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Catechins

Catechins

When it comes to preventing premature aging, we're all about the antioxidants and whole plant ingredients are where you find them, just like in food. Catechins are flavonoid polyphenols found in camillia green tea oil (Rosey Cheeks Cream & Serum) and grapeseed oil (Eyewaken Eye Cream). Catechins scavenge free radicals and slow extracellular matrix degradation induced by ultraviolet (UV) radiation and pollution, meaning they prevent damage to your skin that create the signs of aging. Catechins also directly affect the skin by activating collagen synthesis and inhibit the production of matrix metalloproteinase enzymes. They are highly effective free-radical scavengers compared with many other standard anti-oxidants, such...


Terpenes

Terpenes

Terpenes are plant chemicals that are extracted through distillation (essential oils), solvent extraction, and cold pressing. Terpenoids is term for terpenes with a functional group. In essential oils, there are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which have various actions on skin - antinflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. Triterpenes are too heavy to make it to essential oil but they can be extracted in lipids. This is why we infuse calendula in oil and why it is so good at repairing dry skin. Squalene, found in olive and argan, is another good example of a triterpene.


Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love

Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love

photo by: Fern and Oak Creative    With Valentine's on the way love is all around, channel some of that love to yourself and your skin!  Here are some ways to show your skin some tender loving care. ❤️  Give Yourself a Soothing Facial Massage  Massaging your face improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and the result is a smoother, firmer complexion. Before you start a facial massage make sure to wash your face and apply a moisturizer or facial serum such as our Rosey Cheeks Facial Oil Serum.  You can massage with either your hands or a tool for similar results....


Rose and the Divine Feminine

Rose and the Divine Feminine

It is common for me to hear people say that the scent of rose reminds them of their grandmother. I think it should remind you of your grandmother and your great grandmother and your great, great, grandmother. It is the scent of the divine feminine. It adorned flower garlands that were offered to Isis, then to Venus, and then to Mary. The rose garland has changed over the years to become the rosary, still made with powdered rose and scented with its soft, powdery fragrance. When we think of roses, we often equate them with romantic love but there is...


Winter Product Recommendations + Skin Care Tips

Winter Product Recommendations + Skin Care Tips

Winter is hard on our delicate skin barrier. As the temperature dips, so does humidity, and the air becomes dry. If you ignore your skin, it can become irritated, rough, and dehydrated or dry in no time. Skin in winter requires a little extra love and care.  Here are some tips and recommendations that will keep your skin healthy, happy, and radiant throughout the colder months. 1.Protect Your Barrier If you want supple and soft skin during winter, you need to build a strong bond with your facial cream. Facial creams are an emulsion of water with wax and oil that...