reading on. If yes, then there are some additional steps you can take to bring you closer to where you want to be.

Step 2 - Exercise

Err, I hear you say. Not that again. I don’t have time to go to the gym... I hate going to the gym... Well, so do I, but exercise is the one thing that will keep your body fit and help you to achieve the physical well being. Don’t go to the gym unless you feel comfortable in that environment and you like being there. There are equally good ways you can get exercise all the way through your day, without necessarily taking time out to go and do exercise.

How? Easy. Park your car a block or two away from the office, shops, or where ever you’re going and walk the extra distance. You’ll probably find it easier to find a parking spot and that is reducing your stress levels already.

At the office, walk over to a colleague instead of sending them an email or texting them. Take the stairs to walk up to your office. When it comes time for lunch, take it, go outside and take a little walk.

At home, maybe you could go for a walk after dinner instead of watching the box or sitting in front of the computer. Not 3 hours, 30-40 minutes is all you need to help strengthen your cardio-vascular system. Your skin will look healthier, your body will feel healthier and guess what, you’ll actually start to look healthier too. This is all you need to do to get started. If you want to get fitter and maybe increase your muscle tone, you might want to re-think the gym idea, or some other form of exercise you enjoy. This is the key YOU MUST ENJOY THE EXERCISE other wise you will not continue to do it for very long and any little reason not to do it will be good enough.

It may take you a bit of experimenting to find out what form of exercise you do like. Maybe it’s riding a bike, swimming, yoga, tai chi, bush walking or mountain climbing. Or maybe it is playing a sport such as tennis, squash, football or what ever. They key is to find something you like doing, that way it is no longer exercise it’s become a hobby.

At this point there is another sub-key, if you like and this is the adequate intake of water. Our bodies require 2 litres of water each and every day to function normally. If the body does not get 2 litres of water, it will start to become de-hydrated. Dehydration is very subtle at times and may be not obvious to you, but you will start to get dry skin, possibly become constipated and the body will not like you for neglecting its needs. Sooner or later it will let you know one way or the other. So, don’t tempt it, give it what it wants and make sure you consume at least 2 litres of water daily, more if you do physical work or exercise vigorously. Remember that water helps to flush out toxins from your body, which are better off out than in and you will feel better for it.

Step 3 - Skin care

Yes, skin care is important. Your skin is the defence between your external environment and the inside of your body. It performs a vital function in protecting you from harmful substances and microbes and it help in the elimination of toxins as well as in temperature regulation.

A daily skin care regime is vital for a healthy, vibrant appearance and should be followed by men and women alike. I’ve covered this topic in detail in an other article, which is entitled ‘Daily Skin Care Regime - Why is a Daily Skin Care Regime Important?’ however, let me reiterate the most important steps. The key steps in a daily skin care regime are: Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising. On a weekly basis you also need to include exfoliation and possibly using a deep cleansing clay mask to rid your skin of excessive dead skin cells and remove the deep seated dirt lodged in the pores of your skin.

Make use of a natural skin care system, rather than using skin care products, which contain potentially harmful, synthetic chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed by your skin and have been shown to have the potential to cause more harm than good.

This comes back to using natural substances rather than highly processed ones. Apply this concept not just to the food you eat, but what you put on your skin as well.

Following these simple steps, you are slowly, but surely moving toward radiating true beauty from within.


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Body Skin versus Facial Skin: How does the skin of your face differ from the skin on the rest of your body?

Most of us look after our facial skin on a daily basis. Why? Because it is on display to the world, however, the rest of our skin should receive just as much attention and the use of a good quality, natural skin care range that includes products for the hands, feet and the rest of your body’s skin is essential for healthy, vibrant looking skin that will be able to perform all of it’s very important functions.

Your facial skin is exposed to the surrounding environment 24 hours a day. UV radiation, pollution, etc., is in direct contact with your facial skin. Unlike your face, the rest of the body’s skin is usually covered by clothing, which ads an additional layer of protection between your skin and its surrounding environment.

Its functions of the skin include:

  • Providing a barrier that prevents toxic substances from damaging the body’s vulnerable interior;
  • Providing a first line of defence that prevents bacterial, viral, and fungal organisms from causing disease;
  • Providing a thermostat that regulates body temperature, allowing humans to live in various environments;
  • Sensory perception such as sensing stimuli through touch and temperature.
  • The skin also contains sweat glands, oil glands, and hair follicles. Its extreme versatility enables tremendous growth from childhood to adulthood and efficient repair following injury.

The functions and roles of the skin are the same irrespective of where on the body the skin is located, however, the thickness and sensitivity does vary. For example, the heels of your feet are covered by thicker skin then are the tops of your feet. Similarly the skin of the inside of your upper arm is very sensitive and rarely exposed to full sunlight, where as the back of your hands are exposed, just like your face, directly to the surrounding environment.

As a result, the different areas of your skin need a slightly different skin care regime. That is, the face is not the only skin that needs to be considered when purchasing skin care products. A good quality, natural hand cream should also be part of your range of skin care products, as should a general, natural body moisturising lotion.

In addition, you may also wish to include a skin care range specifically for your feet, because your feet are a primary heat exchange site where your body does loose a lot of water. Unfortunately, most people pay very little attention to the skin of their feet until there are problems.

As outlined above, your skin performs many important functions and requires just as much care and attention as your Heart, Kidneys and other organs. If the skin is unable to perform its functions, problems can ensue and these may be difficult to treat. Remember, prevention is better than cure as cure can be difficult to achieve. Thus using a good quality, natural body moisturising lotion is a great first step to ensure the health and viability of your body’s skin.


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Spring Clean Your Body

Many of us have literally learned to live without feeling at our best, however, spring is a great time to 'spring clean' your body and get some of the old vim and vigour back into our body.

Spring is the time to take advantage of the fresh vegetables that come into season at this time. These seasonal vegetables and fruits are naturally cleansing to our system and nature itself provides the perfect foods to achieve this spring cleaning.

Common Spring Vegetables include:

    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Beets
    • Endive
    • Broccoli
    • Chard
    • Dandelion
    • Fava bean
    • Fennel
    • Potatoes
    • Sweet corn
    • Peas
    • Green onions
    • Lettuce
    • Sorrel
    • Herbs include: Chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme

Spring used to be the time for fasting, however, when fasting, the individual can not participate in the type of hectic lifestyles we lead today. One way you can nourish your body while at the same time clean out and re-invigorate your energy is by utilising juices.

Drinking vegetable juices is a great way to nourish and energise your body while at the same time cleanse your system. In particular the digestive system, which over time may have become compromised by the type of foods we eat and the lifestyles we lead. Anti-biotic medication can alter the flora of the intestine, which will lead to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria, potentially interfering with absorption and digestion of vital nutrients, resulting in loss of energy and vitality.

Juicing vegetables has the effect of 'pre-digesting' the vegetables, which allows your digestive system to more easily absorb the nutrients contained in the vegetables. By including green vegetables in your juice combination, you introduce chlorophyll into your system which in turn helps to detoxify and heal the body. Chlorophyll will build and purify the blood, as it contains a unique structure similar to haemoglobin.

Drinking one cup of Red clover tea per day will help to detoxify your body. According to the eminent, Australian herbalist, Dorothy Hall, Red clover is a blood cleanser, containing trace minerals such as copper and iron, to spring-clean the blood and to eliminate pathogens via bowels and skin, which threaten to take damaging long-term hold. Please Note: DO NOT USE RED CLOVER IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, and consult a qualified herbalist before you self-prescribe any herbal medicines.

Another very important aspect of spring cleaning your body is to help it in flushing out. The best way to do this is to make absolutely sure you consume at least 2 litres of water each and every day, more if you exercise regularly. The importance of drinking water cannot be understated. Water makes up over 60% of our body mass and the body's metabolism needs in excess of 2 litres of water per day to function properly (Feinberg School of Medicine) [This page is worth visiting as it contains specific medical information about the body's water requirements].

In addition, the food you eat should be unprocessed. Fresh fruit and vegetables fit the bill. Grains such as rice form another vital part of spring-cleaning your body. Rice, be it brown, whole grain, jasmine or basmati, is easy to digest and contains healing properties beneficial to the intestines. Foods to avoid are any processed foods, or drinks for that matter, junk/fast foods, fried food, etc. Use only very lean meat, if any meat at all, or substitute red meat for fish which is high in Omega-3 and 6.

Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids (EFAs), which means that they are essential to human health but cannot be made in the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids are another important group of essential fatty acids. Together, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. EFAs belong to the class of fatty acids called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). They are generally necessary for stimulating skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulating metabolism, and maintaining reproductive capability (UMN).

Exercise is obviously another key ingredient. Walking, swimming, Yoga or Tai chi are all great forms of exercise because they gently massage your internal organs, helping with digestion and elimination. Find a form of exercise you enjoy, it will make it a hobby, rather than an unenjoyable 'must do'.


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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months. Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!

Also there are some great new posts in the forum and we look forward to 'seeing' you there.

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

PS: Don't forget Christmas is coming and we have some fantastic Christmas Gift Sets just for you

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Wildcrafted's Natural Skin Care Newsletter - Back Issues

Kitty's Corner


Hi I'm Kitty, I hope you enjoyed the last column and managed to send those fleas packing.

If you have any questions just send me an email and I'll give it a shot.

This month we'll look at a common problem cats experience with their eyes.


Your cat's eyes should normally be clear and bright, and free of any discharge. If problems occur, you should consult your vet - eyes are extremely sensitive and improper treatment can result in visual impairment.

Cats have three eyelids: upper, lower and another which begins at the inside corner of the eye and is really a membrane. This moves across the eye like a windshield wiper. The most common cause of runny eyes is conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eye).

This and trauma, such as a foreign body in the eyes, can increase the output of tear fluid which in some cases can overflow.


* Allergies. These can be very hard to determine.

* Foreign particles (hair, dust and other irritants) in the eye will increase the flow of tear fluid.

* A particle of grit in the eye or may lead to a corneal lesion or this can sometimes result from a cat fight.

* Infections, viral or bacterial, including feline upper respiratory tract infection and feline panleukopenia.

* With long-haired cats, if hair on the side of the face gets in the eyes it can cause irritation and corneal ulcers.

* The compact facial shape of Persian longhairs often affects the drainage of tear fluid. Instead of flowing freely down the ducts, it runs out over the lower lid and stains the fur in the corner of each eye.


* Runny eyes with clear, watery or thick mucus discharge.

* Red itchy crusty eyes

* Third eyelid partially covers eye or eyes.

* Tear staining often close to the nose.

* Cat rubs affected eye(s) with its paws.


* At the first sign of conjunctivitis wipe the discharge from the eyelids with a warm, moist cloth or cotton balls which can be discarded. You can then give herbal eye drops of cucumber juice, three drops three times daily.  Moisten a cotton ball and squeeze the drops into the eye.

* Your vet will check for signs of cat flu.

* Drops or ointment may be prescribed. This may need to be administered up to four times a day to maintain the treatment at an effective level.  Ointment should be gently applied over the eye surface, but be careful not to touch the eye with the nozzle. Wash your hands well after giving any treatment.

* With long-haired cats, excess hair can be trimmed from around the eyes.

* With an injury to the cornea, staining the surface of the cat's eye will enable the vet to assess the severity of the corneal ulcer. Most ulcers heal in 3-5 days with proper medication.


Herbal Remedies

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) solution:

15 ml (I tbsp) herb boiled then steeped in 300ml (half pint) water.

Add 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) sea salt. Strain.

Apply to the eyes with cotton ball three times a day.

Alternatively, eyebright herb can be given as capsules one a day for four days.

Add garlic to the diet, one clove or capsule a day, plus a 250 mg supplement of vitamin C twice a day, for 14 days.

Make an eyebright rinse for conjunctivitis.

So Miau from me until next month.


Source of Information:
Dr Carol Osborne (1999) Naturally Healthy Cats. Marshall Publishing, London.

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