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Lets Talk About Clay

Lets Talk About Clay

There are so many different Clays available today that it can be a bit confusing knowing which one to choose. Pure, mineral rich Clays and Spa Minerals are a natural way to cleanse, revitalise and detoxify your skin. Clays and Spa Minerals will give your skin vitality and a healthy glow by increasing circulation and oxygen flow to the skin.

Kaolin (white) Clay - The mildest of the Clays, and not particularly drawing, which makes it suitable for dry skin. Kaolin helps to stimulate circulation whilst gently exfoliating the skin. For all skin types this Clay is calming, cooling and softening. It is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin, dull complexions and sufferers of rosacea. Kaolin Clay is included in the Green Tea and Rice Clay Mask.

Argiletz Pink Clay - Mild and gentle in its actions; it is used for extra-sensitive and mature skin. Pink Clay exhibits a softening and toning effect on the skin's texture. You will find this Clay in our Pumpkin and Papaya Clay Mask.

Argiletz Yellow Clay - Recommended for all skin types. It is restorative and revitalising for tired and neglected skin. This clay features in our Cucumber and Camellia Clay Mask.

Argiletz Green Clay - Is the Clay which possesses the most absorbent action on the skin; it is used mainly for oily, neglected skin and in the treatment of acne. It is a little too drawing for dry or mature skin; it cleanses, exfoliates, smooths and softens. This Clay is featured in the Rosemary and Coconut Clay Mask.

Rhassoul Clay - This Clay is also known as "Micronized Moroccan Lava Clay" or "Red Moroccan Clay" and comes from deep under the Atlas Mountains of Morocco; the only known source in the world. It is a totally natural product that is used today as it was hundreds of years ago. It has the ability to absorb oil and impurities from the skin. This Clay contains higher percentages of silica and magnesium along with potassium and calcium than other Clays. Rhassoul Clay is included in our Rosemary and Coconut Clay Mask.

Golden Spa Minerals - This mineral blend helps increase the activity in Clays and has amazing healing properties. Zeolite minerals are known for their ability to draw out toxins and help healing processes. Golden Spa Minerals are suitable for all skin types. Spa Minerals are important ingredients in all of our Clay Masks. 

Rice Bran Oil

Rice Bran Oil

It still amazes me every time I develop a new recipe how nature offers us so many rich and delectable options that feed us and help care for our bodies. One evening after a particularly long day on the tools, I treated myself to a glass of wine and some very rare television time and happened across a documentary on Sake makers in Japan (of all things). While the process of Sake making is very interesting, the part that really tweaked my interest was how soft and youthful their hands were, regardless of their age, from handling the rice for years. Rice Bran Oil is one of the major ingredients in my Avocado Based Goat’s Milk Soap (and quite a few of my body products as well) and I’d like to share with you why I give it such an important place in the soap shed pantry.

With all of its natural components, Rice Bran Oil is coveted as an anti-ageing secret in Japan. The naturally occurring vitamin E coupled with vitamin B helps to increase elasticity while maintaining hydration, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has wonderful deep-moisturising capabilities! Without delving too deeply into the chemistry behind this, in Laymen’s terms, it is because of the combination of vitamin E and fatty acids; this helps vitamins go deep into skin to improve its ability to hold onto hydration. Hydration is the key!

Typically those of us who have oily skin are not seeking extra moisture, however, generally our skin is fairly well hydrated. The real problem is blocked pores where dead skin and sebum build up to cause that greasy sheen and, worst case scenario: acne. This is where Rice Bran Oil triumphs. Unlike other heavier oils, Rice Bran Oil is light and penetrates easily, so it can reach deeply to deliver all of the vitamin goodies without clogging your pores. NB: It’s highly recommended that you have a daily cleansing routine with the appropriate cleanser and toner as well as bi-weekly exfoliation to keep your pores unclogged or moisturising will only exacerbate your skin condition.

Rice Bran Oil also contains “Squalene,” which is a natural organic compound that helps with the synthesis of cholesterol and vitamin D in the human body. It is also a natural fat produced by human skin cells. By helping to replenish our supply of Squalene, Rice Bran Oil helps the skin naturally regenerate itself, leading to younger, fresher looking skin. Did you also know that it is hypo allergenic?

But wait there’s more! Rice Bran Oil has a slight anti-melanin property that helps protect from the sun and brighten skin; so it helps to face dark spots and smooth skin tone as well! The benefits just go on and on! Antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene protect from free radical damage, and enzymes like CoQ10 infuse the skin with active components that help it maintain its youthful glow.

In summary: Argon Oil, move over – Rice Bran Oil is back in town! This spring when you’re considering a nice light facial or body product for your skin type, check the ingredients for this month’s feature Rice Bran Oil, or it’s Botanical Name: Oryza Sativa. 

The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin

I first learned about this fabulous ingredient back in the days when I spent most of my waking hours in the garden, not making soap and skin care products! For years I have been in the sun without a hat for long periods of time, though I have a skin type that never burned, the sun still had a huge effect. While attending a garden day, I met Helen West from The Australian Pumpkin Seed Company, who told me enough about the oil for me to remember its importance when I became a soap maker.

All the nutrients in pumpkin seeds that make them a healthy, nutritious snack also make them a most important ingredient in skin care. So here we go I will share with you what I’ve learned.

Packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more, the oil from pumpkin seeds help soothe, hydrate, protect, regenerate, and renew skin - making it a great ingredient for anti-ageing formulas. This one ingredient gives you free radical protection, deep moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects, and much more!

Four fatty acids which comprise 98% of Pumpkin Seed Oil are Palmitic, Stearic, Linoleic, and Oleic Acids.

Palmitic Acid works to promote natural oil regeneration. Oil is an important component for the skin to retain its protective barrier. With too little oil, the skin will crack and bleed; opening it to a greater risk of infection and disease.

Stearic Acid acts primarily as a lubricant. It allows the skin to retain the proper moisture balance vital for good health (and good looks).

Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies don't manufacture it, and so we must ingest it in our diets. Linoleic Acid is one step for the manufacture of prostaglandins, which decreases inflammation in the body. Linoleic Acid helps maintain smooth skin and will help repair flaky, itchy or rough skin.

Oleic Acid is the final fatty acid found in Pumpkin Seed Oil. It works to replenish and maintain skin's moisture and lubrication. It is an omega 9 Acid and has similar health benefits (both general and to the skin) as the more well-known omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acid.

The natural nutrients in pumpkin seeds, particularly zinc and vitamin C, help to maintain collagen levels, which helps prevent premature sagging. That same zinc along with natural selenium helps to reduce the occurrence of acne; helping skin to look healthy and clear. With a rich source of vitamin E, Pumpkin Seed Oil protects skin from the free radical damage, delaying the visual effects of ageing. Antioxidants protect cell structure and health by neutralising "free radicals", which are unstable molecules generated from sources like radiation, air pollution, and peroxides. Left unchecked, free radicals can attack the skin's structure, leaving it vulnerable to wrinkling, infection, and other damage. Some of the biggest skin benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil are that it possesses very high levels of the natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin Seed Oil is especially high in the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Vitamin E has been shown to have a wide range of skin benefits. It has been shown to reduce the amount of scarring from wounds and diminish the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Also, it has been shown to decrease the effects of psoriasis, eczema and rashes, and to diminish the redness associated with erythema, which is one symptoms of rosacea.

You don’t need harsh chemical alpha hydroxy acids. Pumpkin Seed Meal has natural ones that exfoliate and help encourage cell turnover for a more youthful, glowing look.

So I think it’s pretty conclusive, Pumpkin Seed Oil has significant benefits for skin health and skin care. Adding Pumpkin Seed Oil to your skin care regimen will help you retain moisture, maintain normal cell structure, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.

Any of my products that have a distinct green colour usually include Pumpkin Seed Oil as one of its ingredients; don't let this put you off though, "green is good", they all soak right in to get cracking with their job!