You may have heard of “superfoods” – unprocessed, organic foods that are reported to be absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients essential to healthy living (such as blueberries.) But, did you know there are also superfoods for skin? Here are six of the best organic skin care ingredients to look for in your natural bath and body products, and how each can help you achieve long-lasting beautiful skin.
Avocado Oil for Best Eye Cream Care
Avocado oil is extremely soothing, especially to sensitive skin, which is one of the many reasons we use it as our key ingredient in our Avocado Eyes Eye Cream. It is a known bactericide, and helps mobilize and increase collagen production in your connective tissue. Collagen, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, is one of the primary substances responsible for keeping your skin firm and youthful. Avocado Oil is also a natural sunscreen with one of the highest rankings in the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, and possesses high concentrations of the vitamins A, D, and E. It has one of the highest penetration ratios (meaning it can reach into the deep layers of your skin easily) and helps intensify the effectiveness of other skin care ingredients and nutrients when used as a carrier oil.
Hazelnut Oil for Firming Skin
Hazelnut oil is beneficial as a moisturizer to all skin types, but especially so for dry skin or sensitive skin. It is also the key ingredient in our Hazelnut Cream. Like Avocado Oil, Hazelnut Oil also works as a natural sunscreen and is even superior to Avocado in the UV protection it offers. It also possesses super-astringent properties, meaning it firms and tightens skin for a more youthful appearance, but does so without clogging pores. Hazelnut Oil is also fast absorbing and antiseptic.
Green Tea Extract for Anti Aging Skin Care
Green Tea Extract possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and stimulant properties, making it a wonderful key ingredient for our Daily Renewal Face Cream. It goes beyond penetration of the skin to be absorbed at the cellular level, thereby protecting cells from the damage associated with free radicals (which accumulate via sun overexposure, pollution, etc.) This makes Green Tea excellent for anti-aging purposes, as cellular degradation due to free radicals is one of the leading causes of premature aging. Green Tea can also help reduce skin swelling and extend the SPF of other skin care ingredients, making them better natural sunscreens.
Shea Butter for Improving Skin Appearance
Shea Butter is another natural sunscreen, and also protects skin from dehydration. It can improve the appearance of irritated, dry skin and help lighten stretch marks or scarring. Try pure shea body butter or our shea-butter-based hand and body lotions.
Coffee for Tightening Fine Lines
Coffee is a vasodilator, meaning it constricts blood cells to reduce redness. This has the effect of tightening and firming the surface of your skin, and is also why we use it in our cellu coffee soap to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, coffee dehydrates fatty cells to give your skin a smoother glow, tightens fine lines, and smoothes puffy surfaces. Like Green Tea, coffee is also possesses an extremely high concentration of antioxidants, making it ideal for anti-aging purposes and adding to your overall flawless appearance.
Hemp Seed Oil for Repairing Damaged Skin
Hemp contains high amounts of essential fatty acids, to include Omega 3, 6, and 9. It also increases collagen production, thereby reducing the aging process. Hemp Seed Oil penetrates even deeper into your skin than other oils listed here, giving it outstanding regenerative properties and making it an excellent carrier oil to deliver other nutrients and skin care ingredients.
See for yourself how these superfoods for skin can work synergistically to improve your complexion when you try Castle Baths’ Tre’Yours Anti Aging Eye and Face Creams. Once you’ve experienced the silky softness of these natural superfoods for skin, chances are, you’ll never want to go back to synthetic cosmetics ever again!
Now that it’s starting to warm up (at least it is here in Virginia), perhaps you’re thinking of taking a day trip to the beach and working on your tan for this summer. But what do you do if things don’t go as planned, and instead of a glowing tan, you end up with itchy, red patches on your back and shoulders?
The drug stores and synthetic cosmetics companies will tell you to simply prepare yourself before sunbathing by using lots of sunscreen, conveniently omitting that you should always check to see what chemicals have been included in it. Are there any natural alternatives to help prevent sunburns or for sunburn treatment?
Actually there are. Using natural topical creams made with Unrefined Shea Butter or Hazelnut Oil have been shown to have numerous benefits to skin concerning sun exposure. They aren’t “cures” and won’t make your sunburns go away (only time and your body’s natural healing abilities will do this), but they can provide soothing relief, as well as help protect against incurring any permanent damage as a result of overexposure to UV rays.
If you do get a sunburn, the first concern on your mind will likely be cooling, soothing relief. Using a rich, creamy, Shea-Butter-based Body Butter is a great natural way to help your skin feel relief from the burning sensations of mild to moderate sunburn. Aloe Body Butter, Lavender Body Butter, and Green Tea Body Butter are all excellent choices for delivering cooling sensations and sunburn-fighting vitamins, such as Vitamins A, E, and F to your sunburned skin.
If you have sunburns on your face or a particularly severe sunburn on your body, A Hazelnut-oil-based cream such as Hazelnut Neck & Chest Cream is in order. Hazelnut oil not only helps provide soothing relief, but also works on the deep layers of your skin to address the issue of free radicals generated by UV rays. Free radicals, if left to run their course, can accumulate over many years, eventually building to the point where they can cause lasting damage such as premature wrinkles.
You can learn more about Castle Baths’ natural skin care solutions for sunburns at our sunburn treatment page. We hope you enjoy this beautiful weather and the chance to show off your beautiful skin!
After coming home after a day of skiing, Samantha removed her heavy winter overcoat and knitted hat. She proceeded up the stairs to take a shower, but was startled when the feel of the water droplets hitting her skin triggered a burning sensation. She checked the dial on the faucet, but as she suspected, she hadn’t set it to be as hot as it felt. After muddling through the pain of her shower, she looked into the mirror and saw red splotches all over her face and neck. Despite it being the middle of February, it looked as though she had all the symptoms of a sunburn.
If you’ve been in a situation similar to Samatha’s, be advised that her initial diagnosis was correct. You can indeed get a sunburn at any time of the year, even during a cold winter day. This is just one of the reasons it is important to take good care of your skin during the winter as well as in the summer.
But how? How is skin susceptible to sunburn during the winter, and what can be done about it? Aside from trying to find a sunscreen not overloaded with chemicals and preservatives, which is no easy task to be sure, there are several natural skin care ingredients you can use to help soothe and mitigate the effects of winter sunburns (and summer sunburns too, for that matter.)
How do sunburns occur in winter?
Before discussing the various skin care ingredients you can use to help sunburned skin, let’s first talk about how sunburn even manages to occur during winter. A sunburn is, essentially, a mild case of ultraviolet radiation poisoning. When ultraviolet rays come into contact with skin, they damage its outer layer by causing it to produce chemicals known as free radicals. Your body responds by increasing blood flow to your skin, resulting in the blotchy redness indicative of sunburn, and releases chemicals that trigger your skin’s pain receptors, alerting you to the damage. Sunburns can occur during winter due to a variety of environmental conditions including:
Snow: snow can reflect up to 85% of ultraviolet radiation
Ice and water: water or ice reflects 100% of ultraviolet rays, making reflective sunlight just as damaging as direct exposure.
Altitude: Ultraviolet ray intensity increases approximately 4% for every 1,000 feet above sea level, so if you go skiing in the mountains, be careful!
The pain, redness, and itchiness associated with sunburns will go away in time. However, the free radicals produced by sunburns, if left untreated, will continue to build up inside your skin over many years, eventually causing DNA damage that can result in premature wrinkles, brown spots, and even skin cancer!
What can people do to protect their skin from sunburns during wintertime?
Free radicals cause damage to skin via oxidation – the same chemical reaction that causes iron to rust when exposed to rain and other weather over many years. To keep this from happening inside your body, look for skin care ingredients that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are precisely what they sound like – substances that fight oxidation. One of the most popular antioxidant skin care ingredients you may know of is Aloe. Aloe contains many antioxidants including Vitamins, A, C and E, antioxidant polysaccharides and flavanoids, and also the mineral antioxidants, zinc and selenium. The next time you are sunburned, try rubbing Aloe Body Butter into your skin. Its Aloe and Organic Shea Butter mixture will help soothe your skin’s itchiness and pain while working on the deeper layers of your skin to break down and purge free radicals.
Mango Butter is also an excellent choice for soothing sunburned skin. Mango Butter is widely used by people living in tropical areas where strong UV rays occur year-round. In addition to containing numerous antioxidant and moisturizing substances, Mango butter also contains a triterpene known as lupeol, which has been found in laboratories to effectively inhibit skin cancer.
If it is your face, neck, or chest that is sunburned, you may want to try a Hazelnut Oil skin care product such as Tre’Yours Hazelnut Neck and Chest Cream to soothe your skin. Hazelnut oil is rich in B vitamins, as well as Vitamin E, plant phenolics, and other antioxidants. It also functions as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin, as well as help purify your skin of free radicals generated by other sources such as pollution.
Keep in mind, however, that these skin care ingredients, while excellent for soothing skin that has already been sunburned, may not prevent sunburns from occurring in the first place. The best way to prevent sunburn during winter is to simply use common sense: wear sunglasses, bundle up, never use a UV tanning bed, and try to limit your time outdoors on bright sunny days.
There are five different skin types recognized by the cosmetics and skin-care industry: normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive. Do you know which one you have? If not, this simple “tissue test” should help you determine your skin type.
The Tissue Test
Begin by cleansing your face. This will remove any cosmetics, oil, or dirt on your face.
Then, wait an hour while your skin returns to its normal condition. Be sure not to touch your face while waiting.
When the hour is up, dab a tissue on your forehead and other parts of your face, and examine the results. If there is neither oil nor flakes of skin on the tissue, you have normal skin. If there is oil, but no flakes, you have oily skin. If there are flakes, but no oil, you have dry skin, and if there is oil on the forehead but all other points are normal or dry, you have combination skin.
Normal skin looks very supple, elastic, and vital. It is the least problematic skin type, and should continue to look good well into advanced age.
To maintain normal skin, wash your face twice per day with a mild soap, and be sure to use sunscreen when outdoors.
Oily/Problem skin tends to look greasy and thick, and may have visible pores.
Oily skin may become dehydrated at times because, though it retains oil, it can still lose moisture. Try a water-based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without making it overly oily.
Oily skin should be treated with warm water and soap to prevent pores from becoming clogged, but don’t wash your face more than two or three times per day, as this will just stimulate the production of more oil.
The good news is, oily skin tends to be naturally resistant to wrinkles and signs of aging.
Dry/Dehydrated skin tends to feel flaky, dry, and tight. This can either be the result of dehydrated skin, which lacks the ability to retain moisture, or dry skin, which lacks the ability to retain oil.
It is much more prone to wrinkles and other signs of aging than the other four skin types.
To care for dry/dehydrated skin, wash your face twice per day with a mild, anti-dehydrating cleanser. Dry your skin by dabbing it gently, and be sure to moisturize regularly.
Normal-combination skin tends to feel normal or dry in places such as the cheeks, and oily in the “T zone,” which refers to the forehead, nose, and chin.
This can be the toughest skin type to care for because you have to deal with both ends of the spectrum.
To care for combination skin, use a mild cleanser on your face twice per day, and look for skin-care products that contain Vitamin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Sensitive skin is thin, has a pink or reddish color, and may have a parchment look or feel, but is otherwise clear, smooth, and beautiful.
It can easily become flushed and may experience pain or discomfort when touched.
You must be very careful when selecting skin care products if you have sensitive skin, as many products may irritate your skin. Environmental conditions may also aggravate your skin’s already sensitive nature, potentially causing breakouts or other skin conditions. However, this is not to be confused with allergic reactions, which can occur in any skin type.
To care for sensitive skin, look for skin care products specifically designed for sensitive skin. Check their ingredients against products to which you know you react badly. Use soft, gentle wash cloths and very mild soap when washing, and always wear sunscreen when outdoors.
As always, be sure to check back with us next week for more skin care tips and green beauty education.
You’ve been to the beauty products section of the store, you know that there are dozens of choices for your skin care. Most of these have harsh chemicals that can actually reduce your skin’s beauty and elasticity, making you look older, rather than younger. We use only natural ingredients to detoxify your skin, lock in moisture, and rejuvenate your face and body in the process.
Daily Renewal Face & Body Bar is for dry, damaged, and mature skin; it is low lather and has extra moisturizing properties.
Mango Butter for repair and reconditioning of the face
Certified Organic Shea Butter reduces blemishes and scars while moisturizing
Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Butter are natural emollients and rich in Vitamin E
Essential oil of Rose nourishes and hydrates the skin while balancing pH
This Face Soap Bar can be used to cleanse your face, and moisturize it all in one step! Our Face Soap is 80% Moisturizing Oils from Cream. Dry, damaged, and aging skin that has been the result of exposure to extreme temperatures and UV radiation can be repaired with daily use. Click here to learn more!
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Facial Bar – with EO of Ginger
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Facial Bar- with EO of Ginger is great for daily use for oily and sensitive skin- It’s also wonderful for once a week dry, damaged, aged skin that could benefit from the minerals of the Dead Sea. Please only wash face weekly with this bar if you have aged, damaged, and or dry skin.
The Perfect Face Bar! Our NATURAL Dead Sea Mud Soap Contains:
Lasts the average buyer a full year
Formulated to detox, de-grease and feed skin for youthful glowing results.
Largest percentage of actual Dead Sea Mud you’ll probably ever find in a mud bar!
Removes even the toughest oil based cream make-ups (even clown make-up) in one application.
Pink Grapefruit: Astringent for oily skin and hair.
Ginger: Reduces inflammation and increases circulation
Bergamot: Relaxing and refreshing, uplifting, and reduces tension.
Clove: Antibacterial and anti fungal to give your face a true clean
Detoxifies pores for deep cleansing and helps acne prone skin!
Helps even out the complexion for oily skin, acne sensitive and/or redness
Even though this bar is made to detox pores from oil and is wonderful for acne, it’s made with just the right percent of Certified Organic Macadamia Nut Oil to soften and mositurize even the driest skin to include cracked skin! Click here to learn more!
Cellu Body Bar – with Coffee for circulation
Cellu Body Bar – with Coffee for circulation is an all time favorite natural soap bar of both men and woman- made with cocoa butter and coffee butter- to really help skin and senses.
Enhance the appearance of your legs
Helps with the appearance of cellulite, reduces swelling and increases circulation, especially in the legs.
Delicately scrubs away dirt and environmental pollutants
Rich in Coffee Butter, Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, and Hemp Butter
Contains fresh ground Java Coffee Bean for a natural exfoliation
Our kids are growing up faster and have longer working years ahead of them than ever before – show your teenager how to naturally take care of their skin as well as relieve stress. After all, they will need this skill and this is advice that will be used on a daily basis (unlike some of your other advice)!
Sometimes, as adults, we forget how very stressful being a teenager can be. Hormones are all over the place, large decisions about where their life will head are coming up quickly and self-confidence is almost always an issue. Help your teen to be self assured, confident, and ready to face the changes and challenges that God has in store for them by teaching them how to relieve stress and protect their skin in a natural, healthy way.
It is imperative in the stressful, busy world we have brought our children into, that they learn how to relax and let stressful emotions go on a daily basis. Our Sweet Dreams scent can be found in several different product types (body wash, bath tea, aromatherapy oils, etc.) and will help your teen to relax, sleep well, and be ready for another day in their busy life.
Natural Skin Care
Nothing seems more important when you are a teenager than your appearance. If your teen suffers from lack of confidence in their skin appearance, it may be the kind of body wash or face wash that is being applied. See this video on the difference that a natural body wash makes versus a leading competitor’s body wash.
If you have a specific situation, and would like to discuss how our natural products could be used or applied to help, please contact us at (757) 788-8157 or by email.
Our all natural products not only make your conscience rest easy, but they also promote the health and natural beauty of your skin.
Tre’Yours Daily Renewal Face Cream is part of our Tre’Yours line, it contains Green Tea extract and Certified Organic Shea Butter, Hemp Butter, Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Cucumber Extract, which all work together to rapidly decrease dryness of the skin while intensely hydrating your face in order to reduce lines and help give back your skin’s natural resilience for a firmer look.
Don’t just hydrate your skin – regenerate it!
Come out of your winter cocoon as a vibrant, beautiful butterfly this Spring!
Daily Renewal Face cream gives skin a bright, more even toned, radiant appearance – get one for you, or a friend, today!
Aging is something we all do – but some women do it better than others. Why not you?
We have all woken in the morning and groggily searched our aging faces in the mirror. (You would think bathrooms would have better lighting – something more flattering, at least!). We push and prod and beg our skin to tighten back to how it used to be, we pull the skin around our cheeks and eyes tighter to remember the way we looked at 17. Unfortunately, we can’t walk around with our faces held by our hands all day – but there is another way!
No – I am not talking about a surgical procedure. No, it isn’t some miracle drug. No, there are no needles involved in this ‘at home procedure’.
We are talking about natural beauty. The kind the earth and God have provided for us in plenty. You know a little fruit, called an Avocado, right? Well, although it makes an incredible dip, it also has wonderful anti-aging properties within it’s oil.
Avocado Oil has several beauty benefits that come from the high concentration of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E as well as amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. This vitamin-rich mono-unsaturated oil helps to soothe and smooth skin through moisturizing, provides nutrients and rejuvenates skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and is safe to be used around the eyes.
So stop looking in the mirror with that wistful stare and take action! Get your natural Avocado Oil Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream from us, today. We know you will love it – we sure do!
Our Dead Sea Products are one of our best sellers, here at Castle Baths, and it’s no wonder! With incredible benefits to the look, feel, and health of your skin, these products are literally flying off the shelf.
Our best Dead Sea product is our Dead Sea Mud. This works wonderfully as a face mask to give a mini face lift by cleaning and tightening the pores and skin of your face.
You may not even realize the damage you cause your skin on a daily basis. Did you know that each day when you wash your face, you disturb the natural mantel of the skin- causing redness and uneven tone.
Dead Sea Mud can help!
Deep Sea Mud helps restore ph levels, removing the red face look
Minerals from the Dead Sea feed the skin nutrients that keep it hydrated, which means less wrinkle retention
Dead Sea Mud mask leaves your skin with a glow of youthfulness and cleanliness.
Dead Sea Mud moisturizes your skin and helps with natural skin hydration
With high concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, bromide and potassium, this mud pampers the skin.
We have a couple of great videos and a step-by-step guide to help you apply your Dead Sea Mud as a facial mask!
Restoration body lotion mist spray at Castle Baths body products store is absolutely renewing! Ever heard of a body mist that helps bring freshness to your face! Restorative body mists at the bath products store renew your tired spirit and also bring a fresh appeal to your face.
The body lotion mist spray is absolutely non-greasy and nourishes your skin from within. With a spray of the mist on your face, you will experience an instant glow and freshness from within. The skin hydrating formula of the body mists at Castle Baths have delightful results for you and your skin.
Body Mist Sprays – Long Lasting Benefits
The aromatherapeutic benefits and restorative effects of the body lotion mists sprays ensure a long lasting freshness for your skin. The bath products at Castle Baths are completely natural and do not offer temporary results. The highly beneficial body products have great benefits for your skin!