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Avocado oil for skin and hair

avocado oil for skin and hair

There is so much California when it comes to Avocados! From macro to micro to nano, the avocados provide some of the rare elements. Let’s look at the benefits of avocado oil for skin and hair.

Avocado oil for skin and hair

Did you know?

1) Avocado oil is derived from the pulp and not the seed.1
2) Avocados grow year-round.
3) Avocado oil has a high smoke point- 482 F (250 C).
4) Hass variety of avocado yields emerald green oil when cold-pressed.1 The color of this oil is so brilliantly green, even shaming the emerald.
5) Less than one percent of California’s soil is suitable to grow avocados. Nevertheless, rich soil, fresh coastal air, and California sun make them unique.2

Avocado oil for skin and hair- what is so special?

Avocado oil contains:
1) Vitamin K (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, diminishes reactive oxidative species formed during UV exposure),
2) Vitamin C (rich with antioxidant properties, stimulates collagen production, fight against UV damage),
3) Vitamin B( reduces skin inflammation, reduces age spots and discoloration, helps prevent collagen fiber loss that supports skin, helps prevent skin sagging),
4) Vitamin E (radical scavenger- reduces injury from free radicals and oxidative stress).

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Avocado oil, high in monounsaturated fatty acids, boasts many skin-friendly properties.
*Oleic acid- skin permeability enhancer
*Palmitic acid- emollient- soothing and softening of the skin
*Linoleic acid- skin barrier effect and wound healing effects.

Avocado oil is rich in potassium that helps moisturize the skin to support new skin cells and heal scars and hyperpigmentation/blemishes.

Common questions answered

1)Is avocado oil suitable for the face?

Yes, one ounce of avocado oil contains 3.6 mg of Vitamin E and 146 mg of beta-Sitosterol. These exert potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity to fight signs of aging.1

2) What are the benefits of avocado oil for the skin?

High Vitamin E, Potassium, fatty acids, lecithin, and other nutrients stimulate collagen production and moisturize the skin. The Daytime Kindle body lotion contains skin-friendly oils including avocado, grape seed, and raspberry seed oils.

3) Is avocado oil good for dark circles?

Yes, vitamins E, C, magnesium, and others help nourish the skin around the eyes and reduce dark circles. The same principle applies to skin wrinkles around the eyes. Be sure to use high-quality unrefined organic avocado oil.

4) Is avocado oil good for hair?

Avocado oil is naturally acidic, so is our scalp. Avocado oil permeates deep into the scalp and provides nutrients directly to hair follicles. This action results in excellent hair growth. Avocado oil also has fabulous hair strand lubricating and detangling properties. High-quality hair conditioner such as Plush Hair Conditioner utilizes organic avocado oil that provides much-needed nourishment to the scalp, hair follicles, and conditions growing and existing hair strands.

Kusum Cosmetics is all about healthy living and taking great care of our skin and hair. We offer complete hair, face, and skincare products using high-quality organic ingredients. If you are new to the organic world, we encourage you to visit our blog posts to learn more about our philosophy, harmony with nature, and crafting unique products that are gently combined to provide their natural benefits. You may find our posts on organic living, organic cosmetics, and skin massage, and simple organic skincare interesting.

Reference:

1) https://californiaavocado.com/avocado101/about-california-avocados/the-california-difference/

2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado_oil

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How to keep hair healthy? 3 step simple solution.

Hair appearance is adjustable to suit our expression. Haircare is not time-consuming; it does not have to be. So how to keep hair healthy? We discussed hair in great detail in our post “Hair: Interesting Medley.” This post summarizes top tips and few insights.

how to keep hair healthy

An average person sheds about 100 hair every day. Several factors such as lack of sleep, proper diet, infection, illness, and stress can cause more hair to fall out. Can hair loss be restored? What is a good hair care routine? How to establish the right and sustainable hair care routine? These questions apply equally to men and women and we discuss a simple solution in three steps. Let’s explore!

A simple haircare routine:

1) Cleansing- A gentle cleanser would remove dirt, grime, pollutants, and dead skin without changing scalp pH or stripping the natural oils. We suggest a pH-balanced, natural hair bath and rub the scalp gently to remove the dirt and depositions.

2) Moisturizing/conditioning-One expects hair tangling after a hair wash as some loss of hair’s natural oil. A hair conditioner would restore the vital oils, allow detangling of hair and promote shine. A natural, pH-balanced hair conditioner would restore the scalp and hair’s natural oils without altering the chemical balance.

3) Oil/Serum application- a combination of hair oils and serum restores the scalp’s natural balance. Hair oil and serum kept overnight followed by hair cleansing and conditioning work the best. One may warm up the oil with gentle rubbing on the palm of the hand and rub gently onto the scalp. Hair Nourisher is a gentle fusion of organic hair and scalp friendly oils.

Natural oils can help strengthen hair follicles and help fight against common causes of hair loss. The oils nourish the scalp and hair follicle and support the hair strand fight against environmental factors. Several oils are known for centuries to protect hair and promote hair growth.

bhringraj

Bhringraj (common name-false daisy, INCI name-Eclipta prostata) is a member of the sunflower family. Bhringraj is known for hair-friendly properties for centuries.

1) Bhringraj is rich in vitamin E, and higher specific gravity allowing for better contact with the scalp.
2) Reduces scalp itching by reducing dandruff and dry scalp.
3) Improves blood flow to the scalp and thus reduces hair loss and promotes hair growth. One research in 2008 reported significant hair growth and reduced time to hair growth by the direct application of Bhringraj. The results were superior to Minoxidil’s direct application, a medicine commonly used to treat hair loss.
4) Reduces split ends of hair and increases shine.
5) Washes away easily for quick hair cleansing.

In addition to the above scalp and hair care routine, the role of good sleep, diet, and stress reduction are vital. Changing one’s lifestyle to suit organic living promotes hair health. Diet has an important role in maintaining the good health of our hair and skin. You can read more about the diet in our recent post- Does diet affect my skin?

Quick Recap:

  • The pH of the scalp ranges from 3.5 to 5.0.
  • Effective hair care principles- Cleansing, Conditioning, and Moisturizing.
  • Use natural hair care products to minimize damage and delay greying of hair.
  • Eat healthily, sleep well, and work on reducing stress.

If you are interested in reading more about hair, its composition, benefits, facts on hair growth, hair health, hair color, and ways to optimize hair health, we encourage you to read our post- hair: interesting medley.

A simple skincare routine comprising organic skincare is featured on Saas Magazine is found here.

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Does my diet affect my skin? Part 1. 5 best mods

does my diet affect my skin

Our skin reflects everything about us. The skin’s appearance is simply a display of our lifestyle, habits, sleeping pattern, mood, and most importantly, our diet. So, how does my diet affect my skin? How are diet and skin related to each other? Curious? Let’s dig deeper!

This discussion will help you understand the following:
> Basic dietary components.
> How does my diet affect my skin?
> What foods help your skin the most?
> Top five easy dietary modifications for flawless skin.

How come my skin is changing? I have been eating the same type of food since my childhood. Okay, minus the candies and ice creams.

I never had acne in my life; why am I breaking out suddenly?

If not the above, a general question asked by ourselves at least once- how does my diet affect my skin?

What is food, by the way?
Food is any consumable substance to provide nutrition to any living matter. Food originates from a plant, animal, bacterial, or fungal source.1

What is inside the food we eat?
Food substances contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats metabolize, providing calories needed to function.

Food is an easily adjustable factor in our life. It is never too late to implement that change. Healthy dietary habits not only help our skin but also helps the entire body stay happy and satisfied.

Change in the diet helps to an extent, but changing the pattern of living helps further. We have covered organic lifestyle in several blog posts here, here, and here.

Let’s start with the basics. Most foods we eat provide carbohydrate, fat, and protein, providing 100% of energy. One gram of carbohydrate and protein provides four calories, whereas one gram of fat provides nine calories. Undernutrition or over nutrition can cause many health issues, including skin problems. A simple breakdown of various foods and nutrients provided is as follows:

Fresh fruits:


Fresh fruits are rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Several natural substances found in fresh fruits act as an antioxidant for the skin. A variety of fruits in the diet helps achieve the right balance of all of the above nutrients.

Dried fruits and nuts:


Dried fruits provide a generous quantity of skin-friendly fatty acids. Consume a variety of dried fruits and nuts in small amounts daily to promote healthy skin.

Tip: Choose unsalted variety. Suppose you prefer to alter the taste, roast slightly to enhance the flavor!

It is best to consume fruits with simple carbohydrates like watermelon and grapes in small quantities to avoid large amounts of simple sugar entering the body.

Vegetables:

Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. 

Tip: Toss a salad with different greens, add a handful of nuts, fresh fruits, some yogurt, a pinch of pepper, and black salt!

Tip: Avoid excessive potatoes and sweet potatoes in the diet due to the high content of carbohydrates. 

Legumes:

Legumes are dried seeds of a plant. Common legumes are lentils, chickpeas, mung, lupins, peas, and other beans. They are good sources of vegetarian protein, fiber, and minerals.

Meat:

Lean white meat is a good source of animal-based protein. Avoid deep-frying; consume baked meat instead. Remember your food pyramid and ensure you are eating less fatty foods and red meat!

Reference:

1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food

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Simplified Organic Skincare

simplified organic skincare

Recent years have seen immense interest in restoring natural ways of living. Organic lifestyle brings the predicament of misplaced beliefs and, more importantly, unrealistic expectations. This post discusses simplified organic skincare and living, and critical take-home points.

A compounding confusion with the terms natural and organic is a common share issue with consumer’s understanding of a cosmetic product.

Cosmetic products are frequently labeled as “all-natural”, or “organic” on the front label or the name of the company itself contains words such as natural and organic leading to a belief that the product itself is natural and organic. It is often not the case. Simplified organic skincare is a concept of utilizing natural substances in their best form while retaining effectiveness.

For example, a jar of high-quality, organic peanut butter at a local store had a transparent oil layer floating on the top. This appearance was quite different as the other jars had their peanut butter smooth and even.

At first sight, the jar with a floating oil layer might look like an old, spoiled product. In reality, this product was made fresh and did not use any gums or binding material to keep peanut butter solids and oils together.

In our opinion, such a product reflect vital principles of purity and delivering nature in its purest form. Since terms such as organic and natural are common, it is prudent for a consumer to thoroughly evaluate a product.

Another example. Organically grown fruits and vegetables will ripen fast and even spoil in a few days of harvest. On the other hand, chemically-treated fruits and vegetables can withstand the forces of nature much longer. While longer shelf-life is convenient, added chemicals and other substances are harmful to our body.

Similarly, organic cosmetic products contain naturally preserved substances. These products have a shorter shelf-life but provide natural results and free of harmful chemicals. Over the long run, embracing simplified organic skincare and living brings many benefits to life. You can read more about organic living here.

The following question and answer section will help you demystify Simplified Organic Skincare further:

1)Does the word “Organic” written on a label mean the product is organic?

Short answer- No. The devil is in the detail. One needs to read the product label in its entirety and understand it. A product may contain some but not all organic contents. Some products use synthetic preservatives, defying the purpose of using organic products. You can read more about how to read a label here.

2) How to tell if a cosmetic product is organic?

Again read the label entirely. Look at the ingredient section for product ingredients. It is common to list organic ingredients marked with an asterixis (*). At the end of the ingredient section, a text such as ” *Organic” or “*USDA Organic” indicates specific organic ingredients in the product. It is acceptable that the product may not have all of the ingredients organic.

3) Will organic cosmetics work faster?

Simplified organic living is a lifestyle change rather than an overnight miracle. We suggest setting reasonable expectations and stay the course of natural ways of living. You can read about exceptional lifestyle coach and their journey here.

4) A product worked for my friend. Will it work for me?

The effect of a cosmetic product is not universal. We suggest changing to organic living and set a simple skincare routine. Use organic cosmetics and maintain daily use.

5) What is the difference between organic and natural?

Organic substances grow without artificial, chemical, or modified treatment. Organic products contain ingredients procured organically.

A natural substance grows organically or conventionally (by using chemicals, artificial treatment). One needs to review the product label to find such details and differences.

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Rosehip Seed Oil: New Insights.

Rosehip Seed Oil

The world of skincare and cosmetics is full of various oils. At times, it becomes difficult to know each of them well. It is vital to learn about the essential properties of each oil for its proper use for skincare. This blog post discusses Rosehip seed oil and its benefits on the skin.

Skin-friendly contents of Rosehip seed oil

Rosehip Seed

Rosehip oil is rich in provitamin A, also known as beta-Carotene. It contains tretinoin, also known as all-trans-retinoic acid. Once again, non-GMO, organic, and cold-pressed Rosehip seed oil has 700% more all-trans-retinoic acid giving excellent antiaging and regenerative benefits to the skin.1

Oil in glass bottle

Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Taking a good-quality multi-vitamin by mouth enhances the effectiveness of Rosehip seed oil on the skin.2

Phytonutrients rich oil.

What are Phytonutrients?

Simply put, phytonutrients are substances naturally produced by plants. The phytonutrients help plants fight against various infections, including plant fungi, bacteria, and viruses, with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip oil is rich in various phytonutrients that help the skin develop a robust anti-aging and anti-inflammatory response to day to day exposure to harmful substances.

A natural skin vitaliser.

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Rosehip seed oil reduces skin pigmentation and discoloration. With its naturally high vitamin A and E content, Rosehip seed oil protects the skin from photoaging (skin damage from sun exposure).

Research shows stimulation of the skin’s collagen layer with Rosehip seed oil; this helps the skin remain plump and healthy. Stimulation of collagen improves skin elasticity and firmness.3

Other benefits of Rosehip seed oil.

1) Natural exfoliant, giving the skin a glowy and radiant look.

2) Increases skin cell turn over, moving younger cells towards the surface.

3) Phytosterols in Rosehip seed oil acts as lock-in moisturizer.

4) Rosehip seed oil is gentle and suitable for all skin types.

5) The Procollagen effect of Rosehip seed oil promotes the healing of scars, stretch marks, and fine lines.

6) Just like in plants, phytonutrients boost skin immunity and fights against skin infections and acne.

Good to know stuff.

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Rosehip seed oil in Kusum Cosmetics products is cold-pressed from non-GMO, organic rose seeds. INCI name for Rosehip seed oil is Rosa canina seed oil. Using products that use non-GMO, organic, and cold-pressed Rosehip seed oil is the key to fetch the most benefits. We recommend using complete organic skin care for all of your skincare needs.

We answer your questions!

What does Rosehip seed oil do for your skin?

The fatty acids and vitamin A are excellent and natural skin moisturizers. Fatty acids lock-in your skin’s natural moisture preventing it from drying. The Procollagen effect improves skin permeability, skin regeneration, and elasticity.

Is it ok to put Rosehip seed oil on your face?/ How do I use Rosehip Oil on my face?

Yes! Rosehip oil is a natural skin revitalizer. For best results, use a stem cell containing product twice daily. apply gently and do not rub. allow the product to sink in for about five minutes.

Is Rosehip oil comedogenic? Does Rosehip seed oil clog pores?

If you have acne-prone skin, we suggest using a small amount. We also suggest using a high-quality, organic cream formulated specifically to penetrate deeper without clogging pores. It is vital to achieving good face cleansing before applying the oil or cream to the face. Use a pH-neutral, gentle organic face cleanser.

Can Rosehip oil replace my moisturizer?

Rosehip oil is a natural moisturizer with a lock-in moisture effect. Yes, it can be used as a natural moisturizer. We suggest using a stem-cell containing cream for an enhanced effect.

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Reference:

1) J Concha et al. Effect of rosehip extraction process on oil and defatted meal physiochemical properties. Journal of the Americal Oil Chemist’s Society. 83 (9):771-775.
2) Lin TK et al. Anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repair effects of topical application of some plant oils. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 19 (1):70.
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_seed_oil

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Aloe Vera Fun Facts

Aloe Vera Fun Facts

Aloe vera (Aloe Barbadensis) plant is a wild-type plant that grows in tropical or dry weather. For centuries, Aloe is used for many consumer products, including cosmetics and medicinal purposes. Today’s blog post on Aloe Vera fun facts will highlight its interesting contents and benefits.

If you decide to incorporate Aloe Vera into your skincare routine, be sure to use a product that contains organic, high-quality aloe vera juice such as in these cream, lotions, and face cleanser.

Composition

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe plant leaves contain a central gel-like substance used for cosmetic preparations. It has a unique ability to store a large amount of water that can be released in a slow fashion.

Aloe Vera Fun Facts

*Aloe juice releases the water gradually. When applied to the skin, it keeps the skin clear and hydrated.
*Aloe juice has a cooling effect. It is an excellent face moisturizer and a pain reliever.
*Aloe juice is rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
*Aloe juice neutralizes UV radiation effects, prevents skin damage from UV damage, and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
*Aloe juice has vitamins like B, C, E, and Folic acid.
*Did you know? Aloe Vera is the only vegetable that has vitamin B12!

Use in Cosmetics

*Makeup primer
*Makeup remover
*Sunburn soother
*Lightweight moisturizer
*Cooling irritated scalp

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What can cause face irritation?

what causes face irritation

We answer your questions on face irritation in this blog post.
What can cause face irritation? What causes an allergic reaction to the face? How do I treat dry face? How do I prevent face irritation?

What is face irritation?

Irritation of the skin can present as itching, redness, dryness, or a combination of the above. Irritation from the jewelry, seasonal allergies, particular foods, aminal dander/hair, dust mites, insect bites is well known.

What are common causes of face irritation?

The water you use to clean the skin, clothes, cosmetics, makeup, and makeup removers are common skin irritation causes.

What is the most common cause of skin irritation?

Believe it or not, touching your face with dirty fingers! Our fingers can catch irritants in-between hand washes, and we may touch various objects and the face without knowing. This action allows bugs, bacteria, viruses, and irritants to get into the face’s skin and cause trouble.

What dietary issues cause skin irritation?

Dehydrated skin, reduced water intake, lack of vegetables and fruits in the diet, uncontrolled diseases such as diabetes, certain medical conditions, and low minerals in the body (such as zinc and iron) causes skin irritation.

Dry skin is a common cause of skin irritation.

What foods cause an allergic reaction to the face?

Certain foods like seafood, peanuts, and fruits can cause allergies to the skin.

How do I fix face rash, face irritation, or dry skin?

1) identify the cause and avoid exposure.
2) use a pH balanced, natural face cleanser.
3) avoid dyes/colors/artificial scent in your makeup, creams, lotions, and cosmetics.
4) avoid perfumed soaps/detergents/some metals/jewelry and cleaning products.
5) review the ingredients of your cosmetics to make sure you are not applying any harsh chemicals.
6) use a humidifier for dry skin.
7) avoid prolonged exposure to heat and cold.
8) avoid dry direct heat or cold.
9) avoid hot showers.

How to prevent face irritation?

1) use natural cosmetics.
2) use a natural, pH-balanced face cleanser.
3) apply naturally-derived serum or cream.
4) stay hydrated, drink plenty of water.
5) eat the right amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet.
6) if you have chronic medical conditions, keep them controlled.
7) exercise regularly to improve blood circulation to your skin.
8) Develop a simple skincare routine and follow it diligently.

See photos of various skin rashes and allergies here.

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Almond Oil- Hidden Secrets.

Almond oil-hidden secrets

Almonds are well-known for their nutritional benefits. Almond oil contains some of the hidden secrets for superb skincare.

Snapshot of Almond Oil-Hidden Secrets.

Fight inflammation naturally.
boost immunity
Non-comedogenic (minimize acne-risk)
reduce eye puffiness and dark circles
reduces and prevent wrinkles
fight oxidants and to avoid skin damage from sunlight.
reduce the appearance of scars
improve complexion and skin tone
lock in moisturizer

Effect of the aging process.

We lose our fatty acids with aging; this is one reason for developing skin wrinkles. Here are some skin-friendly super fatty acids that help fight signs of aging.

Oleic acid use prevents wrinkles by enhancing membrane permeability so that our deeper skin layers get the necessary moisturizer they need. Oleic acid also helps in wound healing.

Skin damage from day to day irritant exposure.

Linoleic acid helps repair the skin defense system and prevents ongoing damage from various irritants (Ultraviolet light, chemicals, pollution).

Minerals and Micronutrient support.

Zinc is abundant in skin tissue. Zinc deficiency is a common cause of skin problems.

Zinc– improve immune response to fight against infection. Zinc reduces inflammation and skin irritation, including acne formation.  

Aspartic acid- is a natural amino acid, cleanses the skin by binding dirt and particles, including unwanted oils and wax deposits. Aspartic acid is a natural makeup remover.

Glutamic acid– This amino acid is a natural humectant; it helps hydrate skin.

Vitamin BResearch suggests a vital role of vitamin B in generating new skin cells and increasing the thickness of healthy skin layers.

Vitamin E– This is a powerful anti-oxidant to fight day to day irritants and negative factors.

Natural Almond oil contains all of the above skin-friendly substances. Be sure to choose a high-quality, organic massage, lotion, and oil!

Want to know how to massage your skin like a pro? Read our blog post on skin massage.

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Skin Massage: an important cog in the skincare wheel.

Skin massage: an important cog in the skincare wheel.

The application of touch in a systematic way induces positive effects. Skin massage refers to gentle, scientific manipulation of the skin resulting in incredible health benefits. Skin massage is an essential cog in the skincare wheel and will be discussed in detail here.

What is massage?

Massage refers to touching, pressing, rubbing, and manipulating skin, muscle, joints, ligaments, and tendons.1 There are various styles of massage that target specific areas of the body and produce different effects.

A brief history of massage.

The massage was iconic to luxury spas, health clubs, and upscale hotels. Nowadays, it is available everywhere, from your nearest shopping plaza to the airport kiosk. Massage therapy might feel like a modern luxury; its roots lie deep into traditional holistic methods.

The knowledge of life and longevity forms Ayurveda’s basis, an ancient medical concept from the Indian subcontinent.2 Dating back to about 3000 BCE (5,000 years ago), Ayurveda promoted massage therapy as a natural healing remedy that restored the body’s natural, physical balance.3

With time, these methods traveled to other parts of Asia. Eventually, this practice of natural healing entered the European continent and the rest of the world.

Benefits of massage.

Massage therapy reduces anxiety, stress, pain, muscle tension, headache, and stress-induced insomnia. Psychologically, a massage provokes relaxation, comfort and may help induce sleep.4

Skin massage in detail.

Skin massage is performed in various ways. The following table lists the most common methods of skin massage:

Gentle rubAlso known as Swedish massage.
Rejuvenating connective tissue massage.Slight pressure stimulates connective tissue of the skin.
Deep massageStimulation of deeper skin layers, along with muscles, tendons, and joints.
Rotating motionActivates skin muscle.
Added heat or cold therapyActivates circulation



Types of skin massage.

A combination of all of these works wonders!

How to perform a skin massage.

Skin massage can be performed at home by you or by a professional. Self-massaging helps you connect with your body while observing your skin, contours and promotes relaxation.

Start with skin cleansing. Skin massage can be performed before or after a shower. We recommend using natural, unrefined, vegan body lotion, cream, oil, or butter. If you are using Organic Body Butter or Lotion, the product will sink into your skin well during the massage, and you will not need to take a shower. Using high-quality Organic oil, we suggest a shower with lukewarm water and a Natural Shower Gel.

1)         Sit or lay in a well-lit area. Natural, indirect sunlight offers the best visibility while protecting you from direct sun exposure (adjust the window shades or shutters!).

2)         Observe the area of massage. One may choose to massage a particular area of the skin at a time (just the face, area with hardened skin, or dry skin area). Pay attention to skin tone, unevenness, elasticity, and pattern of wrinkles, if any.

3)         Take a small quantity of high-quality body butter, lotion, or oil and start rubbing over the skin in a gentle, circular motion. Avoid dry rubbing, deep massaging.

4)         Observe the change in skin tone, and pattern of wrinkles, if any.

5)         Be generous with the use of butter, lotion, or oil; you will be rewarded greatly with the results! How do I know how much to use and when to stop adding more? The skin will remain shiny with continuous rubbing, and the liquefied butter, lotion, and oil will start dispersing to the other areas of the skin, which is the optimal quantity! The quantity also depends on the size of the site you are massaging.

6)         With a gentle massage of about 30 to 45 seconds, your fingertips will feel the skin’s rising temperature being massaged. The change in temperature marks the end of an ideal massaging. At this point, move to the next area.

7)         At the end of skin massage, allow the skin to rest for about five minutes before cleansing or to take a shower. Observe the massaged area. This step will help you track the improvement in the skin over time.

8)         We believe that our fingers can provide the best massage while providing great feedback on the massaging process. Alternatively, you may use a roller, stimulating device. Remember, skin massaging is more about connecting with your skin, using high-quality massaging material and methods, and performing it regularly.

Remember to sit in a well-lit area, preferably with natural, indirect sunlight!

Benefits of skin massage

Mechanical stimulation influences the behavior of skin cells.5 Skin massage offers the following benefits:

1)         Anti-Aging and Anti-Wrinkle Therapy

Using your favorite anti-aging and anti-wrinkle therapy, along with skin massaging, can greatly enhance your results. A small study in 2017 has shown improvement in wrinkles, skin sagging, and skin evenness with this method.5

2)         Improve skin circulation

Routine use of skin massage increases skin temperature and relaxes the skin’s blood vessels, causing improved circulation. This way, our skin gets more oxygen while the butter, lotion, or oil deliver natural nutrients. This way, skin cells rejuvenate and improve their vitality.

3)         Improve lymphatic drainage

Our skin protects us from environmental factors. In this process, it collects dust, pollutants, and toxins. Lymph glands of our skin clear such toxins by acting as a filter. Skin massaging improves the function of the lymphatic system and helps clear out toxins quickly. In turn, the skin retains its radiance longer!

4)         Stimulation of collagen

Collagen is a rubber band like tissue that supports the skin cells. Collagen production decreases as we age and causes skin sagging and wrinkle formation. A gentle skin massage routine helps stimulate collagen-forming cells and boosts the production of healthy collagen.

5)         Natural exfoliation

Skin massaging with your finger using natural butter, lotion, or oil results in delicate friction between the creases of the inside of your hand (fingerprints!) and the area of skin being massaged. This friction causes the natural removal of dead and damaged skin layers without harming underlying young skin cells. This method is an excellent way of natural exfoliation without using harsh scrubbers and exfoliative preparations.

6)         Improve the tone of skin muscle

Our skin has a muscle too! Named “Arrector Pili Muscle,” it lies between the skin layers and helps regulate skin temperature by contracting and relaxing as needed. Skin massaging improves the tone of this muscle and helps prevent skin sagging.

We answer your questions!

What does massaging your skin does?

In a nutshell, skin massaging improves skin circulation, improves lymphatic drainage, stimulates collagen synthesis, provides natural exfoliation, and improves skin muscle tone.

How do I massage my skin?

Skin massage steps are as follows:

1)         Do-it-yourself or by someone or a professional.

2)         Sit in a well-lit area.

3)         Observe the site for massage. Look for unevenness, tonal imbalance, and wrinkles, if any.

4)         Use a generous quantity of high-quality, organic body butter, lotion, or oil.

5)         Use gentle pressure, circular motion, and sense the rising skin temperature.

6)         Allow the massaged area to rest for about five minutes. Observe for progressive improvement every time you massage the area.

7)         Be punctual and repeat periodically for consistent results!

8)         Enjoy your great looking skin!

Is it ok to massage your skin or face every day?

Light massage therapy has numerous benefits and can be used daily. Avoid harsh rubbing, too much pressure, chemicals, or harsh rubbing agents to prevent damage. We recommend high-quality organic butter, lotion, cream, or oil.

How often should you massage your skin and face?

Skin massage helps you connect to your body; it is an emotional affair. It should be repeated in a fashion that allows you enough time to observe and connect with your skin. Skin massage can be done daily, twice weekly, or weekly.

Does massage improve skin tone?

Yes. Skin massaging improves skin tone by improving blood circulation, enhances toxin clearance by the lymphatic system, improved oxygenation, and nutrient delivery.

Does face or skin massage cause wrinkle?

Gentle face massage using natural, organic butter, lotion, cream, or oil does not cause, promote, or worsen wrinkle. Harsh massage, putting too much pressure, and using chemicals can damage your skin and encourage wrinkle formation.

How can I make my face and skin look younger?

We have numerous posts with a meaningful discussion here.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know.

We hope that you found this post informative and useful. Feel free to share our blog with others Use this link- kusumcosmetics.com/blog/

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Reference:

1.         https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

2.         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda

3.         https://florida-academy.edu/history-of-massage-therapy/

4.         https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743 5.         https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5383004/  

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Nurturing For Better Tomorrow: Part 2

Nurturing For Better Tomorrow Part II

This post is the second part of the earlier post-Nurturing For Better Tomorrow. The cosmetic industry is expanding exponentially, perhaps quicker than the expansion of our universe. Rising demand for cosmetic products and expectations for a quick transformation or a promise for a cure has led to the rapid development of chemical-based products. These products have a longer shelf life and much cheaper to produce in bulk.

Molecules of similar chemical structures can be synthesized in a lab calling it artificially produced chemicals.

Chemical-based products end up in the natural environment once we wash them off our skin. From this point, these chemicals begin a disgraceful journey onto our planet.

This blog post will discuss the basics of chemicals, natural and artificial chemicals. In case you missed, part I of this blog series focuses on nature conservation and basic ways to save our planet. You can read part I here.

What is a Chemical?

A simple explanation of chemical would be any substance with an enduring bond or characteristic properties. One example would be pure water. No substance is 100% pure, but its purity is defined according to its purpose or use. [1,2]

When different chemical molecules are mixed, they form a separate substance, called a polymer. Chemicals typically react to light, temperature, and a combination of both.

When a chemical cannot be further broken down, it is called an element. Some examples include iron, copper, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.

Natural and Synthetic Chemicals.

A natural chemical is one made by a natural process. Examples include water, plants, fruits, etc. The same chemical structure can be synthesized in a lab by studying and replicating a natural chemical. This “synthesized” chemical is known as “synthetic,” or “artificial,” or “engineered.”

If pure water from a river is an example of a natural chemical, then water molecules of similar chemical structures can be synthesized in a lab calling it artificially produced water.

The war between natural and synthetic chemicals, synthetic chemicals, and its harm to nature is well known. There is no meaningful difference between a natural and engineered chemical if molecular or elemental structures are identical. [3]

The Issue with Modified Substances.

Modern technology can modify the elements and create “new” chemical structures that suit our needs. These structures can have the same appearance, smell, and effect but are more tolerant of environmental or natural changes.

That is where the problem lies. A matter created or modified to withstand the natural decomposition process has to have elements that resist decomposition. Most natural substances are part of the food chain utilized by humans, animals, birds, sea creatures, and bacteria. Plants, trees, and other vegetation may use natural substances in the form of nourishment and fertilizer.

Now imagine a substance is modified or created to withstand decomposition but has the same appearance, smell, texture of an otherwise natural and edible substance. The food chain consumers (plants, animals, fish, and humans!) are not aware of the structural changes and may consume such substances as food.

Such modified substances will then have lasting and, more importantly, unpredictable effects on other living matters by altering their body/genetic composition. We then end up consuming some of those “unpredictably modified” structures in our food consumption.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful. Feel free to share our blog with others Use this link- https://kusumcosmetics.com/blog/

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Reference:

[1]  Hale, Bob (2013-09-19). Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191648342Archived from the original on 2018-01-13.

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

[3] Natural versus Synthetic Chemicals is Grey Matter. Dorea Reeser. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/natural-vs-synthetic-chemicals-is-a-gray-matter/#:~:text=Natural%20vs.,not%20be%20found%20in%20nature.

Nurturing For Better Tomorrow: Part II.