Why I created an extra extra gentle range of goodness...!
Why I created an extra extra gentle range of goodness...!
Redness, itching, really dry and flaky skin, acne, some or all of these constantly or at the slightest change of anything...?
If any of this sounds familiar then you're probably like my nan or sister, suffering from sensitive skin which tends to run in families and oh joy(!) certainly does in mine! My nan suffers from psoriasis which is a particularly moody type of dry skin condition which used to get so bad that her skin would peel at night and would need lots of changes of wound dressings - this only started about ten years ago increasing from dry skin to a really serious and unpredictable chronic irritation. My little sister Kimberley suffers from eczema which she was born with, it can can get really bad during cold weather periods on the backs of her knees and other creases - which is typical of sufferers of atopic eczema... And these are just two examples.
The causes of psoriasis are disputed and there are several types of eczema, if it's chronic atopic eczema like my sister's then it usually starts in infancy or toddler years and then gets better by the time one becomes a teenager, but general issues with dry skin and irritations often still remain throughout life. Of course, sensitive skin isn't just about extra dry itchy conditions but also includes all kinds of problems where skin reacts or does not perform optimally such as with breakouts and oily clogged skin - which acne sufferers know all about!
Studies show and health experts agree that problem skins and allergies have been on the rise in the last 30 years or so and that while genetics plays a definite role it's our modern lifestyles and increasing exposure to hidden chemicals in foods, cleaning materials and skin products that are major contributing factors also. There are many different types of sensitive skin conditions and a variety of factors can affect how sensitive skin reacts such as some of the most common symptoms we mostly recognise in their simpler forms but each case is unique and there can be many complications...
I know from the past daily experience in my own family that important choices in ingredients we eat, put on our skin and wear in our clothing really can make an incredible difference. But the trial and error of finding out what works, without horrible side-effects, or without stopping being effective can be so frustrating. This is why it was so important for me to not only develop a range of products that avoid nasty chemicals and toxins that can affect the skin and it's ability to protect the body, but within my already gentle product range to also develop an extra,extra gentle range!
So, I thought of those of you that absolutely don't want anything at all but moisture that you can really feel, that lasts, that doesn't sting or feel sticky or icky ...and has no smell at all not even from essential oils (although the right ones are really healing) , and I am so sure you'll love my Sunnysunflower and Bamboo products. And those that want lovely smelling products that are natural (yep you've guessed it using really soothing gentle and anti-inflammatory essential oils - no tricky perfumes or artificial fragrances) that heal and protect and help the body to acheive a more balanced state that is less likely to break out and get inflammed ... you'll love my Orangehintmint andChamomileCalm products.
And if you just want to get started all over with a new caring super gentle and clean regime, but don't want to risk spending loads or you're just not sure where to start you can save lots of money with our ToptoTrio sensitive bundle which gives you a full head to toe super gentle routine at a purse-loving 30% less than they would cost separately.
These all feel just as luxurious as mainstream brands that may have some of the triggers you may really want to avoid, but these are full of truly protective, unrefined and hydrating natural ingredients that nature has proven to really make a difference. Fats and oils like Cocoabutter, Sheabutter and Sunflower oil that are rich in linoleic acid, oleic acid and Vitamine E all of which improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation, speed up wound healing and improve skin elasticity while acting emollient to protect skin and keep it hydrated... Jojoba in these products importantly regulates oil production so it is perfect for both dry skin and oily skin conditions because it balances things out to help get the skin function back to normal. Hydrating ingredients like bamboo, comfrey and moringa do wonders for improving moisture balance while supporting the production of healthier skin cells that can manage potential triggers more effectively and essential oils such as lemon, peppermint and orange which are excellent for revitalising the circulation, flushing out bacteria that can get stuck in pores which can lead to break outs, chronic infections and are a real hazard for weepy itchy skin which at that stage can easily become infected... and they smell lovely and refreshing...
In developing these products, I've seen the amazing difference in my family and friends with sensitive skin since we've all personally been the guineapigs (because there's simply no excuse for hurting any animals!) so I can honestly say they've worked for us which is why I am so delighted to be able to share these with you too.
Read on below for some of the loving ingredients and their benefits that you'll find throughout all my products but are specifically blended for their caring qualities into the sensitive ranges...
I hope you experience the same relief and pleasure from this loving range as we have!
LOVING INGREDIENTS I HAVE SPECIALLY SELECTED FOR THE SENSITIVE RANGE
OILS RICH IN LINOLEIC, OLEIC ACIDS and VITAMIN E
SKIN SOOTHING SUNFLOWER OIL
A genuine skin-loving goody for the needs of every skin type and particularly kind to skin that is prone to acne or excessive dryness or sensitivity. We normally think of this oil for cooking but actually sunflower oil extracted from the seeds of the flower provides cleansing, exfoliating, and softening properties while moisturizing and nourishing it. It is non-comedogenic (does not clog the pores - allowing skin to breathe) it protects and softens while purifying with antibacterial care and is a great oil for defending against acne-causing bacteria. The fatty acids regulate oil production which is another reason it is such a powerful support in the treatment of acne but also a great oil for dry itchy conditions. As a skin-food it is rich in vitamins A, C, and D, that act as antioxidants which fight off dangerous elements called free radicals that can attack the health of our cell-membranes and skin structure - and these vitamins support the production processes that keep skin optimally able to regenerate new skin cells .
CREAMY SOOTHING SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter extract is a highly moisturising fat obtained from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Used traditionally for centuries as a natural emollient due to its really nourishing benefits, melting naturally at body temperature, absorbing rapidly into the skin and not clogging pores in the way that other butters can. It is exceptionally moisturising and skin smoothing because of it's high fatty acid percentages of oleic acid (40–60%), stearic acid (20–50%), linoleic acid (3–11%), palmitic acid (2–9%), linolenic acid (<1%) and arachidic acid (<1%) all making this skin-loving wonder a nutrient rich indulgence for the skin cells while also combating irritations and rashes that can arise from moisture loss. This non-greasy butter is the perfect treat for dry skin to seal in moisture naturally and provide lasting hydration.
SOFTENING MORINGA OIL
Derived from 'murungai', the Tamil word for drumstick, Moringa is commonly referred to as the drumstick tree. It contains 13 species from tropical and subtropical climates that range in size from tiny herbs to massive trees. With a long history in indigenous cultures the tree is so healthy that almost every part of it has healing properties and it is used traditionally for cooking and healing . In skincare the plants' potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities provide essential defense against the growth of disease-causing microbes while the oil’s unique fatty acid composition supports the skin surface in helping to balance the way skin absorbs nutrients.
Yes the lovely stuff that comes from the pod chocolate is made from! Cocoa Butter is derived from the Cacao Seed Pod wand as first discovered by the Aztecs centuries ago for its notable beautifying properties of skin calming, smoothing and brightening.
This richly hydrating emollient is high in essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins K and vitamin E which help repair damage to skin caused by free radicals such as accelerated aging, dark patches, and dull skin and help maintain the skins youthful elasticity. The high levels of fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin helping it to retain moisture and combat dryness and smooth scars, wrinkles, and other blemishes on the skin. Polyphenols in this beautifying butter also make it naturally inflammatory and provide further positive benefits for skin health including better collagen retention and production which leads to finer, smoother skin texture and improved elasticity.
EXFOLIANTS THAT GENTLY PEEL WITHOUT IRRITATION
THE GENTLE WONDER OF BAMBOO EXTRACTS
A skin superfood, the bamboo plant offers antioxidant care with additional antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic goodness making it a power botanical for rejuvenation and cell growth. One of the richest natural sources of silica in the planet, Bamboo contains approximately 70% of this essential mineral which is an instrumental trigger for collagen production deep within the cells that firms skin and gives it resilience, structure and youthful radiance. Bamboo also naturally regulates the skin balance by holding moisture on the surface of the skin and helping to provide lasting hydration.
The extracts you'll find in my range are such an excellent way to peel the skin without causing damage to the skin surface which can happen easily enough when your skin is prone to irritation.
COMFREY - A NATURAL PEEL
Skin softening and smoothing, the magic ingredient that makes the comfrey plant so healing is called allantoin and it works in three ways. It is a power-house for moisture-retaining, it acts as a humectant which means it draws moisture into the skin and locks it into the layers to maintain optimal levels of hydration in the skin cells. Allantoin is also a natural and gentle keratolytic which means it sheds away the Keratin (top skin layer of dead skin cells) as well as the debris (left overs of dirt, dust and generally invisible uninvited guests) that sit on our skin surface to release softer, new skin and in that way speeds up and supports the skins natural cell turnover rate. As an an anti-inflammatory it helps to reduce irritation and stress in the skin to support healing.
It would already be an incredible ingredient with just one of these abilities let alone all of these three - this is why I love to include this amazing plant extract in my blends and why you'll find it in a lot of the extra sensitive products.
NATURE'S ANSWER TO OUR BODIES NATURAL OIL PRODUCTION
JOJOBA - A CLOSE COPY OF OUR BODY OIL
This amazing oil is the closest thing in nature to the actual oil our bodies produce internally 'sebum' which plays an important role in feeding the processes that keep our biology going - and the mother nature's version is actually really a wax rather than an oil coming from a plant native to the southern U.S and Mexico. Just as our own body's sebum does, it plays a key role in protecting the skin, providing moisture control, and soothing the skin and hair. It is great for helping with burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, wrinkles and chapped skin and is also used to reduce balding because it encourages hair regrowth, soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles.
So it is great from top to toe which is helpful since we know sensitive skin will happily affect any area of the body!
ESSENTIAL OILS - UPLIFTING GORGEOUS AROMAS THAT ARE BOTH NATURAL AND HEALING
BITTER ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL IS VERY CLEANSING AND REFRESHING
Expressed from the fruit of the bitter orange tree this essential oil is a potent anti-inflammatory with additional powerful antibacterial benefits. It has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the body's metabolic function, has the ability to freshen odour and is uplifting with a positive effect on moods. Combined with the additional citrusy support of lemon essential oil it aids in fading blemish discolouration and increasing skin luminosity. It is also a potent antioxidant, skin conditioner and provides a lovely uplifting scent.
LEMON - NATURE'S PURIFIER
You might not think that something you might make lemonade with or marinate fish with could have amazing benefits for your skin also but with its strong antibacterial make-up studies have shown that it is capable of fighting even deadly dangerous types of bacteria. Lemon essential oil is therefore useful for acne breakouts caused by high levels of bacteria stuck in pores. Additionally,since it is so purifying which helps skin cells to function better it is also useful for fading scars and age spots, can exfoliate skin, brighten skin and lighten blemishes, tone oily skin and slow the dangerous toxic build up that can lead to undernourished skin and issues like premature lines.
CALM AND COOL WITH HEALING AND SOOTHING CHAMOMILE
Beautiful Chamomile is not only such a bright pretty flodwer but a calming plant with anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that has outstanding healing power of documented ancient tradition going back to the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians in treating wounds to promote healing. The flower has a healing component called Chamazulene which has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities help to calm down skin tissue and speeds up the production of new healthy cells to create new skin which is important during healing. so it is great when skin is peeling and thinning and also great for tightening of pores and helps to calm and cool swelling making it a very gentle remedy for reducing puffiness and retention when skin is inflammed.
MIGHTY MINTY GOODNESS - SPEARMINT
This invigorating refresher is loved for its clearing effect on skin, Spearmint essential oil heals and strengthens the epidermis when used topically helping to ease sensitive conditions such as rosacea, oily skin, puffiness or inflammation with its menthol content providing automatic cooling and soothing benefit. It's uplifting aroma not only energises and refreshes but actually contains active anti-bacterial components that make it an ideal skin cleanser. By imparting a cooling sensation, spearmint oil can help to relieve itching associated with dryness and irritable skin conditions.
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