The Ultimate Skin Care For Cold Weather!

By Dana

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Making the cold more beautiful makes the cold more sunshining. I’m so excited that Mira from Rosemira (oh I love this line!) is making the most of winter skin.

1. I’ve had a hard time keeping a “serious” regime for skin… what’s actually necessary?

There is a long answer and a short answer to this question: first is the long version:

This is a great question which all of us grapple with at one time or another. As with any routine or regimen, it has to fit our personality. Some people like to exercise 90 minutes every day, others prefer a longer workout 3 times a week. Some have an affinity to running, while others prefer Tai Qi or Yoga. And while the optimal is to participate is some form of exercise on a daily basis, the type of exercise is not as important as one’s affinity with it and expecting ourselves to participate in a form of exercise we do not resonate with will most likely result in a failure to remain consistent and get the results we want. Sometimes it is just a matter of starting gently with something you have an affinity with. As you build momentum and the results become noticeable, it becomes easier to maintain and the once forced regimen becomes a simple habit. The same goes to diet and to skin “diet”.

First and foremost regardless on how simple or complex you’d like to be in your routine, I would start by by removing from your regimen anything that is harmful for your skin. Products with synthetic ingredients, toxic preservatives, additives, fillers and dies, alcohol and added fragrances. (You would not want to eat foods laced with herbicides, fruit which is picked before it is ripened and shot with chemicals to speed up the process during transport). Similarly you want to provide your skin with a healthy diet, how healthy and how extreme you will be depends entirely on you. This also does not depend on age, it is important to eat healthy and exercise at any age. We do not start brushing our teeth when they start falling out. Similarly a consistent skin care regimen should be started early on and maintained as a habit throughout one’s life.

For a simple regimen while still expecting results, the basic products required at the least are: A gentle non-stripping Cleanser like a Cleansing Milk or Gel Cleanser, Toner (only Hydrosol based), Serum and Moisturizing Cream (day, night or either) and an Eye Cream.  If that is all you can do initially it will definitely keep your skin happy and healthy. For more stellar results I believe it is essential to exfoliate, detoxify and stimulate circulation every month. A Clay Masque once a week is an important addition to a basic regimen. And if you are using foundation remove it immediately upon getting home allowing your skin to breathe.

For those who are willing and inclined to spent a little bit more time and effort for more stellar and long term results, I would suggest 2 different Cleansers- an Exfoliating Cleanser, or a Gel Cleanser and a Moisturizing Cleanser, a Hydrosol Toner, two different Serums for day and night (which should be changed with the seasons and concerns that might arise), a Day Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream and an Eye Cream. A Clay Masque several times a week, alternating with a ‘gentle’ Exfoliating Facial Scrub and a peel (soon to be released) once a week. (I am also working on a DIY face lift which I would recommend to add to one’s routine from the age of 30 onwards, initially once or twice a month and as we grow older on a weekly basis).

Of course then we have to modify our regimen to fit our skin types or challenges, but I do believe most skin challenges are really skin out of balance and as our regimens become more balanced across our habits, eating, drinking water, exercising, meditating, having fun, the skin will be brought into balance as well.

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The shorter version to this same answer:

First and foremost, regardless of how simple or complex you’d like to be in your routine, I’d start by removing from your regimen anything that is harmful for your skin. Products with synthetic ingredients, toxic preservatives, additives, fillers and dies, alcohol and added fragrances. You want to nourish your skin with a healthy diet, For a simple regimen while still expecting results, the basic products required are: A Cleanser, Toner (only Hydrosol based), Serum and Moisturizing Cream (day, night or either) and an Eye Cream. If that is all you can do initially, it will definitely keep your skin happy and healthy. For more stellar results it is essential to exfoliate, detoxify and stimulate circulation every month. A Clay Masque once a week is an important addition to a basic regimen. And if you are using foundation, remove it immediately upon getting home, allowing your skin to breathe.

For those inclined to spend a bit more time and effort for more stellar and long term results, I suggest 2 Cleansers- an Exfoliating Cleanser and a Moisturizing Cleanser, a Hydrosol Toner, two different Serums for day and night, a Day Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream and an Eye Cream. A Clay Masque several times a week, alternating with a ‘gentle’ Exfoliating Facial Scrub and a peel once a week. Most skin challenges are skin out of balance and, as our regimens become more balanced across our habits, eating, drinking water, exercising, meditating, the skin will be brought into balance as well.

2. How can you safeguard your skin in the cold?

Hydrate inside and out- i.e. drink lots of water and use a Hydrosol Toner several times a day. While it feels like a Toner would be used more frequently during the summer months to refresh, cool and hydrate, it is particularly important during cold and dry months. Follow the Toner with a Moisturizing element— a Serum and /or Moisturizing Cream. The most important Moisturizing product I’d recommend is a truly moisturizing cream. By ‘truly’ I mean a cream which isn’t filled with damaging-drying ingredients like alcohol, but rather with truly healthy ingredients to support your skin’s inherent moisture. Hydrate with a Toner and apply the Moisturizing Cream while your skin is still slightly moist

Remember we have skin over our entire body. In the winter it is particularly important to use a Body butter or a rich body lotion (not a water based, thin and fast absorbing lotion) on a daily basis, preferably after a shower while your skin is still slightly damp. The results of that healthy habit are truly amazing.

3. My hands are looking wintery right now… that’s the best I can explain it. How can I put the sparkle back in my weatherized skin?

This goes back to my previous answer. We have to put attention to our hands, feet and everything inbetween. I guarantee that if you use one of our body butters: Sweet Coconut Body Butter, Alluring Jasmine Body Butter, or our rich body lotion My Present- Crème de Corps Body Lotion on a regular basis you will be amazed at the results. Whether it is just the winter dryness, or if you suffer from a medical condition such as aff functioning thyroid (hypothyroid) your skin will feel smooth and soft and will look alive with this simple addition to your routine. And for those of us who are willing to put in a little bit more effort, using a salt, sugar or other exfoliating body scrub will rejuvenate your skin and stimulate lymph and blood circulation, to promote the inner youth and thus outer youthful appearance and feel of your skin. No more weatherized, leatherized skin…

4. Are there any super foods you suggest for skin?

The health of our gut is one of the most important aspects to a healthy body and skin. Probiotics in particular are arguably more crucial than any other nutritional supplement, because by supporting digestion our body is able to absorb the nutrients from the rest of our foods more efficiently and thoroughly.

Nuts and Seeds are essential to health. Almonds in particular are more alkaline forming than other nuts and are rich in Vitamin E, Amino Acids, and Calcium. Walnuts are wonderful too. Pumpkin Seeds are the most alkaline forming among seeds, and are a rich source of Protein, Iron , Magnesium, Potassium, Biotin and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Greens: Green leafy foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress and collards are rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and B as well as Iron. In green foods these nutrients are more readily available and easily absorbed. Spirulina- a dark green seaweed is great source of Biotin, Protein, Iron and Vitamin B12.

Orange root vegetables such as Sweet potatoes, carrots, Pumpkins and Winter squash are rich in Vitamins A & C- important specifically for the health of nails, skin and hair.

Oats: (non-GMO, Old fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats) are a very inexpensive superfood. They provide Protein, Biotin and other B Vitamins, the minerals Magnesium and Potassium, fiber and antioxidants. A lot to get from one food.

Berries are also wonderful antioxidant foods and rich in vitamins. Among them- Acai berries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Kiwis and Noni Berries are rich sources of Vitamins A, C, and E.

Dark chocolate, not just any chocolate. Chocolate with high flavanol content and 60% cacao helps skin stay hydrated and protects it from sun damage.

There are many other foods which are important for our general health and the health of our skin in particular. Remember most importantly to eat healthy non processed foods and don’t stick to one food. When eating berries don’t stick to one only, eat a variety., Same goes to nuts, seeds, greens etc.

Here are Mira’s picks from her own life for winter: 

Rich Moisturizing Cleanser (unscented) or with essential oils as in Tangerine Frosting Rich Cleansing Cream

Hydrosol Toner: Any will do depending on your scent preference and skin type.  For winter I prefer the Roses In Bloom Hydrating Toner

Serum: I love Serum, so there are many to choose from. I would suggest Skin Sonata Argan Oil Infusion for day time use, and    Skin Lullaby Anti-Wrinkle Serum as your night time serum. If you do not like Floral scents instead of Skin Sonata use See Me C Repair Serum or Gorgeous Gold Stem Cell Serum

Moisturizing Cream: either Citrus or Rose depending on your preference and skin type, and an Eye Cream

And for your Body, hands & feet: Sweet Coconut Body Butter or rich Body Lotion: My Present- Crème de Corps Body Lotion.

For your lips: A nutrient rich healing Lip Balm like our Banana Balm Lip Balm, but any of our Lip Balms will work splendidly.

Take great care of your skin and your skin will reflect it magnificently!

xoxo Dana

 

Safe & Chic Interview with Mira

What was the main determination when creating your skincare line?

It started as another cooking project. I was 19 and just turned vegetarian. I stopped using white flour, sugar and dairy and had to teach myself how to cook again. Vegetarian healthy cooking was not that popular back then.  My only reference cook book was Laurel’s Kitchen. I was also a student at the California School of Herbal Studies founded by the renowned and inspirational herbalist -Rosemary Gladstar.  So while making what was called Better Butter, my own salt from ground herbs,  my own yogurt, sprouting seeds,  making a sourdough starter for baking bread, as well as herbal formulas- a brain support tincture for my mom and a clay based baby powder for baby’s bums, making a facial cream was a natural extension of that process. I learned how to make a basic cream using 5 ingredients, no preservatives additives or anything unnecessary.  I was not concerned with wrinkles at the time, ia anyone at 19? I did, however, have a Thyroid imbalance- Hypothyroid, which leads to unduly dry skin. I tried different lotions, but they were water based and didn’t nourish my skin on a deep level.  I used my original face cream as a body lotion and it worked great. I used that cream as my face and body cream for many years.  Then people asked that I share my cream with them, which was the birthing of the idea to share this and other products with friends, family and then patients and the general population, The rest, as someone said, is history, or her-story🙂

For a new customer trying out your brand what would you suggest as their skin routine?  

That depends on a style. Some people like simple regimens, some people want a more complicated and thorough regimen. For those into simplicity and who still expect stellar results, I recommend: Cleanser, Toner, and Serum. Moisturizing cream (day, night or either) and an eye cream.  Once a month a clay masque. and that should do it, For those who want a deeper process: 2 different cleansers- an exfoliating or gel cleanser and a moisturizing cleanser, a toner,  two different serums for day and night, a day cream, night cream, eye cream. A clay masque a few times a week, a peel once a week, (and our new face lift product- not done yet- once a week) use a tinted sunscreen serum and a natural foundation (coming up soon)

What products will you soon be coming out with?

As a holistic practitioner (Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Herbalist) I’m always concerned with health on a deeper level. I enjoy working with people individually, creating customized formulas to address the root cause of their skin imbalances. My focus lately has been on healing formulas which, while more general than I’d have liked, still address troubling conditions like a Rosacea Cooling Cream, A Rosacea Serum- Stronger version of my existing one. A soothing Lavender & Chamomile Cream for sensitive skin, a simple yet powerful DIY Facelift, a Brightening cream for women with uneven skin and dark spots, and for fun I’m dabbling in tinted sunscreen facial oils, a foundation and a blush.

What has been the most challenging part of your journey creating this brand?

The unexpected parts of running an inventory based business. As a doctor, when I had a clinic, I had an inventory of supplements, tinctures, herbal formulas & some orthopedic supplies, but nothing that I had to make from scratch, which called for an inventory of production ingredients.  I use only the best and highest quality of ingredients available. Foraging (so to speak) for the right ingredients when your budget is limited, yet you’re not willing to compromise on quality, is challenging. Given a bigger budget, I bet it would be exhilarating. Then there’s packaging. While it’s fun to find the perfect container for a new product, the process of designing the label, making sure all ingredients are exact and the ‘how to use’ instructions clear enough, and then the packaging mishaps one would expect to creep up, is tedious.  Marketing is another quandary for me–how to reach people who would benefit from my products. Being noticed over the cacophony of competing narratives, some of which are true, some of which just effective marketing campaigns, is an ongoing conundrum. How to be heard and seen without resorting to slimy marketing tactics. How to stay positive in the face of green and pink washing. I find that for me personally packaging and marketing are tough, even though they have fun components, while formulating and manufacturing are completely joyful and inspiring to me.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

The formulation process, choice of ingredient combinations and the fact every formula is made from scratch. Let me elaborate. The formulation process is based on need. I hear of a need, I see a condition repeating itself, and if I don’t see the solutions among existing products in the market, I set myself off to make it.  I come up with the formula intuitively as well as scientifically. I don’t have a predetermined idea of what ingredients might be the ones to choose for a particular formula. Once I have the ingredients I believe will work well together, and find the right source for each one, I gather them and start putting the formula together. This is a long and organic process–finding the right combination of ingredients that will synergize into the effective product I want it to be. I run the formula by my friend and colleague, a medical intuitive, and we tweak it some more–adjust a source of an ingredient, an amount, the form of each ingredient (powder, liquid, extract etc), and then we start testing them, first on ourselves and then on our estheticians. (No animal testing…)  Unlike most companies, we don’t have a favorite combination of ingredients we use. We like variety and only choose the ingredients that fit the formula, nor do we have a base of ingredients which we use in each formula. That would help with the cost of ingredient inventory and make everything simpler, but we believe, is less effective. We create a whole new product and experience.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Read labels, trust your experience, look for change and don’t trust the hype. Use the least amount of foundation possible and remove it when you get home. Let your skin breathe.

Read the interview here.

What We Do Matters

Earth Day has come and gone while the drought in California and global climate change dominate the news. Our lifestyle choices are more important than ever – raising crops from organic seeds, using clean fertilizers and conserving water.  My responsibility lies with making organic skincare products.

The skincare industry is still hiding behind labels showing flowers in bloom and slogans of ‘pure’ and ‘clean’ while they bury harmful ingredients under a pile of flimsy legalese. I am sensing that we, as consumers, are becoming more aware and educated regarding false advertising. I hope that trend continues and forces the corporate skincare industry to mend its ways.

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What’s Best? Serums or Moisturizers?

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Skincare Advice from Mira

I’d like to discuss a prevalent issue in skincare circles, that of moisturizing creams vs. facial oils and serums.

Like all issues nutritional, such as the best diet (animal products or vegetarian; vegan or Macrobiotic?), there are varying opinions about skincare, based on research, scientific or experiential data, opinion, or all of the above. No one size fits all, and while we all agree that sugar-laden soda drinks, fast food and no exercise are bad for your health, there are nutritional questions worth an in-depth discussion.

Similarly in skincare, some believe Toners are not essential while others feel they are the Holy Grail. Some swear by exfoliating procedures, while others believe less is more and maybe nothing at all is best.

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Start The Year Off With The Intention of Having Healthy Skin

by Mira Herman

With the new year upon us, many have made resolutions to improve their health, usually through exercise. I would like to point out that having healthy skin is equally important, though I do not wish to add to the list of what people feel they “should” do. So rather than talk about resolutions, let’s talk about intentions—more specifically, the intention to have healthy, balanced, glowing skin this year.

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Autumn Skin Care

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Autumn has arrived and I’ve been enjoying the foliage, the scents, and especially lately the softer light. They’ve inspired my latest creations.

At Rosemira we are happy and proud to share our new website! Complete with luminous photos of our products among flowers from my generous and bountiful garden, the updated website is easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye. Come take a look. I’ve finally launched our ingredients page, a vision I’ve had for some time; just a few ingredients listed so far, but with many more to follow. In the meantime, if you have any ingredients you’d like to discuss, send me an e-mail and I will respond.

Now for some skincare advice! As the weather changes and we prepare for the hectic holiday season, it’s important to take time to recommit to our skincare regimen. To help get you started, I’ve decided to share my favorite skin regimen for this time of year. It works on any type of skin and gives me the chance to choose the best products from all my lines and use them to complement each other.

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