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Why Your Skin Needs Carotenoids

Carotenoids are good antioxidants for the skin and are found in a number of plants. They are  yellow, orange, or red colored, fat-soluble pigments that give color to plants including autumn leaves. There are over 700 different carotenoids identified by chemists. Plants use these molecules to help absorb light that is then used for photosynthesis as well as for antioxidants.

You may have been hearing since you were a child to eat your carrots so you can see better.  Lutein and the two zeaxanthin isomers are actually part of the retina of the eye where they protect the retina,  help prevent macular degeneration, and enhance vision.

Vitamin A is important for skin as it assists in the regeneration of tissue, preventing the degeneration of the epidermis. Sunlight causes damage to the skin and carotenes can help protect the skin against this damage. Carotenoids can stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin to increase its density, elasticity and firmness. In addition carotenoids can repair and regenerate these protein fibers after damage by UV light. Carotenoids help stimulate epidermal regeneration helping to soften and smooth skin. They also reduce water loss so help hydrate. Carotenoids can help reduce skin pigmentation by decreasing the size of melanocytes and melanin levels.  Thus addressing hyperpigmentation caused by UV radiation, hormones or even acne.

Overall, carotenoids can help protect skin against premature aging caused by UV exposure.  Some types of carotenoids can actually absorb UV light thus protecting skin against burning. All this makes carotenoids a powerful anti-aging and skin repair ingredient in cosmetics.

Two broad classifications of carotenoids are carotenes (orange)  and xanthophylls (yellow). But they can also be classified as compounds that can be transformed by the body to create vitamin A (retinol) or those that do not. Provitamin A carotenoids include alpha-carotene, beta carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.  Other carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene are not transformed into vitamin A but have other important roles.

We use herbs that are rich in carotenoids in our products including calendula. Over 19 different carotenoids have been identified in calendula including lycopene, gamma carotene, flavoxanthin, lutein, and beta carotene. This may explain why calendula has such a history of use in skin care. You’ll find calendula extract in our Springtide Face Creams, Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion, Sole Pleasure Foot Butter and Knuckle Balm. Another herb rich in carotenoids is parsley. You’ll find this in our Parsley Eye Serum.

Calendula Basket

Smoking, lack of sleep, alcohol consumption, illness, UV light and infrared radiation (heat) all decrease the levels of carotenoids in the skin.  Studies have shown that skin that is high in carotenoids looks considerable younger than skin depleted in carotenoids.  Skin benefits from both topical and oral carotenoids.

The Colorado Facial

We had our esthetician, Laura Lee, develop this facial using Colorado Aromatics products.  All of us here at Colorado Aromatics received the facial and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Colorado Facial

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After a Colorado Facial

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What you will need:  
3-4 warm, wet, washcloths Your choice of 7 Herbal Hydrosols
Yarrow Makeup Remover and Oil Cleanser Meadow Mist Exfoliating Cleanser
Starbright Brightening Face Mask Razz Tightening Serum
Parsley Eye and Face Serum Springtide Gold Face Cream
Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion  Herbal Relief or Allure Lip Balm

1. Begin by massaging a large pea size of Yarrow Makeup Remover & Oil Cleanser onto dry skin, covering all of the face. Using a warm, wet cloth remove the cleanser from the skin. Skin impurities and makeup will be attracted to the oil and will easily glide off skin.

2. Spray the skin with chosen hydrosol until damp, then apply Meadow Mist Facial Cleanser in a circular motion. This cleanser will provide mild exfoliation with jojoba beads and cleanse the skin more deeply, removing any lingering impurities. Remove with a warm, wet cloth.

3. Next, apply the Starbright Brightening Mask to the skin and let sit 10-15 minutes. This mask will provide mild exfoliation, hydration and will brighten hyper-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation ingredients may irritate sensitive skin. If this happens remove the mask immediately and spritz with a hydrosol. Otherwise, remove after 10-15 minutes with a warm, wet cloth.

4. During the mask time, give a hand and arm massage using Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion (citrus or lavender).

5. Spray the skin with a hydrosol, then apply Razz Tightening Serum to the face. The hydrosol will restore skin pH and provide antioxidants. This serum will lift & tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. Continue to lightly massage into face in a circular motion until the serum has been fully received by the skin.

6. Again spray the skin with a hydrosol, followed by an application of 4-5 drops of Parsley Eye and Face Serum. This serum, packed with Vitamins A & K and organic Macadamia nut oil, will reduce fine lines and dark circles as it replenishes the skin. Use this oil to give a facial massage with this tremendously nourishing and luxurious oil.

7. As a final moisturizing step, use Springtide Gold Face Cream (after spritzing with a hydrosol, of course!). This exceptionally hydrating cream will boost collagen production and fuel skin rejuvenation with an extra boost of anti-oxidants.

8. Finally, apply Herbal Relief Lip Balm or Allure Lip Balm to the lips. The conditioning oils in both are rich in phytosterols, carotenoids and vitamin E. Herbal Relief contains lemon balm extract to reduce the incidence of cold sores and prunella to soften lips. Allure contains collagen promoting ingredients to plump lips.

How to do a Steam Facial

Giving your face a steam facial will help to relax facial muscles that lead to wrinkles, as well as promote exfoliation, moisturizing, cleansing and overall rejuvenation of the skin. The herbal aromatics will also help you relax.  Enjoy doing a steam facial 1-4 times a month.

How to do a steam facial.

You will need: stove, pot for heating water, large heat-proof bowl, Herbs for Steam facial, face cleanser, face moisturizer, large towel to cover head.

HFirst wash your face with calendula/oatmeal soap or Meadow Mist Cleanser

  1. Heat about 3 cups of water to boiling in your teapot.
  2. As the water is heating, put 2-3 tablespoons of your herb mixture into a large metal bowl. The bowl should be larger than your face.
  3. When the water boils, pour it over the herbs.
  4. Allow to cool just slightly. Put face over the bowl, far enough up so as to not get burned from the steam. Cover your head (and the bowl) with the towel to hold in the steam. Enjoy the steam for about 5 minutes. Stop if it is uncomfortable or move your face farther from the steam if it is too hot.
  5. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
  6. Massage a good moisturizer or serum to the face such as Springtide Gold or Razz Tightening Serum.
  7.  Your skin will take on a new glow, and so will you.

Contraindications

Because steam will cause blood vessels to dilate, steam facials are not recommended for people with rosacea.

Some herbs that are good to use in your steam facial include mint, rose petals, lavender buds, fennel, yarrow or hops. You can also use a steam facial  to help control nasal and sinus congestion.