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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.

 

5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Shop For Yourself This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Surprising arguments for shopping for yourself during the holiday season and taking advantage of holiday sales to treat yourself

You want it, and it’s such a great price. But do you really need it? Aren’t the holidays supposed to be a time for thinking of others? Yet, each year, without fail, many women just like you find themselves at the crossroads of giving and getting as they ponder whether to take advantage of holiday special sales on merchandise they wish to purchase for themselves.

There’s no shortage of online articles offering tips for resisting the urge to shop for yourself during the holidays, but this isn’t one of those articles. Quite the opposite, in fact. The next time you see something you really want on sale this holiday season, we at Castle Baths encourage you to give right in and buy it!

Some may argue that it is hypocritical of a Christian faith-based bath and body company to espouse such a seemingly shallow, materialistic viewpoint during the holidays, but if you hear us out, we suspect you will find that our position is not shallow or materialistic, and actually makes a lot of sense.

Here’s a few reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about  taking advantage of a good deal and shopping for yourself this holiday season when the opportunity presents itself.

Your hesitation is purely psychological

If you’re married, have children, or have elderly relatives living in your home, you’re probably accustomed to making sure everyone else in your household gets their needs met before you look to yourself. While this can be commendable in some situations, it can also lead to your ignoring your own desires when you really do need something. For instance, you may see a pair of boots that you really like on sale, but choose to “make do” with the boots you have, despite the fact that they are practically falling apart at the seams, not because you’re so poor that you’d be unable to feed your family if you bought them, but because ignoring your own needs has become a habit.

Businesses encourage it

Most businesses have come to realize that many women (and some men) have a hard time resisting the urge to shop for themselves during the holiday season, and have taken action to make doing so even more tempting. Many retailers outright encourage shopping for yourself during the holidays with special incentives such as offering a free gift card for yourself when you buy a gift card of a certain dollar amount for someone else.

Everyone is doing it

While this may seem like a weak argument and bring to mind images of lemmings jumping off a cliff one after the other, the fact remains that shopping for yourself during the holidays has become the trendy thing to do (and buying something for yourself that you really need and want is hardly the same thing as jumping off a cliff.) In fact, in a recent nationwide consumer survey, 50% of women admitted to taking advantage of holiday deals to shop for themselves. The survey also indicated that the more wealthy a woman is, the more likely she is to shop for herself. So, if you want to feel affluent this holiday season, go ahead, and treat yourself!

The checkout clerk won’t police your purchases

If you’re the type to feel guilty about shopping for yourself, you probably feel like everybody is staring at you whenever you give into the urge to buy something. But, in reality, nobody is going to notice anything abnormal about you. The checkout clerk is certainly not going to police your purchases and ask you in a menacing tone, “Are you buying this for yourself?” He or she has probably seen dozens of customers already today, and has better things to do than ask each customer why they are purchasing each item he or she rings up.

You know your needs better than anyone else

Instead of waiting for your husband, boyfriend, significant other, or relative to buy you that anti-wrinkle face cream you’ve been eyeing up, and hoping they get the right one, get it yourself and save them the trouble (and potential embarrassment) of having to guess about your preferences for spa and bath products. Plus, it saves you from having to return something to the store if your friend, significant other, or relative guesses wrong.

So, the next time you see something you want on sale this holiday season, instead of asking yourself, “Do I really need this?” ask yourself, “Am I hesitating because I have become used to ignoring my own needs and wants?,” “Is this store offering any special deals which would help me get this product at an even lower price if I buy my holiday gifts here too?,” “Is the checkout clerk, or anyone for that matter, really going to question me about why I’m buying this product?,” and, “Would it be easier to buy this myself than to try to explain what I want to someone who doesn’t know my needs and risk him or her getting the wrong thing?”

If you answer, “Yes” to at least three of these questions, go ahead and shop for yourself. You’ll thank yourself later!

 

Do I Have Rosacea? Learn the Early Symptoms

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

rosaceaDo you have rosacea? Many people who suffer from rosacea often go untreated, sometimes for years, simply because they don’t know they have it. According to Skin Inc’s spa industry magazine, the first signs of rosacea are often mistaken for other conditions such as sunburn.

If your skin appears flushed or you develop redness on your cheeks nose, or forehead, you may be one of the thousands of people who suffer from rosacea. The results of a National Rosacea Society survey of 1,072 rosacea sufferers, published in Skin Inc’s magazine, identified flushing and redness as the two main symptoms noticed by rosacea patients.

Bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels were also reported among the initial symptoms the rosacea patients surveyed experienced, as were burning, stinging, swelling, and an overall dry appearance to skin.

So if you appear to develop a bad case of acne suddenly, and none of the conventional acne treatments are working, it may not be acne at all.

Survey results indicated that women are more likely than men to develop rosacea, but the few men who do develop rosacea will likely experience more severe symptoms. Survey results also indicated that middle-aged people were more likely to develop rosacea, with 22% of survey respondents identifying as over 40 and 25% identifying as over 50. Only 17% identified as being in their 20s and 11% identified as being under 20.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine rosacea is a harmless yet chronic skin condition. In severe cases a patient’s eyes may become irritated, watery or bloodshot.

How to treat rosacea

There is currently no medical cure for rosacea, but there are many ways to mitigate the symptoms and reduce your chances of future breakouts. If you’re not already doing so, you may want to try (as suggested by the U.S. National Library of Medicine for the mitigation of rosacea):

  • Avoiding sunlight exposure
  • Avoiding hot temperatures
  • Avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, and hot beverages
  • Engaging in stress reduction techniques such as yoga or a warm (but not too hot) Dead Sea Salt bath.

But if you’re already taking these steps, or you don’t want to spend your days avoiding all of life’s simple pleasures just to reduce your chances of future rosacea breakouts, you probably want another option. So here it is.

A new face cream for rosacea sufferers

Castle Baths has developed an avocado-oil based face cream packed with natural vitamins and nutrients to help soothe your skin and avoid or reduce the unpleasant sensations that accompany a breakout. While it can’t cure your rosacea, it can make living with it much more bearable. Here’s how it works.avocado face cream for rosacea

  • It contains avocado oil (its primary ingredient,) which is one of the best natural sunscreens known to dermatologists and also a great moisturizer so you can be out enjoying beautiful weather with less of a chance of developing a rosacea breakout because of sunlight exposure.
  • It contains unrefined Shea butter to help soothe and soften dry and irritated skin while further infusing it with moisture – great for helping with the burning and stinging sensations that accompany rosacea!
  • It contains cucumber extract to help give your skin a tighter, firmer appearance and reduces the appearance of inflamed blood vessels.
  • It retains the natural green color of avocados and cucumbers to help balance out redness for a more even skin tone.
  • Plus so much more! This cream was originally developed as an anti-aging and moisturizing solution for people recuperating from cosmetic surgery, so it’s formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin like rosacea sufferers.

As an added bonus, Castle Baths has begun shipping this incredible face cream in a unique air pump bottle so you never have to scoop it out with your fingers and risk contaminating the formula with bacteria on your hands, and it pushes the cream up from the bottom so you can use every last drop!

If you’re suffering from rosacea, or know a rosacea sufferer, don’t wait – order your Avocado Face Cream today and start the journey to softer, smoother, more evenly toned skin!

Why does my natural body lotion and face cream take so long to absorb into my skin?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

natural face creamsIf you’ve ever tried a natural hand and body lotion or face cream, you may have noticed that it does not absorb into your skin as fast as a synthetic product. But does this mean the product is too greasy to be an effective moisturizer?

Absolutely not! Natural body lotions and face creams such as those offered by Castle Baths tend to absorb into the skin less quickly than synthetic products because our natural body lotions and face creams do not contain alcohol. Alcohol is added to many synthetic bath and body products to make them absorb into a person’s skin quickly, but doing so also reduces these products’ moisturizing effectiveness, since alcohol is extremely drying to skin.

skin toner - facialAnother reason some manufacturers of synthetic spa products add alcohol to their lotions and creams is because alcohol has astringent properties, meaning it tightens and firms up your skin, making it look and feel more youthful. However, this benefit can also be achieved naturally by using organic Witch Hazel instead of alcohol, as was done in the formulation of Tre’Yours Facial Toner.

In addition to alcohol, many synthetic spa products contain chemical-based penetration enhancers, which break down your skin’s protective outer layer for the purpose of delivering whatever skin care benefits are claimed on that product to the deeper layers of your skin. The downside to using products that contain penetration enhancers is that once they have broken down your skin’s protective outer layer, they will leave your skin vulnerable to germs and pollutants your skin would ordinarily be able to withstand.avocado face cream

A synthetic skin care product that absorbs into skin almost instantly will also likely have reduced protective abilities when compared with a natural one. There is actually an advantage to having a natural lotion or cream remain on the outer layer of your skin for a while, especially if it contains ingredients that act as natural sunscreens such as Shea Butter or Avocado Oil, as the presence of these substances on the outer layer of your skin will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays. You can find both ingredients in our Tre’Yours Avocado Eye Cream, and in our new Avocado Corrective Face Cream and Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream.

Natural body lotions and face creams are well worth the wait in absorption time when you consider all the added skin care benefits and lack of harsh chemicals!

 

How to Care for Eye Skin

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Eye Skin is Different: here’s what you need to know

A person’s eyes are one of the most distinctive features of his or her entire face, which is why so many cosmetics companies develop eye liner, false lashes, and other products made specifically to enhance the appearance of eye skin. But did you know that eye skin is also one of the first areas of your face to show physical signs of aging?

If you’ve ever shopped in retail stores for eye care products or cosmetics, you may have been told that eye skin is very different from the skin on the rest of your face, and requires special care – that “care” often ending up being a sales pitch for some chemical-laden cream which will only irritate your skin and make your problems even worse. But there is some truth to the claim that eye skin is different, and faces some unique challenges with regards to anti aging skin care. Knowing exactly what those differences are and why they occur can help you make an informed decision when shopping for your next anti-wrinkle eye cream.

Eyelid Skin vs Facial Skin

One of the first differences between eye skin and regular facial skin to note is that the skin comprising your eyelids is the thinnest and softest on your face. This is to facilitate blinking, which protects the wet surface of your eyeballs. Eyelid skin also has high blood flow and nerve density, as well as high hydration and high water loss (meaning your body pumps a lot of moisture into your eyelids naturally, but that moisture quickly evaporates too.)

When eyelid skin ages, your body isn’t able to keep it as hydrated and your skin will develop a higher pH value. Nerve density in your eyelid skin will also decrease, all of which results in eyelid skin becoming more susceptible to irritation and damage from external factors (such as sun exposure.)

Crow’s Feet

Eye wrinkles, commonly known as crow’s feet, result from a combination of several factors including smiling, squinting and blinking, genetics, lifetime sun exposure, and smoking. Blinking and squinting contribute to wrinkle formation through the repeated contraction of your orbicularis oculi muscle, while sun exposure and smoking can affect the aging process by damaging DNA via free radicals.

What can be done?

eye creamWell, you could never smile, open your eyes, or go out in public ever again, but what fun would that be? The more preferable, (and enjoyable) option is to find a chemical-free eye cream such as Tre’Yours Avocado Eyes Eye Cream. Its main ingredient, as suggested by its name, is Certified Organic Avocado Oil, which acts as a humectant and helps your eye skin absorb and retain moisture throughout the entire day. It also contains Green Tea and Cucumber Extract to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye puffiness.

How to best use Avocado Eyes Eye Cream:

According to medical research, eye wrinkling increases in the afternoon. This is due to a shift in tissue fluids. As a result, you should be sure to apply your eye cream before going to bed so your eye skin can rejuvenate itself while you sleep. Apply your eye cream once in the morning too to help protect your eye skin from sun exposure and other sources of free radicals. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside too!

Superfoods for Skin Combined: Avocado and Hemp Seed Oil Face Creams!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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.

avocado hemp regenerative face creamYou 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.

avocado face creamThis 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.

Can’t decide which one to try first? Get them both delivered to you on a silver platter, literally! When you purchase our Avocado Face Cream and Hemp Regenerative Cream Combo, you’ll receive the decorative silver tray pictured absolutely FREE!

avocado hemp cream comboOur 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.

6 Superfoods for Skin: the best in natural skin care ingredients

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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 eye creamAvocado 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 creamHazelnut 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 face creamGreen 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 body butterShea 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

cellulite coffee soapCoffee 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 seed oil facial soapHemp 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!

Natural Skin Care Solutions for Sunburns

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

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?

body butterActually 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!

Dry Winter Skin Remedies – Natural Solutions For Dry Scaly Skin

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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

bathsheba dead sea bath saltsRosewood – the essential oil of Rosewood possesses anti-inflammatory properties according to folk tradition. Castle Baths’ Bathsheba and Passion aromatherapy spa lines are both scented in Rosewood, and offer a variety of body moisturizers to include, hand and body lotion, foot cream, and massage oil.

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.

coffee cocoa bath scrubEvening Primrose OilCertified 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 offace cream 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.