To tone or not to tone?

Refreshing and mildly aromatic, facial mist or toners, are a wonderful respite on a hot summers day. BUT, do they actually serve any purpose to one's skin care routine? To tone or not to tone, after all, that seems to be the million dollar question. Today, we will take a closer look at Roses and their skin beneficial aspects.

Aromatic and romantic, Rose water can be found in abundance. Whether is on the shelf of your favourtie skin care boutique, or specialty market, whilst not the only hydrosol on the market, it is certainly the most well known. So what is all the buzz surrounding floral waters? Did you know hydrosols/distillates/floral waters are a byproduct of creating essential oils? The amazing aspect is, a rose water will retain all the properties of its donor, but unlike essential oils, in a much more gentler form. Roses are touted for being:

  1. antiseptic

  2. filled with antioxidants

  3. astringent

  4. anti-inflammatory

  5. emollient

  6. filled with complex vitamins

  7. anti aging

  8. hydrating

and who wouldn't want to indulge their skin with such wonderfulness? Incorporating a toner into a skin care routine means supplying your skin with additional nutrients. And whilst there is no "hard" rule for application, I ration replacing your morning cleanser with a facial mist and save cleansing before bed (I'll delve into this at a later date).  After waking in the morning, instead of reaching for your cleanser, simply mist your face and neck and immediately follow up with a serum or light moisturizer/facial cream. Additionally, storing your toner in the refrigerator is absolutely refreshing during summer months and can aide in tightening pores. Applying toners are not limited to morning application, I am guilty of a mid-day, facial misting. 

For the sake of delving too much into the good, bad and ugly of toners, I'll simply say, not all are created equal. As with many skin care products on the market, unnecessary fillers often get in the way of a great product. Adding alcohol to a toner for oily skin may seem like a great idea however, it can become drying. For some, witch hazel is a welcomed addition, but can become an irritant to others. Access your skin care needs, be patient and also be mindful of what goes onto your skin. A pure toner can be skin beneficial without irritants, that's what awesome about La vie en Rose and   C’est la vie. A pure distillate, absent of fillers, its ingredients appeal to all skin types. If you'be been eyeing these wonderful mists, its time to indulge a bit.  Remember, your body requires nutrient rich food and so should your skin.

xx
Lana

information is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat conditions. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Lana Epps
Scrub me?

Sugar. Sea salt. Brown sugar.  Himalayan salt.  Exfoliating grains.  With so many types of exfoliates on the market, its no wonder that choosing one is such a task.  Is there any discernible way to decide which you should select when opting for a scrub down? 

Selecting the correct exfoliate for your skin is key and here is what we mean: Himalayan and Sea salt is a wonderful addition to your dinner table but one should probably think twice before applying it to skin. Not only is very abrasive, the salt can become drying. Additionally, there are usually sharp shards which can cause uncomfortable pokes, scratches and cuts while exfoliating. And while its true that many of us are magnesium deficit, scrubbing for 1-2 minutes with a salt scrub will have no effect on this deficiency-you'll need a salt bath for that.  In addition to my skin suffering the occasional scratch, I often found it was drier after using salt scrubs and its larger granules did not make it suitable for facial application. 

 For several years, my go to for scrubs were always been brown sugar based. Not only does it do a great job revealing soft skin, it is also a lot more gentle than using salt-which meant it could be applied to body and face. However, my biggest gripe being, bacteria loves sugar and if you're like most people that store your scrubs near the bathtub, you are asking for little ickies to populate. And there is always the temptation of wanting to dig one's finger in to remove a few heaps, exposing additional bacteria to the jar-imagine what that would look like in a petri dish!

A year ago, as winter became spring and we were on the cusp of summer, I ran my hands across my legs and knew that I was long overdue for a scrub down. I began to sit and think what would be the best total body option. The soles of my feet, were the worst offender, whilst my lips could also use a light scrub. Then it hit me....grains! Immediately, a dry powder bursting with skin beneficial goodness, came to mind. What better ingredients are there than aloe vera, kelp, lavender and goats milk? Together they would allow me to exfoliate from head to toe, whilst offering hydration and anti inflammatory benefits. Bonus points, as a dry powder it was the perfect texture for my lips, applied to my freshly washed face, it was a superior exfoliate and turning it into a paste was wonderful for my legs, feet and as a facial mask. The scene was set for a summer that would allow my baby soft skin to rule the day! The result was c’est la vie milk and grain-a total body polish. If you have been eyeing grains and wondering what they can do for your skin, guess no more. Add it to your cart, purchase and scrub away. 

 

xx
Lana

Lana Epps
Essential oil mania

Ahhh, the calming, relaxing and soothing aroma of lavender. It's one of my favourite botanical(s) to infuse, bake with and when it comes to nightly diffusing, unless sick, you'll likely find a vague cloud of lavender, mint and basil, filling my bed room. Essential oils are not new to the playground, but recently, they have become an overwhelming tag line on beauty products. Companies are literally dumping them into every soap, lotion, body wash, salve and balm. So, why essential oils? Lets take a deeper look into these aromatically intoxicating gems-we'll focus on lavender essential oil, although each is created through the same process.

Lavender essential oil is created through steam distillation process in which lavender buds, leaves, steams and or root are heated with water and a cooling element to create condensation. This results in the accumulation of oil and liquid. The oil, which is very potent and highly concentrated, becomes essential oil and retains the aroma and attributes of lavender. The resulting liquid, more commonly referred to as floral waters or toners (rose water ring a bell?), also retains all the properties but is much more subtle in aroma and gentle on the skin. This is why essential oils should be diluted but rose water, can be applied directly to the skin.

Whilst I will absolutely agree that essential oils are wonderful powerhouses that can be both mind and skin beneficial, when applied to skin, it should be done so sparingly. Doing so in large quantities can and does increase skin irritation, sensitivity and can cause chemical burns. So whilst essential oils are a much safer alternative than fragrance oils, they too, can be concerning. 

Ready for an experiment? take a product that you have that is unscented, preferably 16 oz or larger, add 5 calculated drops of your favourite essential oil, thoroughly mix and use it for several days. You will notice that the aroma is subtle and over the course of a few days, will become nearly extinct. Whilst still effective, the aroma has dissipated.  It takes more than a few calculated drops of essential oil, and extracts (which usually contain a percentage of alcohol) to have a long lasting aroma in a larger sized bottle. 

This post isn't to dissuade you, in the correct amounts, its perfectly okay to have an essential oil in your product. However, if you are experiencing skin irritation, it's likely one of your products could be responsible. Whilst the aroma can be amazing, be mindful of your skin care needs and select products accordingly. And if you're looking for an aromatically pleasing product to try, that does not contain essential oils, we have a variety of facial elixirs, which offer a subtly sweet aroma. 

I'd like to leave you with one thought: essential oils can be great for the mind and good for the body, but they should always be added and used responsibly. And remember, your body requires nutrient rich food and so should your skin.


xx
Lana

 

 

information is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat conditions. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Lana Epps