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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!


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!

Elderberry: SuperFruit of the Season for Natural Face Masks

Jill Stacey

Well, it seems that autumn is now officially in full swing in southern Oregon. In this part of the world, we are blessed with ample opportunities to get ourselves out into nature, and its the perfect time of year for doing just this... with an added benefit: wild harvesting! As the lushness of summer recedes into the earth, newly revealed treasures are showing up all over the place. The time is ripe to forage for an array of native foods and plant medicines, and recent harvesting adventures have proved quite abundant. This brings us to today’s featured super fruit of the plant world, one that we have been collecting eagerly so that we may enjoy and share its many benefits with you: Elderberry!

elderberry uses in traditional herbal medicine

The values of the Elder are known far and wide, being an extensively used medicinal in many cultures. As a matter of fact, it is said to be the oldest cultivated plant, respected and utilized by humans for thousands of years. It is most notably the berries and flowers that are used in preparations, as there are a myriad of special components contained within these pieces of the plant that are known to promote health and healing inside and out of the body.

elderberry

power packed elderberry for health and skin beauty

The dark purple berries of the Elder plant are a striking display of beauty against fall’s backdrop. It is the extraordinarily high level of bioflavonoids contained within the fruits that provide this rich palette of color, along with some of elderberry’s most potent benefits. These gorgeous plant pigments are well known in their support of the immune system, and also for the antioxidant protection that they provide us with. 

skin benefits of elderberry

The compounds of bioflavonoids are ready, willing, and able to defend your skin against stress, pollution, and even the shift in seasons. 

Elderberries provide a number of different flavonoids, including quercetin, rutoside, hesperidin and anthocyanins (five times greater the amount found in blueberries). These natural antioxidant superstars are responsible for assisting in the removal of damaging free radicals from our bodies. They are anti-bacterial (useful for acne), anti-viral (useful for cold sore treatment), anti-allergic (useful for allergic rashes), and anti-inflammatory (take down inflammation). Research suggests that bioflavonoids prevent and reverse wrinkles, fight varicose veins and spider veins, and inhibit the development and reduce the appearance of age spots (thanks to the flavonoid hesperidin). We should also give a little shout out to quercetin at this point, as it is also known in its ability to increase the production of collagen, which is necessary in adequate amounts to achieve timeless skin. 

These flavonoids are joined by substantial amounts of Vitamins A, B6, E and C, and along with the additional polyphenols and carotenoids present, elderberry has secured its spot as a healing, anti-aging and nutritional powerhouse. In the concentrated amounts that are present within the berries, these nutrients will deeply protect our cells against damage and delay the skin’s aging process. 

If you’re looking to add some deep protection and nourishment to your strategic skin care as the air becomes brisk and dry, Elder is here to help! 

elder flower

the delicate white flowers - elderflower benefits and uses

The ladies of the Victorian era were fond of the pretty things in life, and regularly employed the use of elder flower in their beauty routines. The flower water was used as a highly esteemed emollient, recognized in its ability to gently detoxify the skin. Its ability to maintain the skin’s youthful appearances by keeping it free from age spots and uneven skin tone is being rediscovered now by many lovers of natural beauty. Elder flower is an effective blood purifier and overall detoxifier, and is very well equipped to assist in clearing topical troubles such as acne, spots and rashes. Elder flower can soothe and bring relief to dry skin on the face when applied in the form of a natural face mask, toner, or targeted moisturizer. It has the ability to calm irritation and soften the skin, acts as a topical anti-inflammatory for upset skin conditions, will lighten freckles, and helps heal chapped skin.

an astringent for the skin - elderberry and flower to the rescue!

Both Elderberry and Elderflower have astringent properties, allowing the bioactive ingredients to penetrate through the pores, neutralize excess oils, and clear away impurities. Pore size is dramatically reduced, and the skin is toned. Elder specializes in complexion purification. 

natural face masks - elderberry - the perfect ingredient for this season

Autumn is a time to unwind from summer’s buzz and allow the senses to reflect upon and really soak in the beauty of this life. Its a great time for warm cups of tea, cozy sweaters, and just slowing down a little bit. Enjoy the gentleness of these autumn days, and show yourself a little extra self-love and nurturing as your body prepares for the winter months.

I am pleased to be able to offer a special addition to the line, designed to assist and nurture as we embrace this beloved time of year! Natural face masks are an ideal way to experience the many healing properties of elderberry, and applying this potent healing mask in the comfort of your own home couldn't be any more simple! 

elderberry beauty mask, a homemade facial: introducing our autumn offering

Our limited edition offering for fall, Elderberry Goddess Mask & Scrub, has been uniquely crafted from local wild-harvested elderberries for cultivating and maintaining radiant skin in the colder months. With the Goddess Mask & Scrub, you will be graciously blessed by Elder's gifts in the form of...

.... fresh Elderberries wild harvested from mountain Elder trees in Ashland Oregon and juiced, wildcrafted Elder Flower, and Wildcrafted Elderberry Extract... 

You will also find an abundance of carefully selected synergistic plant companions to complete the magic of this offering, including wildcrafted acai, organic marshmallow root, organic aloe vera, organic green rooibos, organic ashwaganda extract,  special plant oils, and much more...click HERE to see all of the product details! 

Elderberry Goddess Mask & Scrub is truly a seasonal feast for the senses, inviting you to easily treat yourself to a powerful and rejuvenating homemade facial and exfoliation in the comfort and serenity of your own sanctuary. Cheers to fall and its many wonders, and many blessings of health and radiant beauty now and through the seasons!