Balms, Lotions, and Oils: Which Do You Really Need?

Balms, lotions, and oils, oh my!  It can be confusing mess.  Which one should you use?  Is it just a marketing ploy, or is there really a difference?  Should you use each one differently?  Don’t panic, we’re here to answer these questions.

What’s The Difference?

Balms, lotions, and oils are more or less made from the same ingredients, just in differing amounts.  Those ingredients are carrier oils, essential oils, wax, water, and any additives (like infused herbs or extracts).

  • Balms are made from carrier oils and wax, with some essential oils and additives.
  • Lotions are usually made with equal amounts of water and carrier oils, along small amounts of wax, essential oils, and additives.
  • Oils are mostly carrier oils with a small amount of essential oils and additives.

Balms

img_0037Balms are mostly oil and wax, so they tend to stay on the skin longer and lock in moisture.  However, since they don’t contain any water it’s best to apply balm over wet skin if hydration is what you’re after.  Here at Kaiya Naturals we make a sore muscle body balm with CBD derived from hemp.  It’s great for irritated skin, as well as sore muscles and joints since it sits on the skin longer.

Lotions

img_0036Lotions are mostly oil and water.  Since they already have water added into them, they’re great to travel with since you can’t always hop into a shower or bath to wet your skin when you’re out and about.  Well, at least I wouldn’t do that.  You can do whatever you want.  We have four different kinds of lotions, depending on what type of skin you have.

Oils

img_0011Oils are just that, oil.  If you need to cover a large surface area, then these are great because they go a long way.  Like balms, it’s best to apply oils to wet skin since they don’t supply their own water like lotions do.  We have two different kinds of oils that are great for after your shower.  We also have two different massage oils with CBD derived from hemp that are very soothing.  Since oils can absorb into your bloodstream through your sebaceous glands, our soothing massage oil is a great alternative to calm and ease discomfort.

The Take Away

You need to add water to balms and oils for maximum hydration, but lotions come with their own water and can be used anytime and anywhere.  If your balm or oil contains any “healing” additives and you’re looking for local effects (i.e. the spot you apply it to), then balms are the way to go since their wax content keeps them from absorbing too quickly.  If you’re looking for systemic effects (i.e. everywhere) then oils are the way to go since you can apply them over large surface areas, which promotes absorption into the bloodstream via your sebaceous glands.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 

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New Hemp Extract Line Available

Recent research has been shedding light on how cannabis is an effective pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory  However, not everyone wants to light up a joint, or eat a pot brownie.  Lucky for you, there is another way.  Cannabis topicals can be absorbed though the skin, directly onto an affected area for more focused relief.  Topicals are not psychoactive, making them a wonderful alternative for those looking for the benefits of cannabis, but don’t want to “get high”.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a signaling system responsible for regulating a broad range of biological functions.  It is located throughout the brain, nervous system, and peripheral organs.  It holds therapeutic value in treating a wide range of diseases, including pain and inflammation.[1]  Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on the ECS.  They are found mainly in cannabis.  There are over 113 cannibinoids.  However, the most notable are Delta8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).[2]  The topical administration of both THC, and CBD, has been demonstrated to have analgesic effects on inflammation and pain.[3]

What is Hemp Extract?

In the United States, THC is illegal on the federal level.  At the time of this writing, twenty-eight States have made it legal medicinally, while eight States, and the District of Columbia, have made it legal recreationally.  Hemp Extract is CBD derived from industrial hemp.  It is federally legal, while the same exact chemical derived from cannabis, is not.  CBD is not psychoactive.  In fact, CBD seems to counteract the psychoactive effect of THC.[5]  Industrial hemp is also a better source of CBD, since it has a higher CBD content that modern strains of cannabis; which have been bred to have a high THC content to create a stronger psychoactive effect.

Kaiya Naturals Hemp Extract Line

We have created the Hemp Extract Line of products using CBD derived from industrial hemp, and available for use in any State.  This new line includes massage oils, facial moisturizers, and body balms.

Hemp Extract Massage Oils

img_0039Our oils are great for massaging away stress.   Our Flower Power Massage Oil is designed to be uplifting, while our Higher Power Massage Oil is designed to be relaxing.  For a focused application we recommend using the rollerball applicators, available in 0.25oz and 0.4oz.  For a more liberal application we recommend using flip-top applicators, available in 0.5oz and 1oz.

Hemp Extract Face Moisturizer

img_0036Smooth fine lines with our Hemp Extract Moisturizer.  CBD has been shown to have greater antioxidant activity than both Vitamin C and Vitamin E.[4]  It comes in 0.25oz and 1oz containers.  Simply apply the lotion to your skin to experience the amazing benefits.

Hemp Extract Body Balm

img_0037Soothe sore muscles and joints with our Hemp Extract Body Balms.  These are our most concentrated Hemp Extract products.  You can choose from 0.25oz, or 0.4oz containers.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 


References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048583/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3797438/

How Marijuana Could Save Your Skin

It’s controversial.  From illicit drug to medical breakthrough and legal recreational substance, marijuana is anything but simple.  Modern science has spent a good deal of time studying it recently, and a lot more needs to be done.  However, what we know so far, is that marijuana could save your skin.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergi…what?  Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a form rash caused by an allergic reaction to a material, called an allergen, in contact with the skin.  It  is also called a contact allergy.  Examples would be contact with Poison Ivy, or if you’re allergic to nickel and get rashes from earrings, watches, or metal buttons that contain it.  There are many forms of it.  It turns our that in a 2007 study, when THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, was topically applied to such a rash it decreased the allergic reaction.[1]  So, the next time you’re out in the woods, be sure to have some marijuana extract in your first aid kit.

Acne

Acne is the most common skin disease in western civilization.  It affects nearly 80% of the population at some time or another.[2]  Depending on the severity of acne it is typically treated with anything from topical chemicals, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, to internal chemicals, like antibiotics, birth control pills, or isotretinoin.  When acne does not respond to medicine there are multiple procedures available, like laser and light therapy, chemical peels, and surgical removal.[3]

cannabis-oil-acneResearch is showing that marijuana helps to control acne in two ways.  First, CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and marijuana, has been shown to reduce oil production by causing the cells that make up the oil producing glands which clogs pores to die off at a faster rate.  Secondly, marijuana contains substances called terpenes.  Specific terpenes – limonene, linalool, and pinene – have been shown to inhibit the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes).  One terpene, limonene, inhibits P. acnes bacteria better than the synthetic antibacterial chemical triclosan.[4]

Eczema

Eczema accounts for one-third of all dermatology cases.  It is a condition in which the skin’s immune-response system goes awry as a result of a complex interplay between both internal and external factors that usually result in itching, redness, swelling, and scaling.[5]

hemp-leaf-no-background-2-5-17Over 30 million Americans have some sort of eczema, and it is most common in babies and children.  It tends to go away as a child grows older, but some children will experience eczema into adulthood.  Adults can develop it, also, even if they never had it as a child.  Eczema is typically treated with topical steroids, oral anti-histamines, and moisturizers.[6]

The “Endocannabinoid System” is found in throughout our body[7].  Our skin is one of those places that has endocannabinoid receptors (CBD1 and CBD2).  When it comes to eczema, the CBD1 and CBD2 receptors inhibit the immune response characteristic of eczema.[8]

The Take Away

Marijuana has long been considered an illicit drug with no medical use.  However, modern science has disproved that notion.  While more research needs to be done, marijuana extract can be a useful tool in both your first aid kit, and on your bathroom counter.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070816094649.htm 

[2] niams.nih.gov/…alth_info/acne/acne_ff.asp

[3]  https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#treatment

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/

[5] http://www.derm-hokudai.jp/shimizu-dermatology/pdf/07-01.pdf

[6] https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[8] http://www.jimmunol.org/content/190/10/4929.long

4 Unexpected Uses for Body Oil

You know how to use body oil, right?  Of course you do.  You put in on your body when you get out of the shower for smooth, silky skin.  However, there are some unexpected uses for your body oil that you should be doing.  Read on to find out more.

Shaving Lotion

img_0010Body oil makes a great two-in-one shaving lotion.  Not only will it help give your shave a smooth ride, it can keep your legs hydrated afterwards.  Our Flower Power After Shower Oil makes a wonderful shaving lotion for sensitive skin because its infused with the soothing power of flower petals.

Frizz Buster

You know how frustrating it can be to have dull, split hair.  Work a little body oil into your hair to reduce frizz and split ends.  It will also give your hair a silky shine.

Stress Reliever

img_0009The act of massaging body oil onto your skin will not only increase your skin’s hydration, it will improve your skin’s circulation and release tension in the muscles below.  Our Higher Power After Shower Oil is great for this because of its relaxing essential oil blend.

Paw Lubricant

Body oil isn’t just good for your skin, it’s good for your four-legged best friend’s paws, too.  If your pup gets dry, cracked paws from the cold winter weather, or from the hot summer asphalt, rub a little body oil onto their paw pads for some relief.

img_0011Our body oils are a mixture of natural oils, plants, and essential oils.  Flower Power After Shower Oil is designed to be gentle and energizing.  It’s great whenever you need a pick me up.  Higher Power After Shower Oil is made to be grounding and balancing.  It is a great nighttime oil to help you relax.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

5 Amazing Uses for Body Powder

Body powder is a multifaceted tool.  MacGuyver should always carry some on him because of its many uses.  Today we’re going to show you five ways to use body powder to keep yourself, and your clothing, fresh.

Control Face Shine

img_0018If you have oily skin, then you battle shine throughout the day.  You may be able to signal low-flying aircraft with the reflection from your face, but its embarrassing outside of survival situations.  Take a little body powder and lightly dust your forehead, nose, or wherever else there is a buildup of shine to remove that greasy complexion.

Remove Grease Stains

Speaking of removing oil, you can use body powder to remove grease stains from your clothes.  When you spill a little grease on your shirt during lunch, cover it in body powder and let it sit for a few minutes.  Once the powder has absorbed the oil, just wipe it off.

Prevent Chafing

Oh the irritating redness of chafed thighs!  How we loathe thee.  Well, dust some body powder on your inner thighs for a friction free feeling.  If it works for babie’s butts, it’ll work for you, too.

Freshen Shoes

img_0019What’s that smell?  Is it the dog?  Is it the cat’s litter box?  No, it your shoes!  Put a layer of body powder inside them and let it sit for an hour before dumping it out.  It will absorb moisture that leads to smelly bacteria and give your shoes a pleasing odor.

Make Deodorant

Do you dislike antiperspirant?  Does deodorant sting?  Then, dust your armpits with some body powder and enjoy the fresh, soothing feeling of stink-free pits.

Natural Body Powder

img_0017Here at Kaiya Naturals we make body powder in a natural way to keep you cool and dry.  Made with powdered plant roots and white koalin clay it is safe and effective.  Each ingredient is packed with natural freshening abilities.  Arrowroot is known for its drying and absorbent abilities. Its anti-inflammatory properties help it work as an antiseptic which helps irritated skin (i.e. rashes, burns, sores).  Comfrey Root is rich in Allantoin, which is a skin conditioning agent that is also soothing. Marshmallow Root helps with inflammation and chapped skin.  White Kaolin Clay is the mildest of all clays, and known to reduce inflammation.

img_0020We offer three different body powders.  Our Flower Power Body Powder has a blend of essentials oils that are uplifting and energizing.  Higher Power Body Powder has a blend that is grounding and balancing.  Baby Power Body Powder is designed to be gentle with a light sweet orange aroma.  Get yours today at www.KaiyaNaturals.com.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

How to Supercharge Your Clay Face Mask

Clay face masks are great for unclogging pores.  Most of the time, the clay is mixed with water.  However, you can give it super powers to do more than just unclog pores by mixing clay with yummy things like yogurt, honey, or even watermelon.  Read on to find out the unexpected benefits of each.

Yogurt

Mixing clay with yogurt turns your mask into an anti-aging powerhouse.  That’s because yogurt is full of lactic acid, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten skin, and reduce discoloration.

yogurt_cup_500x500The lactic acid  in yogurt also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help it kill P. acnes bacteria.  Add that to the abilities we mentioned above and you’ve got a mighty acne fighter.

However, just any yogurt won’t do.  It needs to have live active cultures because this enhances the antibacterial properties of yogurt.  It should also be thick, like greek yogurt, so that it doesn’t run off of your face.  To find out which brands of greek yogurt contain live active cultures, click here.

Honey

Honey is one of nature’s miracles.  It is antibacterial, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural enzymes that nourish the skin from the inside out, and it is also a strong wound healer.  Because of this, adding honey to your mask is great to combat acne.

umf-10However, not all honey is created equal.  Manuka honey, from New Zealand, has up to four times the amounts of nutrients as regular flower honey, giving it superior antibacterial properties.  The varying levels of nutrients in Manuka honey has led to a rating system known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).  You should use a honey with a A UMF of 10, or more.  If you are unable to purchase Manuka honey, use a filtered organic honey.

Watermelon

watermelon_png2654Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants including Lycopene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  This makes them a natural anti-aging compound.  Vitamin A also makes watermelon a natural way to remove oil.  Be sure to use the fruit, and not watermelon juice, to get these wonderful benefits.  While you could just rub a slice of watermelon on your skin, try mashing the red fruit and adding it to clay.  Just be sure to remove the seeds first.

Which Clay Should I Use?

Many clay masks come premixed with water.  Try to find a dry mask that you can mix at home.  Kaiya Naturals has three different dry masks that are perfect for this.  Mix the dry clay mask with the liquid of your choice in a 1:2 ratio (one part liquid to two parts clay).

If you are looking for your mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, use the Chickie Gold Mud Mask with either yogurt, or watermelon.  If you are looking for a mask to help unclog pores and control acne, use the Seedalina Mud Mask with honey.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

Is “Natural” Better?

It is something that I hear all the time, “Natural is better!”   But, is it really?  We make natural skin care products here at Kaiya Naturals.  So, naturally, we have a financial interest in the answer being a strong “yes”.  Lucky for us, the natural/organic trend is the fastest growing trend in many industries, including the skin care industry.  When I go around asking, “Why is natural better?” the response is almost always the same, “Because it is!”  What this tells me is that this notion is a core belief.

Core beliefs are thoughts and assumptions we hold about ourselves, others, and the world around us.  They are deep-seated beliefs which often go unrecognised and yet they constantly affect our lives.[1]  However, sometimes core beliefs are incorrect.  Could the core belief that “natural is better” be wrong?

Define “Natural”

Before we can answer the question of whether “natural” is better, we must first define what we mean by it.  If we agree to follow the Oxford English Dictionary definition we come up with:

Nat·u·ral (adj):

1. Existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind.

1.1 Having had a minimum of processing or preservative treatment.[2]

Our question then becomes:

Is something that is derived from nature and minimally processed or preserved, better than something that is made by humankind, and/or given more than a minimum amount of processing or preservative treatment?

To answer this we must determine if there are instances where “unnatural”  is better.

Soap

“True soap” is a synthetic material.  You will not find it in nature.  There are soap plants[3] that have been used in a similar manner.  However, soap is a substance that is made through chemical interactions with materials that must be made my humankind (lye, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc).

If natural is better, then soap should be avoided.  However, according to the CDC, “not washing hands [with soap] harms children around the world.”  This is because it prevents the spread of disease, which in turn battles the rise of antibiotic resistance.[4]  In the case of soap, natural is not better.

Aspirin

Aspirin is a synthetic pain reliever.  The compound from which it is derived was originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree in 1763.  Almost a hundred years later a purely synthetic version was created that did not burn throats and upset stomachs as badly as the more “naturally” processed version.[5]

If natural is better, then aspirin should be avoided in favor of ingesting opium.  Opium is a powerful natural painkiller that has been used for thousands of years.  However, it is also highly addictive.  In the case of pain relief, it would seem that natural is not better, either.

Natural Isn’t Always Better

These two cases bring us to the conclusion that natural is not always better.  In fact, they both highlight a common issue with natural solutions.  In both cases the active ingredients are either not concentrated enough to provide the necessary benefit, or they are lost in a sea of other compounds that have effects we are not looking for.  When it comes to delivering powerful, isolated effects, materials that are made my humankind, and/or made with more than a minimum amount of processing seem to be better.

When Is “Natural” Better?

Plastiglomerate
Plastiglomerate – a stone that contains mixtures of sedimentary grains, and other natural debris that is held together by hardened molten plastic.

Over the course of the industrial revolution we have ravaged our planet.  We have stripped our atmosphere, contaminated our water, irradiated entire cities, and created a geological record that will serve as a marker of our pollution for millennia (plastiglomerate).

This highlights a common issue with “unnatural” materials and methods.  This issue is the hazardous long-term effects.  While “natural” is not always better, it is better in most cases where there will be long-term use, or exposure, for both the environment, and for our own health.

Antibacterial Soap

Recently, the FDA banned the use of 19 common ingredients in over-the-counter antibacterial soaps.  The FDA did this because it determined that the risk of systemic absorption, and antibacterial resistance, from long-term exposure, outweighed the benefit of preventing infection.[6]

Endocrine Disruption

Endocrine disruption occurs then the body’s delicate system of hormone-signalling is altered.  We covered this in our article, “The 411 on Endocrine Disruptors.”  One of the 19 FDA banned ingredients, triclosan, does exactly this.  The disruption that it causes has been linked to a higher rate of breast cancer in women, thyroid disfunction, and cardiac muscle dysfunction.[7]

The Take Away

“Unnatural” materials and methods may be better when you need a powerful, isolated solution. However, you need to weigh that benefit with not only the risk of its longterm use on your health, but with the collective longterm exposure to the environment.  In the long run, “natural” is, almost always, better.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] http://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/counselling/core-beliefs-cbt.htm

[2] https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/natural

[3] https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany/soaps.shtml

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html#s3-five

[5] http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Aspirin.html

[6] https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/06/2016-21337/safety-and-effectiveness-of-consumer-antiseptics-topical-antimicrobial-drug-products-for

[7] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/29/triclosan-in-personal-care-products.aspx

Side Sleeping Can Wrinkle Your Face

Habitually not getting enough sleep – less than seven hours – can cause a number of health problems.  Those problems range from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension to mood disorders, immune disfunction, and a lowered life expectancy.  Getting too much sleep – habitually more than nine hours – can do the same.[1]  However, the position that you sleep in can have some serious effects on your body, too.  Sleeping in the wrong position can cause bags under your eyes, face wrinkles, neck and back pain, as well as acid reflux.  So, what is the best sleeping position, and which should you avoid?

The Back

The best position to sleep in is on your back with your head slightly elevated.  This allows fluids that can cause puffy eyes to drain[2], keeps your spine in a neutral position, prevents your face from wrinkling since it isn’t being smushed, and fully supports the weight of your breasts.  The only bad thing about sleeping on your back is that snoring is the most severe in this position.

The Side

If sleeping on your back is difficult, or if you’re pregnant, then the next best position is on your side.  Just be sure to use a thick pillow to keep your spine in a neutral alignment.  You should also sleep on your left side, as it improves circulation according to Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, professor of dermatology at St. Louis University.[3]  The bad news is that sleeping on your side can cause premature wrinkles on your face as a result of being pressed against the pillow.  It can also cause your breasts to sag since they are not being supported.

The Front

This is the worst position that you can sleep in.  It wrenches your neck, smushes your face causing wrinkles, and leads to a buildup of fluid causing puffy eyes.  The only saving grace of sleeping on your stomach is that it helps to reduce snoring.

The Take Away

Get seven to eight hours of sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated above your chest..  Sure, you’ll probably snore more, but you’ll also have perkier breasts, less wrinkles, and eyes that aren’t as puffy.  Not a bad trade-off.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk 

[2] https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bags-under-eyes/

[3] http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/which-sleep-style-healthiest

3 New Years Resolutions Proven to Make You Look Younger

Did you know that there are three lifestyle choices that have been scientifically proven to have a greater impact on visible signs of aging than your genetics?  Wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin were once thought to be solely under the control of our genes.  It turns out that our DNA takes a back seat to the three “S Resolutions”.

Identical Twins

In the year 1999, Dr. Derrick Antell came out with a ground breaking study on how environment and lifestyle choices influence the aging process.[1]  Using identical twins, he discovered that those showing the greatest discrepancies in visible aging signs also had the greatest degree of discordance between personal lifestyle choices and habits.  The past seventeen years of research has supported his findings.[2][3][4][5][6][7]  So, what are these S Resolutions, you ask?

Sun

Excessive sun exposure is the number one cause of worsening one’s visible signs of aging.  It has been shown to destroy elastin and collagen in the skin, giving the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.[3]  It also causes melanin to mutate, resulting in dark spots and uneven pigmentation.[5]  One study even went so far as to say that sun exposure was responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging.[6] Making a choice to avoid excessive exposure, and use daily sunscreen, can take years off of your appearance.

Smoking

Smoking 20 cigarettes a day has been scientifically proven to make you look 10 years older than you really are.[4]  Some studies have even found it to be an even more important factor in worsening the visible signs of aging than sun exposure.  Smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin and prevents it from getting the proper nutrients.  Making a choice to give up smoking cigarettes can take, on average, 5-7 years  off of you.  If you ever needed a reason to quit, you know besides cancer, this would definitely be one of them.  So, do your skin a favor this New Years and give up the habit.

Stress

Like smoking, stress reduces the blood supply to the skin causing you to look older.  Not only can stress make you look older, it can also make you physically age faster.[7]  Making a choice to reduce your stress levels will make you look younger, and be biologically younger.

The Take Away

Science tells us that you really can take ten years off of yourself by adopting the three S Resolutions: limiting your sun exposure, not smoking cigarettes, and reducing your stress.  Happy New Years from all of us here at Kaiya Naturals.  We hope that 2017 is your best year yet.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10597816

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12452869

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12366692

[4] http://www.stress.org/seniors/

[5] http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dr-manish-khanna/dermatology-aging-skin_b_2697274.html

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101874

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370421/

How to Build your Basic Personal Skin Care Routine

the-ten-questions-before-you-buy-your-cosmeticsIt’s a confusing mess out there.  There are hundreds of skin care products, and each has a specific purpose for every condition under the sun.  It seems like every month there is a new product that does something better than every other product can do that has ever existed…ever.  While advances in skin care technology is great, there are some basics that you just can’t rid of.  No matter how advanced we get, you’re always going to have to wash your face, right?  We get so caught up in the new, cool stuff that we forget the ABC’s of good skin care.  So, what are the basics?   Read on to find out.

Step Zero: Know Your Skin

Before we can talk about building your basic personal skin care routine, you need to figure out what kind of skin you have.  There are five different types of skin.  There is normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive.  Creating your routine starts with knowing which one you have.

Normal Skin

Your skin is so amazing that it causes others to weep upon the mere sight of your glowing, radiant skin.  No matter what you do, your skin is just perfect.   It’s never too oily, never too dry, and never irritated.  Yeah, the rest of us secretly hate you.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is most common in teens and young adults.  It can continue into middle-age, but usually in the form of combination skin.  It can also reappear around menopause, which causes a hormonal imbalance much like puberty.  You can test whether your skin is oily by taking a tissue and pressing it against your forehead.  If it sticks, then you’ve most likely got oily skin.  You also probably have problems with acne.

Combination Skin

This is the most common skin type.  Most mid-age adults have combination skin, though it is possible to have at any age.  This is when you have both oily, and dry skin.  Your T-Zone (forehead, nose, and possibly chin) is oily, while your U-Zone (cheeks and possibly chin) is dry.

Dry Skin

As we age, our skin matures from oily to dry.  Most mature adults have dry skin.  However, there are other factors that can give you dry skin at any age; things like like cold, dry weather, as well as the frequent use of soaps/detergents. If your skin is dry, then it most likely cracks and flakes.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is usually the result of an allergy.  It seems like anything that you put on your skin irritates it.  If your skin is constantly red, and itching, when you put products on it, then it is most likely sensitive.  You probably also have one of the other skin types, since sensitive skin is more of an allergy than a skin type.

Step 1: Cleanse

Now that you know what type of skin you have, the first step in your basic routine is to cleanse your skin.  No matter what your skin type is, it is important to cleanse your skin only once a day,  not use harsh soaps, and pat (not rub) your skin dry.   However, there are some differences.

Normal Skin

Just do anything you want with your perfect skin.

Oily Skin

Either use an oil-free soap, or a soap that contains oils high in linoleic acid (like Kaiya Naturals Higher Power Face Wash).

After patting your skin dry, use a toner to help unclog pores.  We make three different toners for this purpose, and you can find them here.

Once a week, after cleansing, use a mud mask with bentonite clay to help unclog pores.  You can find one here.

Combination Skin

Treat your T-Zone as would oily skin.  Either use an oil-free soap, or a soap that contains oils high in linoleic acid.  Afterwards, use a toner on your T-Zone to help unclog pores.  Once a week use a mud mask with bentonite clay on your T-Zone to further help unclog pores.

Treat your U-Zone as you would dry skin.  Wash with a gentle soap that doesn’t contain any alcohol, and rinse with water as cold as you can handle. Exfoliate your U-Zone once a week with a salt scrub to remove flaky skin cells.

Dry Skin

Use a gentle soap that doesn’t contain any alcohol.  Alcohol can further dry out your skin.  Rinse with water as cold as you can handle.  Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils and also dry it our even more.  Exfoliate your skin once a week with a salt scrub to remove flaky skin cells.

Sensitive Skin

Use a gentle soap with no alcohol, acids, or fragrance.  Look for soaps that contain calming ingredients like aloe or chamomile.  Also, the less ingredients the better, because there is less that could possibly irritate your skin.

Step 2: Moisturize

No matter what skin type you have, you should moisturize after cleansing, toning, exfoliating, or using a mask on your skin.  Yes, even oily skin needs to be hydrated.  However, the different skin types have different needs.

Normal Skin

Again, do whatever you want.  Your skin can handle anything.

Oily Skin

It is a common misconception that those with oily skin should use an oil-free moisturizer.  If you have oily skin, then you should use a light moisturizer made with oils high in linoleic acid.  The Kaiya Naturals Seedalina Moisturizer is designed for exactly this.

Combination Skin

Use a light moisturizer with oils high in linoleic acid on your T-Zone, and a heavy moisturizer on your U-Zone.

Dry Skin

Use a heavy moisturizer to lock in moisture.  The Kaiya Naturals Chickie Gold Moisturizer was made for this.

Sensitive Skin

Use a moisturizer made with calming ingredients like aloe and chamomile.  The less ingredients the better.  The Kaiya Naturals White Petal Aloe Moisturizer was designed for just this.

Step 3: Apply Sunscreen

No matter your skin type you should apply sunscreen to preventatively protect your skin from the sun.   Even if your moisturizer contains sunscreen you should still use a separate product that is specifically designed for this.  You should use at least an SPF 30.

The Take Away

No matter what you use to keep your skin healthy and beautiful, everyone should have a basic skin care routine that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen.  Just be sure to personalize your basic routine to your skin type.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.