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Harnessing the Power of Horsetail: A Time-Tested Herb for Skin Revitalization

Harnessing the Power of Horsetail: A Time-Tested Herb for Skin Revitalization

If you've noticed your skin lacking its usual vibrancy or firmness, it might be time to turn to a remedy that has stood the test of time.

Horsetail, a 'living fossil' known scientifically as Equisetum arvense, is not only a testament to nature's resilience but also a treasure trove of benefits for your skin. 

This ancient herb, native to the Northern Hemisphere and prevalent across European landscapes, goes by various names such as mare’s tail, shave grass, scouring rush, and bottlebrush, each reflecting a unique aspect of its appearance or traditional uses.

The history of horsetail

Horsetail's journey through time is as fascinating as its benefits. Esteemed by ancient Greeks and Romans, its medicinal properties were first documented by the Greek physician Claudius Galenus in the 17th century.

This herb was utilized extensively for its ability to combat fluid retention, support hair, skin, and nail health, and even treat osteoporosis and kidney issues.

Its broad application in traditional medicine across cultures, including China and Europe, underscores its versatility and enduring value.

The skin-boosting benefits of horsetail

Supports collagen production

Horsetail stands out in the botanical world for its unparalleled levels of bioavailable silicon, present as silica and silica acids

This trace mineral is crucial for the synthesis of collagen, a protein that lends skin its strength and elasticity. By bolstering collagen production, horsetail helps enhance skin resiliency and firmness, providing a smoother, more youthful complexion.

Revitalizing properties

Rich in isoquercitrin, a potent flavonoid, horsetail may help to accelerate cellular renewal. This action not only aids in the rapid recovery of skin tissues but also combats the effects of premature photo-aging, ensuring your skin remains vibrant and resilient.

Tames angry skin

The anti-inflammatory properties of horsetail play a significant role in quelling reactive skin. By interrupting the body’s inflammatory response, it minimizes potential damage to skin structures and wards off premature aging, offering a calming effect on angry skin.

Antioxidant-rich

Horsetail's abundance in natural flavonoids and antioxidants equips it to neutralize harmful free radicals generated by stress, environmental pollutants, UV rays, and electronic devices. 

This protective action helps prevent lipid peroxidation and DNA damage, safeguarding the skin from accelerated aging.

Nourishing and moisturizing

As a natural source of a wide array of phytonutrients and minerals, including calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and vitamins, horsetail serves as a powerful nutritive tonic for the skin. It improves skin barrier health and aids in moisture retention, leading to a soft, dewy complexion.

Incorporated into our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence, horsetail enriches the skin with its unique blend of minerals and antioxidants, promoting collagen synthesis for a firm and smooth complexion. 

Whether you're looking to revitalize dull skin, enhance moisture retention, or protect against environmental stressors, horsetail offers a multifaceted approach to skin health that has been refined over millennia.

Horsetail's enduring presence and multifunctional benefits make it a cornerstone ingredient for anyone seeking to rejuvenate their skin naturally. By leveraging the ancient wisdom and scientific understanding of horsetail's properties, we can unlock a pathway to achieving radiant, healthy skin that withstands the test of time.

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The Remarkable Benefits of Aspen Bark Extract for Skin Health

The Remarkable Benefits of Aspen Bark Extract for Skin Health

Aspen, scientifically known as Populus tremuloides, and colloquially referred to as the quaking aspen for its distinctive fluttering leaves, is more than just an aesthetically pleasing deciduous tree native to North America.

Beyond its visual charm and the timber's valued durability and disease resistance, aspen harbors potent phytonutrients that offer a myriad of benefits for skin health.

Aspen bark is a phytonutrient powerhouse

The resilience of aspen trees, capable of thriving in harsh high-altitude environments, is largely attributable to their rich content of polyphenols and alkaloids. These compounds not only enable the aspen to fend off predators and diseases but also imbue it with remarkable longevity. Such phytonutrients are what make aspen bark extract a remarkabkle ingredient for skincare, providing significant anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

The historical & medicinal significance of aspen bark

Historically, aspen has been revered for its medicinal properties. Indigenous peoples of North America utilized it for treating a variety of conditions, from fever and skin burns to respiratory ailments.

The bark, in particular, was noted for its healing effects on wounds and chilblains, as well as its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, offering relief from back pain and potentially mitigating gastric ulcers.

Aspen bark extract in skincare

Smoothing and Softening Effects

Aspen bark is a treasure trove of salicin, a precursor to salicylic acid, which acts as a gentle exfoliator.

By promoting the shedding of dead skin cells, salicin helps to smooth, soften, and brighten the skin, enhancing texture, diminishing fine lines, and revitalizing the complexion.

Ideal for sensitive skin

Due to its non-irritant nature, aspen bark extract is well-suited for sensitive skin types. It serves as a natural preservative, offering a safer alternative to traditional parabens while reducing the potential for skin irritation.

Anti-inflammatory properties

The blend of salicin and polyphenols in aspen bark extract provides significant anti-inflammatory effects. This can be particularly beneficial for calming reactive or irritated skin, with antioxidants helping to soothe the epidermis by combating free radicals and inflammation.

Potent antioxidant activity

Aspen bark extract's high phytonutrient content makes it a powerful antioxidant. Polyphenols protect the skin's structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin, from oxidative damage. This helps to preserve skin integrity and combating signs of premature aging.

Incorporating aspen bark into your skincare routine

Leveraging the power of aspen bark extract in skincare products, like our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence, can significantly enhance skin health.

Its unique ability to smooth, soften, and calm, makes it an invaluable ingredient for anyone looking to restore balance and brightness to their complexion.

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Winter Skincare Guide

Winter Skincare Guide

Cold weather and snow have officially arrived. And with it dry, chapped, dehydrated winter skin.

But did you know that mature skin is more susceptible to the effects of harsh weather?

This is because as we lose elastin and collagen, our skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes. Add to that a decline in our skin's own oil production, and you've got a receipt for a reddened and cracking dermis.

Winter environments, both indoor and out, can contribute to the problem. Indoor heaters and outdoor winds wick away skin moisture and those extra hot showers we take to combat the cold can further dry skin.

You can minimize the negative impact of cold weather on skin by implementing the following tips that can help to combat the detrimental effects of winter.

Avoid extra hot baths & showers

We know how appealing a steamy shower or hot bath can be at the end of a cold winter day, but hot water can strip away natural oils and moisture from your skin.
Hot water can also irritate skin, so be sure to limit your showers or baths to 5-10 minutes. 

Get the most from your moisturizer

After showering, gently pat your skin dry (avoid rubbing), then immediately apply a high-grade hyaluronic acid. Our Illuminating Aspen Dew Essence contains a micro-molecular hyaluronic acid that delivers progressive hydration over time.

Hyaluronic acid works to pull surface moisture deep into your skin and increase the hydrating effects of subsequent products.You can use the same trick for getting the most out of your body balms and moisturizers.

Switch to an oil-based cleanser

Mature skin benefits greatly from oil-based cleansers all year round, but this applies especially to winter months. Oil cleansers help restore natural oils in the skin while removing impurities.

Plant and nut seed oils used for cleansing, such as jojoba oil and almond oil help fortify the skin barrier, firm your skin, and reduce the signs of aging.

Double down on moisture boosting ingredients

During winter, mature skin requires special care, so double down on hydration, both in an out. Look for products that contain nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and ceramides.

Our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence pulls double duty as a skin conditioner and a serum - it’s formulated with niacinamide, phytoceramides, and hyaluronic acid to ensure powerful hydration and anti-aging effects.

Up your hydration game

Staying hydrated in winter is equally important as we tend to drink less fluids in colder months. 

Adding a nourishing collagen rich broth, like bone broth, to you daily hydration regime is an easy hack.

If you are vegetarian, there are plant-based collagen powders you can add to a vegetable broth to increase overall hydration levels.

Avoid over exfoliating

Exfoliating more than once or twice a week in cold months can cause redness and inflammation. Use gentle exfoliator, like our Snow Rose Recovery Mask to reveal fresh skin.

Be sure to apply a skin serum afterward like our Purist Delicate Skin Serum to restore balance to sensitive skin.

Say yes to sunscreen

Just because it’s chilly or overcast outside doesn’t mean sun exposure won’t have an impact on your skin. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate the skin, so it’s essential to wear sunscreen SPF 50+ to prevent sunburn and skin damage. 

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Restorative Bathing Beauty Ritual

Restorative Bathing Beauty Ritual

Early sunsets and cooler temperatures are the perfect time to indulge in a little extra self-care in preparation for the activities of the holiday season. 

For centuries, the act of bathing has transcended simple cleansing, evolving into a therapeutic ritual that nourishes both body and soul. Ancient Egyptian royals infused their baths with luxurious oils like sesame and moringa, enveloping themselves in fragrant sanctuaries. In medieval Europe, the nobility sought solace in baths enriched with a blend of precious oils and aromatic herbs like chamomile and calendula. Meanwhile, the Japanese marked the winter solstice with the comforting embrace of Yuzu Yu, where the therapeutic essential oils of the Yuzu citrus infused their steaming baths.

Inspired by these age-old traditions, we're delighted to share with you one of our favorite ways to unwind. 

This bathing beauty ritual isn't just about skincare; it's an invitation to history, luxury, and a deep sense of well-being. Dive in and let every sense be pampered.

Bathing Beauty Ritual

Step 1: Draw a bath

Begin by drawing a warm bath infused with Epsom salts, calming essential oils, and the sheer luxury of argan or baobab oils. The gentle embrace of chamomile tea satchels further elevates this tranquil experience.

Draw a warm bath and add 2 cups of Epsom salts.

Add 5-10 drops of soothing essential oil like lavender, neroli, or sweet orange and 1 teaspoon of a luxury oil like argan or baobab.

For extra calming effects, let 2-3 chamomile tea satchels steep in your bathwater (the sturdier nylon pyramid types work best for this). 

Step 2: Cleanse with an oil cleanser

As the scents envelop you, indulge in a purifying oil cleanse that washes away the worries of the day. 

As you soak in the tub, cleanse your face with 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite oil cleanser for 30-60 seconds. Click here for a basic oil cleansing formula.

Place a warm damp wash cloth on your face before wiping away dirt and makeup. Use both sides of the washcloth to get all the oil off. 

Repeat if you are removing makeup.

Step 3: Apply serums 

Following your soothing soak, with skin delicately damp, apply the Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence, followed by our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum or Purist Delicate Skin serum to lock in moisture and enhance your skin's natural radiance.

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Stylist, Artist & Purist Fan, Get to Know This Woman on the Glow!

Stylist, Artist & Purist Fan, Get to Know This Woman on the Glow!

Today we are spotlighting one of our inspiring #womenontheglow. Kimberly Marney is a stylist, artist, and long-time Purist Delicate Skin Serum fan!

We've been admirers of Kimberly's paintings for a while now, appreciating her artistic eye and keen sense of color.

When we asked if she'd be up for being interviewed for our newsletter, she responded with the same unrestrained joy that is so tangible in her paintings.

Here's what she had to say...

Tell us a bit about yourself.

"I grew up in rural east central Kansas. The open spaces and nature are essential to my DNA. I always believed I could do anything and go anywhere.

I developed a love of fashion before I could walk and was always doing something creative. I spent 18 years as a personal stylist helping people express their style and beauty.

In mid-life I transitioned my artistic endeavors to embrace being an artist. I now paint abstracts inspired by nature. You will see blue heavily represented in my work because it represents hope and beauty for me."

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

"I find inspiration in many places but I have to say those women who I see making their dreams happen and starting something new later in life really inspire me." 

How do you define beauty?

"Confidence, a welcoming smile, and positivity are beautiful."

What does self-care look like to you?

"Take the time to listen to your body and mind. Hydrating, exercising, trying to get good sleep, absorbing quiet moments in nature, getting a good massage, trying to eat healthy, and taking care of my skin." 

What beauty advice would you give other women over 40?

"Make yourself a priority. It’s more than okay to take time for yourself. In fact, it’s essential. Something I wish I knew when I was younger."

Can you share with us the best compliment you’ve ever been given and who it was from?

"I don’t know if it's my best, but last week a woman was completely shocked we were the same age. She thought I was at least 17 years younger! Who would have guessed that being mistaken for 40 would have me flying high?! Skin care is key!"

What’s one skincare tip you wish all women knew about?

"Consistency. Cleanse, moisturize, repeat morning and night."

What’s your daily skincare routine?

"I always start and end the day with clean skin and moisturize with Aspen Dew and The Purist Delicate Skin Serum. I love using my Gua Sha tool after applying my serum."

What is the best beauty secret you have ever received? 

"My mother was always reminding me to have good posture. Good posture projects confidence!"

To keep up with Kimberly and see the paintings she's currently working on check out her Instagram feed @brandedbystyle.


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Hidden Endocrine Disruptors in Skincare Linked to Breast Cancer

Hidden Endocrine Disruptors in Skincare Linked to Breast Cancer

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because breast cancer remains one of the leading health concerns for women worldwide, we wanted to take a moment to dive into some of the specific chemicals in skincare products that have been linked to breast cancer.

Research increasingly points to the potential role of endocrine disruptors—chemicals that can interfere with our hormone systems—as contributors to breast cancer risk. While these chemicals are pervasive in our environment, their presence in skincare and cosmetic products is of particular concern due to our direct and frequent exposure to them. 

What are endocrine disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen and can interfere with the normal function of other hormones in the body. This estrogenic activity may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer, as it can promote the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells and disrupt immune system function.

By being aware of potential endocrine disruptors and educating ourselves about these chemicals we can make safer choices for our health.

Below is a list of endocrine disruptors most commonly found in skincare products and their potential effects on the endocrine system. Print it out and take it with you next time you go shopping for beauty products so you know what ingredients to avoid.

6 Endocrine Disruptors to Avoid

  1. Parabens

Parabens are known to mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells (1.). This activity can potentially contribute to the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast tumors.

Ingredient Names: Butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben.

Found in: Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, face cleansers.

  1. Phthalates

Phthalates have been shown to interfere with the hormone system and are linked to reproductive abnormalities (2.).

Ingredient Names: DEHP, DBP, DEP (among others); however, they can sometimes simply be listed as "fragrance,” these are synthetic fragrances.

Found in: Perfumes, moisturizers, eye shadows, nail polishes, shampoos, conditioners.

  1. Synthetic Colors

Some synthetic colors are derived from coal tar, which may contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation (3.). While direct links between synthetic colors and breast cancer aren't fully established, any toxin that affects the skin and potentially the endocrine system deserves scrutiny.

Ingredient Names: Listed as "FD&C" or "D&C" followed by a color and a number (e.g., FD&C Red No. 6).

Found in: Hair dyes, eye shadows, eyeliners, lipsticks.

  1. Synthetic Fragrances

Many chemicals that make up synthetic fragrances come from petrochemicals, which can interfere with the body's endocrine system (4.) and possibly contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Ingredient Names: Often vaguely labeled as "fragrance" or "parfum".

Found in: Nearly all cosmetic and beauty products, from deodorants to lotions.

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also called SLS, has potential endocrine-disrupting effects, with some studies pointing to its ability to mimic hormones(5.).

Ingredient Names: Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate.

Found in:  Shampoos, body washes, hand soaps, toothpaste.

  1. Benzophenone

Benzophenones can mimic the hormone estrogen and may interfere with the function of other hormones, potentially promoting the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells (6).

Ingredient Names: Benzophenone, Benzophenone-1 (BP-1), Benzophenone-2 (BP-2), Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Benzophenone-4 (BP-4), Sulisobenzone.

Found in: Sunscreens, nail polishes, lip balms, hair sprays, shampoos, fragrances, and lotions.

The Path Forward

Awareness is the first step to prevention. By understanding the potential risks associated with these common ingredients, we can make informed decisions about the products we use daily. Opting for alternatives labeled as "free from" these chemicals or choosing organic, natural products can be safer routes to follow.

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum is our #1 choice for restoring health and promoting calm to a compromised skin barrier. Lightweight and free of fragrance allergens, essential oils, gluten, alcohol, and nuts, this velvety serum is the ultimate beauty potion to restore balance to irritated skin while fighting environmental aggression.

100% of the ingredients are from organic farming, wild-harvested, and/or natural sources, and free from harmful chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, or fragrances.

Remember that the duration and frequency of exposure, along with individual susceptibilities, play a significant role in determining potential outcomes. It's essential to balance concern with pragmatism and do your best choose products you are educated about.

References:

  1. Darbre, P. D., & Harvey, P. W. (2008). Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks. Journal of applied toxicology, 28(5), 561-578.
  2. Serrano, S. E., Braun, J., Trasande, L., Dills, R., & Sathyanarayana, S. (2014). Phthalates and diet: a review of the food monitoring and epidemiology data. Environmental health, 13(1), 43.
  3. Scott, R. R., & Gutowski, S. M. (2014). Current concepts about chromogens, dye lasers, and pigmented lesions. Clinical dermatology, 32(4), 529-537.
  4. Steinemann, A. (2015). Volatile emissions from common consumer products. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 8(3), 273-281.
  5. Schwartz, J. R., & Marsh, R. G. (1988). Sodium lauryl sulfate and triclosan: in vitro cytotoxicity studies with gingival cells. Toxicology letters, 41(3), 313-325.
  6. Kunz, P. Y., & Fent, K. (2006). Multiple hormonal activities of UV filters and comparison of in vivo and in vitro estrogenic activity of ethyl-4-aminobenzoate in fish. Aquatic Toxicology, 79(4), 305-324. ↩
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A Fall Guide to Skincare

A Fall Guide to Skincare

As the golden hues of aspen leaves signal the transition from summer's warmth to cooler days ahead, our skin, too, undergoes a transformation. Exposed to environmental factors, it reacts sensitively to seasonal shifts, requiring a recalibrated approach to skin care. 

Understanding Seasonal Skin Changes

Changes in atmospheric dynamics, particularly temperature and humidity, impact our skin's health and appearance. Let’s unpack each one.

Why Fall Affects Our Skin

Ambient humidity: The air's moisture content plays a crucial role in determining our skin's hydration levels. Higher humidity levels in summer can help keep skin supple, but the drier autumn air wicks moisture from our skin leading to dehydration, and enhancing fine lines and wrinkles

Summertime aftereffects: While summer offers skin health benefits like increased circulation from outdoor activities, the negative impacts like sun damage and the residual effects of chlorine or salt from pool swims can linger into the fall.

Fluctuating fall weather: The inconsistencies in fall weather patterns, characterized by varying temperatures and increased wind, demand a dynamic response from our skin. When our skin is overly challenged by these fluctuations, it can start to feel tight, itchy or develop seasonal sensitivities.

Read on for 9 tips on how to easily adapt your skin care routine to maintain healthy glowing skin this fall…

Recalibrating Your Fall Skin Care Routine

1. Rethink Your Cleanser

If you’ve been using a clarifying cleanser all summer, now is the time to switch to gentler non-stripping or oil cleanser. The goal is a cleanser that doesn't leave your skin feeling tight post-wash. You can find a simple at-home oil cleansing recipe that is non-drying and noncomedogenic, here.

2. Update Your Toner

Transition from refreshing summer toners to ones that offer an extra hydration boost. Our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence containsboth tonifying Aspen Bark extract that helps firm skin without drying and micro-mollecular hyaluronic acid that provides continuous hydration throught the day.  Avoid toners with alcohol, as they can further dry out skin.

3. Opt for Richer Moisturizers

Fall's cooler days require deeper hydration. Lighter moisturizers might suffice in the summer, but as fall progresses, consider using a restorative serum that offers a stronger moisture barrier, especially before bed. Our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum is a great choice for nighttime care as its nourishing whole-plant actives work to tirelessly restore skin while you sleep. 

4. Address Lips & Under Eye Areas

Carry a lipid rich lip balm in your purse and reapply often. Lips are especially sensitive to changes in temperature and can easily dry out. Try dabbing a small amount of the Purist Delicate Skin Serum to your lips just before applying lipstick for an extra boost of hydration and a little added sheen. You can also dab a little Purist under your eyes as a light eye serum to help combat fine lines caused by dehydration.

5. Regular, Gentle Exfoliation

To counteract any leftover summer sun effects, add weekly exfoliation to your beauty ritual. Our Snow Rose Recovery Mask can be used as a petal soft polish to gentlly exfoliate dead skin cells. However, avoid over-exfoliating, which can irritate skin, especially in drier climates.

6. Focus on Pores

Post-summer, pores can appear enlarged due to increased sweating during warmer months. Keep them clean and refined with a purifying clay mask. 

7. Embrace Hydrating Masks

Beyond your regular moisturizer, a hydrating mask can offer additional fortification against drier fall air. To enhance hydration, add a pump of our Purist Delicate Skin Serum or Alpine Phytonutrient Serum to your weekly Snow Rose Mask. 

8. Prioritize Hydration

Drinking water is essential, but for an external hydration boost, consider deeply nourishing serum. Serums offer additional restorative benefits and can help your skin barrier to cope with the changing seasons.

9. Add a Humidifier

Switch on your humidifier to restore moisture to the air in your home. This will help counteract the drying effects on the skin from indoor heaters and furnaces.

Tailoring Your Routine

The core tenets for fall skin care are observation and adaptation. As you recalibrate your skincare routine pay special attention to:

  • Monitor your skin's response.
  • Tweak your routine based on how your skin both feels and looks.
  • Introduce changes gradually for optimal adaptation.

Adapting your skin care routine for fall is essential in ensuring your skin remains resilient and radiant. Not only that, your skin is the immune system’s first line of defense so keeping a healthy skin barrier is vital to your over-all wellbeing.

With attention to detail and the right products, you can confidently embrace the season's beauty while ensuring your skin stays at its best.

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Inflammaging - The Link Between Skin Health & Overall Well-being

Inflammaging - The Link Between Skin Health & Overall Well-being

It’s true, we all want a healthy glowing complexion. But maintaining skin health may be much more important to our overall well-being than we previously thought.

In a recent article published by the BBC entitled The Curious Ways Skin Shapes Your Health, researchers discuss the ways in which our skin health is actually a predictor of our internal health. This is a novel perspective since most of us have been taught that skin merely reflects our health and lifestyle. But the latest research is showing that skin actively contributes to our physical well-being. Surprisingly, the condition of our skin may dictate how we age rather than merely reflecting it.

How? Let’s start with a little historical perspective. Back in 1958, The Baltimore Longitudinal Study revolutionized our understanding of aging. Tracking thousands of participants over several decades, findings revealed a significant connection between youthful appearance and inner health. Notably, those who looked older than their age were more likely to face health complications and even premature death.

To date, researchers have used two main ways to measure age: chronological (based on birth date) and biological (reflecting our physical aging). Over time, environmental factors, primarily UV radiation, can significantly damage skin, accounting for over 80% of visible skin changes.

What’s more is that as we age, our body’s inflammatory response, meant to protect us, can overact, leading to what some researchers call “inflammaging” - a chronic type of inflammation associated with the aging process. Damaged skin adds to this inflammatory cycle by releasing a cascade of chemicals that further instigate inflammation, potentially affecting the health of other organs.

The BBC article explains how “The chemicals released by diseased and dysfunctional skin soon enter the bloodstream, where they wash around, damaging other tissues. Amid the ensuing systemic inflammation, chemicals from the skin can reach and harm organs that seem entirely unrelated, including your heart and brain. The result is accelerated aging, and a higher risk of developing the majority of – or possibly even all – related disorders. So far, aged or diseased skin has been linked to the onset of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cognitive impairment, as well as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.”

Dry skin can cause Inflammaging and impaired skin barrier health

Inflammaging from UV exposure

Since UV radiation is the number one cause of inflammaging, the importance of sun protection can not be overstated. UVA rays in particular, penetrate deep below the surface of our skin, disrupting collagen synthesis and stimulating melanin production. The result is photoaged skin, evident through irregular pigmentation and wrinkles, irrespective of skin tone.

Protecting our skin with appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and seeking shade at peak UV hours is imperative to maintaining our skin health.

But sun protection isn’t the only way to maintain healthy skin, keeping skin moisturized is a close second.

Inflammaging from dry skin

As we get older, our skin’s natural moisturizing factors, lipids, filaggrin, glycol, and sebum start to decline. Unfortunately, dry skin is significantly less effective at providing a barrier against infection, environmental toxins and allergens. But moisturizing can be a game-changer. Studies show that consistent moisturization not only helps to reduce skin inflammation by improving skin barrier health but might also stave off cognitive decline!

Whole-plant skin nutritives like phytoceramides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants can be beneficial to supporting optimal skin barrier function and preventing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). 

A nutrient-rich serum like our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum can go a long way to replenish skin health by providing it with the nutrients it needs to function beautifully and ward off environmental aggressors.

Our skin is so much more than just a protective barrier between ourselves and the environment. It's a vast and active organ that plays a pivotal role in our overall health.

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Restorative Horsetail, the Fern For Firm Skin

Restorative Horsetail, the Fern For Firm Skin

If your skin is looking slack and feeling like it's missing its usual bounce, it may be time to help boost collagen production.

Praised for its restorative benefits, horsetail is a ‘living fossil’ that has graced our planet with its fern-like fronds for hundreds of millions of years.

A perennial native to the Northern Hemisphere and European countries, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) also goes by the names shave grass, scouring rush, and bottlebrush.

It was used extensively by ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal properties being first recorded in medical texts by the Greek physician Claudius Galenus during the 17th century.

Containing some of the highest levels of bioavailable silicon in the form of silica and silica acids in the plant world, horsetail helps encourage collagen synthesis boosting skin resiliency and turgor. (Not to be confused with silicone, which is a man-made chemical commonly used in industrial applications.)

This restorative botanical is found in our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence and helps promote collagen synthesis for a smooth, firm complexion.

Read on to learn how your skin can benefit from this delicate fern…

Restorative Benefits of Horsetail

Firm skin

Containing the highest levels of bioavailable silicon in the form of silica and silica acids in the plant world, this trace mineral is vital for taut skin, strong bones, and lustrous hair and nails. Silica is a vital building block of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. It is important for optimal collagen synthesis and activation of hydroxylating enzymes, which help to improve skin strength and elasticity.

Revitalizing

Packed with a flavonoid called isoquercitrin, horsetail extract is touted to speed up cellular regeneration. It may also help support the skin’s wound-healing processes and fight the effects of premature photo-aging.

Calming

Horsetail may help to interrupt the body’s inflammatory response. This action may decrease potential damage to skin structures, premature skin aging, and help to calm reddened skin.

Antioxidant-rich

Elevated free radicals from stress, environmental pollutants, UV rays, and radiation from smartphones and laptops may negatively impact skin health. These unstable molecules can lead to inflammation and lipid peroxidation, which may damage cellular DNA and vital skin proteins.

Loaded with natural flavonoids and other antioxidants, horsetail helps curb effects from free radicals and accelerated skin aging.

Nourishing

Horsetail is a natural source of phytonutrients and minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C. This makes it a potent nutritive tonic when incorporated into a daily skincare regimen.

Moisturizing

By helping to improve skin texture and providing a rich source of phytonutrients, horsetail improves skin barrier health and moisture retention.

Horsetail has many skin benefits which is why we've included it in our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence. Containing both silica and silica acids in a readily absorbable format, horsetail is an obvious choice for boosting collagen and improving skin health.

Sources:

Use of silicon for skin and hair care: an approach of chemical forms available and efficacy* Lidiane Advincula de Araújo,1 Flavia Addor,2 and Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos1

Isolated isoquercitrin from Green ball apple peel inhibits photoaging in CCD-986Sk fibroblasts cells via modulation of the MMPs signalingEun-Ho Lee 1, Hye-Jin Park 1, Han-Hyuk Kim 2, Hee-Young Jung 3, In-Kyu Kang 4, Young-Je Cho 1

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Skin Barrier Health: Maintaining Vibrant Skin into Your 50's & Beyond

Skin Barrier Health: Maintaining Vibrant Skin into Your 50's & Beyond

As we age, our skin's texture and ability to retain moisture start to change. This is because the amount of natural oils your skin produces declines dramatically after the age of 40. Some might go so far as to say that their oil glands have gone on strike!

But it’s not just that our skin produces less natural oils. The structure of our skin also changes, becoming thinner and less dense, a change that can further contribute to trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and impaired barrier function.

Both thinner and drier skin can greatly diminish optimal skin barrier function. One of the best things you can do for mature skin is to make sure your skin barrier remains intact and healthy by providing it with the vitamins, nutrients, and moisture that it needs.

Specifically, phytoceramides, precious oils and hyaluronic acid, which act synergistically toghether to mimic the composition of the skin’s natural barrier. Both our serums and our Aspen Dew Essence are designed to provide these key actives and help to promote optimal skin barrier health so you can keep your glow going.

For more on how to naturally boost your skin health and improve barrier function, check out our tips below...

How you can boost skin barrier health

Use a serum daily 

Invest in a clean, results-driven serum, like The Alpine Phytonutrient Serum or Purist Delicate Skin Serum, that fortifies and nourishes depleted skin with vitamin renewal while shielding against oxidative damage that leads to premature aging.

Use a gentle cleanser twice a day

Oil cleansers are preferred as they clean without stripping. Avoid anything that leaves your skin feeling “squeaky clean” as this is a sure sign your skin is being stripped of its natural oils and moisture.

Get your Omega 3s

Take a high-quality fish oil or flaxseed Omega 3 supplement, to improve the fatty acid composition of your skin and balance its inflammatory response. Our favorite is Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega.

Avoid hot water

Use warm (not hot!) water on your face so you are not stripping your skin of its natural oils and limit over-bathing.

Use SPF

Upgrade your sunscreen game, use a non-nano SPF sunscreen to protect against age spots and skin cancer. Makeup with SPF does not provide the same level of protection. While using SPF may feel over-stated, it remains one of the single most powerful ways to help prevent premature photo-aging. For more on this topic, check out our post on the myriad ways UV rays damage skin.

However you choose to support your skin barrier health, remember, caring for your skin is always an act of self-care. 

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