The benefits of Jojoba Oil

 

You may have heard the name Jojoba Oil floating around in skincare products recently and wondered what all the hype is about, or even what it actually is.

Jojoba oil is actually a 100% natural wax ester and is cold pressed from the seeds of the Jojoba plant. Jojoba oil has a fine texture allowing it to be easily absorbed into the skin and suitable for all skin types. Jojoba oil is the only known oil like substance that contains wax esters that are similar to those produced by the skins natural sebum. As the skin often recognises Jojoba oil as its own oil, it is deeply absorbed into the surface of the skin, which makes it great for replenishing dry skin, but also for balancing oily skin. As Jojoba oil is so closely matched to the skin’s natural oil, it is quickly absorbed, helps to hold moisture in the skin and does not leave a filmy residue on the skin.

Jojoba oil is also rich in skin loving nutrients. The oil is high in Vitamin E which supports skin elasticity and helps to reduce the appearance of ageing. Jojoba oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to relieve the likelihood of developing acne or bacterial skin conditions. It may seem counterproductive to add oil to your skin to reduce oiliness, however by using Jojoba oil your body is encouraged to reduce or balance its natural oil production.

My all natural Green Tea Body Scrub and new Activated Charcoal Scrub include Jojoba oil for its many skin benefits. You can view these scrubs and their additional benefits here and organise a scrub date in no time.

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Introducing my Green Tea Body Scrub!

 

The time has come for me to spread my wings and adorn myself in a new outfit. Introducing my new Green Tea Body Scrub. Full of hydrating oils like coconut, grape seed and jojoba, and featuring the antioxidant powerhouse of green tea, this scrub will leave you soft and smooth and smelling of freshly cut limes. So let’s take a little look at what my Green Tea Body Scrub has to offer:

Sugar is a gentle exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells and helps to enhance blood circulation to encourage the removal of toxins. Sugar is also a natural humectant which means that it helps to pull moisture from the air which can hydrate your skin. Sugar also helps to stimulate cell rejuvenation which can lead to smoother, youthful looking skin.

Sea salt is a more intense exfoliant for your skin and is great in removing dead skin cells. Salt is a natural detoxifier which can help to absorb toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Coconut oil is increasing in popularity and is a great source of moisturisation for your skin. It helps to keep your skin cell connection strong which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging. Coconut oil will naturally clear away any dirt, grime, or dead skin cells. It also assists in soothing your skin irritations, prolonging your tan and reducing the signs of ageing.

Grape seed oil provides a great source of Vitamin E which is important for keeping your skin well moisturised. Grape seed oil also has some antiseptic qualities which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing skin blemishes.

Jojoba oil is one of the oils most closely matched to the natural oil in the skin. Your skin produces wax esters which keep the skin hydrated and these wax esters diminish as you age. Jojoba oil produces these wax esters naturally and therefore gives your skin the much needed hydration that reduces with ageing. Jojoba oil also contains essential vitamins A, D and E, as well as Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Green Tea Leaf Powder / Dried Leaf contain anti-bacterial agents knows as catechins, which can help to suppress acne-causing bacteria. The well documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea help to fight the processes that develop free radicals and can help to soothe the inflammation caused by acne or common skin conditions, as well as reduce the appearance of scars.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps to target the signs of ageing. Vitamin E does this by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of wrinkles, hydrating skin to improve skin elasticity and rejuvenating dry skin.

Essential oil leaves you smelling great…like fresh limes – YUM!

 

You can purchase my Green Tea Body Scrub by clicking here

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What is an Antioxidant?

Big word. Big benefits. An anti-oxidant is the name given to particular beneficial compounds that can be found in many of your foods or drinks. Anti-oxidants have a primary goal of reducing oxidation within the body and fighting off harmful free radicals to provide you with optimal health and reduce the likelihood of illness or disease. Free Radicals can develop in your body due to factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive smoking/drinking alcohol and environmental toxins (You can read more about free radicals in my blog post on the topic). Therefore, you require anti-oxidants in your diet to combat these issues and support your wellbeing. Without them, free radicals can roam around as they please within your body and lead to the potential development of illness or disease, and none of us want that!

So how can you be sure that you are getting enough anti-oxidants in your diet? Well, it all depends on the foods and drinks that you are consuming and their anti-oxidant levels. There are a number of sources that are considered antioxidants, including vitamins, minerals, catechins and more. Some rich sources of anti-oxidants are:

  • Vegetables – such as pumpkin, eggplant, broccoli, onion, spinach and carrots.
  • Fruits – such as berries, mangoes, apricots, tomatoes, oranges and grapes.
  • Lean red meat
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Red wine
  • Green tea
  • Raw cacao chocolate

Another key way to nourish your body with anti-oxidants is via your body’s largest and most absorbent organ, your skin. My natural body scrubs are all natural, cruelty free and free from harsh or synthetic chemicals, with key ingredients that are high in anti-oxidants and other nutrients that can behelp to improve the appearance of  your skin. My Raw Cacao Body Scrub and Green Tea Body Scrub are anti-oxidant machines that your skin will love. Just one spoonful of raw cacao powder can contain tens of thousands of anti-oxidants, which is more than red wine, goji, acai, and blueberries combined!

Set a date with me and feel the difference of skin that is soft, nurtured and hydrated.

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Let me help you fight off Free Radicals

 

We all know that leaving a cut apple on the bench for a while will cause it to go brown, but do you know why this occurs? The reason that your apple goes brown is due to a process called oxidisation, which occurs when oxygen comes into contact with cells. This contact creates an oxidisation reaction and causes a change in the cells, hence rotting fruit. The process of oxidisation can also happen in your body, such as the healing of a cut on your arm as oxidisation kills off the cells so that new cells can form. Oxidisation is a completely natural process that is necessary to support cell regrowth and keep the body healthy. Whilst the human body is great at metabolizing oxygen, there are approximately 1-2% cells that can get damaged during oxidisation. These damaged cells are what are known as free radicals.

Free radicals can become problematic because when they become damaged they lose an essential molecule and are in a sense “free” to go searching for a replacement molecule. Think of free radicals as robbers who have no energy and are desperate to steal the energy from others. What then happens within your body, is that free radicals often steal their missing molecule from any healthy cell in your body.  This causes the DNA of the healthy cell to become damaged and can often be the precursor for illness and disease as the cell will continue to grow abnormally. Free radicals have been found to contribute to the development of diseases such as diabetes, ageing and even cancer. Free radicals can develop in the body through a number of ways; including air pollution, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, UV rays and illness. It is important that you can do all that you can to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce the likelihood of developing free radicals in your body.

So what can I do? I hear you say. The best way to fight off free radicals is by consuming foods and beverages that are high in antioxidants. The aim of antioxidants is to reverse the damage that free radicals make and to prevent their development all together. For example, Vitamin C captures free radicals whilst they are floating and neutralizes them before they can attack another cell. Additionally, Vitamin E works towards breaking down the chain-reaction of free radicals. Whilst it is important to take care of yourself internally, it is just as important to take care of your skin as it often absorbs what causes free radicals, such as UV rays and air pollution.

This is where I come in.

My body scrubs are full of natural ingredients which host vitamins and antioxidant goodness. Even nasty chemicals in well-known skincare products can impact your cell health and that is why all of my ingredients are natural and free from harsh chemicals. Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the market and contains more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries COMBINED. It is also rich in Vitamin C, Omega 6 fatty acids and zinc which all work to support your skin health. My blends of sugar and sea salt softly exfoliate away dead or damaged skin cells helping to avoid the processes associated with developing free radicals. My coconut, grape seed and sweet almond oils are packed full of Vitamin E, A, B1, B2 and B6 which continue to provide your skin with much needed nutrients.

So as you can see, I’m more than just a cute scrub.

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