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The Truth About Collagen

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Your collagen face cream might not be as useful as you think it is. There’s no denying that collagen molecules are essential for healthy, youthful looking skin, as they are what keeps skin feeling elastic, stretchy, and firm. But the makers and promoters of collagen creams sometimes neglect to mention one very important fact that may impact your decision on whether or not to buy one for yourself.

Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. Even if they are broken down and mixed with protein fragments to overcome this obstacle, if they were created synthetically, they will be unable to bond with your skin’s existing natural collagen molecules.

This is not to suggest that collagen creams are a completely useless waste of money. They do serve a legitimate purpose. Collagen molecules are one of nature’s best water binding agents, meaning they will act as humectants and help draw moisture into your skin.

To date, there is only one known way of increasing your skin’s own natural collagen reserves, and that is through ingestion. You may recall from our previous blog article on beauty ingestibles the mention of a collagen bone broth. This is but one way of boosting your skin’s access to collagen by altering your diet, though it might not taste very appetizing.

If you’re looking to boost your collagen levels through diet without having to stare down a bowl of unappetizing broth, the best thing you can do is simply eat healthy, balanced meals rich in protein, as protein is one of nature’s best producers of the natural collagen your skin can use. Some of the best dietary sources of collagen-producing protein include:

  1. Meats. Sorry vegetarians and vegans, but meat is one of the few dietary sources that includes a complete set of all the essential fatty acids necessary for collagen production. Chicken, beef, turkey, and fish are among the sources most high in collagen-producing proteins.
  2. Dairy. Again with apologies to all the vegans out there, natural dairy products are another excellent source of collagen-producing protein. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese are particularly useful dietary aids in the production of natural collagen.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables. Vegetarians and vegans, here’s your moment of glory. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamins C and K such as grapefruits, oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli are a particularly good dietary choices for boosting your skin’s natural collagen levels.

avocado vitamin a d k creamSpeaking of vitamins, did you know that vitamins A (retinol palmitate), D3 and K2 are right up there with collagen as essential nutrients for beautiful, youthful skin? Best of all, these particular vitamins can indeed be absorbed through the skin, so be sure to look for them the next time you feel like shopping for a new face cream.

Beautify your skin from inside out? The beauty ingestible debate…

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
mudd's women - beauty ingestibles

Source: Startrek.com – “Mudd’s Women”

On October 13, 1966 an episode of Star Trek titled Mudd’s Women, whose plot revolved around three women who took illegal beauty enhancing drugs and seduced the crew of the starship Enterprise, aired on NBC. Now, thanks to the efforts of South Korean scientists and the Asian beauty industry, it looks like yet another Trek-inspired technology has become reality (and perfectly legal, at least in Asia.)

Beauty ingestibles, as they are commonly termed, essentially function like over-the-counter aspirin or vitamin supplements that are formulated specifically to enhance your appearance. There are reportedly entire stores in Asia dedicated solely to the sale of beauty ingestibles, and the ingestible industry earns well over $1 billion annually. So, why have so few even heard of these in the United States?

Are FDA regulations stalling the beauty ingestible market?

One of the most plausible explanations for ingestibles’ lack of popularity in the U.S. is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be hesitant to approve or even pass judgment on whether it has the authority to regulate the beauty ingestible market given that ingestibles do not fit neatly into any specific category under its purview. Are ingestibles new drugs that require dozens of clinical trials? Are they dietary supplements subject to FDA regulations on over the counter vitamins? Are they cosmetics and not subject to FDA regulations at all?

As many American cosmetics companies large and small have recently discovered, the FDA does not like products that blur the line between these three categories, nor does it recognize the term “cosmeceutical” as anything other than a drug. If this is the case with beauty ingestibles, companies that want to market them in the U.S. would be legally restricted from advertising any claim that their products affect the structure or function of any part of the body or provide any health or nutrition benefit.

Or have ingestibles been in the U.S. all along and we just didn’t notice?

It’s also possible that the beauty ingestible market in America is alive and well, and is just taking a different form than an over the counter pill. If you think about it, the concept of enhancing beauty from the inside out isn’t all that farfetched, nor is it all that different from going on a diet to lose weight or going on a juice cleanse to purify your body of toxins.

What if you were to try and boost your skin’s collagen levels by drinking a bowl of collagen-rich bone broth? Would that not qualify as a beauty ingestible? What about tanning pills or sunscreen pills? The FDA actually has approved several varieties of each (as drugs, not cosmetics), and while they aren’t very well known, they do exist.

avocado hemp regenerative cream tre'yoursIt’s also an irrefutable fact that a little over 100 years ago most all medicines came from plants, not laboratories. Aspirin, arguably one of the most common over the counter drugs in the nation, used to be made from willow trees. The medicinal properties of the oil extracted from the hemp plant (which is legal, can be refined to contain no THC, and has known skin care benefits as well) have also come to light in recent history thanks to the nationwide movement to legalize medical marijuana.

How to beautify your skin from the inside out

avocado adk face creamIf you live in America or another country where beauty ingestibles have yet to become the billion dollar industry they are in Asia, there is still plenty you can do to beautify yourself from the inside out using more conventional practices. For example, did you know that vitamins A (retinol palmitate), D3 and K2 work in tandem to maintain your skin’s health, vitality, and youthful appearance? Or that avocado oil is recognized as a natural sunscreen with one of the highest rankings by the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology for sunscreen effectiveness?

The research is out there if you know where to look, and so are natural beauty products (both topical and ingestible) that take advantage of that research in their formulations. They may be prohibited from flat out saying that they fix skin problems x, y, and z, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a try.

 

Need a Refill?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Castle Baths auto ship program keeps you well stocked on all your favorites

janet ebookcastle baths auto shipYou may remember Janet, the heroine of our free e-book: Once Upon an Uglier Time…, who came to Castle Baths for help after suffering a severe allergy-based case of eczema when the face cream she had used for 35 years underwent a formulation change. As you may recall, Janet tried expensive creams from the mall and supposedly natural ones from health food stores, but nothing would soothe her burning skin until she discovered Tre’Yours skin care line, fell in love with our avocado oil based formulations, and became a lifelong customer, living happily ever after.

Janet is indeed a real customer and her story is true, but until now we haven’t revealed what happened to Janet after she made the switch to Tre’Yours other than concluding with the ambiguous, cliché fairy tale ending, “happily ever after.” Today, we will finally share the details and logistics of how Janet maintains her happily ever after as a Castle Baths customer.

Janet is a member of our auto-ship program. At least we like to consider her a member. Our auto-ship program is new so we can’t technically list her shipping arrangement with us as being part of the program, but she did in fact inspire us to offer such a program. Before Janet, no one had ever requested to be regularly resupplied with one of our products. Now, whenever she needs a refill, she simply calls us and we ship her favorite Tre’Yours products to her using the billing and shipping info we have on file for her.

Our new and improved auto ship program eliminates even the need to call us before your refill is shipped. Now, you only need to contact us once to set up your auto-ship account and select which products for which you would like to receive regular refills.

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We invite everyone to check out our auto ship page to see which products are currently being offered for auto-shipping and the details for how you can sign up and get discounts on your favorite Castle Baths products by placing them on auto-ship.

How to determine your skin type at home

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Embarrassed by your adult acne? There’s a silver lining to all those breakouts. People with naturally oily skin tend to be resistant to many of the physical signs of aging. That is, assuming your adult acne is due to having genetically oily skin – do you?

There are five different skin types recognized by the beauty and dermatology industries? They are:skin type test

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry/Dehydrated
  • Combination
  • Sensitive

Do you know which one you have? If not, you can find out easily by doing this simple home “tissue test.” ← click this link to see instructions for how to take the tissue test.

The benefits of knowing your skin type

When it comes to your skin type, ignorance is most certainly not bliss. Knowing your skin type will help you make informed choices about your skin care now so you can avoid some of the problems people who don’t know their skin type will face in the future.

For example, people with genetically dry skin lack sufficient natural oils in their skin, and tend to be more susceptible to the physical signs of aging. If you discover you have genetically dry skin (as opposed to temporarily dehydrated skin) you may want to think about investing in an oil-based moisturizer while your skin still looks healthy and youthful.

So, what are you waiting for? Take this simple home “tissue test” today and have your skin type results within an hour!

Rose Hydrosol, winter, and clay masks – what you need to know

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

One of the main winter skin care tips we find ourselves needing to reiterate is to avoid using clay masks during the winter months. The reason for this being that clay masks, while excellent detoxifying agents, can also strip your skin of its natural oils, which your skin needs left intact to maintain its outer protective layer and prevent loss of moisture due to the cold, dry air outside.

In place of clay masks, we often recommend people use either our Dead Sea Mud Mask or our Dead Sea Mud Soap to deep-cleanse and detoxify their faces.

But what if you’re under 40 and/or have sensitive skin, and the richness of Dead Sea Mud is too much for your skin?

Winter detox skin care solutions for sensitive skin and skin under 40

If you’re under 40 and/or you have sensitive skin, and you need a detox skin care solution safe to use during the winter months, we recommend you try mixing one of our sensitive skin masks with Rose Hydrosol.

What is Rose Hydrosol and why is it good for youthful, sensitive skin?

organic rose hydrosolRose Hydrosol, also known as rosewater, is the rose-infused water that is left over from the steam distillation of rose petals. Many beneficial properties of the steam distilled rose petals, to include flavanoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants are left behind in this diluted byproduct of rose absolute, but have nowhere near the same potency as a pure absolute.

This makes Rose Hydrosol an ideal skin care solution for people with youthful, sensitive skin who don’t need or can’t tolerate the potency of an absolute. When it is mixed with a detox skin care solution such as a clay mask, it can help mitigate some of the mask’s drying effects while infusing the skin with exactly what it needs to stay healthy and youthful.

To be sure, the use of a clay mask during the winter months will still have a slight drying effect on your skin, even if you use Rose Hydrosol in place of water as your mixing solution. This is why we definitely advise you to use an oil-based moisturizer afterwards (unless of course you already have oily skin and were using the mask to de-grease your face.)

We should also mention that Rose Hydrosol is useful for much more than mixing clay masks to offset their drying effects during winter. It is also a great facial toner and has many other skin care uses too. Click here to learn more about the many benefits of Rose Hydrosol.

Rosy red cheeks? You might have Rosacea

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

rosaceaRosy red cheeks are perfectly normal during the winter months, and even idolized in some cultures (i.e. “Santa’s rosy red cheeks and fluffy white beard” referenced in the popular children’s poem The Night Before Christmas by Maj. Henry Livingston.)

But if your rosy red cheeks are accompanied by acne-like spots, or if you’re still noticing these symptoms even though you’ve taken a vacation to the Caribbean to escape the cold, you may have Rosacea.

Living with Rosacea

Rosacea is most common in fair-skinned women aged 30-50, and, while there is no known cure, the condition is dermatologically harmless aside from some minor discomfort.

That being said, unless you were intentionally going for the combination teenage-acne/Santa Claus look this holiday season, living with Rosacea can be a little embarrassing. So, here are a few tips for minimizing Rosacea flare-ups.

You may also wish to try this Avocado Corrective Face Cream, which can help balance out your facial redness with its natural green color to even out your complexion. It’s also packed with anti-aging superfoods for your skin, and can help with many other skin care needs in addition to Rosacea.

Hemp skin care: a growing trend in natural anti-aging regeneration

Friday, November 21st, 2014

hemp skin careWhen you hear the word “hemp,” your first thought may be its association with a certain illegal substance (though many US states have legalized cannabis and hemp products for certain medical conditions.) Or perhaps you’re into boating and are aware of the little-known fact that hemp is used in the manufacture of nautical rope.

But, were you aware that hemp is one of the most regenerative skin care ingredients in nature, or that hemp skin care is a growing industry in the U.S.?

Didn’t think so. But it’s true.

The hype about hemp: dispelling the myths about hemp seed oil and hemp butter

face creamsThere are two main derivatives of hemp, a.k.a. cannabis, that are used in the skin care industry: hemp seed oil and hemp butter. Hemp seed oil, as its name implies, is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, and hemp butter is produced from the oil.

Contrary to popular belief, neither hemp seed oil nor hemp butter contain any THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, so you will never get “high” by using hemp skin care products. Also contrary to popular belief, both hemp seed oil and hemp butter are perfectly legal to sell and to use in the U.S., so don’t let worrying about jail time affect your opinion of hemp skin care products.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to start talking about the benefits of hemp seed oil and hemp butter for skin. There are so many! But we’ve highlighted a few of the most interesting facts about hemp skin care below:

  1. Hemp has a good ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids, both of which are essential for your skin’s metabolism but aren’t produced by your body, so they need to be absorbed via an external source. Hemp’s Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio also helps combat the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, providing you with natural sunscreen-like protection.
  2. Hemp protects and firms skin just as it does for nautical rope, giving you long-lasting, healthy, youthful skin.
  3. Hemp is grown organically, without pesticides or chemical processing, making it a much better source of skin care nutrients than synthetic skin care ingredients or heavily watered-down natural ingredients.

Other benefits of hemp skin care products:

tre'yours hemp regenerative creamcreamHemp seed oil provides intense moisturizing and regeneration, especially for damaged, sensitive skin. Check out Tre’Yours Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream by Castle Baths (pictured) and see how it helped one man avoid scarring after a face lift.

To learn more about the many benefits of hemp skin care, check out our detailed skin care ingredient articles on hemp seed oil and hemp butter.

Beat Acne with Hazelnut Oil

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

If someone were to tell you that rubbing oil into your already oily skin could actually help prevent acne, your response might be something along the lines of, “You’re nuts!”

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In fact, hazelnut oil is widely known in the skin care industry for its acne-fighting properties.

Hazelnut oil and acne

Wondering how rubbing oil into already oily skin can fight acne? Good question! Here’s the odd scientific reason why hazelnut oil is actually good for oily and acnetic skin:

Your skin produces its own natural oil, called sebum, to stay hydrated. If your skin produces too much sebum oil, the oil can end up in your skin’s pores, causing blockage. Your skin’s pores are one of the means by which your body detoxifies itself. If your pores are blocked, toxins can become trapped in your skin, mix with your skin’s excess sebum oil, and result in acne.

Hazelnut oil naturally contains high concentrations of oleic and linoleic acids, which are essential fatty acids, and help balance your skin’s biochemistry so you won’t produce excess sebum oil. With the proper balance of sebum oil, your skin should stay smooth, hydrated, youthful, and blemish-free.

Interested in trying hazelnut oil for skin? Check out these natural hazelnut oil based skin care solutions:

hazelnut cream

pure hazelnut oil

Beyond acne: hazelnut oil’s other skin care benefits

Acne isn’t the only skin care issue for which hazelnut oil can be a natural solution. To learn about the other skin care benefits of hazelnut oil, check out our in-depth article on hazelnut oil for skin.

 

 

Photoshop Face Cream?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
photoshop face cream
Source: http://www.pinterest.com/source/imgfave.com/

Do you find yourself wishing that Adobe would enter the face cream market and come out with a revolutionary new product that could give you a real-life airbrushed appearance? While Internet memes such as this one are likely to remain exactly that , there are skin care products out there you can use to achieve real-life beautiful, airbrushed-like, blemish-free skin.

How to have beautiful skin without using Photoshop

There are three natural skin care ingredients in particular you should consider incorporating into your beauty regimen: salt, mud, and coffee. But before you start keeping the salt shaker and can of Espresso in your bathroom medicine cabinet, you should know that not just any source of these three ingredients will do the trick.

The salt and mud you use in the beauty regimen we are about to suggest should ideally come from the Dead Sea. Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud are two of the best rejuvenating skin care ingredients in nature, and you don’t have to fly to Israel or Jordan to experience them. You can get pure, authentic supplies of each shipped right to your house by shopping with Castle Baths.

how to have beautiful skin

How these three natural ingredients can give you beautiful skin

  • Dead Sea Mud is excellent for acne and blemishes, as well as a detoxifying agent to deep-cleanse your facial pores.
  • Dead Sea Salt will help draw moisture into your skin, infuse it with much-needed minerals to help restore your skin’s natural metabolism, and help remove lingering dead skin cells, uncovering fresh, healthy, youthful skin underneath that looks flawless in a dress or swimsuit.
  • Coffee is a natural source of caffeine, which is great for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Our beauty secret to flawless skin using Dead Sea Salt, Dead Sea Mud, and coffee:

Opened plastic container with cream and aloe on a white background. iStock_000052680982_Medium white beauty cream cosmeticsFollow the steps outlined in this in-depth tutorial on how to have beautiful skin using these three natural skin care ingredients.

Want even more skin care for your money? Check out this Tre’Yours Spa Soap 3 Pack, which includes a full-size bar of our Dead Sea Mud Soap, a full-size bar of our Cellu Coffee Soap, and our Renewal Facial Soap (great for skin over 40 and even better for skin over 50!)

 

6 Superfoods for Skin you NEED to know about if you’ve had cosmetic surgery

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Have you had reconstructive or cosmetic surgery on your face? Are you considering having surgery?

Girl in a beauty salon

Find out how one person was able to avoid scarring and reduce his recuperation time simply by using natural, organic ingredients in this FREE e-book: 6 Superfoods for Skin.

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The beauty and dermatology industries currently tend to favor synthetically manufactured face creams made with prescription ingredients when recommending products to clients and patients who have had cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. While these types of creams might indeed have beneficial effects for your skin, you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of natural, non-prescription ingredients that can also provide intense regeneration and soothing for sensitive, post-op skin.

Meet Dave.

Dave was in his mid-50s when he decided to have a second face lift to touch up and correct the scarring from his first procedure, which he had about 10 years ago. He was nervous about going under the knife a second time considering the unpleasant recuperation process and scarring he was left with the previous time, but he didn’t want to just live with the damage either.

Read all about Dave’s second-time experience and how he learned about  6 superfoods for skin. Once he learned that there was something he could use without getting a prescription that could help reduce his recuperation time and avoid scarring, he had to try it for himself!

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Dave’s surgeon was skeptical at first when Dave started using the 6 superfoods for skin system over the prescription face cream he had given him, but once he saw the results in only a short time, he couldn’t argue with Dave’s success.

Now both Dave and his surgeon recommend this system for anyone they encounter who is considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

Get your copy of 6 Superfoods for Skin and you’ll likely become a believer too!

You can read Dave’s full story and how he discovered two unique face creams that combined these 6 superfoods for skin in such a way that they accomplished more together than any one ingredient could have on its own when you request your copy of 6 Superfoods for Skin.