• Whats a bigger killer or decayer of humans than smoking, alcohol or even all them together which affect human cells? … Pollution, air pollution is our biggest people killer and cause of ailments it effects people who live near or in big city’s who are breathing high levels of toxins, in fact, it’s so bad it exceeds by 50% what World Health organisation says is safe.
    Now our biggest organ is most affected ie our skins because it’s having to cope with air pollutants and UV damage and then the highly toxic chemicals in skin care products.
    ( yes the big named brands are full of harsh chemicals you just don’t know it)
    any wonder skin cancer, premature ageing and skin problems are affecting nearly everybody… So what can you do …Well, lots.
    by using a non-toxic skin care you are not absorbing all the harsh chemicals in most of the big named skincare and then such anti-pollutant botanicals in real natural ones will actually repel the air pollutant on the skin.
    so use 100% botanical skincare and hair products and protect yourself especially if you live in or around a city.
    The best most affordable ones are here 
    by… john hamilton biogerontologist dermatologist & cell decay research scientist

The secret to youthful skin:
Anti-Ageing tips & tricks to help you defy the process of ageing!

Injections are not the answer, neither are fads for bee or snake venom creams, or using expensive brands of skincare which offer little ingredients which are effective.

Here are some simple things you can do to stop the ageing process to your skin cells:

  • Always use natural oils, why? natural oils provide 100% protection to the main source of cell ageing ‘free radicals’ they also carry with them the most potent vitamins and minerals, reaching areas that creams simply don’t. IF YOU WANT ANTI-AGEING, YOU MUST USE NATURAL OILS!
  • Cleaning the skin is important, avoid like the plague the new idea of micellar or salicylic acid cleansers, these are just synthetic or harsh chemicals which peel away the top layer of the skin too early, which may look great for that day but it’s a fast road to potential skin cell damage, i.e. skin cancers or premature ageing of the skin. Even if you suffer from ingrained dirt or excess oil, all that will happen is your skin will produce more oil or dry up like a prune. Take our Cleanser or Face Wash and add a little natural oil, mix together (adding warm water if a face wash to create a lather) … this will take off all the makeup, oil and dirt without irritating the skin cells.
  • Exfoliating just 1-2 times a month, be careful with what you use, forget machines you use at home or creams with beads, oats, or particles, they are too abrasive in one area and not enough in another. The Konjac Sponge is a perfect way to take the right amount of dead skin off the surface.
  • Sagging skin: avoid heavy creams, so no shear butter type products as this gives more pull to gravity, think of a feather slowly dropping to the floor then add some cream on it and wow it drops like a stone, so you want feather like cream and better still oils which absorb into the skin thus no weight at all.
  • Regular facial exercises are a must, say; “how now brown cow” with exaggerated movements, i.e. opening you month wide when pronouncing the words and do it about 20 times a week.
  • Use gels which cause a tightening of the skin, use them about 1-2 times a week you get them in things like botanical masks or skin contracting gels, you want a botanical one, not a synthetic chemical reaction click here for an example.
  • AGE: if you are 45+ don’t pay any attention to the young beauty bloggers, or what’s in magazines, because everything is based on the younger skin age and when you’re older you need much more rejuvenating, protection and dare I say products that actually do something!

By John Hamilton Anti-Ageing Dermatologist.

 


Sun Protection Factor ~ what’s that !!

“Make sun cream labels clearer” say the experts

According to a recent poll, 80% of people don’t understand what SPF protection means and 56% didn’t know SPF only protects against UVB rays not UVA rays.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, tell us SPF is “the level of protection offered against UVB rays alone” it’s the star system that refers to UVA protection. Sunscreens are only calculated for a reduction of sunburn (one of the acute effects of UVB), protection against sunburn does not mean protection against skin cancer. The latest edition of the WDDTY magazine says “health warnings have become so extreme that most of us are starved of vitamin D”. Sun avoidance and high factor SPF’s are putting our health at risk.

So what is the difference between the two types?

UVA light contributes to skin ageing and the development of skin cancer as it penetrates deeper into the skin. It has a consistent intensity throughout the day, all year round and can penetrate through cloud and glass.

UVB light is more intense and leads to the redness and sunburn that is indicative to some degree of DNA damage which in turn can potentially lead to genetic mutations and skin cancers.

Have you heard of Free Radicals: Public enemy No: 1, our bodies create them naturally, particularly when exposed to sunlight or stress, amongst many other external influences. Free Radicals trigger peroxidation, which leads to oxidative damage, which in turn leads to cell breakdown, resulting in skin ageing and internal disease.

A recent comment made by a USA medical centre has highlighted the following “and this is how when wearing a sunscreen shows that the ingredients in commercial sunscreens actually increase the risk of skin cancer and induce premature ageing”. Sunscreens are expected to offer significant protection from UV-induced skin damage and oxidative stress, however simple tests are detecting ‘free radicals’ in sunscreens exposed to UVA, so is the very thing that is designed to protect us in fact causing us more harm than good ?

Have you heard of Antioxidants: Antioxidants are reducing agents,  they reduce and limit the effects of oxidative damage. Our cells are well equipped with antioxidant enzymes and reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging molecules, however their scavenging capacity is not endless and may become saturated with the daily dose of oxidative stress, called life…

So where can you find Antioxidants?

In Vital Oils, not petroleum oils, just pure unadulterated vital oils, packed with antioxidants. Scientifically, Peach Oil is considered to have a ‘strong antioxidant activity’, Grapeseed Oil is considered to have ‘powerful antioxidants’ and Avocado Oil is considered ‘rich in antioxidants’. The theory of directly applying an unadulterated form of antioxidants, which can be absorbed by the skin and will restore antioxidant enzymes, was raised in a paper by the Journal of Investigative dermatology in 2003. So, it would seem that, simply put, by applying the oils topically (eg: onto the skin) they form a defence line and work from within to fight against free radical damage.

So where can you get these Oils ?

Essentially Yours has known for years the immense benefits of antioxidants and it’s one of the main reasons why we specialise in making products with vital oils. So it’s no surprise that we have in our range two products (one for the face and one for the body) that will deliver these antioxidants, in a way that experts are highlighting through research, referring to ‘endogenous protection’ which means ‘from within’  when applied directly to your skin.

NES133 Sensitive Oil (with Peach, Avocado & Grapeseed Oil) for the Face

NES141 No: 7 Sensitive Oil (with Peach, Avocado & Grapeseed Oil) for the Body

Vital Oils, Essential Oils, Plant extracts and vegetable derived ingredients are a healthy, natural way to look after your skin on a daily basis, just as you would through a healthy diet.  At the same time they also provide a super boost to the skins hydro lipid film (this is what keeps your skin supple). Using the facial oil is simple, apply it under your blending cream or moisturiser to give you the benefits.

The best way we’ve found to use the Body Oil:

From personal experience, we’ve found that the key to using the No: 7 Body oil is to make sure that you don’t let the skin burn in the first few days, so for the first 2-3 days of your holiday,  apply the Body oil regularly onto damp skin (little and often) and only stay in the sun for short spells, no more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Especially if you’re in the sea or the pool, apply the oil after you’ve washed off the chlorine from the pool or the salt from the sea. Personally my skin tells me when it’s had enough with a slight tingle to the skin, I then know it’s time to head for the shade or to cover up.

We’ve found that it’s vital to stick to this routine, if you don’t do this and you start  to burn, your skin won’t recover so you won’t be able to achieve that lovely golden glow.

Once you’re past the first 2-3 days you will find that the skin starts to take on a healthy glow which you can then build on with regular use of the body oil.

(If you’re out and about sightseeing or shopping then applying the NES106 Body Lotion over the top of the No: 7 Oil works really well to lock in the oil and leave a matt finish)

An added bonus is to shower at the end of the day with our Peppermint & Cucumber shampoo & body wash (NES301) followed by our lovely Sensitive skin body lotion (NES106) to lock in the tan.

If after all of the above, you really can’t bear to be parted from your SPF cream, put the NES133 Sensitive Facial Oil or the No: 7 Sensitive Body Oil on first and then apply your SPF product over the top…job done.

Sun Fact: SPF 50 only filters out 1% more UVB light than SPF30.

If you need further help please don’t hesitate to contact us at Essentially Yours…01299 253994


Today, more and more women find themselves being troubled by thinning hair. Women tend to experience hair loss less dramatically than men, as female hair loss is more diffuse (hair over a large region of their scalp rather than loss of hair in a specific area), but the effects are still devastating.

You may think constant styling, colouring or even ageing is contributing to your hair loss or thinning, but you’d be wrong. Yes, they may damage and dry out the hair, but hair loss or thinning is actually more to do with what you are using to wash your hair, combined with hormones, medications and poor scalp conditions.

Understanding Hair Growth

Human hair grows in three stages: the anagen phase, catagen phase, and the telogen phase. Some highly successful approaches to treating thinning hair is to naturally manipulate the amount of time hair cycles through each phase by providing specific nutrients, enzymes, and amino acids to hair follicles during specific phases to either protect the hair papilla (the hair’s root) or enhance the hair papilla’s mitotic (cell division) process.

Anagen Phase:

On average, about 85% of all hair on a woman’s head is in this “active growth” phase at one time. Hair that grows during this 4 – 6 month phase is thick, healthy, and will grow at an average rate of 0.5 inches per month.

Catagen Phase:

On average, about 5% of all hair on a woman’s head is in this “regression” phase where hair growth and cell division halt, the hair follicle shrinks, and the hair begins to separate from the follicle. This phase can last 3 – 5 weeks.

Telogen Phase:

On average, about 10% of all hair on a woman’s head is in this “resting” phase as the follicle recovers, and the old hair fiber grows out. Once the hair fiber has grown out, the follicle recovers and begins a new Anagen Phase as it begins to grow new hair. This phase can take 3 – 5 months.

Why Women Experience Hair Loss or Thinning

Some of the most common causes of female hair loss is caused by:

hormones (9%), medications (26%), and poor scalp conditions (65%).

  • An imbalance in hormone levels, sometimes caused by contraception or ageing, can facilitate heightened levels of testosterone which produces a hormone known as DHT which is responsible for the shrinking and gradual disappearance of affected hair follicles.
  • There are a shockingly large number of medications that cause a condition known as “telogen effluvium,” where hair is prematurely shifted into a resting stage where hair shedding will occur. Some other medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, causes a premature shift to the anagen phase, but during this special case phase, there is no cell division to produce hair cells.
  • The condition of the scalp is also essential to healthy hair growth. In 65% of all women experiencing thinning hair, simply clarifying the scalp ceased and even reversed the thinning. This is by far the most overlooked problem of female hair thinning today. To be clear, follicles are easily invaded by bacteria, fungi or viruses (usually associated with styling products or heavy conditioners) and when they become infected causing inflammation. When inflammation occurs, it will cause the hair to fall out. When infection or inflammation persists, the hair follicle can be damaged and become permanently dormant.

Why Choose Organic Hair Products?

Organic hair products have a few advantages over their synthetic counterparts, beginning with fewer harsh chemicals. By replacing synthetic ingredients with essential oils and natural cleaning agents, you’ll decrease the risk of allergic reaction, irritation and serious environmental impact. When it comes to the consequences of using conventional shampoos, dandruff is just the tip of the iceberg—hair loss, eye irritation and the release of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde into the water system are real threats.

Since gentler plant-based, time-tested ingredients are used in place of uncertain chemicals, most organic shampoo and conditioner brands are also cruelty-free and many are vegan. Ultimately, choosing an organic hair care product shows your commitment to a wide variety of eco-friendly and socially responsible ideals.

Which product is right for me?

If you have thinning hair, or are experiencing hair loss, our Natural Elements Energising Shampoo & Body Wash offers a natural alternative to conventional shampoos, enriched with Peppermint & Cucumber, the actives work by stimulating hair follicles whilst cleansing the scalp and strengthening existing strands to minimise breakage.

Available in either 75ml or 250ml the dual blend formula is safe to use all over the hair and body, in the shower or bath, making it a must have product for men and women of all ages.


Why natural oils are better than creams?

Natural oils i.e. ones from plants, (not the petrochemical type) are a concentrated elixir of skin boosting vitamins including: A -Retinol, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, E – which holds on to Vitamin D from the sun. Also magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin and folic acid all of which vastly increase collagen in the skin… they are also rich in: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) and subsequently premature prevention ageing minerals like omegas, proteins and beta carotene, which slow ageing cells. Regeneration GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which helps to strengthen the collagen fibres.

Natural oils unlike creams, can penetrate into the lower layers of the skin making them the most effective anti-ageing there is in skincare, i.e. increasing collagen and slowing the major source of skin ageing ‘free radicals’ no matter what you read free radical damage is 90% of the overall ageing of cells, that’s why if you see someone who has used natural oils they have much younger looking skin. The interesting thing is introducing oils into your skincare routine can have a huge impact, even on already aged skin. Our oils contain all the ingredients necessary to provide these benefits.

Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about plant oils:

  1. Oils have no added chemicals, unlike using a facial cream that needs the support of a strong preservative. Oils don’t need preservatives because harmful microbes will not grow in them. Oils are waterless.
  2. Oils are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are the first line of defence the body deploys to keep free radicals in check. Free radicals attack the cells and is the said to be a starting point for ailments like Alzheimer’s, Cancers, Arthritis and most of human’s DNA Chromosomes damage.
  3. Oils lock in moisture. Plant oils are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) which play a critical role in your skins appearance. Our bodies do not synthesis EFAs and therefore it’s important to obtain EFAs from our diet or by topical application.  EFAs serve multiple functions but importantly they lock in moisture and they improve the skin barrier function. Natural Oils are exceptionally nourishing because of their high levels of the EFA known as gamma-linolenic or Omega 6.
  4. Plant oils will regenerate damaged skin cells with Omega 3 & Omega 6. Their studies show natural oils are rich in the most important linoleic acid (Omega 3) and linolenic acid (Omega 6) incorporate deep into the epidermis to regenerate damaged cells.
  5. Omega 9 is found to be the ultimate wound healer when applied topically. It triggers responses at the wound sight to cause faster wound closure and also inhibits the production of nitric oxide, a known free radical. Rich sources of Omega 9 are found in plant seed oils.
  6. Omega 7 combats wrinkles and other symptoms of malnourished and ageing skin. Until recently Omega 7 shadowed behind the more researched Omega-3 and Omega-6. Now we understand how Omega 7 is important for the skins deep nourishment and metabolism. There are a host of benefits to the skin from Omega 7 like boosting collagen production; restoring youthful resilience and plumpness to ageing skin cells; and protecting against skin sun damage, toxins and environmental stress.
  7. Plant oils successfully fight skin infections as their antimicrobial properties protect against bacteria and fungi. Results support they can be used topically to cure skin diseases.
  8. Oils are necessary for the treatment of acne as patients with acne have been found to have inadequate levels of essential fatty acids in their skin. Topical application from botanical sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids can dramatically improve their skin.
  9. Plant oils are rich in plant chemicals called Phytonutrients. There are thousands of natural chemicals found in plant oils like vitamin E, sterols, carotenoids and many others. Interestingly, vitamin E is found to provide a plausible role as a photo-protectant for the skin. While, phytosterols not only stopped the slow-down of collagen production that can be caused by the sun, they actually encouraged new collagen production.
  10. Plant oils are extremely complex in their active chemical composition. These natural plant oils, carefully and knowledgeable formulated together become a complete, active, powerhouse for your skin. They are your smartest choice on the market today — for you to use as your daily regenerating and anti-ageing / ageing well skincare.

Creams however, just sit on the surface and whilst they may make your skin feel supple, but as for putting any of the above into your skin, well they simply can’t. One of the misleading anti-ageing claims is the pro collagen / retinol / seaweed type products which often sit in bases or alongside petrol chemicals are beneficial, which is complete rubbish, beside not getting much further than the surface the petrochemicals cancel out any of the natural benefits.

Natural oils are the key part of our skincare range. they boost the protective hydrolipid film, which keeps skin supple and hydrated, they also contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, D, E. magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, folic acid all of which vastly increase collagen in the skin. Vital oils, unlike creams, penetrate into the lower layers of the skin making them the most effective anti-ageing product…they are also rich in:  Essential fatty acids (EFAs) and minerals like Omegas, proteins and beta carotene, which slow ageing cells. Vitamin A – Retinol, which rejuvenates and nourishes the complexion and Vitamin E, which aids skin cell regeneration. GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which helps to strengthen the skin’s supporting collagen fibres and is also an excellent skin moisturiser (particularly for dry skin) Our oils provide a power house of anti ageing properties which are not found in other brands. Essential oils, bring order to cells and tissue, dispelling bacteria, infection and stimulating repair.

This is why our pure natural oils are a power house of protection, repair and restoration of ageing skin.

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