4 Best Clays to Help Detox and Rejuvenate Your Skin

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The Rejuvenating properties of Clay
A collection of Clay powders for skin rejuvenation

Clay is a finely-grained natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz, metal oxides and organic matter. Throughout history people have developed the art of forming clay to make ceramic objects and pottery.

MEDICINAL CLAY

The first recorded use of medicinal clay is written on Mesopotamian clay tablets around 2500 B.C. Also, ancient Egyptians used clay. The Pharaohs’ physicians used clay for its anti-inflammatory agents and antiseptics. It was used as a preservative for making mummies and is also reported that Cleopatra used clays to preserve her complexion.

Four popular clays for skin products are Bentonite, Australian Reef Red, Kaolin White, and Rhassoul.

 BENTONITE CLAY

 Bentonite clay is one of the most popular and powerful clay skincare ingredients. The U.S. is one of the top producers of bentonite clay worldwide. Bentonite clay is derived from naturally occurring volcanic ash. It’s highly absorbent and has a high percentage of montmorillonite, a soft group of earth minerals. Bentonite clay draws impurities and oil to your skin’s surface and absorbs oil while tightening and toning your skin. When mixed with water, the clay swells and allows for maximum absorption of sebum and surface debris. This impurity magnet is ideal for oily and congested skins prone to acne, as well as people with mild eczema and rosacea. Bentonite clay is also a great addition to foot and body treatments.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Passionate Fig Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub


Passionate Fig Scrub for Oily Skin

RHASSOUL CLAY OR MOROCCAN RED CLAY

 Rhassoul Clay is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and has been popular for millennia. This clay is rich in ancient minerals and has a high concentration of silica and magnesium. Rhassoul Clay, also known as Moroccan Red Clay, is effective at decongesting pores, absorbing excess oil, and drawing out toxins. It also improves elasticity and stimulates circulation. This clay mixes well with water and is an effective facial and body cleanser.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Passionate Fig Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Frankincense & Rose Scrub Dry/Mature Skin

AUSTRALIAN REEF RED CLAY

Two earthy elements contribute to the formation of red clay soils. First, the bedrock must contain enough iron to produce the reddish iron oxides that color the soil. Second, the climate must be relatively warm and wet. Its high iron content and essential minerals help revitalize the skin to support soft and healthy-looking skin. Once applied to the skin, red clay binds impurities and dirt into its paste until dried. Its drawing abilities make it a great toner and cleanser for acne-prone, oily, and problem skin. The rich color from the Australian Reef Red Clay is also used in organic hair coloring, giving a natural red color that is impermanent. It’s also used in soaps and bath salts.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Mandarin & Cucumber Red Balancing Masque  ( part of a 5 Masque Sample Kit)

Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser

Mandarin & Cucumber Red Clay Skin Detox

WHITE KAOLIN CLAY

White Cosmetic clay, also known as White Kaolin clay, is a very fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties. White Cosmetic clay is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and most wet cosmetics, including soaps, scrubs, poultices, deodorants, facial powders and masks. The mildest of all clays, white kaolin is less absorbent than other varieties and is highly moisturizing, making it perfect for those with sensitive, aging and especially dry skin.

Featured in Rosemira products:

Green Clay & Rose de Mai Gentle Masque

Frankincense & Rose Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Lavender & Geranium Deep Cleansing Masque

Green Clay & Rose Dry Skin

Summary

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may already be familiar with clay masks. Clay is popular for good reason–it helps draw out the impurities as well as absorb excess oils on the skin’s surface. I’ll also mention that clay masks are good and healthy for everyone regardless of your skin condition. Clay masks also allow for self-care and reflection—downtime to step back and soak in the essence of Earth.

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How Much Time Should You Spend In The Sun To Get Vitamin D (And Avoid Skin Cancer)

Extract the maximum from the summer without feeling the burn.

The advent of summer, in theory at least, brings with it the glory of sun-filled days filled with barbecues, trips to the seaside and all manner of other enjoyable outdoor pursuits.

It seems churlish to dampen any enthusiasm for that time spent in the sunshine, but as with almost everything, there are health concerns to consider. Chief among which is the time-honoured battle between your vitamin D requirements and the risk of skin cancer.

To make sure you’re getting the balance right, here’s Dr Stephanie Munn, consultant dermatologist from Bupa Health Clinics, with three tips for ensuring you get the perfect amount of vitamin D this summer without risking your skin safety.

The sunshine bank

One of the fantastic things about our bodies is our ability to store excess vitamin D for use at a later date, meaning we can bank enough sunlight during sunny months to see us through the cold snaps. However, we all know the risks associated with too much sun exposure, so it’s about taking a balanced approach. You don’t need to avoid the sun completely, but you do absolutely need to avoid burning. Being in the sun for a short amount of time between 11am and 3pm will give your vitamin D stocks a boost. People with paler skin should aim for a short period in the sun every day for about ten to 15 minutes while those with darker skin will need a little longer.

During this time, aim to have a third of your skin surface exposed, focusing on less sensitive areas like forearms, hands and legs. You will still absorb the necessary rays while wearing sunscreen, but you’ll need to stay out for longer.

Made-to-measure sunshine

Everybody needs the same amount (10mcg) of vitamin D on a daily basis to maintain healthy bones, but the rate at which we produce the vitamin differs enormously. People with darker skin need more exposure [to the sun] to get the recommended amount than those with very pale skin, who are at greater risk of burning. You’ll also need more exposure as you grow older.

Use of sunscreen, the weather, time of day and a host of other factors mean that it is tricky to gauge whether you’re getting your daily quota. If you’d like a more definitive view of your vitamin D levels, you can get this checked with a simple blood test through your GP or at a Bupa Health Clinic.

Monitor your moles

Recent research by Bupa Health Clinics revealed that only 14% of the population regularly check their moles to see if there are changes. Even worse, only 23% of people have seen a GP or dermatologist immediately when they noticed a change.

A good trick is to take pictures of your moles and then compare them with what you see on your body on a regular basis to check for any change in shape, size, texture or colour. Use the ABCDE rule to know exactly what to look out for.

A – Asymmetry. Do both halves of the mole look the same?
B – Border. Is the edge of the mole uneven or fuzzy?
C – Colour. Is the mole a mix of different shades or colours?
D – Diameter. Is it bigger than 6mm from side to side? (The end of a pencil is about 5mm across.)
E – Evolution. Has the mole changed?

People with a lot of moles and pale skin should have their moles checked by a dermatologist or GP, who’ll recommend when you should come back and how often you should have checks in the future.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

How To Treat Sunburn

Soothe your sore skin faster so you can get back out into the sunshine.

We’re realists here at Coach. We know that we can inform you of the finer points of using sunscreen and which are the best sun creams until we’re red in the face, but at some point you – and, if we’re honest, we – will take our eye off the big blazing fireball in the sky and end up with red faces.

In the UK, the reason is often utter disbelief that the sun will be hot enough to actually burn us. Even in the midst of a savage summer heatwave, Brits take a cavalier attitude towards protecting their skin. Research from Bupa Health Clinics found that 73% of UK adults don’t apply sunscreen in the UK, and 30% say they are less careful about applying sun cream at home than they are when on holiday abroad.

If you are someone who has succumbed to sunburn, then after scolding yourself for being so careless it’s time to consider some treatment options. We asked dermatologist Dr Stephanie Munn from Bupa Health Clinics for her top tips for soothing sunburn. Take it away, Dr Munn.

Stock up on aloe vera

This is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Aloe contains enzymes that reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to damaged tissues, and it also contains antibacterial compounds which assist in avoiding infection.

Using aloe vera to treat sunburn also helps new skin cells form, which encourages the healing process. You can find aloe vera gel in most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Apply a cold compress

Anyone who has suffered sunburn will know your skin can feel hot to touch. To cool it down, place a cold compress, or a damp towel or flannel, on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day or when you feel the skin is getting too hot.

By doing this you’ll be soothing the skin and taking some of the heat out of it. When you get home take a cool bath or shower to help relieve the soreness, but remember to pat your skin dry afterwards – don’t make the mistake of rubbing burned skin with a rough towel.

Manage any blisters

Severe sunburn can result in blisters. It’s an indication that you have a second degree burn which is really damaging to the skin. These types of burns can take up to three weeks to heal – the worse the burn, the longer the healing process will take.

Soak the burned area in cool water for a few minutes and take painkillers if you need some relief. If your blisters are small just leave them to heal, but if they are causing you problems it’s best to go to A&E to get them treated.

Cover up

Keep covered up until the burn has fully healed. Wear clothes that cover the skin effectively and make sure the sun’s rays can’t get through the material. Repeat sunburn can put you at a substantial risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

If you have other symptoms, seek help

If your sunburn causes you to feel unwell with symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, dehydration or vomiting, then seek medical help because you could have heatstroke. If you have concerns about your sunburn then it might also help to visit a dermatologist. It’s an especially good idea to get your moles checked if you’ve been sunburned or if you notice a change in them.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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The Top 5 Natural Skin Care Fixes for Working Moms

Busy working moms often won’t have time to follow a strict beauty regime, but these home remedies offer a great quick fix.

Organic beauty products are on the rise, with recent research suggesting the market will be worth $22bn by 2024. No surprise there: the benefits of natural skin care are known the world over, with mainstream brands such as Lush and Body Shop leading the trend in the global market. In 2017 alone, there has been an estimated 10% growth in sales in the USA. Now, most fashion bloggers and beauty gurus reach for the natural aisle in favor of toxin-heavy and potentially damaging products.

This growth in popularity is partly down to current beauty trends. A full eyebrow has been all the rage since Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne rose to fame, and now beauty brands such as Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills offer a wide range of makeup to get the look. But all that pruning and preening takes time, and so it’s no surprise consumers have turned to natural remedies such as castor oil to get hassle free, naturally thick brows.

Don’t stop there! Natural skin care and beauty products can help you to glow from within without spending hours in front of the bathroom mirror. Let these five natural skin cares fixes help you…

Cucumber water

You read right! Water is essential if you crave a clearer complexion. H2O helps to keep wrinkles at bay by providing skin cells with the fuel they need to repair themselves. The essential drink will also flush away impurities and toxins that can cause breakouts. Add cucumber for a healthy dose of nutrients and vitamins, and you’ll glow like a goddess within no time at all.

Greek yogurt

Probiotic yogurts are already a staple on your shopping list. Now beauty brands such as Korres are bringing the foodie trend to their own natural skin care range. If you’re stuck for cash, the good news is you can knock up a face mask at home using Greek yogurt, honey as an antiseptic, and bananas as a fantastic source of antioxidants. Mash them together and hey presto! Just remember to wash it off properly when you’re done.

Floral cleansing water

Rose water and chamomile are big features on the natural skin care scene, thanks to their plumbing and replenishing properties. If you’ve skipped out on your water intake or simply want to give your skin an added boost, there’s a natural solution. Add some rose petals to room temperature water and distill for a few hours before you wash up before bedtime. Your skin will love you for it!

Castor oil

Traditionally used to aid digestion, castor oil will make your hair grow thick and fast when applied topically. Many beauty gurus have smeared this natural product on their brows, to get the Delevingne look without resorting to drastic measures. Give it a try!

Apple cider and baking powder

This powerful concoction isn’t recommended for sensitive skin, but if you can tolerate the mixture, it will help to scrub away the most stubborn of blackheads. That’s because apple cider helps to open pores and address toxicity levels, while baking powder acts as a natural exfoliant. Have fun, pop-a-holes!

Do you have more natural skin care and home remedy tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Emily Green for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

 

The Truth About Remarkable Organic Beauty Companies!

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The skincare industry is going through momentous changes. The internet has paved a path for companies like Rosemira–a one-woman operation working out of a converted garage, and yet, with her austerity comes creativity based on knowledge and inspiration–the clear proof evident in the quality results and popularity.

Seeing the change, the corporate world is trying to adapt–old companies in new clothing, large non-organic skincare companies pretending to be small and organic are flooding the ever-growing holistic skincare market, trying to cash in but doing so haphazardly at best. Their formulas are sub-par, the ingredient quality is poor and expensive ingredients, if any, are found in low concentration.


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There’s also a slew of skincare entrepreneurs entering the market who aren’t formulators. They purchase a base formula available from a myriad of contract manufacturers, then sell it under their name, as if it’s a new product. They make up a cute story about how they were sick and couldn’t find a good product, so they came up with their own, but that is highly suspect. There’s nothing innovative or unusually effective in these formulas. These companies make the bulk of new companies in today’s market.

The good news is that there are good companies that have joined the ranks of organic formulators using the best ingredients in proper measurement to create exquisite products. They’re still a small percentage of the market but their presence, like Rosemira, is growing and securing their rightful duty to provide the best formulas. Their prices are sometimes higher, but considering the quality and results, well worth the few extra bucks.

Rosemira enjoys educating our clients as to the validity of the products they choose to purchase. Do you want to purchase a low-grade Rose Hydrosol Toner with no essential oils or any other ingredients added, or would you rather spend a little more on Rosemira Roses in Bloom Hydrating Toner–the combination of Red Rose Hydrosol, rare White Rose Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol and choice essential oils?


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My take is that the experience women have when using hi-end products, the energy involved in creating them, the quality of workmanship and ingredients used, the originality of the formulas, and the resulting healing benefits are well worth the price.

As you can see, I’m passionate about this. I don’t like people encroaching on my field of expertise if they’re not experts like myself or better than me. Doing so makes my life as a small manufacturer ever so difficult as I keep my production honest with the high standards required in this competitive field.


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On a positive note: 2017 was the best year yet for Rosemira, and 2018 will rock.
May your year be filled with all health, purpose and skincare goodies.

With utmost love and gratitude,

Mira

Introducing Revolutionary Emerging Skincare Products

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It’s fair to assume we all agree on how quickly 2017 zipped by. Here we are, again, at the dawn of a new year, 2018.
At Rosemira, the holidays are in full swing and we’ve been very busy fulfilling your orders. As you know, we make everything fresh, and I’ve been in my workshop 14 hours a day making new batches of the most popular products–the favorite part of my work. I’ve also released several new products with little fanfare. The commercially proper way to launch a new product is to advertise beforehand and create an expectation. I’m not quite that savvy, but once a product has been successfully tested, I then yell from the rooftops, “This potion is really great.”
Allow me to exalt three products I’ve recently formulated. The detailed info may not be as interesting to you as it is to me, that’s fine, just know they’re miraculous and you should definitely try them. Your skin type doesn’t matter.  You’ll reap the benefits whether you have oily or dry/mature skin, suffer from Rosacea or acne, or any of the myriad skin afflictions I treat daily.


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Blue Bliss Beauty Balm

Deep Moisture / Deep Cellular Anti-Aging

Introducing Blue Bliss Beauty Balm. Some of you have been using it and are as in love as I am. A potent facial balm, it’s been formulated to enrich the skin and entice our senses. The carefully chosen ingredients – Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Marula, Baobab and Yangu Oils, the superfood Maqui Berry, alongside essential oils of Immortelle, Lavender, Ravensara, Rose Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh and Blue Tansy collaborate to create an ideal product to deeply moisturize and rejuvenate dry and dull skin. It also calms inflammation and soothes irritated skin.


Shawna: “I ran out of Rosemira products and used another top quality product for almost two weeks.  I soon noticed my skin was getting wrinkled and dry quickly. I visited Mira at her shop and she gave me the Emergency treatment my skin needed to get back to where it was and repair some of the backward slide. Her new creation is Blue Bliss Beauty Balm, the Anti-aging concentrate. Immediately my skin drank it in and felt better! Within days it looked moisturized and nourished!”


 

Seaweed & Me Youth Serum

Fine Lines, Deep Wrinkles

One of three Serums in our  new collection of Anti-Aging “Super-Serums”, Seaweed & Me Youth Serum proves that miracles do exist, especially when it comes to wrinkles.  The ingredients are stellar: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, Brazilian Buriti Oil, flowers of Helichrysum and Blue Malva infused in Jojoba Oil unite to create beauty paint in a bottle. A seaweed with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities, Astaxanthin Red Algae is known as “Nature’s Most Potent and Beneficial Antioxidant”, and is 550 times stronger an Antioxidant than Vitamins C and E. The resulting Serum rejuvenates and improves your skin’s moisture level — a truly multi-tasking product.

Diane: “I received a sample of this Seaweed & Me Youth Serum, and I loved it to the very last drop! 🙂 The texture is different from any other serum I’ve tried, because of the seaweed — it is slightly granular. It also smells lovely”

Dragon’s Blood Antioxidant Serum

Firm & Repair

This Serum is second in our “Super-Serum Collection”. Intrigued by Sacha Inchi Seed Oil and Dragon’s Blood Tree Sap — precious oils from the Amazonian Rainforest, I’ve formulated a highly reparative Serum for all skin types and especially sensitive skin. Add Macadamia Nut Oil – a skin protective oil rich in Palmitoleic acid, and the highly moisturizing, anti-aging Apricot Kernel Oil, alongside an array of anti-aging essential oils including Rose Damascene, and the result is a truly outstanding serum –  pure healing in a bottle. This summer I took my first vacation in quite a while on the beach in Tulum.  I under-estimated the sun’s power and sustained a serious sunburn on my first day.  Dragon’s Blood Antioxidant Serum and Alluring Jasmine Body Butter saved my skin from what I believe could have been permanent scars. I’m grateful to nature’s sacred ingredients and am delighted to share this lovely serum with you.

Mariee: “Exceptional, like all other Rosemira products!”

What Now? Best Skincare Products For Your Fall Regimen.

Autumn has arrived and I’ve been enjoying the foliage and humid scents of wet earth. Fall brought rain and relief to fire ravaged Sonoma County. It’s time to nurture ourselves and each other, friends and strangers alike.

Rosemira skincare is year-round but also seasonal, and though we carry all our products at all times because many of you don’t like to alter your routine once you’ve found a good balance, I suggest alternating products with the seasons. Your skin will be nurtured and continue to regenerate if you do. Akin to a macrobiotic diet where the percentage of root vegetables vs leafy vegetables changes with the seasons, so can your skincare regimen. To help you get started, I’m sharing my favorite skincare selections for this time of year. They’re good for all skin types.


 


Cleansers

 

If you’re a lover of Foaming Cleansers, you may have heard me recommend alternating their use with non-drying cleansers. This is doubly important in fall and winter, especially for Dry or Mature Skin. Aloe & Pink Grapefruit Gel Cleanser will serve you well as a morning Cleanser. As a night time cleanser Pineapples & Cream Cleansing Milk is effective and also removes makeup. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and smells like an orchard in bloom. If you believe you can’t live without our Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating/Foaming Cleanser, make sure to integrate your moisturizing tools: Toners, Serums and Moisturizing Creams.

 

 


 


Toners

Spring and Summer found us alternating between Spring Flowers Calming Toner and Citrus Melody Balancing Toner.  Now with the cooling weather, it’s time to switch to Roses in Bloom Hydrating Toner. Apply after cleansing and follow up with a Serum and Moisturizing Cream. Toners also function to drive ingredients in Serums and Moisturizing Creams deeper into your skin. Let’s pay extra heed to the adage: Tone, Tone, Tone and Moisturize, Moisturize… you get my drift.

 


 


Serums

Serums do more than moisturize. I consider them your treatment phase-the equivalent of Skin Supplements. This is also the reason I recommend
you keep alternating your Serum use. My extensive Serum Category affirms that I don’t believe one Serum is perfect for everyone
and at all times. Whatever Serum you’ve been using throughout the Summer, it’s time to consider a change.

I suggest trying one of our new
“Super-Serums” (à là Superfoods). Seaweed & Me Youth Serum – Fine Lines, Deep Wrinkles or Dragon’s Blood-Firm & Repair SerumBoth are rich in Anti-Oxidants, and Vitamins C & E. The former Serum is a bit heavier, with a high concentration of granular Red Seaweed extract and a deep Floral Scent. If you’re drawn to lightly scented products, Dragon’s Blood is a better fit. Rich in antioxidants, it’s effective in treating stubborn wrinkles and sagging skin. Keep in mind that when I speak of fragrance, I don’t mean any added synthetic fragrance. We never add those to our
products. Rosemira scents are always the result of the interaction
between the various base ingredients and the rich concentration of
essential oils.


 


Moisturizing Creams

Moisturizing Creams are an
important component of a basic year-round skincare regimen. In the drier months of fall and winter, using a rich Moisturizing
Cream at least twice a day is essential. I recommend Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream — light yet rich and easily absorbed, it’s a great day cream.  For night time use, our most popular and beloved Bella Rose Anti-Wrinkle Cream or the Rich Moisturizing Cleanser & Night Cream are great staples.

I also want to mention our new Blue Bliss Beauty Balm. It’s so new we don’t even have a photo, but it’s selling like hot cakes. I recommend using this balm at night during fall and winter. A face balm is a new concept for me. I was concerned it might be clogging or too oily, and
although it’s definitely rich, I don’t find these concerns to be an issue.
It’s a great Balm for all skin types.

Please note that as a result of several years of bad harvests, true Vanilla Absolute has become almost impossible to procure and is mostly unavailable from any reputable essential oil supplier, and when available, its cost has skyrocketed. Blue Bliss has a high concentration of Vanilla, thus it may be in short supply until a new and better Vanilla harvest comes in. If you’re already a lover of this product I suggest stocking up.


 


The purpose of my recommendations is to help you personalize your skincare routine. You can change and rotate products for a complete diet of nutrients and an experience that is always new.

New to Rosemira? Try our Sample Kits or larger Travel Kits, which allow you more time to witness results before you commit to longer-lasting retail products. Our line is extensive and offers options for nearly everyone.

Enjoy this beautiful fall!

With love,
Mira