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Skin Cleansing Top 5 Practical Yet Simple Tips

Skin Cleansing Top 5 Tips

Our weekdays are busy; weekends are busier! We mostly find ourselves racing against time. We cannot forget attention to our skin. Today’s discussion will focus on the top 5 practical yet simple skin cleansing tips.

This post will also answer several commonly asked questions:

1)How do I cleanse my skin?
2)What is the best cleanser for my skin?
3)What should I look for in a skin cleanser or face wash?
4)How can I clean my skin naturally?
5)How to thoroughly cleanse skin?
6)What is the best face cleanser?
7)Are skin cleansers good for your skin?

1) Skin cleansing twice daily.

Our skin is constantly remodeling. The skin lays collagen-building blocks during the resting period (A.K.A. sleep), and old skin cells are shedding during this time. Excess sebum collects over the skin cells at night. Therefore, before beginning the day, skin cleansing is essential to remove the overnight shedding. 

Our skin is fighting against various environmental factors (heat, cold, sunlight, pollution, etc.) and accumulates dirt, grime, debris, and some more dead cells. Suppose these impurities stay over the skin for a long time, clogged pores, and interrupt the skin’s barrier function. Before the skin begins necessary repairing during our sleep, removing these unwanted substances from the skin is vital.

We recommend skin cleansing twice daily, once in the morning and before bedtime.

2) Avoid long hot showers.

We all love hot showers, especially during the winter, and we also like to take a shower for a long time, don’t we?

One may ask- Does hot water cause itchy skin? Why do I feel itchy after a shower? Why do I get a rash every time I take a shower?

A prolonged shower and hot water will strip the skin of its natural protectants (oils) and leave the skin dry. Dry skin will easily breakdown and open the skin barrier. An open skin barrier will cause nerves to get irritated; this irritation manifests as an itching sensation. Scratching on the irritated skin acts as an entry point for fungi, bacteria, and viruses into the skin. 

Using hot water for a shower suddenly increases the skin’s local temperature, and our body attempts to correct it by sending more blood in that area; this causes redness.

Solution: Keep showers short, use high-quality soap, and use lukewarm water.

3) Pat dry your skin rather than scrubbing it hard with your towel. 

Skin requires tender loving care. Ideal exfoliation removes the most superficial layer of the skin. Hard and repeated rubbing of any scrub will injure the younger, budding cells. The youthful skin cells give you that great look, but you end up damaging them by friction!

The best exfoliation is the gentle one.

4) How do I clean the skin and nose folds?

Skin folds are areas where the skin is lax and folding. The skin folds allow more significant movement of underlying organs and add flexibility to joints. Examples of skin folds in our body are eyelids, back of the ears, neck, underarms, breast, back, groin, and folds over all the joints. 

Due to the presence of higher temperature and moisture, fungi love to grow in these folds. Keeping the skin folds clean is essential to avoid skin infection and damage. One may spend double the time cleansing a skin fold than the skin over the rest of the body. 

Be sure to dry skin folds entirely at the end of cleansing. Apply a natural moisturizer in these areas; it should not be sticky or greasy.

5) Water, Water, Water

An average adult should consume 2.7 to 3.7-liter of water(up to 130 oz as per R.D.I.- Recommended Dietary Intake) daily. Water requirement fluctuates with the activity of our body and the season of the year. Summers and strenuous exercise (hiking in summer) may require more water than a walk on a cold winter day. 

What does water do for my skin?

Seventy percent (70%) of our body is water. Water helps skin cells stay moist and hydrated. Adequate moisture and hydration promote skin elasticity and helps skin look younger for a long time. 

How do I know if I am drinking enough water? 

Simple. Check the color of your urine! 

A well-hydrated body will discard excess water, and the color of urine will be clear to light yellow. A darker color means you need more water.

Q & A Time!

1)How do I cleanse my skin?

Perform skin cleansing twice daily. Use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser. Use lukewarm water. Rub gently. Pat dry the skin. Pay special attention while cleansing skin folds.

2)What is the best cleanser for my skin? How to thoroughly cleanse my skin?

Use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser or natural soap. Use lukewarm water to moisten the skin before applying the cleanser and remove the soap or cleanser after gently rubbing. Skin cleansing is that easy!

3)What should I look for in a skin cleanser or face wash? How can I clean my skin naturally? What is the best face cleanser?

Check the back panel of the bottle or package for ingredients. Look for familiar names; avoid synthetic cleansers. Serene Face Cleanser TM is an example of a natural, gentle, pH-balanced cleanser. For the skin of the body, use Organic, plant-based shower gel.

4)Are skin cleansers good for your skin?

For effective skin cleansing, you will need a cleanser to bind sebum, dirt, grime, and unwanted oils and remove them from your skin. Using just water will not do the job. 

Again, use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser or natural soap. If you notice skin irritation, excessive dryness, or rash, reduce the amount or change the product.

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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).

Haas avocados

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.




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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.


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 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.


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!



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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.


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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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.

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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.


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?

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Olive- A Gem with Skin Benefits

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Olive is the fruit of the olive tree. Extra virgin olive oil is first and cold-pressed extraction with excellent health benefits.

Let’s learn more about Olive oil’s benefits on Skin Health and appearance.

Olive Oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid.

Effects of Olives on Skin Health

1) Antioxidant effect– Oxidative stress causes the skin to age faster and causes unwanted dark spots and blemishes. Olive oil’s Vitamin E and K prevents oxidative stress on the skin and deters aging signs.

2) Anti-inflammatory action– Many skin conditions are inflammation based. What is Inflammation? It’s a process in which our body reacts to specific insults or allergens. The most common one is the Autoimmune/allergic inflammatory reaction. When the cells of our immune system fight with our skin cells, inflammation occurs. This reaction is commonly known as dermatitis/eczema etc. Many people use and try many chemically formed creams/serum/lotions without reading their ingredient list (more info on out How to read the label). Sadly, chemicals cause unwanted reactions and further damage to our skin.

We will discuss how to find the culprit of all these problems. Are you excited?

Your search should start with your shower gel/soap.
a) Does my shower gel produce lots of foam?

b) Does it smell intense?

c) Do you feel dry after a shower?

d) Do you have to apply body lotion after a shower to calm itchy skin?

If you answer “yes” to any of those, then this is the time to change your shower gel or soap.

Most shower gel products and soaps contain chemicals that produce a large amount of foam. Artificial foam is a potent surfactant that removes skin-friendly oils, leaving a dry, itchy skin. Many bathing products contain mainly Castor oil and Palm oil due to its low cost and mass production. However, these oils can be harsh on our skin.

3) Skin Barrier repair and protection: Antimicrobial barrier and effect
Our skin contains many skin-friendly nano organisms that act as a barrier to repair and protect skin layers. It somewhat acts as a very weak antimicrobial that does not harm skin cells but prevents excess growth of harmful bacterias. Olive oil is ideal for protecting that skin barrier.

4) Permeability enhancer- I am sure all of us remember our chemistry class that a membrane allows the transfer of particles from one side to another. Well! The same principle applies here. That means it should retain moisturizer after shower or cleaning the skin, right? Well, here you go, Olive oil has the solution for that. It maintains and increases the permeability of the skin membrane so that it will not become dry.


Organic Shower Gels and Serene Face Cleanser from Kusum Cosmetics use USDA Certified Organic Olive Castile Soap, Himalayan Pink Salt, and Organic Essential Oils. Our products are preserved with natural preservatives. This unique combination provides gentle and effective skin cleansing while protecting it from dryness.

We hope you enjoyed reading this and stay tuned for more exciting articles.

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