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    J is for Jojoba

    Jojoba Oil Skincare

    J is for Jojoba (“ho-ho-ba”) Why do I use this ingredient so much? Other than simply being fun to say, jojoba mimics our own skin’s natural oils; this means it’s both supportive and restorative when it comes to skincare.   What is Jojoba Oil? Jojoba oil is actually a wax ester that is produced from the seeds of the Simmondsia chinensis plant, found in areas such as Arizona, Mexico, and California. Common names for the plant are goat nut, deer nut, pig nut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry, and gray box bush. The O’odham Hohowi people (indigenous Uto-Aztecs) are the ones credited with the name “jojoba”. They, and other southwestern indigenous people, have long treated burns and other wounds using the paste or oil from…

    Beautiful Balancing Lavender

    Lavender to Balance your Skin

    Beautiful, Balancing Lavender I have to admit, when I see those tiny, light purple lavender buds start to appear in my garden, I get excited. There is even more anticipation this year, as I have a good-sized plot of lavender that is destined for my still to make lavender hydrosol. The hydrosol and/or lavender essential oil is found in nearly all of the products in my Balancing Line for it’s skin-loving and healing properties. I’ve written about the history and many uses of lavender before (read it here), but today is all about BALANCE.   A Balanced Skincare Routine Before we get into lavender’s skin-balancing powers, it’s important to understand what our skin needs (and doesn’t) to stay healthy. As our body’s largest organ, our…

    F is for Frankincense

    Frankincense is one of my favourite oils for rejuvenating and repairing the skin. It’s also the star of my number one selling product, Argan & Frankincense Facial Oil. What makes this ancient tree resin so special that we have been treasuring it for thousands of years?   A Brief History of Frankincense Most of us were likely introduced to frankincense when we learned it was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth by the Three Wise Men. They gifted him the treasures of myrrh, frankincense, and gold. And indeed, there are written records as far back as 1500 BC discussing uses for this prized resin. Frankincense is from the boswellia family of trees, which has never been domesticated or cultivated. It grows…

    R is for Roses (Bulgarian Rose)

    I look at plants a lot differently than most people out there, and that goes for the beautiful rose, as well. Of course I love roses for their beauty, scent, and the symbolism of love… but when I look at a rose, I also see its power to soothe and heal. Aromatherapy of Rose Scent is the sense most closely tied to memory, and I bet the sweet scent of rose will bring you somewhere special. Is it a flower garden? The wild roses by the ocean? Or someone who once wore a perfume with rose notes? No matter your own memory with the scent of rose, it holds special power in the world of aromatherapy. Inhaling the essence of rose has shown to reduce…

    Hyaluronic Acid for all skin types and all seasons

    Hyaluronic Acid for Skin Types and Seasons

    Hyaluronic Acid for all skin types and all seasons Hyaluronic (hi-a-lur-onic) acid (HA), or sodium hyaluronate is now a widely known and well accepted skin care ingredient. It’s ability to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water and be absorbed readily through the surface of the skin is what makes it so great. Without it, it is incredibly hard to get useful amounts of water into the skin using topical products. HA is found naturally in our skin, joints and eyes and like many other components of our body decreases as we age. So, it would make sense to focus on using HA in products aimed at mature skin. However, all skin types can benefit from the water boost HA gives. Another way…

    Camellia (tea) oil – a quiet but beautiful plant oil for the face.

    Last month my Pomegranate & Lemon Nourishing Facial Oil came in 2nd place in the Cert Clean Beauty Awards (face oil category). It is so great to have this formula recognized as having not only clean ingredients but also great results. I have written about the pomegranate oil and steam-distilled lemon oil I use in this formula before, now it’s the turn of the main ingredient (by volume) Camellia oil. Camellia Oleifera seed oil comes from the wonderful tea plant, indigenous to China. And it was the flawless geishas who made this beautiful oil famous centuries ago. They used this delightful oil to remove their heavy make-up and keep their skin perfect. Camellia oil is very light and absorbed quickly and penetrates deep into the…

    Shrink those pores, permanently

    Shrink Pores Permanently

    How to Shrink those Pores – Permanently! Whether it’s raging hormones purging oil and toxins, dry aging skin refusing to bounce back or skin care products (most commonly cleansers and exfoliants) damaging the pore entrance it can be a challenge to clean and shrink our pores, permanently. However, if we take a close-up view of what’s happening to the pores it’s easier to understand why it can be a very simple issue to solve. Our pores have the simple function of letting oil and sweat out of our skin, helping to remove toxins and cool us down. They are also where our hairs stick out from. In order for them to function properly they need to be able to open and close effectively. When they…

    Why don’t I make an eye cream?

    Eye Cream

    Eye Creams & Why I don’t make one The eye area is much talked about when discussing how we look and how we feel about our skin. Whether you feel that fine lines are the trophies of all the laughing you have done or your worst nightmare we do need to make sure this delicate area of the face is looked after just as well as the rest of our face. Almost every skin care brand makes at least one separate eye area product so why don’t I? Well, for 3 main reasons: 1.  My face care products are perfectly safe around the eyes. The skin around the eye area is much more delicate and does not have the same extent of lymphatic system as…

    A Great Gift for Cancer Sufferers

    Skincare for Cancer Sufferers

    The Gift of Skincare for Cancer Sufferers Before I start, please be aware I am not a medical doctor and the following advice is based purely on feedback from real people who have felt great benefits from my suggestions. I get many emails from the friends and family of people who are going through cancer treatment. Radiation, in particular, can be very damaging to the skin. And even though these people are fighting a bigger battle, having itchy, sore or dry skin can make everything seems even worse. A cancer diagnosis is often the catalyst to take a good look at diet, as well as home, skin and body care products. Switching to all-natural and gentle products is a process many cancer sufferers go through…

    Inside Out – What Your Skin Says About Your Gut Health

    What your Skin says about your gut health

    You may have met Juanita Miller a few years ago standing behind a demo table in Whole Foods, helping to spread the word about Helena Lane Skincare. She was part of our team alongside studying. She is now a practicing Holistic Nutritionist and Skin Care Consultant offering an exciting selection of services primarily geared towards healthy radiant skin. Juanita talks about the link between gut and skin health in her blog post… and we are giving away TWO of her favourite Helena Lane Skincare products the Lavender & Lime Balancing Cleanser (or any other cleanser) – one for you and one for a friend! Head on over to Instagram (on 09/17/19) for your chance to win!   The Story your Skin is Telling – What your…

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