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    Natural Beauty & Healthy Vitality. elaa honors You and passionately offers Living / Raw, Organic Skin Care  made with only the finest, most active, nutrient-dense superfoods, plant nectars, and essential oils to help you soar. These raw skin care products are also Vegan or Beegan, Gluten-free, Cruelty-free, and 100% Natural for a more alive, transformed, and radiant you. elaa also offers Health Coaching or Natural Beauty Coaching for a more vital and healthy you. At elaa you'll find:

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The Pure Treatment to Make those Eye Bags & Dark Circles Disappear

Jill Stacey

Eye Bags  & Dark Circles Under Eyes - I cast thee out!

Many of us love that warm fragrant cup of coffee in the morning. I personally don't drink coffee, but I love using it in other powerful health and beauty renewing ways. Today, I'm talking about putting coffee on the body instead of drinking it.

Why would I put coffee on my face? Well, simply put, coffee is a 100 percent pure and natural way to beautify your eyes! It reduces lines and wrinkles and magically deflates eye bags and lightens the dark circles under your eyes.

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are caused by many factors: sinus infection, seasonal allergies, kidney toxicity or stress, excess salt intake, or lack of sleep. As we age, our skin thins and our tiny blood vessels become more visible. The caffeine in coffee soothes inflammation, reducing the puffiness under your delicate eye area and reduces accumulation of blood under your eyes which contributes to dark shadows.

Caffeine is also is vasoconstrictive which helps it to reduce eye puffiness. It increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin which decreases discoloration under the eye. Caffeinated eye cream can reduce the appearance of dark circles caused by leaky blood vessels under the skin, and reveals a bright, youthful appearance.

Not only does coffee have these wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, it is also antioxidant therefore fighting free-radical damage, and reducing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

Starlight Eye Cream contains five effective and natural forms of caffeine: caffeine extract, coffee bean Co2, cacao, green tea, and white tea. With a special blend of Brazilian Green Arabica Coffee Bean, Caffeine, Probiotics (Lactobacillus), Cacao (Chocolate), Green Tea, White Tea, Rose Hip, Red Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Orange Blossom, this organic eye cream works synergistically to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and wrinkles. Its soft, velvety texture soothes and softens the skin. Gently patting the eye area with your fingertips in circular motions until Starlight Eye Cream is completely massaged in will revitalize, heal, and nourish the delicate area around your eyes for a healthy and bright sparkle!

starlight eye cream

With a special blend of Brazilian Arabica Coffee Bean, Caffeine, Probiotics (Lactobacillus), Cacao (Chocolate), Green Tea, White Tea, Rose Hip, Red Raspberry, and Pomegranate rich in antioxidants and caffeine, this natural eye cream works synergistically to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and wrinkles.

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Melasma and Hyperpigmentation - Caring, Natural, and Effective Treatment

Jill Stacey

Melasma, and all types of hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration, can be big challenges to deal with. Sadly, many people become self-conscious of their skin (whatever the issue may be), and even feel embarrassment when going out in public. I also had melasma on my face after a swift hormonal shift. It bothered me for years, until I figured out what to do and it faded away. What helped me was to do everything I could to treat naturally and with love both externally and internally.

Rather than feeling that you have hide or disguise yourself, love yourself and your skin. You are beautiful all-ways, and deep acceptance of yourself in the present moment will help you live true to your essence and with love and grace. We can also actively work to heal and transform melasma and hyperpigmentation with internal, topical and lifestyle adjustments. With a little knowledge and effort, melasma can be healed naturally...plus, we will have learned a lot in the process. Read on to learn about the common skin condition known as melasma, and how to correct the imbalance.

what is melasma?

Melasma is a type of skin hyperpigmentation that causes discoloration over parts of the face. Commonly affected areas are the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. It is very common, affecting around 6 million people in the U.S. alone. About 90% of the people who experience melasma are women.

causes of melasma

There are many causative factors that can trigger melasma, including shifts in hormonal balance, high stress levels, excess melanin production, high toxic load in the body, and troubles with thyroid function. Many people think that melasma is caused by overexposure to the sun, but this isn't actually true. Sun may accentuate melasma, darkening the hyperpigmentation, but is not the root of the problem.

hormonal imbalance

The reason melasma is so much more common in women than men is because of the regular hormonal fluctuations that women experience. When a woman's hormones are balanced, everything functions more smoothly in her life. If any imbalances occur in her body, her hormones will most certainly be affected. And when the hormonal balance is off, we start to notice other things tipping out of balance as well. Commonly, the skin will signal to us a hormonal imbalance.

melasma and hormones

Estrogen-dominance is a common occurrence these days for women. When the progesterone level is too low, estrogen will dominate and cause all sorts of unpleasant effects. Slipping into a state of too much estrogen is not unusual at all in our modern day world, with the rise of xenoestrogenic materials and pollutants in our environment. Our bodies are sensitive, and our hormones can easily get out of balance.

Pregnancy is also a time of major hormonal shifts, which is why melasma will oftentimes show up. As a matter of fact, melasma has been termed the "pregnancy mask." Many women experience this hyperpigmentation during and after pregnancy.

In addition, the use of birth control pills and HRT can trigger melasma. Again, this is due to the hormonal balance being pushed in the direction of estrogen dominance.

hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration

So what's one to do once they are experiencing the hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration associated with melasma? I recommend taking a multi-directional approach. By combining lifestyle, internal and topical treatments, you will succeed and soar as you heal this skin condition.

melasma treatment - internal

The first step is to figure out what sort of internal imbalance you are dealing with, if you don't know already. Work with a health practitioner whom you trust and feel confident in. If hormonal imbalance is suspected, get the appropriate lab tests to find out exactly where you are at. This will help you develop a treatment plan, as well as monitor progress as you undergo treatment. You may also want to have your thyroid and adrenal functions assessed.

melasma treatment - topical

As you are working through the internal imbalances, you can expedite the external healing process by incorporating an effective, targeted treatment into your protocol. Elaa is honored to be able to offer an extraordinary formulation to those who are healing melasma. Sunshine Dew Brightening Vitamin C Serum is a natural hyperpigmentation treatment that's highly potent and concentrated, for use in the most stubborn cases of melasma, hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone.

As with all of elaa's product offerings, you will find only the highest quality and most effective targeted ingredients in Sunshine Dew Brightening Vitamin C Serum It is highly anti-inflammatory, and significantly inhibits the the activity of tyrosinase and melanin production. It heals and restores skin to its most beautiful expression.

Steps to clearer, more even skin tone:

Step 1) Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew

This type of "Chemical" (100% natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids from fruits) exfoliator, is ideally used with a "mechanical" exfoliator, Pineapple Illuminating Polisher, which further promotes cellular renewal. The two work collaboratively to most effectively reveal fresh, glowing skin. First Cleanse Skin, then apply Glow. To Use with Pineapple Illuminating Polisher, leave Glow on for 20-30 min then apply Pineapple Illuminating Polisher in circular motions to face or area of treatment. Once you have massaged every surface of the treatment area, rinse. Mist with a Toner and finish with a Serum and Moisturizer of your choice. You may do this treatment 1-7 times per week, depending on your skin's sensitivity, and your desired result. 

glow - exfoliating fruit AHA dew

Glow Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew is a burst of fresh fruit acids for a radiant glow and a brighter, more youthful complexion. A fresh and juicy fruit and flower treatment for removing dead skin cells, treating acne, diminishing hyperpigmentation or age spots, reducing Milia or Keratosis Pilaris, improving wrinkles and fine lines, or simply creating a gorgeous, healthy glow.

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Step 2) Pineapple Illuminating Polisher

pineapple illuminating polisher

Reveal your radiant essence. This gentle, yet highly active microderm polisher leaves skin luminous. Pineapple enzymes renew the skin, while Velvet De Guérande tenderly buffs away dead skin cells and infuses it with rich minerals. Herbs and flowers calm, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the skin. Vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants revive dull and aging skin. You will glow with light shining from within. Refreshing, Reviving, utterly Illuminating!

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Step 3) Sunshine Dew Brightening Vitamin C Serum

sunshine dew - brightening vitamin C serum

Sunshine Dew now contains potent skin brightening ingredients and replaces Dawn Skin Brightening Dew, for the ultimate all-in-one vitamin C rich treatment for a glowing complexion. 

Capture the brilliant radiance of the sun with this natural vitamin C serum. It encourages a youthful, radiant complexion through the use of its unique natural anti-aging compounds. 

Naturally Bio-available Vitamin C protects and enhances collagen synthesis, diminishes hyper-pigmentation, and neutralizes free radicals. This serum utilizes nature's most potent solutions for bright and beautiful skin.

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melasma treatment - lifestyle

Finally, take a deep look at your overall lifestyle patterns. Remember that stress is a trigger for melasma. Stress actually plays a big role in all of our imbalances, including our hormonal balance and adrenal health. Its no mystery that living in our world can feel more than a little overwhelming sometimes. Find ways to nourish yourself by taking the time to make healthy dietary and lifestyle choices. Make a point to consciously relax when you are feeling stressed. Take the time to practice meditation, however this might look for you. Maybe it's being in nature, laughing out loud, or dancing your heart out.

 

Eczema - Effective, Natural, and Novel Treatment

Jill Stacey

Eczema is a frustrating and oftentimes painful skin condition. Its tricky to understand because, like many health conditions, the root cause is different for everyone. However, we can gain a deeper understanding of eczema and empower ourselves with life-transforming information that will assist in our healing. We can work through the eczema clearing process, and learn a lot along the way. Let's start by clearly defining eczema. . .

 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that may be short-lasting or chronic. It is usually characterized by the following:

*severe skin dryness (eczema can also take on a weeping/wet characteristic)

*intense itchiness

*the appearance of dry, red, flaking, blistering, and cracking rashes on the body.

It also comes with a variety of different names, and it would seem that there are many different types of eczema, but these actually only refer to where on the body the rashes tend to occur.

What causes eczema?

If only there was one simple answer to every eczema sufferer's greatest question! Eczema may take on many different forms and feels with even more root causes. You can look for clues or causes by asking questions like: When did this first appear for me (did it first come on in infancy, childhood, adolescence or adulthood)? Does my eczema come and go or is it consistently there? Do certain external conditions seem to trigger a flare (seasons, climates, living environments)? Do internal conditions seem to trigger a flare (menstrual cycle, stress response, identified or unidentified illness)?

Highlighted below are four common contributors to eczema. These four things are oftentimes linked with one another. For example, toxin exposure and the body's inability to properly detoxify these toxins will lead to digestive issues, and ultimately low thyroid function. Infections as the root cause can also present a cascade of varying symptoms. 

1) Toxin exposure. Excessive exposure to toxins will eventually overload the kidneys and liver, often causing the skin to take on the role of eliminating toxins since it has such a large surface area. This can lead to eczema and several other skin conditions.

2) Digestive issues. A low-quality diet can irritate or damage the lining of the intestine and reduce its ability to uptake nutrients and prevent toxins from crossing into the bloodstream. However, there are plenty of eczema sufferers who eat impeccably, but still experience digestive disturbances. In these cases, there is a strong likelihood that the troubles with digestion are secondary to a deeper root cause (such as chronic toxin exposure and/or infection). 

3) Infection and Immune System Overload. Viral, bacterial and fungal infections, if unidentified and left untreated, result in immune system overload and over-reactivity. If the immune system is constantly fighting off infections, it can also be unusually reactive to what would otherwise be normal everyday stimuli.

4) Low thyroid function. This ultimately leads to reduced circulation. Since nutrients are delivered by the blood while waste and toxins are removed by it, this leads to waste buildup on nutrient-deficient skin, which causes the rashes that are so characteristic of eczema.

Chances are, there is not one straightforward cause of your eczema condition. . . not the answer anyone experiencing eczema wants to hear, I know. If only there was one simple, easy to identify cause...and one simple, easy to identify solution! Instead, we're left with many possibilities. Fortunately, we're also left with an abundance of possible solutions!

How to treat eczema

The first step is asking those questions and exploring the clues that we talked about earlier. Some people might feel like they have already asked all the questions, and just keep running into walls. Trust me, you are not alone! Its not always easy to figure out triggers and solutions. It's a very personal process that you must trust in. One thing is for certain. . . if you keep your spirit high and have faith in the total restoration of your health, miracles will happen in your life! You can do it!

Eczema and diet

Benefits can only be seen by adopting a healthy whole-foods diet, tailored to your own constitution. If you are not doing so already, start here! If you suspect you might be reacting to certain foods, try eliminating them for several weeks, and then slowly reintroduce them (if you feel called to do so), one at a time. Look into food rotation diet ideas. Common food allergens that can contribute to eczema (particularly when they are non-organic/GMO) are pasteurized dairy (non-organic fed GMO feed), corn (most likely GMO if not certified organic), soy (most likely GMO if not certified organic), and gluten. You may also be interested in researching histamine-producing foods if you are currently in a state of hyper-reactivity.

The following list of beneficial foods and nutrients can be added in to a healthy diet to assist in healing and bringing down existing inflammation:

  • Turmeric - A strong anti-inflammatory with many benefits, especially for those with skin conditions.
  • Burdock Root - A powerful anti-inflammatory that can help with many skin conditions, including eczema. Earth by Healthforce is my favorite source for Burdock and synergystic nutritionals.
  • Chlorophyll - Fights bacteria, aids in wound healing. My absolute favorite source is Vitamineral Green. I don't know what I would do without my daily Vitamineral Green drink!
  • Raw Fats and Cold Pressed Oils - Helps beautify the skin in many ways.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Essential for body, brain, and skin health. The best vegan sources are E3Live, Golden Algae oil, Sprouted Flax, Chia Seed, and Marine Phytoplankton.
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids - Small amounts help acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Evening Primrose Oil is my favorite source.
  • Silica - Strengthens connective tissue for strong skin, hair, and nails. Try Orgono Living Silica or Biosil
  • Sulfur - Builds and repairs connective tissues for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Helps detoxify the body and liver. Use plant-derived MSM.
  • Horsetail - Helps the healing process and strengthens Skin - useful for rashes that crack.
  • Nettle - Helps relieve many chronic skin conditions, including eczema.
  • Coconut Oil - Increases blood flow to the skin, fights bacteria, and can be applied topically to moisturize and soften.
  • Aloe Vera - fights inflammation and can also be applied topically.

Eczema - underlying infections and toxicity

It is definitely worth exploring the possibility that your body may have some sort of underlying infection and/or toxicity that could be triggering the appearance of your eczema. There is a lot that could be written on this topic. If you suspect that this might be a contributing factor, getting a diagnosis from a qualified healthcare provider could help you move forward in clearing your skin (and feeling better all around). If you feel like you could use some guidance in pinpointing what may be going on and how to move forward, you may be interested in a HEALTH COACHING SESSION

Cleansing and the skin

Targeting cleansing can be used to assist in clearing your skin at a faster rate. The colon is a great place to start through excellent food choices, vegetable juice fasting (when appropriate), and the addition of targeted herbal preparations. You may also want to do a few colonics to help restore the body's ability to detoxify itself through the colon rather than through the skin. Exposing your entire body to the sunlight can help a lot too, along with fresh air and bathing in pure healthy water. Sweating is a wonderful way to cleanse the skin, as is stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid (try rebounding!)

Eczema treatment

The ultimate resolution of an eczema condition will come from within. There are also products that can be used to assist in the healing process, by calming inflammations from the outside-in. Be sure to choose an organic eczema treatment that will actually help heal and repair the skin without adding to its toxic load.

Ozonated oils

Ozonated oils can be used to effectively treat inflammatory skin conditions. Ozonated olive oil is a powerful tool in the topical treatment of eczema. It works to deeply cleanse the skin, assisting in the resolution of commonly seen topical bacterial overgrowths in chronic eczema conditions. It will also work to remove a large number of harmful toxins from the skin, and will bring down swelling and inflammation. Ozonated olive oil encourages the growth of new skin cells, inviting healthy skin and a luminous glow.

Experience the healing power of Elaa's After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm. Elaa's Living Organic Skincare starts with raw, cold pressed organic olive oil. The oil goes through an extended process of ozonating, where activated ozone is introduced and bubbled through it. Powerful, skin healing essential oils are then introduced, creating a powerful synergy of ingredients in this potent product. 

Learn more about the benefits of Ozone on the skin. 

You may also be interested in learning about elaa's Magic Healing Balm. This healing balm helps to seal in moisture to the skin, and is specifically targeted to treat eczema, as well as helping soothe skin conditions like herpes, cold sores, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. It's antibacterial, ultra-hydrating, and helps promote skin cell regeneration. If your skin is extra dry with cracks, Magic Healing Balm can be applied after After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm to create a protective healing barrier.


The Benefits of Ozone for Optimum Skin Health

Jill Stacey

Translated from ancient Hebrew, Ozone means "Breath of God." Read on to learn about this gift from nature, and how to put its miracle working powers into action for your skin.

What is ozone?

Ozone or O3 is Activated Oxygen (O2). Ozone contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms that Oxygen contains. The additional atom of oxygen becomes a powerful, highly active element.  You can catch a feel of the power of ozone after a thunderstorm, near the ocean, and when you're up in the mountains at high altitudes. The distinctive scents and feelings you experience in these places provide clues about activated oxygen. 

When oxygen combines with UV rays from the sun, Ozone is also created. Ozone protects the Earth by attaching to pollutants and purifying the air we breathe. It is used to disinfect water, pools, and medical environments. It is a powerful element that has a wide variety of benefits in the proper forms and circumstances.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone destroys pathogens, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Only pure oxygen is left behind as the byproduct. Ozone is a potent and powerful detoxifyer (think of the ozone layer purifying our air and making life on Earth possible). With its ability to tackle such things, ozone stabilized in the right form is a tremendous ally for treating serious skin problems as well.

Natural Detoxification

Ozone is our environment's go-to miracle worker for cleansing. Because it contains a third oxygen molecule, it is heavier than oxygen (O2). Its because of this extra weight that ozone is able to move through the air and clean it up. It takes care of pollutants of all kinds, and also handles bacteria and viruses in its path. However, it its unstabilized form, ozone can only last for about 20 minutes.

Ozone is an excellent therapy for detoxification, and fortunately there are methods that can be used to safely and effectively stabilize it. Ozone has the capacity to carry plentiful amounts of oxygen into the cells of the body, pushing out toxic accumulations and infections.

Ozonated Oils

We can use certain types of oils to stabilize a highly unstable element in a safe and beneficial way. For Elaa's products, the process starts with raw, cold pressed organic olive oil. The oil goes through an extended process where ozone is bubbled through it. The process of fully infusing the oil with ozone takes weeks to months. Once fully ozonated, the oil becomes a very thick gel. It is solid and will not flow like an oil. To retain purity and potency, the oil never comes into contact with any metal or plastic. 

Skin & Ozone

When applied to the skin, ozonated oils carry their powerful properties through the cells. The oil heals damaged tissues and speeds up healing time. It works to clear bacteria (very beneficial on acne), viral and fungal infections. Ozonated olive oil stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells. Dry skin will be moisturized, and swelling and inflammations will be calmed. Skin rashes of all types benefit from the application of properly ozonated oil.

Powerful anti-aging benefits:

  • Stimulation of growth for skin cells
  • Acts as a free radical scavenger on harmful toxins
  • Acts as a moisturizing facial conditioner
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Wrinkles

Other healing benefits and uses include:

  • Sunburns and other burns
  • Wounds, cuts, ulcers
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Cleans and sterilizes the epidermis
  • Reduces swelling and redness
  • Calms the nerves and reduces the amount of pain in skin conditions
  • May increase cellular function and cellular memory
  • Aids in healing processes and reduces scarring
  • Good for animal wounds - it can be licked
  • Can be used as a natural under arm deodorant
  • Hemorrhoids – One of the best natural remedies
  • Sore muscles (helps to remove lactic acid from pores)
  • Ringworm
  • Bed Sores
  • Skin Yeast
  • Carbuncles
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Dermatitis
  • Diaper Rash

Ozone Treatment

I'm thrilled to introduce you to a revolutionary ozonated healing treatment gel for face and body that combines the power of ozone and potent essential oils. This pure and highly activated ozone gel was created with the most challenging skin complaints in mind.

After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm brings together the power of fully ozonated olive oil (ozonated for weeks) with the addition of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, and analgesic essential oils. It is gentle and effective for any skin troubles. After the Rain can be applied to the face for moisturizing, soothing, and balancing of the skin. In addition, it can be applied to challenged areas on the face or body to accelerate the healing process and promote purification and balance.

after the rain - activated oxygen miracle balm

Fully Ozonated Healing Treatment Balm for Face & Body


Spring Re-boot: Blossom this Spring with Organic Skin Care and Cleansing Rituals

Jill Stacey

I love the Spring! The sun is shining more each day, the birds singing their sweet melodies, trees are budding and flowers blooming. It's truly a time to revel in the magic of life and beauty of new beginnings. Today we remind ourselves of harmonizing with the changing of the seasons. . . and radiating from the inside out!

 

spring cleaning

Pretty much everyone gets inspired to do a little extra dusting and polishing around the house when Spring arrives. It seems like the perfect time to clear out and clean out, and the same goes for our inner terrain. Spring is an excellent time to tune in to the body's natural rhythms, and assist and support our temple as it opens itself to its own new beginnings.

 

cleansing tips

You can approach cleansing from many perspectives: physical, emotional, spiritual. . . Wherever you start, your efforts and energy will carry over to all parts of life. Cleansing is a tremendous way to open yourself up to the life that you are here to live. Lifting burdens, in whatever form they may take, reminds you of your true nature.

 

cleansing diet

Its a great idea to pay attention to what's available locally when making your food choices. Spring is an exciting time to shop for produce, with all sorts of beautiful offerings becoming available. Look for spinach, dandelion greens, peas, parsley, fennel, watercress and asparagus. Simple raw salads and juices are a wonderful way to incorporate these fresh and flavorful foods into the diet. Warm brothy soups with plenty of tender veggies help hydrate and nourish your cells.

 

juice cleanse

Feeling inspired to take it a step further? How about a juice cleanse? There are all sorts of approaches here, but low-glycemic green juices are my go-to. A juice cleanse can mean different things to different people at different times and phases of life. It might mean making the commitment to drink a pint of juice every day, in addition to a healthy whole-foods diet. Or, you might decide to abstain from solid foods for a period of time and just nourish, cleanse and detoxify with juices. Both of these have their own distinct benefits, and your choice to juice cleanse is totally personal and relative to your body's present needs.

 

detox bath

Its important to be consciously gentle with ourselves during times of transition. With the changing of the seasons, we might notice that our bodies are feeling a little bit sensitive. Spending quiet time with ourselves, nurturing and relaxing, assists the process. Beautiful warm baths early in the morning or in the evening time are a perfect way to do this. There are plenty of options for healing additions that can be placed in the water. Epsom salts will give you a nice boost of magnesium, which will deepen your relaxation and also support pretty much every process in the body. You might also choose to use another favorite salt, such as mineral rich Celtic Sea salt, Himalayan salt, or Dead Sea salt. Also consider adding a few drops of your favorite therapeutic grade essential oils to heighten the experience.

 

natural beauty products

After a nice rejuvenative soak, its impossible not to think about adorning your body with skin-loving & health-affirming goodness! Spring is the perfect time to clear out your bathroom cabinets of items that may not be serving your highest expression of health and beauty (do this before your bath :). Invite into your life high quality and effective skincare products. I invite you to explore Elaa Living Organic Skincare's offerings for your sacred being. Here you will find a wealth of products and ingredient information to help you soar to your highest heights. If you are ready for a skincare re-boot, feel free to be in touch so that I may help guide you to the perfect products for your skin. Looking for more support? I offer health (and/or beauty) coaching backed by extensive knowledge and personal experience and guided by heartful care.

 

spending more time outdoors

After your are glowing and adorned, be sure to head outside for some deep breaths of fresh Spring air.

The Benefits of Vitamin C - Glowing Skin and Immune Health (and why many vitamin C serums are toxic)

Jill Stacey

Vitamin C naturally begins to diminish in the skin over time. Using it in a topical application can work wonders in promoting and enhancing the quality and radiance of your skin. 

Skincare products formulated with Vitamin C are making huge gains in popularity these days. With so many potential benefits from the topical use of this powerful antioxidant, it's easy to understand why! However, it is important to make a distinction between the many different forms of this vitamin being used in products....as it does actually come in many forms...sometimes synthetic and sometimes natural.

Much of the Vitamin C being used in topical products can actually cause damage to the skin...

Wow...this is huge! Take a moment to really soak that in because the implications here are important..particularly if you use skincare products containing Vitamin C. Unfortunately, it is true that the majority of Vitamin C products being marketed are actually having the very opposite effect on user's skin than intended/marketed. Vitamin C in many forms will cause damage to the skin when used topically. And, the vast majority of Vitamin C skincare products are formulated with damaging forms of this vitamin.

Let's take a step back here before we dive into all of this, and remind ourselves of the beauty and benefits of Vitamin C (in its proper form). . . That is, after all, why we are shedding light on this issue. We understand the pure potential for this beauty care ingredient, and wish for it to be utilized without causing harm. 

benefits of vitamin c

When we take in adequate amounts of Vitamin C, we reap astounding benefits. There are volumes that have been written on this, but let's just mention a few highlights.

Vitamin C is highly recognized in its ability to support the immune system, along with the health of the adrenal glands. This could be why adequate levels of this vitamin are associated with reduced levels of stress and an overall greater sense of wellbeing. Vitamin C intake is crucial for cellular health and support, and it is also a key player in the production of glutathione within the body (think detoxification in a toxic world). 

When it comes to the health of the skin, Vitamin C plays a big role in its maintenance and repair.

vitamin c for skin

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the health of our skin, and our body's largest organ can benefit from its use both internally and externally. 

One of the key reasons that it is so useful as an anti-aging ingredient is that it greatly assists in the production of collagen. As you amp up this process in the skin, fine lines and wrinkles will oftentimes diminish. Collagen is a powerful rejuvenator to the skin, and by applying Vitamin C topically, you are directing the production of collagen to specified areas of the body. Healthy collagen levels equate to healthy blood vessel structure, which then enables needed nutrients to make it to the furthest reaches of your tissues. It is a beautiful process, and Vitamin C is a major player in its graceful unfolding.

Being a dynamic antioxidant, Vitamin C also has the ability to protect the skin from free radicals and UV radiation. In addition, it protects against skin discoloration, and also lightens pigmentations such as age spots and freckles. Vitamin C is one of the first responders when there is a wound to be healed, helping to repair damaged tissues at an expedited pace.

So...no brainer here...Vitamin C is amazing, and any way that we can strategically invite healthy forms of it into our tissues is to be encouraged.... and most definitely appreciated by the body....

So what was that about healthy forms of Vitamin C? Isn't Vitamin C just, Vitamin C?

Well, not exactly. In a perfect world maybe, but things have gotten a little complicated....

sources of vitamin c

 acerola cherries

acerola cherries

There are several foods that contain Vitamin C. The highest amounts are found in Kakadu Plum, Acerola Cherry, Camu Camu Berry, and Indian Gooseberry or Amla berry. Citrus fruits are also famously known for containing Vitamin C, although in lower amounts than the previously mentioned fruits. When you go to purchase a Vitamin C supplement or skin care product, you could be receiving any number of versions of the vitamin. Some are natural, many are synthetic. Some of the names you might see on a label include l-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, and ester C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). 

The most commonly used source of Vitamin C in skin care applications is Ascorbic Acid, or L-Ascorbic Acid.

ascorbic acid

This type of vitamin C can be synthetic or naturally derived. Of course, we want to avoid synthetics. On the other hand, if its plant-sourced, there's a strong probability that its a corn derivative - and unless specified, GMO...i.e. avoid at all costs. (However, there are a handful of reputable manufacturers producing certified non-GMO Ascorbic Acid).

The trouble with L-Ascorbic Acid in this isolated form, even when from a non-GMO natural-source, is that its not easy to stabilize. This is true for all Ascorbic Acid, whether its synthetic or natural. It oxidizes quickly when added to a formula. A common solution to this problem by skin care manufacturers is to use a chemical stabilization process, which presents an entirely new set of problems in terms of healthy skin care.

Between the rapid oxidation of L-Ascorbic Acid in skincare formulations, and the chemical stabilizers that may or may not be used to address this issue, there are a lot of undesirable things going on with the vast majority of Vitamin C skin care products. 

diy vitamin c serum

DIY Vitamin C serums are enjoying a streak of popularity. If you decide to go this route, be sure to do your research to ensure you are not using harmful substances on your skin. If you decide on using L-Ascorbic Acid, make sure that it is from a non-GMO plant source, and that you make only enough serum for a single use (as the Vitamin C will begin oxidizing as soon as you mix it into the serum). Be sure to do a skin test to make sure this agrees with your skin, as too high of a concentration can cause a serious reaction. 

best form of vitamin c

The best form of Vitamin C, taken internally or used topically in skincare, is in its whole food form. If you are going to use an extracted form, look for L-Ascorbic Acid from as pure as source as possible, and non-GMO. Again, look for powder or capsules of Kakadu Plum, Acerola Cherry, Camu Camu Berry, and Indian Gooseberry or Amla berry. And eat citrus fruits.

 Indian Gooseberries or Amla Berries

Indian Gooseberries or Amla Berries


Think in terms of whole food extracts and bioferments for the most concentrated, active and assimilable forms of Vitamin C.


Sunshine Dew Vitamin C Serum

Elaa’s Sunshine Dew Vitamin C Serum derives its potent Vitamin C content from the abundance of natural whole fruit extracts and bioferments that its formulated with. This powerful serum is crafted with an array of superfood botanicals, including Kakadu Plum, Acerola Cherry, Camu Camu Berry, and Indian Gooseberry, which contain nature's highest levels of Vitamin C, all in a concentrated, stable, and bio-available form. Sunshine Dew Vitamin C Serum is safe and effective, and you can be assured that you are getting all the benefits of topical Vitamin C, in an exquisitely crafted-formula that is food for your skin!

sunshine dew - brightening vitamin C serum

Sunshine Dew now contains potent skin brightening ingredients and replaces Dawn Skin Brightening Dew, for the ultimate all-in-one vitamin C rich treatment for a glowing complexion. 

Capture the brilliant radiance of the sun with this natural vitamin C serum. It encourages a youthful, radiant complexion through the use of its unique natural anti-aging compounds. 

Naturally Bio-available Vitamin C protects and enhances collagen synthesis, diminishes hyper-pigmentation, and neutralizes free radicals. This serum utilizes nature's most potent solutions for bright and beautiful skin.

Size: 30 ml


Honey Face Mask: A Sweet Way to Nourish the Skin

Jill Stacey

Today I'm going to share a little about one of nature's most miraculous substances...honey!... and how you can incorporate it into your beauty rituals. We'll look at super simple ways to create a facial at home, so you can begin experiencing the magic of one of nature's sweetest offerings.

Different Types of Honey

If you've ever shopped for honey in a grocery store, you might have noticed that there are typically several varieties available. If you attend your local farmers' market, your choices are likely greatly expanded. I remember when I first went to Hawaii, moving through a farmers' market I came upon a honey vendor. His table was filled with so many varieties of honey, unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The flavors, colors and properties were all so unique and potent...I am still in awe as I think about it...

There are more potential honey varietals than there are plants in the world! The possibilities are only limited by the health and creativity of our bee allies...

Manuka Honey

When I moved to New Zealand for a time, I was in for a whole new world of honeys. One of the most notable nectars to come from this special place is the extraordinary Manuka honey. It has gained lots of recognition in recent years for its many health benefits. Included amongst these healing properties: it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory... which makes it incredibly beneficial to all sorts of common skin complaints. Being super rich in all sorts of minerals and plant actives, Manuka honey is amazing for the skin in all of its phases.

Raw Honey

Whether you are consuming honey internally or applying externally, it is extremely important to choose only raw varieties. Honey is precious and fragile, and must be harvested and handled with care in order to retain its potent benefits. In addition, always be certain that your honey is sourced from a clean and pristine environment.

Honey Face Mask

Honey makes a sweet treat for the skin, and one of the simplest methods of application is through the use of a mask. If you want to go super simple, you can start by gently splashing warm water on your face in the morning. After a quick pat dry, rub some favorite honey all over your face. Start with a small a amount, and softly rub in circular motions until you've reached all areas. Allow the honey to remain on the skin for about 20 minutes, or up to an hour. Rinse well, splash with cool water, and follow with toner and moisturizer if you choose.

If you'd like to take the process a step further, you can create your own homemade facial with honey as a featured ingredient. A honey face mask will bring many nutrients to your skin, and pamper you pleasantly. Here's an easy and soothing recipe for you to experiment with at home...

*1 T raw honey

*1 tsp fresh aloe vera gel

*2 T finely ground oats

Combine ingredients in a bowl, or for best results, use a mini blender (such as a spice grinder or bullet style blender). Apply to skin and soak up the love for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and feel refreshed!

Elaa's Radiance-Inspiring Mask with Manuka Honey

Elaa has a potent product offering that you will love. Pumpkin Radiance - Renewing Enzyme Mask combines the magic of Raw Wild Manuka Honey (Active MGO 450+) with Organic Raw Pumpkin and many other transformational ingredients. It is an exciting product that renews skin with natural enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, while deeply healing, cleansing, and restoring. It's also quite a treat to experience, with its delicious feel and aroma.

pumpkin radiance - renewing enzyme mask

Renew and reveal a radiant glow with this festive mask made with one of nature's most wondrous skin treats, pumpkin. Pumpkin contains over 100 beneficial nutrients for skin. This Renewing Pumpkin Enzyme Mask gently removes dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, deep cleans pores, stimulates circulation, refines skin tone, minimizes fine lines, firms, and reduces hyperpigmentation.  

Size: 50 ml


Winter Beauty Tips - Self-Care for Your Whole Being

Jill Stacey

Winter Solstice has come and passed in the northern hemisphere, and each day we are seeing a little more light. Yet, we still have more days of winter to come. There are some strategies that can be adopted to ensure that we cherish the experience of winter to the fullest! Today we will look at ways to keep ourselves feeling healthy, cozy, and beautiful through the winter season. 

Eating with the Seasons

Over the past 50 years, the availability and diversity of foods available to us at grocery stores have changed dramatically. With food now being imported from every possible corner of the globe, many have fallen out of touch with the fact that certain foods can only be grown in certain climates, are only available seasonally, etc. If grapes were to be purchased in California during the month of March, the informed shopper would be aware that they were not grown locally. This brings us to a key point: eating food in season, and grown as close to home as possible, will bring your body the greatest health benefits.

Mother nature knows best, always! She offers us apples in the fall and dandelion greens in the spring with good reason. Nourishing roots grown deep in the ground provide us with tailored nutrients that our bodies crave and thrive on during the fall and winter, and as the weather warms up, we are attracted to the lighter side of things, flourishing on vividly colored foods with higher water contents.

The method of your food preparation might also shift in the wintertime. Some find that they are more balanced by adding in more cooked foods, depending on their own body and geographic location. Soups made with lovingly prepared broths, plenty of veggies, and warming spices might be just what you need to warm up on a chilly day. Healthy fats will help keep you in balance, inside and out (assisting in keeping the skin soft and moisturized). Hot teas made with immune-supporting herbs are also an excellent ally to prepare and consume daily in the winter.

Super Supplements

Everyone has different supplemental needs, but there are a few common threads that we can all benefit from during this time of year. Be sure to get plenty of good fats in your diet, such as the super important omega oils (in their proper ratios). Also, with less sunlight, consider getting your vitamin D level checked. This is a common deficiency, even if you spend a lot of time in the sun. When supplementing, look for this vitamin in the form of D3 (as Cholecalciferol) for the greatest support. Include plenty of supportive herbs in the form of extracts and teas. Look into herbs such as medicinal mushrooms (including Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Argaricus Blazei), Siberian Ginseng, Ashwaganda, and Astragalus to support and balance your body and spirit.

Benefits of Exercise

Its easy to go into hibernation mode when its cold outside, but we can still find ways to move our bodies and break a sweat. Movement and sweating are really great for us, and most definitely support our body's immune system and natural cleansing processes.

Find ways to get your body in motion...whatever feels good and works for you. This might include activities such as stretching, walking, jogging, dancing...or get bouncing on your rebounder if you've got one!

Far Infrared Sauna

Breaking a sweat is also a wonderful way to support your physical body. A vigorous run will do it, but there are also other options, like enjoying a sauna regularly. Check out Far Infrared (FIR) Saunas if you've never done so before...they are an amazing way to induce sweating and encourage deep cleansing. Following the sauna with a cold plunge or cold rinse in the shower (hot/cold therapy) provides incredible benefits to your entire being, with special emphasis on lymphatic drainage, circulation, detoxification, and immunity.

Hydrotherapy

This sort of circulation stimulation can also be achieved through a hydrotherapy shower. You simply rotate between hot and cold water while in the shower, making sure to reach every part of your body. If there is an area that is particularly sensitive or congested (such as swollen lymph nodes, stuffy sinuses, or sensitive kidneys, for example), be sure to pay special attention to that part of the body. Ideally you want to be in a hydrotherapy shower for about 15 minutes, so moving through seven rotations of hot/cold (keep the hot water on for 1 minute, then completely cold for 1 minute, repeat) works out perfectly. You will feel absolutely invigorated and refreshed once you have finished!

Spa Ritual

Most everyone spends more time indoors during the winter. What a perfect opportunity to practice self-care and spend some quality time with oneself! How about turning the bathroom into your own spa, where you can encourage and inspire your spirit with an ever-evolving self-care ritual. . .

Homemade Bath Soak

Baths are always my go-to number one choice if I'm in need of relaxation, nourishment, or detox. Before you get into the water, try a little dry skin brushing to stimulate the lymphatic flow in your body. Using a body scrub, like Elaa's Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub will also stimulate circulation, drainage, with the added benefit of exfoliating your skin and leaving it silky soft. You might also add some special essential oils to the tub, such as Elaa's WINTER REJUVENATION BLEND as a method to nourish your skin and calm your spirit. I also always include things like Epsom Salts, Mineral Salts, Clays, and Baking Soda for detoxification. Follow the bath with your choice of nourishing, Skin Restoring Body Oils or Body Butters.

 

Foot Bath

If you aren't in the mood to fully submerge, a foot bath is a brilliant option. This gives you the chance to direct some special attention to your precious feet. The feet are a major path of elimination for the body - toxins can be drawn out through the feet quite easily. Consider a moisturizing essential oil blend, clay for detoxification, or Epsom Salts (rich in magnesium) for relaxation and immune support. Follow your foot bath with a rich body butter to deeply restore and seal in extra moisture. Elaa's delectable Skin Restoring, Age Defying Body Butters are the perfect treatments for feet and hand beauty and softness.

 

At Home Facial

Loving Home Facials are something that I highly support and encourage! They are a great way to tune into your body's needs and create a luminous glow, while taking time to cherish yourself. For amazing customizable home facial options, check out Elaa's CLEANSERS, EXFOLIANTS, and MASKS. Finish these fun and gorgeous treatments with TONER, SERUM, TREATMENT, and MOISTURIZER of your choice. I also invite and encourage you to read over past blog articles, where common skin complaints are addressed, along with many tips for facials!

 

Skin Care Routine

Winter is the perfect time to really dial in your overall skin care routine, and discover what works best for you in terms of optimized choices. Make sure to use products created with integrity, and only those made with truly healthy, skin-loving ingredients. If you are interested in trying out some of Elaa's product offerings for the first time, a good way to go is the SAMPLE PACK, where you can select from a variety of different options suited to your own skin and desires. And as always, I welcome your questions and would love to assist you in finding the perfect skin care products for your needs!


The Oil Cleansing Method: Inspiring Skin Balance and Radiance

Jill Stacey

Our skin has many functions, including protecting our precious inner-terrain and acting as a powerful organ of elimination. Our skin also acts as a messenger of our overall health, providing us with clues about what may be going on inside the body. It is most certainly something to be treasured and taken care of. 

Healthy Skin

What if there was a simple method that could be used to balance and rejuvenate all skin types in all stages? A foundation to build and refine a customized skincare ritual from and something that could be equally beneficially to those with dry skin or oily skin? Or combination skin? And even sensitive or inflamed skin? Great news! You might be on the brink of discovering something big here, something that could fundamentally shift the way you skin has been behaving....into a state of perfect balance. 

You might have heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before. People who have tried it and stuck with it generally have good things to say about it, really good things, and want to share the information they've learned. I've been using this method for many years and it has revolutionized my skin. Today we're going to take a look at the Oil Cleansing Method to a healthy skincare routine, and maybe you will be inspired to give it a try!

Skin Structure and Function

 Image by Daniel de Souza Telles

Let's start with the basics of skin structure, to help us understand just a little bit about what might be going on with our skin and how Oil Cleansing may be helpful. There are three main layers, the outermost being the one we are most familiar with. Here's a little breakdown:

Epidermis

This outermost layer is called the epidermis, and serves to protect us from the external environment. It not only keeps harmful substances out of our bodies, but also assists in the removal of them from inside our bodies as they are carried out through our pores. It is in this top layer that you will also find melanocytes, which are the cells that contain melanin (the pigments that determine our skin color).

Dermis of the Skin

The next layer is known as the dermis, which is where sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles are found. This layer is made up of a variety of proteins, collagen, and elastin. This is an important layer in terms of nourishing and supporting for a beautiful glow, and also to consider when decongesting skin from harmful substances (which can play a part in breakouts and other imbalances). In the dermis you will also find an intricate network of capillaries carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Skin Deep 

The subcutis is the innermost layer of the skin. It serves to insulate, shield and protect.

Function of Skin

We have talked about skin's abilities to protect us from the outside world and allow a safe passage for the removal of toxins from our system. It is also responsible for overall moisture retention, regulating our temperature, and producing Vitamin D. In short, the skin is super important to our health on a lot of levels. Now that we have got the basics on skin structure and function down, let's get back to the Oil Cleansing Method and why it works so well....

The Oil Cleansing Method

Applying oil to the skin, particularly when it already seems over-oily, is counter-intuitive for a lot of people. What many people are not yet aware of is this simple truth: oil dissolves oil. When you use the oil cleansing method, all of the impurities that are clogging your pores will be softened and dissolved, and with the application of steam or a warm compress, will be removed altogether. Oil is healthy and necessary for the skin, which is why your body produces it. It lubricates pores so they can carry out toxins with ease, and also works to provide moisture and protection. The production and movement of oil within the skin is a beautiful process, and when it is in balance, the skin is radiant. Trouble arises when the process breaks down somewhere along the way, and suddenly things aren't flowing as easily as they should be. Oil cleansing is the method that can assist in bringing this back into balance, no matter if you skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between.

The Oil Cleansing Method: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin and Acne

At this point, we have learned that oily skin needs oil just as much as dry skin does. It is healthy and healing, and will encourage and bring about oil balance in the skin. The Oil Cleansing Method will greatly assist in the removal of pore-clogging substances, and encourage balance and vitality in the skin, clearing acne and oily skin. If you have been stuck in the trap of using products that overly dry the skin (such as oil-absorbing products or medicated acne treatments), it is time to break free! When you use products that intentionally aim to dry the tissues, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil...leading to the continuation of the cycle of oily skin, clogged pores and acne. It's time for a change. . . invite oil into your life!

The Oil Cleansing Method: Bringing Moisture to Dry Skin

Dry skin benefits greatly from the Oil Cleansing Method as well. It will not only clear congested pores, but it will also invite healthy oils into the skin to work their magic. The oils that we will be using are miracle workers in the tissues, clearing inflammations, signs of aging, and restoring deep balance and beauty. Your skin will be thrilled with the results, and the simplicity of the practice makes it refreshingly easy to do.  

Oil Cleansing with Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm

I have just released Elaa's newest treasure, a sensuous beauty balm made for the best, most effective, and divinely enjoyable oil cleansing. With a special combination of herbs, oils, butters, and essential oils, Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm works to swiftly transform the upper two layers of the skin into harmonized balance. In addition to its skin balancing, nourishing, and rejuvenating effects, it also works to balance the spirit with its uplifting therapeutic essential oils. Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm is the foundation for a truly transformational skincare routine. 

How To - The Oil Cleansing Method

*1* Begin with a pearl sized amount of Orange Sky - Facial Cleansing Balm in your hand. 

*2* You may begin on the neck and gently stroke in upwards motions toward the forehead until you have covered your entire face. Begin to gently massage the cleansing balm in delicate circular motions, taking care to ensure that it has completely penetrated the skin. Allow the cleansing balm to work its magic on your tissues for at least 3 minutes, or up to ten minutes if desired. Take this time to soak in the experience, breathing deeply and opening to transformation. Invite in your own self healing power of your body, mind, and spirit in, and both feel in your heart and form a clear picture in your mind of radiant health and beauty.

*3* Use a warm damp cloth to remove, sweeping in upward motions. 

*4* If you have a lot of congestion in the skin, and/or you are in the initial clearing phase of the oil cleansing method, there is an extra step you might consider employing. (This will become unnecessary after your skin balances with continued use of the method). Position your face over a pot of gently steaming water, with towel draped over the back of your head to hold the steam in and allow it to work through your pores. Continue to steam for about 5 minutes. Follow with a cool splash of water.

*5* Finish the ritual with a toner, like Moonlight Mist. The toner will help remove any excess wax or oil from the cleansing balm. Finally, apply a serum & moisturizer, customized to your skin's desires and needs.

Detox Reactions from the Oil Cleansing Method

Sometimes there is a short period of skin detoxification that occurs with the Oil Cleansing Method. As pores that have not been functioning well suddenly begin working efficiently, they desire to push out all of the debris that has been holding the skin back from its innate brilliance. It might even seem that your skin is becoming a little more oily at first. This is your skin cleansing, purging, and rebalancing. Allow the process to happen if it comes. It will not last long, and as you move through it, your skin will be transformed beyond anything it has ever known before!

Healing Scars Naturally and How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Jill Stacey

Scars are the result of many potential causes. Today we're going to explore some common causes of scarring, and how to heal and regenerate scar tissue on the skin. 

What Causes Scar Tissue

Scars are the result of the body's natural healing process. Any serious wound to the skin's dermis will most likely end up producing a scar. The degree of the injury's severity will determine how severe the scarring will be. 

What is Scar Tissue

Scar tissue is made up of the very same collagen as the skin it is replacing. However, the composition of this collagen is different than that of normal skin. Uninjured tissue fibers (uninjured skin) exhibit a random basket-weave formation. But when scar tissue is forming, the collagen cross-links, and the tissue fibers take on a single-direction alignment.

Scars not only look less than optimal, but they also open us up to further injury to the skin. The collagen tissue alignment that typically results from scars does not function as well as normal collagen does. This leaves scars more susceptible to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. Also, sweat glands and hair follicles do not regenerate well within scar tissue. So...it looks like its always best to heal scars as soon as possible!

Types of Scars

Acne Scars

You generally don't need to worry about blackheads, whiteheads and other types of non-inflamed blemishes causing scarring. It is the inflamed types of acne, such as papules, pustules, and cystic acne, that have a higher chance of leaving a mark long after the lesion has healed.

Cystic Acne

When a pore becomes plugged with bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells, it will swell up, causing a rupture in its inner-wall. If this happens deep beneath the surface of the skin, cystic acne will result. The very things that were causing the pore to become congested (bacteria, oil, dead skin cells) are released into the surrounding tissue, culminating in damage to the dermis. This sounds the alarm for the body to send in back-up to get the situation under control. However, once all is said and done, the new skin will form with those previously mentioned collagen fibers...the ones with an undesirable structure (the single direction alignment, not the healthy basket weave structure of healthy collagen). The result: acne scars. 

Keloid Scars

With cystic acne, or any type of inflamed acne or wound to the dermis, the body can sometimes produce too much collagen as its healing. The result is what's known as a hypertrophic scar (or a keloid scar). 

Atrophic Acne Scars

Acne most commonly causes a type of scarring known as atrophic scars. This is the type of scarring that results when there is a loss of tissue, leaving a depression in the surface of the skin.

C Section Scars

Aside from the scarring that can result from acne, there are many other potential causes to scars on the skin. One common scar that women experience are those left behind after a C-Section. Fortunately, like all scars, the marks from a C-Section can be softened and healed with natural remedies. 

How to Get Rid of Scars

With some loving attention and care given to your scar, you can heal it and restore clear, healthy skin. Elaa Organic Skin Care offers a highly effective, and 100% pure and natural scar treatment. After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm will assist you in this process of healing.

Essential Oils for Scars

After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm has been strategically crafted with an alchemy of fully ozonated oil and essential oils targeted at the softening, reduction, and resolution of wounds and scars.

All of the ingredients used in Elaa's products are sourced for their superior qualities. They are all certified organic or wildcrafted, and of a therapeutic grade. This ensures that they are not only safe and healthy, but highly effective. 

After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm brings together the power of fully ozonated olive oil (ozonated for weeks) with the addition of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, and analgesic essential oils. It is gentle and effective for any skin troubles. After the Rain can be applied to the face for moisturizing, soothing, and balancing of the skin. In addition, it can be applied to challenged areas on the face or body to accelerate the healing process and promote purification and balance.

Wildcrafted Blue Cypress Essential Oil 

Organic Chamomile Essential Oil 

Organic Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Organic Rose Geranium Essential Oil 

Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil

Scars are one of those things that seem to require a little extra attention in order to resolve and heal. But with the right tools, you can be successful in clearing them away and restoring your skin to a smooth and healthy state. Add Glow Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew and Pineapple Illuminating Polisher to a your scar healing regimen for best results. 

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Homemade Face Mask

Jill Stacey

Making facial masks at home is a great way to pamper and nourish your beautiful self. The cold weather months can sometimes take their toll on the skin, so its a good idea to give your skin a little extra love and attention during this time. In this article, we'll look at some ways you can prepare a simple facial mask at home....and enjoy the reactivation of your wintertime glow-power!

How to Make a Face Mask at Home

We are going to take a look at some easy-to-find ingredients that can be combined to make healthy homemade face masks. You may already have these ingredients in your kitchen!

Face Mask Ingredients

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I am inspired by ingredients that bring moisture, calm irritations, work to restore and balance, and encourage delightful skin through their nutrient offerings. In keeping with simplicity, I want to be able to count all of the ingredients on one hand. So here is what we will be working with today: oatmeal, cinnamon, honey and turmeric.

Oats Nutrition

For some reason, chilly weather sometimes makes me think of oatmeal. This may have something to do with the wonderful little pots of steamed oats, dried fruits and cinnamon that my mom used to cook up for us on cold winter mornings. It felt deeply nourishing, I'm sure largely due to the abundant love with which it was offered. Having since become curious and passionate about nutrition, I discovered that oats have a lot to give. 

Whether or not you choose to include grains in your diet, it is clear that oats are a great source of nutrition. You will find substantial amounts of manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, copper, biotin, Vitamin B1, magnesium, chromium and zinc.

Oats are always a wonderful ingredient for skin care applications, which is what we will be exploring as we learn  how to create a homemade facial. Oats soothe and moisturize dry irritated skin as they deliver the aforementioned myriad of minerals. They absorb and remove surface impurities, along with acting as a gentle exfoliant and skin softener.

Benefits of Honey on Skin

Honey is one of nature's most magical miracles, so it doesn't surprise me to know how many amazing benefits it offers to the skin. Of course, you will always want to choose raw, organic, ethically harvested honey for the greatest benefits to you and the planet.

Raw honey is rich in enzymes, nutrients and minerals. The nutritional content and distinct characteristics of different honeys vary greatly depending on where they are harvested from. Typically, the darker the color, the richer the mineral content is.

Healthy honey brings an unmistakable glow to the complexion. It will help to heal acne (naturally antibacterial), assists in graceful aging (rich in antioxidants), and its humectant properties moisturize and soothe. Raw honey has a pH level of 4.5, making it a great match for our skin. It also features gluconic acid, which is a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that clarifies the pores, evens skin tone, and lightens scars, spots, and hyperpigmentation.

Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, both internally and externally. Loaded with active antioxidants, turmeric is powerfully effective in keeping the skin young, bright and luminous.

With its vivid yellow color, turmeric can temporarily leave a very light golden hue on fair skin. However, this is a short-lived phenomenon that will fade within a few hours. That being said, you might prefer to use a facial with turmeric in it at night. Another option would be to obtain some Kasturi turmeric (curcuma aromatica). It is a much more difficult to find turmeric that is not edible (used only topically), and does not leave any temporary stain on the skin.

Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a wonderful addition to facial masks, as it targets many common complaints. Cinnamon activates blood flow to the surface of the skin, and is anti-microbial. This makes it a great ingredient to assist in clearing all sorts of blemishes. Cinnamon also alleviates dry skin as it removes dead skin cells and oxygenates the tissues. These properties also help with the alleviation of fine lines. 

Homemade Face Mask

Homemade facials, like the one we are about to make, are so simple and effective. They're also super convenient, when you consider that you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand. And if you don't happen to have everything available, you can always omit ingredients and add others in to suit your needs.

Alright, let's get to it...

Prior to applying your mask, its helpful to pre-cleanse your skin. You can use any gentle cleanser that you enjoy. Elaa's CLEANSING FAIRY DUST  and EFFERVESCENT FACIAL CLEANSER are both gentle balancing options. You might instead choose to do a facial steam for cleansing and opening the pores simultaneously. Using some customized essential oils, such as Elaa's WINTER REJUVENATION BLEND, in the steam can deepen the purifying and restorative properties. Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to pamper yourself with a steam facial.

After cleansing, gently pat the skin dry, and get ready to apply the mask. Some soothing music and vaporized essential oils of your liking are highly recommended at this point. Invite and encourage a relaxing space where you have the freedom to fully nurture yourself.

Now, its time to mix the mask...


Oatmeal Honey Turmeric Cinnamon Face Mask Recipe

Ingredients: 

1/2 c. organic gluten free oats, finely ground in a spice mill or blender 

1 tsp. cinnamon powder (ceylon variety is a great choice)

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1 T. raw honey

warm water, as needed to form paste

Directions:

Thoroughly mix together the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, turmeric).

Add about 2 T. of warm water to a bowl, and mix in honey. Stir until blended.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients until well incorporated, adding more warm water as needed to achieve a fairly thick paste.

Application:

Gently apply the mask to your face, and find a cozy place to relax for the next 20-30 minutes. 

Rinse well and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Elaa's own Natural Face Masks

Elaa is delighted to offer a variety of divinely crafted, beauty-creating face masks at www.elaaskincare.com. Click HERE to learn more about these Elaa creations. You will find such treasures as Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask and Pumpkin Radiance Renewing Enzyme Mask

Enjoy!

How to Get Rid of Acne

Jill Stacey

Just about everyone seems to struggle with skin challenges of one kind or another at some point in their life. It may come early, at an older age, or anywhere in between. It may last for just a short while or it may be a longer term challenge. One thing is for certain: no matter what you may have already been through, or whatever it is you are currently dealing with.....you are not alone! I myself struggling with acne, psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and other skin conditions most of my life and have studied very carefully how to heal this skin conditions. We all have these types of experiences, and there is plenty of support available as you navigate through figuring it all out. I'm here to be that support for you.

For this post, I'd like to look at the most common of all skin conditions, acne. I'll discuss it's causes, and how to treat acne naturally.

skin problems, including acne, are opportunities for improving overall health

Skin problems are tricky in that they almost always signify an inner imbalance, and two people with identical looking skin troubles can have completely different causative factors. But once you are armed with the right information and action plan, there is no skin challenge that can't be conquered! It will require commitment and perseverance from you, but if you stick with it, your whole body will benefit from your hard work and dedication, and ultimately your health will increase in ways you may have not previously imagined possible!

acne vulgaris

Acne, otherwise known as acne vulgaris, is a most common skin complaint.

Sometimes it takes a pronounced cry for help from our bodies to alert us to an inner imbalance. Skin conditions are one of the most effective ways that our bodies can get our attention fast. After all, its hard to ignore an other-than-pretty pimple glaring back at us in the mirror. Acne is a trouble that most of us are familiar with, whether it has been experienced in mild or severe form.

what causes acne

Acne has many potential causative factors, but there are a handful of really common ones that are most likely at play. Things to reflect upon in your own life in relation to your acne are diet and nutrition, digestion and assimilation, toxic load in the body and cleansing, hormonal balance, medications that you may be taking, and stress and stored emotions.

treating from the inside-out

acne and diet

The food that we choose to bring into our bodies is a very personal choice, and can have a huge impact on acne and the overall quality of our skin. If you have an interest in nutrition, you have probably encountered an overwhelming number of well-intentioned people claiming to have all the answers to your own body's needs. Most of the time, these people appear to be preaching their own gospel, that is, making recommendations based on what is currently working for them. The bottom line is, our bodies are all unique, and we all have varying requirements at different times in our lives.

The key piece to take away here is this: listen to your body! Whether you have clear skin or are dealing with acne or any other skin condition, choose an organic whole foods diet tailored to your own needs. With an open mind, try out different approaches and see what feels best for you. Over time, you will discover how to tune in to your body and make the best choices. If you haven't done so already, eliminate any and all processed foods from your diet and replace with simple health-promoting real foods.

Here are some general recommendations for foods to avoid if you are in the process of clearing acne and encouraging outstanding health:

acne diet

foods to avoid

  • processed and chemical "foods" of all types

  • refined grain products and gluten containing grains

  • all refined sugars, and even natural sugars in excess (try to stick with primarily low-glycemic treats)

  • alcohol and caffeinated beverages

  • refined cooking oils

  • pasteurized dairy products

And here are some ideas for foods and superfoods you can incorporate in to your diet for health promotion:

foods for acne

  • Raw organic vegetable juices and fresh colorful veggies, consumed raw or cooked depending on personal constitution, digestion, and preference.

  • Nutrient dense wild foods, such as seaweed, herbs, and berries.

  • Superfoods
  • Warm healing broths. Bone broth is amazing for health and digestion. If you are vegan, try broths and soups with lots of veggies, roots, herbs, and medicinal mushrooms. Earth by HealthForce makes the perfect vegan, nutrient-dense broth.

  • Health promoting algaes, such as E3Live, Marine Phytoplankton and Chlorella.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids from foods and supplemental oils. Krill Oil is wonderful. The best vegan sources are E3LiveGolden Algae oilSprouted FlaxChia Seed, and Marine Phytoplankton.

  • Raw fermented foods, like sauerkraut and coconut water kefir

  • Healthy fats such as cold-pressed unrefined oils, especially coconut oil, avocados, and sun dried olives.

  • Herbs for the skin, such as elaa's own Clear Skin Tea

  • Fresh organic fruits in moderation (berries are an antioxidant rich low-glycemic choice)

If you are in need of a deeper level of support in designing and implementing a personalized dietary approach, I offer private health consultations via phone or email. CONTACT ME to find out more about a personal consultation.

stress and acne

Make no mistake about it: stress has a tremendous impact on our overall health. One of the fastest places it shows up is on the surface of our skin. Acne breakouts are a common experience for those experiencing high levels of stress. Discover and practice ways that you can relax and rejuvenate your being while, first addressing why you are stressed. Feeling all the feelings that arise when you dive into why you're stressed. Letting yourself express all of those feelings fully. And then, once fully felt, caring for yourself in nourishing ways.

hormonal acne

Hormone Imbalances can and will cause acne. There are many possible scenarios here, and it is important to know that any hormonal imbalance can trigger blemishes and breakouts. One example of this is seen when the body releases too many androgenic hormones (a common result of increased insulin production in the body). What follows is a cascade of excess sebum production, congested follicles, and in turn, acne formation. Another situation to be aware of is a sudden change in hormonal balance, such as that created by pregnancy or even certain illnesses. Also, an imbalanced estrogen to progesterone ratio in the body will often lead to breakouts before, during, or after menstruation. Talk to your naturopath or a practitioner you trust to help test your hormones and get them back into balance.

acne medications

There are certain medications that can actually trigger acne due to the imbalances that they create in the body. It is wise to hold an awareness of this possibility if you are taking any medications, and consider whether or not you may have other treatment options available that may be more beneficial to your long-term health. Contraceptive pills are a commonly used medication that creates body imbalances and can bring on breakouts. You will also want to steer clear of prescription acne medications for the same reason, and opt for a holistic acne treatment instead.

antibiotics for acne

While antibiotics are clearly a very useful tool in cases of serious medical need, it really makes no sense to use them as a long-term treatment for acne. We know that there is a clear link between acne and challenged digestive health. We are also aware of the fact that antibiotic usage further challenges digestive health, as it impacts healthy gastro-intestinal flora balance. By using antibiotics over extended periods of time in hopes of improving acne, you are actually setting up a cycle of increasing stress on one of acne's root causes, an imbalanced digestive system. This creates more harm than good for acne sufferers.

home remedies for acne

We've talked about some of the causes of acne, and also the importance of diet in improving and preventing future outbreaks. Now we're going to go deeper into some of the other ways you can take a proactive acne healing path, and begin deeply healing your body and clearing your skin!

detox for acne

When your internal body is overloaded with toxins that aren't being eliminated efficiently, the toxins begin eliminating through the skin....and this is when the skin issues arise! Look at it as a blessing: you are being alerted to the fact that your body is feeling overloaded with substances that are harmful to your health, and it is asking for your assistance in removing these accumulations. What an amazing opportunity for improving your overall level of health and vitality (and achieving clear skin in the process)!

Detoxing is an important way to help clean out your system and help get rid of acne. Look into fasting and cleansing programs. Consider colon hydrotherapy to assist in the removal of accumulated toxins. Get out there and move your body with regular exercise, if you can. Rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) is an excellent way to move the lymph through your body. Regularly working up a sweat is great for the body, be it through exercise or a sauna (check out far infrared saunas for their powerful detox abilities).

liver cleanse for acne

The health of the skin is often a reflection of the liver's health status. Acne Vulgaris can be triggered by poor fat metabolism in the body (the process of digesting and assimilating dietary fats), of which the liver is largely responsible for. There are many approaches to cleansing the liver, some of which are more gentle than others.

Start with your water intake: make sure you are drinking ample amounts of pure, properly structured water (preferably fresh spring water, but do the best you can). Eat a diet of clean whole foods, with plenty of fresh produce, personally tailored to your constitution and health status. Use liver supporting herbs regularly, such as Liver Rescue by Healthforce and elaa's Clear Skin Tea

Coffee enemas are a highly effective way to cleanse the liver/gallbladder as well. These can be done easily in the comfort of your own home. Please note that if you are highly sensitive to caffeine, this may not be the best option for you. I personally love the benefits of coffee enemas, but cannot tolerate them. Give them a try and see how you do! Castor Oil Packs over the liver are one of my favorite and are an easy treatment - I do them every night. Another powerful Liver detoxifer is Rectal Ozone Insufflation, or Enemas with Ozonated Water, if you have access to an Ozone Generator.

supplements for acne

There are some highly valuable supplements that you might consider incorporating into your routine as you heal your acne and your body. Think about enhancing your digestive system function, supporting your liver, assisting in the removal of stored and released toxins, and strengthening your nutritional intake with super foods.

  • probiotics and digestive enzymes to support the digestive system. Friendly Force and Digestion Enhancement Enzymes.

  • MSM, taken with high quality, food-based, Truly Natural Vitamin C (vitamin C increases absorption of MSM, in addition to being great for the skin and immunity)

  • a liver support supplement containing milk thistle seed extract, such as Liver Rescue

  • green superfood powders, like Vitamineral Green, also by Healthforce

  • clays like Zeolite and bentonite for absorbing toxins daily

  • herbs like nettles and horsetail (rich in silica: a beauty mineral)

  • tonic herbs such as schizandra, reishi mushroom, and pearl powder, traditionally used to beautify the skin and bring balance to the entire body

  • elaa's Clear Skin Tea

treating from the outside-in

acne skin care

Adopting a healthy skin care routine will make a significant difference in your skin and overall health. Start by immediately eliminating all chemical acne treatments, like benzoyl peroxide, or any other “medicated” products from your life. These not only have a drying effect on the skin that is damaging, but the chemicals themselves are placing a heavier load of your body's ability to detoxify. Seek out natural products that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant without the toxic load.

essential oils for acne

There are many beneficial essential oils that can be added to carrier oils, skin care products, or applied neat (essential oils are highly concentrated: use caution before applying neat, or dilute first). Explore oils such as lavender, rosewood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, turmeric, geranium, grapefruit, sandalwood, vetiver, rosemary, niaouli, immortelle/helichrysum, thyme linalool, carrot seed, bergamot, chamomile, palmarosa, basil, and cedarwood.

elaa's clarity - anti-acne skin rejuvenating elixir oil and clarity nectar - blemish spot treatment are specially formulated to tackle topical troubles in the form of acne!

tree tea oil for acne

What about tea tree oil? While tea tree oil for acne is a common treatment, it's not my favorite because it can be very drying and cause the skin to peel. There are many other more gentle treatment options that are powerfully effective, such as elaa's clarity - anti-acne skin rejuvenating elixir oil and clarity nectar - blemish spot treatment

the healing path

While skin challenges are never any fun to deal with, adopting a positive perspective and accepting the blessings of natural healing opportunities will take you beyond the bounds of what you have previously known to be possible. Natural acne home treatments will clear your skin and increase your health. Healing is a process and it takes patience, but as long as you stick with it and keep moving forward, your efforts will be rewarded with true and lasting health.  

Here are some carefully created items to help you heal acne and encourage radiant skin:

clarity nectar - blemish spot treatment

Clarity Nectar is an organic natural acne spot treatment to create wonderfully balanced, crystal clear skin.

Size: 10 ml

 

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rhassoul matcha skin clearing detox mask

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clear skin tea

This Organic Clear Skin Tea Blend helps to create clear skin by supporting and detoxifying the liver and cleansing the blood. Enjoy this warming and healing Skin Detox Tea.

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after the rain - activated oxygen miracle balm

Fully Ozonated Healing Treatment Balm for Face & Body

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Jill Stacey

Blackheads can be a pesky and persistent problem for many of us. The good news is that with a little understanding on the hows and whys of them, they can be a relatively simple fix. 

Blackheads 101

In order to figure out how to forever eliminate blackheads from our lives, let's start with the basics... What exactly is a blackhead, and why is it sullying my complexion? The answers to these questions are pretty straightforward, and you will soon be empowered to banish these unpleasantries forever...

What are Blackheads?

Simply put, blackheads are nothing more than topless pimples... they lack a skin covering over their surface. The top layer of the clogged pore is exposed to air, which leads to oxidation at the site, and causes them to take on their black color.

What Causes Blackheads?

Blackheads are the result of the skin's pores becoming blocked. It is typically a mix of dead skin cells, bacteria and trapped sebum that is responsible for the clogged pore. One common misconception is that applying skin-drying products to blemishes (in the form of cleansers and spot treatments) is beneficial in the clearing of breakouts. This is an inaccurate assumption, and one that commonly causes even more skin troubles. You will want to steer clear of anything that further aggravates your skin, and products that over-dry definitely fall into this category. 

Dry Skin and Acne

As it turns out, moisture balance is a pivotal piece of the blackhead puzzle, and having enough oil is important in our quest for clear skin. Pay close attention to the overall moisture levels of your skin. By using products that aim to dry out trouble spots, you could actually be setting up a cycle of excess oil production. Over-drying the skin triggers the sebaceous glands to produce lots of oil, usually too much. The key here is balance. We don't want to be too dry or too oily, but somewhere in the middle ground.

Blackhead Removal

The first step in parting ways with blackheads is to implement a strategic pore cleansing routine. This routine should be one that decongests the pores and removes built-up surface skin cells. It will never over-dry the skin, and will thoroughly clear away the accumulation of offending substances with use. It will also encourage normalization and balance of the sebum production, promoting healthy levels of oils in the skin. These steps are most efficiently achieved through proper exfoliation, using targeted clay masks, and balanced hydration. 

WARNING - DO NOT USE PORE STRIPS!

When you pull a pore strip off, you to damage the first layer of your skin. This causes Broken Capillaries, which are permanent.  The strong pulling of your skin by the pore strips can also cause pre-mature wrinkles. The chemicals in the pore strip adhesive are also toxic and not safe for you or your skin.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Exfoliation

When you exfoliate, you are removing whatever is present that's not serving your skin's highest good. You are ultimately going to achieve healthy pores that are free to move out congestion and maintain healthy sebum balance. Exfoliation in turn minimizes pore size, as they are no longer filled with inflammation-causing debris.

I have a special exfoliation process that I have developed for clear, glowing skin. It involves a two parts: First, I apply my unique AHA formulation Glow - Fruit AHA Exfoliating Dew, made with fruit Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Second, I apply my delicious scrub or "mechanical" exfoliant. The two types of exfoliants work together to most effectively clear skin and renew skin cells.

So, first cleanse with Effervescent Facial Cleanser or Cleansing Fairy Dust. Then, prime the skin with Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew. Next, use Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub - a delectable chocolatey, fruity, nutty scrub that polishes skin and infuses it with powerful antioxidants from superfoods.

Clay Masks

One of the most powerful ways to achieve both exfoliation and deep pore cleansing in one step is through the targeted use of natural clay masks. There are many different types of clay available to us, each with its own special properties. In terms of treating acne in all of its forms, including blackheads, Rhassoul Clay stands out high above the rest in its skin clearing powers.

Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul Clay originates from ancient deposits within the mountains of Morocco. This special clay is incredibly pure and rich in the minerals magnesium, silica and calcium, all known for their promotion of skin health.

Acne Treatment

Rhassoul Clay benefits are many, and it works wonders at drawing out impurities lying deep within the pores. It is known in its abilities to promote skin clarity. Being a most effective acne treatment, Rhassoul Clay will eliminate blackheads and other forms of pore congestion. It both exfoliates and cleanses the skin, removing dead skin cells and reducing dryness and inflammation. It is also noted to firm the skin and improve its elasticity. 

Deep Pore Cleansing Facial

The strategic use of targeted clay masks is an invaluable tool in clearing the complexion. Elaa is delighted to be able to offer Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask to you as a precious ally in attaining soft, clear and radiant skin. 

As the Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask mask dries, blackheads and other blockages will be drawn to the surface. They can then be gently buffed away with a face cloth after rinsing. You will notice a distinct smooth and silky texture to the skin, and you will be well on your way to achieving beautiful balance in your complexion.

Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask is:

  • Detoxifying, Cleansing, and Purifying
  • Exfoliating & Softening
  • Antioxidant
  • Reduces inflammation, calms, and soothes
  • Repairs & Heals
  • Helps create even skin tone

With harmonious companion plant and mineral selections, such as MSM, Organic Plantain Leaf, Natural Zeolite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Kelp and Nopal Cactus, the Rhassoul Matcha Mask combines the best and most powerful of land and sea to bring serenity to your skin and clear away those pesky blackheads.

rhassoul matcha skin clearing detox mask

Now in Miron Violet Glass!

This powerful detox mask will draw toxins and impurities from your pores, soothe, cleanse, and nutrify skin, creating a crystal clear complexion and the softest skin ever. 

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My Winter Beauty Tips - How to Get Rid of Dry Skin

Jill Stacey

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I've been talking to several clients lately who are experiencing severely dry and flakey skin. So, I wanted to offer some tips for skin hydration, especially during this cold and dry time of year.

Here are my top tips for soft skin and staying warm this winter:

INTERNAL CARE

Stay Hydrated Internally

The root of skin dehydration is usually a lack of internal hydration. It's extremely important to stay hydrated all of the time, especially during the winter when there is less of a desire for water and when skin tends to dry out. Drink fluids throughout the day - half your weight in ounces of spring water. If room temperature water is too cool for you, heat it up. Add a squeezed wedge of lemon. Lemon is also great for alkanizing the body and cleansing the liver. I drink hot herbal teas all day long. Try more moisturizing herbs in your teas like Irish Moss, Red Clover Blossom, Marshmallow Root, and Fennel Seed. For hydration - to only drink herbal teas, and stay away from caffeine. Caffeine will cause more dehydration Also, try adding raw ginger or a dash of cayenne to drinks or dishes to boost blood circulation and immune function.

Eat more Healthy Fats and Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Eating more healthy fats beautifies, plumps, and moisturizes your skin. It also warms your body from the inside out:

Here are the best sources of plant-based fats:

Raw Virgin Coconut oil

Sacha Inchi Oil

Raw Oils like Pumpkin Seed, Camelina, Black Cumin Seed, Chia, FRESH - Hemp or Flax

for women: Evening Primrose, Borage

Raw Seeds like Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax seeds, Pumpkin, and Sunflower seeds

Raw Nuts, especially brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts

Olives and Extra Virgin Olive oil

Avocado

* Only use Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut oil when cooking

Get your Vitamin D

If you are not getting sun on your skin daily for at least 30 minutes, take at least 4000 IU or more per day. I needed to 10,000 IU when I lived in Seattle. If you are getting sun, still take 2000 IU per day.

 

Eat warming foods

True and lasting bodily warmth comes from eating the right balance of roots, herbs, and spices for your body.

In general, foods that take longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly.

Some foods and spices that are warming include: squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, rutabagas, turnips, garlic, leeks, onions, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, black or hot pepper.

In particular, focus on eating and drinking as tea:

ROOTS like Ginger Root, Astragalus Root, Burdock Root, Nettle Root, Marshmallow Root, Yacon Root, Dandelion Root, Carrot, Rhubarb Root, and many more.

BARKS like Cinnamon bark, Pau d' Arco, Slippery Elm Bark, and White Oak Bark.

SPICES like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Anise (These support both intestinal and respiratory function). Also great are Chili Powder, Paprika, Cayenne, Turmeric, and Cumin.

 

SKIN CARE

Cleanse with care

Be very cautious not to cleanse skin too often or use a harsh cleanser. elaa cleansers are gentle and nourishing. During the winter, try cleansing no more than once per day. You can also try a mask or spray with a toner and wipe with a cotton pad instead.



Rehydrate throughout the day

Rehydrate skin frequently throughout the day with a hydrating mist, which will work even over makeup. I also reapply my favorite moisturizer, like Bee Beauty or Superfood Dream Cream several times per day.


Bathe with moisturizing herbs

If you take baths, bathe with moisturizing herbs such as rosebud, lavender flowers, calendula, and chamomile flowers.

Moisturize after bathing

Make sure to apply nourishing moisture throughout the day, and especially after bathing when your pores are open and most receptive to moisture.

 

If you implement these nutritional and skin care practices into your daily life, you should see a reversal of your dry skin in no time. And you'll stay nice and toasty this winter. . .

 

Keratosis Pilaris: 10 Steps to a Cure

Jill Stacey

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What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition, also (unfortunately) known as "chicken skin," that is caused by a buildup of keratin. Keratin is the primary structural fibrous protein that makes up the outermost layer of skin. When excess keratin builds up it plugs the hair follicle and creates a bump. When multiple follicles become blocked, it creates rough skin that is covered in pink, brown, or white bumps. Keratosis Pilaris is most commonly found on the backs of the arms and legs, but can also be found on the face or back. 

Like all chronic skin conditions, the root cause of Keratosis Pilaris is the result of a internal imbalance. All chronic skin conditions indicate that the internal organs are not properly processing nutrients and/or toxins. Any toxins that build up in excess are pushed outward to the skin as a last resort for elimination, because the other elimination organs are not able to process the toxic load. Some skin conditions can also be caused by a lack of essential nutrients. 

To truly heal means to rectify the imbalance that is the root cause of the condition, which is internal  - and to use topical treatments in conjunction with the internal treatments.

How to Cure Keratosis Pilaris

Here are 10 steps to help you move towards healing Keratosis Pilaris:

1) try a temporary food elimination diet

Remove any foods from your diet that worsen your condition. Keratosis Pilaris is usually caused by food intolerances or food allergies. The number ONE cause of Keratosis Pilaris is the inability to process the Casein (dairy protein) found in all dairy products. Casein is a very common allergen and is particularly hard on people who have chronic illness. So, the first thing to do is to remove all dairy products from your diet right away.

I do like Colostrum - which is low in Casein and very healing to the gut and immune system. Click here for my favorite: Surthrival Colostrum. It is now also possible to find Whey protein that is Casein-Free: Click here for Tera's Goat Whey, which is lower in allergens than Cow Whey and is Casein-Free. And one of my most favorite dairy-free, casein-free high protein healing foods is, Collagen. This is the Collagen I eat daily.

I have seen first-hand Keratosis Pilaris go away completely when dairy was removed from the diet and come right back, as soon as it was added to the diet again. I, myself, was vegan for nearly a decade. Long term, I found that not eating animals foods or meat depleted my constitution too much, so I'm not recommended veganism here . . . but rather, detoxification and a healthy vegan diet when employed temporarily is detoxifying. Try reducing dairy and meat intake or trying a few weeks without out to see how you do. Just make sure you get enough plant protein during this time.

All animal proteins, when eaten excessively, can potentially cause Keratosis Pilaris, so also remove eggs, or any other animal products if the condition doesn't disappear after about a month after removing dairy first and second meat. I have had reports that eggs was the cause of KP for several people. 

Each food should be singled out and removed for at least 6 weeks to see if the Keratosis Pilaris improves. If it does, try adding it back in, if you'd like, and see if it makes things worse. If so, consider removing it from your diet completely or reducing the amount.

2) Eat a whole-food, real-food, gluten-free, low-glycemic diet

For treating Keratosis Pilaris (and for health in general) it is also important to eliminate: sugar, processed foods, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients. Allergy to gluten can also contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. In my opinion, gluten is not helpful for anyone, it is just hard for the body to process, even with no specific allergy present. As a final step, eat a low-glycemic diet - removing all sugars (even natural sugars like fruit or honey), starches, and carbohydrates (except for vegetables). Again, single out each individual food and remove it for at least 6 weeks to see if the Keratosis Pilaris improves.

3) Get plenty of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The best sources of of Omega-3s are

3) Cleanse your system

Flush out the build-up toxins from foods or substances that are causing irritations in your system. The best way to remove congestion in the body is to cleanse with Colon Hydrotherapy. If you don't have a Colon Hydrotherapist near you, try enemas at home. Coffee Enemas are particularly powerful liver cleansers and are an ideal cleansing technique. I do coffee enemas at home four days per week. I consider them essential for anyone with skin conditions or chronic health issues. This is a great enema kit with everything you need. If you just can't fathom the idea of colonics or enemas, my favorite herbal formula is Intestinal Movement Formula by Healthforce. It is safe, gentle, and yet effective. While doing any detox, it is crucial to take a formula to absorb toxins that are being released so that they don't get reabsorbed in the colon. I suggest Intestinal Drawing Formula. I use this regularly and it's a great full spectrum formula.

4) Balance your Intestinal Flora

When you have Keratosis Pilaris, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your intestinal flora is healthy. After cleansing or Colon Hydrotherapy, it’s important to repopulate your body with probiotics. Do not take grocery or drug store probiotics. They have no viablity as far as living, quality probiotics. These are the probiotics I personally take and trust:

Prescript-Assist 

Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Capsules

Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Powder

Genestra HMF Intensive

HLC High Potency Capsules

VSL#3

You can also make fermented foods at home for daily doses of Probiotics - make your own coconut water kefir, fully cultured kombucha, or sauerkraut and pickles. Do NOT eat fermented foods if you have Candida overgrowth. Get the Candida under control first.

5) Aid your Digestion with Enzymes

Lack of nutrient absorption can cause malnourished and dry skin and can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. Digestive enzymes can help improve nutrient absorption and increase digestive fire. My favorite digestive enzymes are, Digestion Enhancement Enzymes.

6) Eat foods rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin C

Once possible nutrient deficiency that is at cause for Keratosis Pilaris, is Vitamin A. Without enough Vitamin A, the skin cells manufacture excess keratin. Keratosis Pilaris, again, is caused by the build up of excess keratin. The best sources of vitamin A are chlorophyll-rich foods like Spirulina or green food Blends, like Vitamineral Green

Vitamin C reduces inflammation and is required for collagen formation, so it helps to keep the skin healthy. The best sources of Vitamin C are Acerola Berry , Amla Berry, and Camu Camu Berry. I also use Liposomal Vitamin C daily, click here for my favorite. Vitamin C that is not inside liposomes is not well absorbed.

7) Eat Coconut Oil

There are a lot of claims from people who saw a reduction in their Keratosis Pilaris from applying coconut oil to it directly. Moisturizing is a huge help when it comes to Keratosis Pilaris, and coconut oil is wonderful for skin, but since Keratosis Pilaris is caused by internal issues, like all chronic skin conditions, try eating Extra Virgin Coconut oil instead to receive it's greatest benefits. Enjoy up to 3 tablespoons per day in meals. Tropical Traditions Gold Coconut Oil is the only Coconut Oil I use. Most Coconut Oil contains mycotoxins (mold), this one does not. The quality far surpasses any other coconut oil I've tried.

External Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

8) Use a Dry Skin Brush

If used regularly, a dry skin brush can have a transformative affect on Keratosis Pilaris. Dry Skin Brushing can help prevent the hair follicles from becoming clogged. Dry skin brushing also has many other benefits such as increasing circulation, treating cellulite, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and improving skin health and appearance.

Dry skin brush daily. Start at your feet and brush briskly in small, circular patterns toward your heart. Next, brush your hands, arms, torso, and neck. 

9)  Exfoliate

Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids are the best topical treatment for Keratosis Pilaris. For Keratosis Pilaris, you'll want to exfoliate in two ways for best results, first by using Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, then by using a "mechanical" exfoliant - Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub. The two types of exfoliants work together to most effectively renew skin and remove and prevent the hair follicles from getting clogged.

Prime the skin with Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid fruit and flower treatment that helps the skin turn over properly and treats Keratosis Pilaris. Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew also helps with acne, hyperpigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, and Milia.

 Next, use a scrub over the areas of Keratosis Pilaris. Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub is a delicious chocolatey, fruity, nutty superfood scrub that polishes skin, is anti-inflammatory, and infuses it with powerful antioxidants. Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub is formulated to be gentle enough for face, so it is perfect for using over Keratosis Pilaris, without irritating it and revealing smoother, healthier skin. Leave it on as a mask for as long as possible prior to scrubbing, for best results in dissolving Keratosis Pilaris.

For more delicate areas and face, use Pineapple Illuminating Polisher instead in Cacao Goji Berry Scrub.

Practice this exfoliation routine daily, or at least 4 days per week until you see and feel an improvement in your Keratosis Pilaris.

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Glow Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew is a burst of fresh fruit acids for a radiant glow and a brighter, more youthful complexion. A fresh and juicy fruit and flower treatment for removing dead skin cells, treating acne, diminishing hyperpigmentation or age spots, reducing Milia or Keratosis Pilaris, improving wrinkles and fine lines, or simply creating a gorgeous, healthy glow.

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10) Moisturize & heal

Dry Skin can worsen Keratosis Pilaris, so it's important to moisturize as much as you can. Apply a 100% natural, nourishing moisturizer directly after bathing. Massage a  body oil over the areas of Keratosis Pilaris. Warming Oils stimulate circulation and help prevent or nourish dry skin, so they are beneficial for Keratosis Pilaris . For a warming body oil, try: Masala Chai Skin Restoring Body Oil - digestive support & skin circulation

For a calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory healing treatment for Keratosis Pilaris, try After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm. A super healing treatment for Keratosis Pilaris is Ozone! It's activated Oxygen, and yes the same element found in the atmosphere. It's miraculously healing.

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Fully Ozonated Healing Treatment Balm for Face & Body

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Keratosis Pilaris is not a permanent condition you have to live with. By removing allergenic foods, eating a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients, removing built up toxins, and using the proper skin care techniques and products, you can be free of Keratosis Pilaris for good.
 

 

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What Makes For the Best Natural Deodorant?

Jill Stacey

Body odor is one of those earthly delights - or offenses - that is intrinsically a part of our daily lives. For many, body odor is a battle. I look at it differently.

What causes body odor?

It may be a surprise to hear that sweat itself is actually odorless. So, what causes body odor? Body odor is created when bacteria proliferates in sweat and breaks down protein into acids. Each person's odor is unique to the individual, but it can be strongly affected by medications, health, and diet. 

How do conventional deodorants work? 

Chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and perfumes work by, essentially, doing battle against our bodies' natural processes. 

How do they do this?

1. They kill all bacteria that naturally lives on the skin, including beneficial bacteria. Once the balance of bacteria is destroyed, our bodies are left defenseless against pathogen bacteria because healthy bacteria is no longer there to fight it. This causes both susceptibility to infections and bodily imbalances of all kinds, as well as, body odor.

2. They coating the skin in synthetic chemicals and metals, like aluminum, that are toxic to your health, and have been linked to breast and prostate cancer.

3. Antiperspirants block the sweat glands, which has a negative affect on our health. Many toxins and pathogens in the body are flushed out through sweat. Preventing this natural cleansing of the body can cause more infections short term and eventually, create disease.

If chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and synthetic perfumes are linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, and hormonal imbalances, why would we use them? If chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and synthetic perfumes work against all of the natural processes that help to keep the body healthy and odor-free, why would we use them? 

The Best Natural Deodorant

It's not really common knowledge in our culture how to care for ourselves without using medications and chemicals to suppress symptoms. It's less common these days that people are in-tune with our natural processes and know how to create a healthy body in the way nature-intended. I certainly grew up using all the conventional drug-store brands, using medications, and eating a sugary processed-food diet. Once I developed multiple chronic diseases, I knew something wasn't right. Once I started eating a healthy, real-food, no sugar diet and removed all chemical skin and body care products from my life, not only did my illnesses resolve, but so did any issues with body odor.

I've haven't had any "bad" smelling body odor for over a decade. What are my secrets?

  1. I eat an organic, plant-based, no sugar diet. Low odor, healthy foods = a low odor body. A diet high in red meat has been shown to cause body odor. It's also a good idea to limit the potency and frequency of pungent foods like garlic and curry, if your are concerned about body odor.
  2. If you do sweat a lot, natural fiber clothing allows air flow and thus has less potential to harbor sweat and bacteria growth.
  3. I'm a proponent of excellent hygiene, but not stopping the body's healthy, natural processes - like stripping the body of it's natural oils and good bacteria. Daily bathing and harsh soaps are not good for your skin or its processes (the skin being the largest organ of the body).  Instead of showering daily, washing glandular areas of the body, including the armpits, with a warm wet washcloth (and a dab of natural, gentle soap or body wash, if necessary) can help to remove odor causing bacteria.
  4. And, finally, I use deodorants that work in beautiful harmony with the body's natural processes.

I was never able to find deodorants on the market that did this on multiple levels, so I created them! 

elaa deodorants promote the growth of healthy bacteria on the skin, and use the by-products that the bacteria produces as an ingredient to co-create a natural and wonderful scent.

How do these Deodorants Work? 

These deodorants are a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available.

Probiotics. Most of us know about the benefits of healthy flora (bacteria) in our GI Tract. Our skin is host to millions of beneficial bacteria as well. Probiotics help to balance the bacteria on your skin, in a similar way that they balance the bacteria in your digestive system. Our skin requires great care because it is our body's first line of defense against disease. The skin acts as a physical, chemical (sweat, skin, tears, mucus), and bacterial barrier against pathogens. The flora, or beneficial bacteria on the skin prevent bad bacteria from proliferating and causing infection. Probiotics on the skin also help with cellular renewal, skin conditions, acne, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and skin tone and texture. 

Wheatgrass is a powerful detoxifier, helping to purify the body. When applied to the underarms over the lymph in that area, it works to remove toxins and eliminate body odor. It is 70% chlorophyll, which is cleansing and healing to the body. Chlorophyll also stops the growth of unfriendly bacteria.

Sandalwood inhibits bacteria and stops many harmful microorganisms from growing. It's even used to disinfect entire living spaces and treat many types on bodily infections. It's a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that cools and relaxes the skin. It can help relieve inflammation in nearly every organ, including the delicate tissues of the brain. It's especially active on the circulatory and nervous systems.

Dead Sea Salt is a nutrient-rich, moisture-rich salt extracted and dried from the marshes of the Dead Sea. It is one of the best therapeutic salts available. The salt in most oceans is approximately 97% sodium chloride while Dead Sea salt is only 12-18% sodium chloride. Dead Sea Salt is a powerful detoxifier and anti-microbial. Dead Sea Salt greatly helps the body to remove toxins through the skin. Besides its ability to prevent the growth of bad bacteria, the therapeutic effects of Dead Sea Salt are numerous. Dead Sea Salt is mineral-dense the magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromides, and other minerals found in the salt are easily absorbed by the skin and help to calm the nervous system, increase circulation, and soothe aches and pains, ease rheumatoid arthritis, slow aging, and relieve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, skin infections, cellulite, wrinkles, blackheads, and dry skin. 

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) is similar to Dead Sea Salts, in that it is comprised of various minerals, it is detoxifying, cleansing, and deodorizing. It also is ideal for oral care, it softens skin, and it soothes with burns and bites.

 Aloe Vera is a succulent desert plant. The leaves contain a gel-like substance that has countless rejuvenating properties. It is anti-inflammatory and is one of the most soothing plants in the world. It is a wonderful treatment for skin conditions of all kinds, as well as burns, wounds, and rashes. It also softens the skin and helps to smooth wrinkles and create the look of firmer skin.

Essential Oils. There are several scents of this probiotic deodorant to choose from. The aromas of these natural deodorants are glorious, and the essential oils used to create the scents are one of the most significant reasons why these deodorants works so well. The alchemical blend of therapeutic essential oils in each bottle are chosen not only for their scent profiles, but also for their for deodorizing, anti-microbial effects. They kill bad bacteria and promote healthy bacteria. Each essential oil also has multiple skin and health benefits. The amount of essential oils in each bottle is highly concentrated, allowing for superior odor protection, therapeutic benefit, and anointing you with an incredible aroma.

 

Fall Skin Care Tips

Jill Stacey

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This past weekend was the Autumnal Equinox. As the seasons change, it is important to also make changes in our skin and health care routines. The air outdoors is cooler and drier, and the air indoors becomes drier as we turn on the heat. Our skin and hair has also just been exposed to a lot of elements all summer. Extra care and repair is now natural and important as we move into Autumn.

Autumn Cleansing & Support

For balance, harmony, and lovely skin, I recommend cleansing or fasting during the week of the autumnal equinox. If cleansing or fasting is not for you, eliminating all sugar, dairy, gluten, fried foods, and meat for several weeks is very helpful for decongesting your system and strengthening your immune system. You will definitely feel an increase in energy and clarity.

If there are colds going around, or if I'm feeling run down, I like to juice plenty of fresh ginger and take shots of it or add it to full glasses of water. If you don't have a juicer, try adding a 2-inch piece of fresh organic ginger to your blender with a little water and a teaspoon of Ceylon Cinnamon, blend and strain and then add the "juice" to a full glass of water with a little stevia. This spicy treat will help fight off pathogens and leave you feeling "zesty." 

Supporting your Liver is also ideal during this cleansing time. This will also help promote clear skin. I like to drink plenty of healing herbal teas.

Clear Skin Tea is a blend I created for supporting the liver, detoxifying the body, and treating various skin conditions.

As always, stay well hydrated with plenty of spring water.

I also like to keep my nasal passages clear and hydrated with use of a neti pot.

Here are some other tips to implement during the autumnal equinox and into fall.

Fall Skin Care Tips

Some skin issues that can come up as Summer turns to Fall include dull, dry skin with fine lines or irritation; sun spots and hyper-pigmentation, or flare-ups of some chronic conditions.

 

Natural Sun Protection

Even though it's colder, it is still important to use sun protection in autumn on sunny days. 

For UV and Sun Damage Protection and Repair, try Sweet Light Before & After Sun Butter.

Hyperpigmentation & Sun Spots

Sun damage from a long summer in the sun can result in areas of hyperpigmentation on face, shoulders, arms, and hands especially.

This is my favorite product for helping to reverse sun damage and hyper-pigmentation: 

Dawn Skin Brightening Dew

Moisturizing & Dry Skin Prevention

Moisturizing is more important than ever for every skin type. If you like to use a lighter moisturizer during the summer, using a richer moisturizer is now is a good idea. For body, applying a moisturizer directly after bathing is the best way to have conditioned, soft skin. Massage a body oil or body butter over the entire body while focusing on dry or rough areas.

During cold and wet months, Warming Oils or Butters are of particular benefit. They stimulate circulation and help prevent or nourish dry skin.

For a warming body oil, try:

Masala Chai Skin Restoring Body Oil - digestive support & skin circulation

For a warming body butter, try: 

Ginger Skin Restoring Body Butter

Or, contact me, if you'd like a custom creation. 

Skin Conditions

Some people may experience a flare-up of conditions such as psoriasis or eczema / atopic dermatitis in the fall. For some one that has suffered with Psoriasis most of my life, I am very sensitive to skin conditions and I have created several products that will help ease and soothe these conditions.

Magic Healing Balm - Natural Eczema Treatment

 Miracle Nectar - Healing Treatment

Foot Care

A summer of bare feet and sandal-wearing can potentially cause dry, cracked heels. Dry, rough, or painful feet can be improved with a scrub and a rich, nourishing moisturizer.

  1. Try soaking feet in a warm bath with essential oils like, Lavender.
  2. Then scrub thoroughly with a nice scrub or pumice stone.
  3. Next apply and massage in a body butter.
  4. Finally, put on a pair of cotton socks to keep the moisture in. 

Cacao Goji Berry Scrub can also be used on feet, hands, or anywhere on body that you'd like

elaa Body Butters are great for feet.

Hair Care

Dandruff can appear or flare-up during Autumn. I recommend treating hair and scalp with nourishing oils. Argan Oil is rich with Squalene, Vitamin E tocopherols, Fatty Acids, and potent Antioxidants. It is one of the most nourishing treatments for hair. Sacha Inchi Oil is also wonderful for repairing damaged hair.

Coat hair and scalp in Argan Oil & Sacha Inchi Oil once weekly overnight or for several hours to restore hair luster and strength.

Internal Dry Skin Prevention & Care

Internal use of Omega 3 Fatty Acids is essential for supple, soft, clear skin. Deficiency in Omega 3 oils is often responsible for skin conditions.

I particularly like Sacha Inchi Oil as a skin and food oil. The combination of Omega-3s, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, antioxidants, and amino acids makes Sacha Inchi Oil a wonderful skin treatment. Sacha Inchi Oil is also a valued nutritional supplement because it contains a high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids, making it an excellent source for Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) and Omega 6 (linoleic acid). It is high in protein, and rich in essential and non-essential amino acids.

Add  Sacha Inchi Oil to smoothies, salad dressings, any raw dishes that call for oil, or simply take a teaspoon.

 

How to get rid of Oily Skin. . . forever

Jill Stacey

The Simple Solution for Oily Skin

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What Causes Oily Skin?

I had such oily skin for much of my life, I was even known as the "shiny girl" to people that didn't know my name during my teens. The reason why many people live with oily skin is that people think, understandably, that oil causes oil. But, here's the truth - this is not how skin works. It may seem counterintuitive, but lack of oil causes oily skin. What?!

Yes - The most common cause for excess oil secretion is a lack of hydration in and around the skin cells underneath the skin’s surface. When this is the case, the skin’s sebaceous glands try to correct the imbalance or lack of moisture by producing more oil, which makes oily skin even oilier. Typically, this is treated with drying agents that may produce a very temporary effect of having less oil on the skin’s surface (like minutes or maybe hours at most). But, stripping the skin of its natural oils actually causes a serious skin imbalance. Skin is severely thirsty, lacking it's natural oils that it needs to function normally and be healthy, so the body responds by secreted more and more oil through the sebaceous glands to try to once again create healthy balanced skin. But, as long as skin is stripped of excess oils, it will perpetually be imbalanced and will be secrete excess oil to compensate.

In my teens and early twenties, I tried every "oily skin" product on the market - products with drying agents that were supposed to create a matte effect on the skin. Yet, my skin was even more oily and was excessively dry at the same time. Finally, I met a wonderful aesthetician in Seattle that told me to moisturize more and to forget oil-free products. I found this advice hard to believe at the time, but I was quickly amazed by the results! Life-changing advice. Ever since, my oily skin disappeared and was replaced by a lovely glow.

Why is no one else sharing the actual cause of oily skin? I've wondered if it's to be able to sell "oily skin" products that only act to cover up symptoms, rather than address the root cause. I'm so glad that I'm able to share how to care for your skin, rather than "fight" against oil. Lovingly nourishing your skin and your body is always the solution for better skin.

Natural Remedies for Oily Skin

The solution for oily skin is to hydrate and moisturize the skin to give the oil-producing glands a message that they no longer have to produce excess oil to compensate for the lack of skin moisture. Use only natural plant oils and creams and lotions made with these oils. Avoid Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Jellies, Petroleum Products, Synthetics, Chemicals, and heavy emulsifiers or fillers, which can clog pores. 

Here are the plant oils that will nourish, hydrate, and restore your skin to a healthy balance and thus stop oily skin for good.:

Jojoba Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Argan Oil

Evening Primrose Seed Oil

Borage Seed Oil

Coconut Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Tamanu Oil

Shea Nut Oil & Shea Butter

Cacao Butter

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Avocado Oil

Baobab Oil

Camelina Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Hazelnut Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Kukui Nut Oil

Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Olive Oil


Here's to a dewy glow, without the oil slick!

 

Milia Treatment - Natural ways to remove Milia & create better skin in the process

Jill Stacey

 Photo Courtesy of  J Toonstra  Copyright  UMC Utrecht

Photo Courtesy of J Toonstra Copyright UMC Utrecht

In my previous article, Milia - What are they and What Causes them? I described what Milia are and what causes them. This article is for those of you who want to cut right to the chase - what can I do to remove them?

Like with acne, or any skin condition, milia can be emotionally stressful to have on your face, especially when they are many of them. I don't believe in battling skin conditions or diseases that arise. To me, all diseases or conditions are a message from our bodies that something needs our attention. So, instead of trying to fight or push away that need and thus cause more harm, I believe in addressing and nurturing that need. This is caring for and nurturing yourself. So, care for yourself in the treatment of the milia, don't treat them, and thus yourself, like the enemy. The best way to treat milia is to nourish your skin - not destroy it - in order to allow it to function properly and then expel the milia on it's own. By nourishing your skin and body properly, you will not only be able to more easily expel the milia you have, but you will prevent future milia from occurring.

How NOT to Treat Milia

You will hear that some ways to treat milia are with prescription topical medications, such as retinods like Retin A, Renova, Differin, Avita or Tazorac. Do NOT use these. All conventional topica medications contain harmful substances and industrial chemicals that have a long-term devasting affect your your health. Your skin in your body's largest organ and absorbs everything that is applied to it into your bloodstream. These types of meditation not only can cause cancer, reproductve and hormonal damage, but also have a damaging affect on your skin. Our skin needs to be gently loved, not ravaged by harsh chemicals. I know the damaging affects that these topical medications can have on the skin, because before I learned about health and nutrition and how the root of skin conditions is internal, I used them for years to try to get rid of my acne. My skin was always raw, red, dry, flakey, and looked terrible. So, how can you caringly treat milia and improve the overall look and health of your skin at the same time?

Milia Treatment

Here are the best methods for milia removal:

1) Mostly importantly, for clearing and preventing milia, regularly exfoliate your skin with natural Exfoliants, such as Glow - Fruit AHA Exfoliating Dew, made to help treat milia specifically. I suggest you exfoliate in two ways for best results, first by using Glow - Fruit AHA Exfoliating Dew, made with fruit Alpha Hydroxy Acids, then by using a scrub or "mechanical" exfoliant. The two types of exfoliants work together to clear skin and renew skin cells.

Prime the skin with Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid fruit and flower treatment that helps the skin turn over properly. As an added bonus, Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew also helps with Keratosis Pilaris, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and acne.

Next, use a scrub over the areas of milia. Pineapple Illuminating Polisher is a gentle, yet highly active microderm polisher leaves skin luminous. Pineapple enzymes renew the skin, while Velvet De Guérande tenderly buffs away dead skin cells and infuses it with rich minerals. Herbs and flowers calm, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the skin. Vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants revive dull and aging skin. You will glow with light shining from within. Refreshing, Reviving, utterly Illuminating!

I recommend that you practice this exfoliation regimen daily, or at least 4 days per week until you see and feel an improvement in your milia. Once you see an improvement, continue at least twice per week for milia prevention.

2) Keep your Skin Clean with the use of a gentle, natural cleanser, such as:  Coconut Rose Cleansing Milk

3) Use only natural plant oils on the skin - don't use lanolin, mineral oils, or any petroleum products, which can clog pores. Natural plant oils cannot clog pores and are the most nutritious treatment possible for skin. For a healthy glow and truly nourished skin, try this wonderful plant oil moisturizer: Bee Beauty Facial Oil.

4) Expose your skin to the sun for at least 15-20 minutes per day without sunscreen.

5) Supplement with Niacin. Here's the Niacin I recommend. Niacin is the most important supplement for milia.

Secondarily, supplement with Biotin. Here's the Biotin I recommend.

And, finally, CoQ10. Here's the CoQ10 I recommend.

6) If you have severe milia and are feeling quite urgent about removing them, do not try to extract them on your own, you could cause scarring, skin damage, or infection. You can visit an skilled aesthetician to "unroof" each milium with a small needle to allow it come to the surface on its own over time. Visiting a dermatalogist is also an option if you are willing to endure the cost and recovery from the lancing and extraction.

Be sure to follow step 1 through 5 in order to prevent future milia, if you do choose to have them extracted. 

If you have any milia stories, successful or unsuccessful, please share in the comments below. I will share one of my favorites here:

Minor miracle as a result of using your products!

Message: Hi Jill,
I was thrilled to come home yesterday (after being gone for the weekend) to find my elaa package waiting for me! I was very excited to try the exfoliating fruit dew & scrub. 
A bit of background: I found out about you and your products while searching to try to figure out what this small, hard, white bump on my eyelid might be. At first I thought it was some type of pimple, then I thought maybe it was a milium (I haven't had anything like that before, really, so had no idea). It didn't go away by itself after many weeks, so I thought I might try some type of natural remedy.
I read many wonderful reviews of your products and their effectiveness in terms of reducing milia, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Finally - here is the minor miracle I referred to in my subject line! As soon as I opened the box, I decided to go wash my face and try my new products. I put the fruit dew on and left it for 30 mins, then scrubbed gently with the scrub. Not only did my skin smell and feel amazing, it looked amazing! Then today, as I was touching the milium on my eye (gently, nothing drastic, just kind of feeling it), it came off! No pain, nothing weird or scary, just the hard white thing came off! 
So now I am finally free of it, whatever it was, and I can't wait to continue using my new products (sparingly, for now, I think) to improve my overall skin condition.
Thank you, Jill, so much!
Best,
Jessica G.

 

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Glow Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew is a burst of fresh fruit acids for a radiant glow and a brighter, more youthful complexion. A fresh and juicy fruit and flower treatment for removing dead skin cells, treating acne, diminishing hyperpigmentation or age spots, reducing Milia or Keratosis Pilaris, improving wrinkles and fine lines, or simply creating a gorgeous, healthy glow.

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Reveal your radiant essence. This gentle, yet highly active microderm polisher leaves skin luminous. Pineapple enzymes renew the skin, while Velvet De Guérande tenderly buffs away dead skin cells and infuses it with rich minerals. Herbs and flowers calm, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the skin. Vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants revive dull and aging skin. You will glow with light shining from within. Refreshing, Reviving, utterly Illuminating!

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Milia - What are they and what causes them?

Jill Stacey

I recently received a request for help from a friend, who had developed milia underneath her eye. She steamed her skin and tried taking saunas to open up the pores and then attempted to carefully expel the milia, but unfortunately the pesky little thing didn't budge. I have also tried to expel milia myself in the past, but I only caused damage to the surrounding skin, while the milia stayed firmly planted in my skin like cement. Fortunately, I did learn that there are several ways to successfully treat milia. In my next article in the series, I discuss the best ways to naturally treat milia and improve your skin at the same time. First thing first, in this article, I will focus on - what in the world are "milia" and what causes them?

 

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What are Milia? 

Milia (the plural of millium) are tiny white bumps, or cysts found just below the epidermis of the skin. These cysts can look similar to the whiteheads of pimples, but they aren't. Milia are filled with Keratin, which is is the primary structural fibrous protein that comprises the outermost layer of skin. Milia is most commonly found around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.

Types of Milia

There are two types of milia, Primary and Secondary.

Primary milia develop when keratin becomes trapped under the skin, and is simply caused by a build up of dead skin cells, because the skin's natural exfoliation process is not properly functioning. Although milia can occur in people of all ages, this type of milia is actually found in 50% of newborn babies because their skin cells haven't yet begun the natural exfoliation process. Infant milia should not be treated, their skin is far too delicate and the milia will go away as the skin matures, usually within a few weeks. Primary milia in adults can be longer lasting, if left untreated.

Secondary milia are caused by injury or damage to the skin and are found wherever the injury or damage occurred. Skin wounds, burns, rashes, blisters, or sun damage can either cause damage to the skin pore itself or can cause excess skin cells to be lodged under the skin during the healing process. Secondary milia can also result from anything that too rapidly removes the outer layers of the skin and causes thinning of the skin such as topical steroids and retinoids. Laser treatments or dermabrasion can also potentially cause milia to form as the skin works to heal itself.

Milia Treatment

Now that you know what those little white bumps are, I discuss how to treat them in my next article. Click Here.

Milia Treatment - Natural ways to remove Milia & create better skin in the process