Last week, we discussed six “superfoods for skin,” a list of six natural skin care ingredients exceptionally beneficial to the health and beauty of your skin that included Avocado Oil and Hemp Seed Oil. Now that you’re somewhat familiar with the beneficial properties of each “superfood” skin care ingredient, imagine all of them working together to make your skin look and feel softer, younger, and more beautiful than any one ingredient could have achieved alone.
You don’t have to imagine it because it’s already happening, right here at Castle Baths! A few days ago, Castle Baths created and launched a new Tre’Yours face cream that combines four of the six “superfoods for skin” in one luxuriously soft and creamy moisturizer. Our Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream is made with organic Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Green Tea Extract to deliver high concentrations of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and moisture to help regenerate and beautify your skin.
This cream is especially useful for post-op skin care following cosmetic surgery, for people with sensitive skin, and/or as a nighttime face cream. It’s high vitamin and nutrient content will work wonders on your skin while you sleep, helping to lighten scars, increase collagen, and act as an antiseptic ointment to help damaged skin resist infections.
We’re also offering an Avocado Face Cream, in a long-lasting, convenient air pump. If you love the moisturizing abilities of our Avocado Eye Cream, but always find yourself running out of it, this is a great way to get a longer-lasting supply of avocado oil for your skin. Plus, the aerosol pump will infuse our Avocado Face Cream with air bubbles for an even softer, smoother feel. It also works great for spot treatment, and is easy to take with you on the go.
Our Avocado Face Cream and Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream give you some of the highest concentrations of these “superfoods for skin” you’re likely to find outside of a doctor’s office. In fact, we intend to market these two new products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons to recommend to their patients following facial procedures. We expect these to become extremely popular very quickly!
Also keep in mind that Avocado Oil intensifies the effectiveness of other skin care ingredients too, so when you use either of these creams, you’re not just getting a blend of some of the best natural skin care ingredients in the world, you’re getting visible results far superior to what any individual skin care ingredient could accomplish alone!
If you want to learn more about our Avocado Oil face creams, we will be offering a FREE report you can download from our website soon.
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!
Though Spring has officially started, many may still have dry winter skin from the various snowstorms this past winter. Dry scaly skin can also occur indoors from heating your home, which, unless you live in the deep south or tropics, you’re not likely to stop doing any time soon. So what can you do while you wait for the weather to catch up with the calendar?
You may have been told you need to find a good moisturizer, but where do you start? Do you need an oil-based moisturizer, a water-based moisturizer? A natural moisturizer? An over-the-counter drug-infused moisturizer? The choices are nearly endless, and the longer you wait, the worse your dry scaly skin will become. But how do you choose the best moisturizer if you don’t understand the underlying causes of dry winter skin, and what skin care ingredients will help address each cause?
What causes dry skin?
Cold temperatures cause outside air to lose humidity, and forced air heating systems do the same to indoor air. Your skin breathes air just like your lungs, so when the air is dry, your skin is also dry. The red patches you may see when you have winter dry skin are typically the result of inflammation. Inflammation can cause and/or exacerbate dry skin, so when looking for a moisturizer to re-hydrate your dry winter skin, it is very important you choose one that will not only moisturize but help reduce your skin’s inflammation as well.
Moisturizing Natural Skin Care Ingredients Helpful for Dry Scaly Skin
Coffee – the caffeine content in coffee makes it a natural anti-inflammatory skin care ingredient. Try our coffee cocoa bath scrub to experience the anti-inflammatory properties of coffee combined with the powerful moisturizing abilities of unrefined cocoa butter. Coffee’s natural anti-inflammatory abilities are also the reasoning behind our including it in our Cellu Coffee Soap to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Evening Primrose Oil – Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil is both moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, and thus, addresses both causes of dry winter skin at once. We use Certified Organic Evening Primrose Oil as one of the primary ingredients in our Tre’Yours BeRestored Face Cream, making it an excellent choice of moisturizer for those with a genetic predisposition towards dry skin.
Keep in mind when using these skin care ingredients and products that they are not intended to treat or cure any disease associated with dry scaly skin such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, though they are all excellent moisturizers to use if you have these conditions. But be sure to reapply them often to keep dry winter skin at bay.
Manufacturers of synthetic cosmetics would like us to believe that in order for a product to be effective in preserving youthful looks, it must be created in a laboratory, pushing centuries of herbal skin care knowledge aside. Yet both science and history have shown us that often, natural spa products can be just as effective if not more so than synthetics.
To educate people on the benefits of natural spa products, and provide them with a way to obtain such products for themselves, Castle Baths created the Tre’Yours line. Natural spa products listed under the Tre’Yours line are designed to help skin remain youthful, naturally. Products containing organic and wild-crafted ingredients such as Dead Sea salt, green tea, and avocadoes can accomplish many of the same youth-preserving tasks as their synthetic equivalents, but without the harsh preservatives or chemicals and their potential side effects.
Some of Castle Baths most popular youth-preserving products listed under the Tre’Yours line include:
Our BlessMe AHA Face Cream: this cream contains much-sought-after alpha-hydroxy-acids, which have been scientifically shown to help reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage. It also contains Aloe Vera Extract to moisturize and smooth your skin.
Our Dead Sea Spa Collection: Dead Sea salt, Dead Sea mud, and Dead Sea brine help to deep-cleanse your skin, penetrating down into your pores without any chemicals or penetration enhancers. These natural spa products help detoxify your skin and allows the many minerals and nutrients contained within the Dead Sea to seep into your skin. Castle Baths’ Dead Sea spa products may be purchased individually or as a set in the Tre’Yours Dead Sea Spa Gift Basket.
Our Tre’Yours Facial Toner: this natural facial toner helps detoxify facial pores and balance your skin’s pH levels. It is also made with Rose Hydrosol to help you smooth out the appearance of fine lines naturally.
Battling wrinkles is one of the biggest dilemmas for most women these days. We will pay for laser treatments, lavish spa treatments, and expensive creams all for the promise of renewed youth. While our faces may come out looking renewed and refreshed, what about our necks? Most of us forget about the neck, which is just as important as the face when it comes to anti-aging.
The skin on the neck is much thinner with a lot less elasticity than the skin on the rest of the body. Necks also have way fewer sebaceous glands and lipids, which are key in preventing aging. Over time collagen and elastin productivity also decreases in skin, and can cause the dreaded double chin effect. Thankfully, when neck exercises are performed regularly, this can go away completely over time. Other factors that contribute to wrinkles in the neck are smoking, poor skin care routine, dehydration, and bad diet. However, I am going to give you some remedies that you can use at home in your spare time.
First, you need to cleanse. Always ensuring a proper cleansing is very effective in battling wrinkles because you need to rid the skin of all pollutants and impurities.
Second, you want to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating is key in battling wrinkles, by getting rid of dead skin cells and it helping the skin turnover process in generating new skin cells.
Third, you always have to tone. A natural toner that is good in fighting wrinkles is Green Tea. Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants to fight wrinkles. The goal to fighting wrinkles is replacing everything that came out of your skin.
Fourth, make sure you moisturize. Shea Butter is an excellent anti-aging moisturizer. To optimize your results, add a bit of Hazelnut Oil to your moisturizer. Hazelnut Oil has tightening properties. If you have nut allergies, try a test patch on your skin first. Don’t be afraid to use your wrinkle cream on your neck, also inexpensive creams are just as effective as expensive creams, such as our Tre’Yours Hazelnut Anti-Wrinkle Neck and Chest Cream!
Determining the right sleep position also determines if you will get wrinkles on your neck. Try to sleep on your back and make sure you have good posture, in doing so you will decrease your chances of getting wrinkles. Make sure to take the time to massage your neck and I can’t stress enough how important it is to do your neck exercises.
I hope these tips help you as well as your wallet!
Body Butter is an all natural, Vitamin A rich, skin moisturizer. It is generally made with different butter types; including, Shea, Cocoa, and Mango butter. Sometimes other natural oils, such as coconut, are also included to lock in the deep moisturizing benefits.
How is it different from Lotion?
Body butter is thicker than most lotions and is used for more severe cases of dry, sun damaged, or wind chapped skin. Lotion is a thinner mixture, made of oil and water, used mostly to moisturize the skin on a daily basis rather than for a specific skin problem.
Castle Baths Body Butter Variety
We have four body butter choices for you to choose from. They are each made with Natural Mango Butter, Certified Organic Shea Butter and Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Cocoa Butter for intense moisture. As always, these Castle Baths products are chemical free with no preservatives added.
Castle Baths is a different kind of retailer than other spa and bath product shops. We not only apply our Christian tenets to the products themselves, but also in our customer service approach. We feel that God is in all we do, and so we do what we can to be as gentle to the earth, our bodies, our customers, and our community, in a spirit of service.
All Natural Products
Our products are created with all natural, organic ingredients in order to eliminate one source of man-made chemicals that pollute the earth and our bodies on a daily basis. Our entire spa bath line are:
Made to order, as fresh as possible
Vegan (except 3 goats milk soap bars)
Handmade (no machines or factories)
Shipped daily for shelf life
Never tested on animals
Created with Certified Organic and Wild Crafted Ingredients
Made with you in mind
Castle Baths offers a full line of Beauty Products, top spa products and therapeutic bath products, along with one of a kind spa gift baskets and designer natural pet products. We offer Pampering Beauty and lots of Hope to our customers!
Helping People through Service
Effective January 1, 2011: We wish to give back some of our profits to our charitable causes.
We feel that the bank doesn’t need to hold money that people in need could use! This has brought us to the decision of donating to those in need.
Castle Baths Charities:
We receive lots (I mean LOTS) of request for charitable donations and giveaways….we really have to have them budgeted before we can help- if you have a charity of importance let us know and we can add it to our list to be reviewed.
Castle Baths gives back a bare minimum of 10% of our time, talents and tithe. Our staff is also given a full day each quarter Paid to offer their support within the community. For example: Racheal walks and donates her time to speak with neighbors and groups to collect donations for the troops each month, while Castle Baths pays for the postage and supplies needed to ship the items to the Soldiers. Here’s a note from one of our Support Our Troops groups:-)
Animal Rescue – Animals need love, shelter and food- not a death sentence!
Save the Bay -Chesapeake Bay Foundation – this is where we live. We hope you’ll care enough to help a cause where you live. We help clean the bay up annually with this one.
Support Our Troops -Donated Items welcomed to send to our troops overseas- We ship monthly to our solider’s. Email Racheal Brennan for how you can help or call us 757-813-7891
MS Society – Owner, Laura Thomas was diagnosed with MS in January of 2009, what was once a walk to help has now become a part of Laura’s Life- literally:-) Go here to support! MS WALK RACHEAL for mom and others.
You have a choice in Bath and Spa Products
We know that you have a choice in where you buy your bath and spa products – we want to provide you with a guilt free, charitable option that you can be proud of and tell your friends about. Help us to make a difference by donating to a charity while you get your all natural, bath, spa, and beauty products from us!
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.
Maybe it was a long week, or maybe a long night last night – or maybe you just know that today is going to be a long one and you would like to make it through without tapping out all of your reserve energy?
Life can be exhausting, these days, Americans work more hours and take fewer vacations than any other country! We work hard and we play hard – so when do you get to relax? How do you keep that energy reserve full?
Well, we were wondering that ourselves. So we researched and found the specific aromas that make us feel more energized and are proven to boost mental focus as well as revitalize, renew, and reinvigorate! This led us to create our Energy Blend line of ingredients. These are specifically formulated lotions, oils, bath teas and salts, soaks, and soaps that can replenish your dwindling supply of energy on any given day.