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New Services being featured at the Organic Skin Bar at The Natural Pharmacy
By Laurie Lombardi
An organic skincare routine is one of the best things you can do to promote the appearance of your skin, and it offers other perks as well. A recent study suggests that using natural ingredients on your skin can address hyperpigmentation and irritation, while another found that it can help reduce skin damage caused by the sun.
There’s so much emphasis on skin care products that it’s easy to forget that healthy skin comes from the inside. Complete nutrition is essential for supporting the health and appearance of your skin. Seek foods with plenty of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. Vitamin A, C, E, and K all support skin tissue growth, regeneration, and encourage smooth-looking skin. Antioxidants help protect skin against damage from free radicals. Even biotin, also known as vitamin B7, supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.
You are what you eat, and the food you put in your body affects how your skin looks and feels. Equally important is using organic products on your skin. That’s why we have created our new Organic Skin Care Bar at The Natural Pharmacy.
Most people view face masks as an optional and time-consuming. However, I am here to show you a few different ways you can incorporate face masks as a weekly treatment to help prolong the health of your skin and how face masks can boost the efficacy of your daily skin care regime.
The first item I want to address is how we think about face masks. A lot of people I talk to about using a face mask on a regular basis typically say that it is too much work or too time-consuming. And if you don’t understand the benefits of face masks and how to choose the right one for your skin type and personal convenience, you will continue in that same mindset. Instead of calling the product a face mask, begin referring to it as a face treatment. Once you realize how amazing masks are for your skin you’ll never want to skip a weekly treatment!
We offer a number of amazing face masks at the Organic Bar and each is custom made. All masks contain organic ingredients made with USDA Grade plant essential oils.
“You are what you eat, and the food you put in your body affects how your skin looks and feels. Equally important is using organic products on your skin. That’s why we have created our new Organic Skin Care Bar at The Natural Pharmacy.”
Anti-Aging Bentonite Clay Mask
Clay minerals typically form over long periods of time from the gradual chemical weathering of rocks, usually silicate-bearing, by low concentrations of carbonic acid and other diluted solvents.
Bentonite clay also called Montmorillonite, is a very popular healing clay that also cleanses the body. This clay is made from minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, formed from volcanic ash. The name of the clay (bentonite) comes from the biggest deposit of Bentonite clay that is located in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
Adding water to the clay gives it a negative electric charge, which in turn, removes toxins from the body. It works both externally and internally.
Clay works both internally and topically to help detox and clarify. If you desire clear, fresh and vital skin.
Detox Charcoal Mask with Aloe Vera Gel
Activated charcoal is an all-natural product which won’t add to your body’s chemical load. It’s also less likely to cause adverse skin and body reactions than conventional beauty care products.
Hydrating Tumeric & Manuka Honey Mask.
Manuka honey and turmeric will leave your skin super hydrated and glowing. in particular, Manuka helps to oxygenate pores, which draws out bacteria—kicking acne to the curb.
Acne Activated Charcoal: Coconut and Tea Tree Oil Mask
This mask cleans out the pores and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oil.
This is a wonderfully hydrating mask with peptides and minerals. The Collagen in our Organic Mask is hydrolyzed or broken down into smaller molecules that can be absorbed. Collagen production decreases as we age, causing your skin to become thinner, drier, weaker and less resilient.
It doesn’t matter if someone has had face work done, you still want your skin to look it’s best!
This custom-made Collagen Mask with Probiotics and more can help boost your skin’s collagen density and slow down collagen degeneration. This is also a great way to hydrate your skin. So clean you can eat it!
Do I need to refrigerate my skincare probiotic products?
A lot of people are asking if Skincare Probiotics need to be refrigerated? The answer is, No. make sure your probiotics in your skin care is fermented! Live strains are put through fermentation, which then releases secondary molecules that are collectively known as probiotic-derived bio-actives. It’s these molecules that have been through the clinical testing to prove they mimic the action of live bacteria, in a more controlled environment, all while being stable!
The potential skin benefits is that they can strengthen the skin’s immune system to better defend against environmental stressors, which can exponentially speed up the aging process. The second benefit is their ability to stimulate a repair response in the skin, without injury, irritation, or inflammation. It’s important to know that harsh chemicals in skin care can cause a Ph disruption, which usually results in dry, red, irritated skin. Another great benefit of probiotic skincare is it keeps your skin’s Ph low which is what we want. Our skin’s Ph is 4.7, another reason to incorporate Probiotics into your skincare routine.
Keep your skincare simple and be sure to read your labels. Usually the shorter the ingredient list the better.
The perfect combination of a “NO DOWNTIME” Medical Facial! A great tool, the Dermatone for Dermaplane and our Anti-Aging Mask- Bentonite, a powerful detoxifier that forms an electrical charge which attracts and absorbs toxins, Chemicals, impurities, and heavy metals from the skin. It has the ability to heal and regenerate skin tissue and improves blood circulation leaving you with a clear and radiant complexion. We incorporate Plant Oils, Essential Oils, Kelp and more organic ingredients.
This is perfect after a Microdermaplane treatment since the top layers of skin are removed. Since you are feeding your skin without a barrier, everything is absorbed beautifully, leaving your skin rejuvenated and refreshed.
Our Natural Dual Lip Stain & Gloss
The Berries! Natural Dual Lip Stain & Gloss Infused with Vanilla & Peppermint Essential Oils.
What goes on the body goes in the body, especially when it comes to Lipstick & Lip-Gloss. Our Lip Stains do not contain any of the above-mentioned chemicals which are considered carcinogens.
The Skin on your lips is extremely thin and your bloodstream absorbs ingredients much more easily than anywhere else because of this. Remember our skin is the largest organ of our body, it’s important to treat it with extra attention and care.
All Natural Skincare Tip:
Are Cherries Good for Your Skin? You Bet! Here are some benefits:
Cherries are rich in antioxidants that have the ability to help our skin maintain a healthy pH level with its natural alkaline contents. Cherries contain Potassium, flavonoids, fiber and considerable amounts of vitamins, A, B, C, and D. All great things for keeping our skin and hair flawless.
Toxic ingredients in cosmetics and skin care are prevalent in the States, i.e., Petroleum, (yes what you put in your car) Mineral Oil, BHA, BHT, Sulfates, Parabens, Butylparaben, Fragrance, and/or flavor and more!
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Summer Tips for Healthy Skin
By Laurie Lombardi
Summer is upon us and it’s time to think about protection and care of our skin and body. Here are a few tips to get you off on the right foot for the season.
Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.
Super Vitazyme contains all 45 of the Vitamins and minerals, plus enzymes required to feed the body, and improve your complexion and to allow these nutrients to do their job.
I personally Love this supplement because it’s all Plant-Based and has an enzyme delivery system, which makes it easily digested and assimilated into the body.
This supplement was formulated by Eric Sauer – Naturopathic Consultant & Licensed Pharmacist, NMD. RPh. If you have a sensitive stomach this is the perfect vitamin for you since it’s gentle on the stomach and easily digested.
It’s Tick Season/ Ticked Off Aromatic Organic Tick Repellant
As the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the United States, Lyme disease has been getting a lion’s share of the attention lately, but ticks — the U.S. has almost 100 varieties but only a few bite humans — can be hosts to nearly a dozen other diseases that can be passed on to you and your children when they latch onto your skin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks can carry a variety of diseases and recommends preventative measures like repellents. In the United States, some ticks carry pathogens that can cause human disease, including:
Anaplasmosis, caused by bacteria, can be fatal in about 1% of cases, even in previously healthy people
Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells and is treatable. The tick that transmits it is about the size of a poppy seed.
Ehrlichiosis, caused by bacteria, appears with flu-like symptoms. It is treatable has been fatal in about 2% of cases.
Powassan disease, which comes from a virus, has no specific treatment for the virus. Although only 75 cases have been reported in the past decade, it can develop into encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, or meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.
We recommend our organic repellent. Protect yourself, your family and pets with our Organic Ticked Off!
It’s Beach Season
You may have been taught that you need sunlight for your body to make vitamin D because vitamin D is not found naturally in most foods. But today, many foods are fortified with vitamin D during the manufacturing process. Thus, sun exposure is not as important for the body’s vitamin D supply as it used to be. Of course, being at the beach makes most people feel good. And enjoying a day at the beach swimming is better for your health than watching television. But you can still protect yourself from the sun’s damaging effects while enjoying yourself outdoors.
A very important beach bag product is sunscreen. There are many different sunblock products on the market. Many people aren’t sure which to choose. What SPF to choose? SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number tells you how well the product will protect you from UVB, the burning rays of the sun. (Most sunscreens also absorb ultraviolet “A” rays or UVA.) The higher the SPF number, the greater the amount of protection. Everyone should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you have had a skin cancer or precancer, you should use a sunscreen with an even higher SPF. Many of the new sunscreens have SPF of 45 or higher.
Of course, while you are on the beach you’ll want to look good too. We have another beach bag essential for you. Natural Lip Stain/Gloss. What’s great is the Lip Stain has lasting power. Bikini Styles come and go, but a chic Lip Color is Essential to wear on the beach. What’s great is it’s not thick like most Lip Glosses, so sand sticking to your Lips will not be an issue. This awesome color Sumacberrie will brighten your day, Lips and face.
More importantly, it’s chemical free, vegan and no fragrance except for Peppermint and Vanilla Essential Oils.
So, pucker up with this Natural Dual Lip Stain & Gloss!
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Super Foods for Healthier Skin
By Laurie Lombardi
When it comes to your skin, there’s one thing we know for sure: Not only what you eat, but what you put on your skin can have a direct impact on how you look. If you’re not specifically eating superfoods for glowing skin and instead are taking in processed foods or those high in sugar and fat and devoid of fiber, it can show up in the form of dull skin, perhaps along with other issues like acne, dryness, oiliness, or dark under-eye circles.
Below, we’ve highlighted some superfoods for glowing skin that belongs in your daily skincare regimen. They’ll help solve your biggest skin concerns and lead you to your most glowing look yet.
Papaya contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Carotenoids, and Lycopene; which helps produce the connective tissue collagen to increase elasticity to the skin. Vitamin C further works to block free radical damage from the environment. Free radicals are unpaired molecules found in UV rays and pollution that causes premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Another great skin food is pomegranate seeds! Pomegranate may be linked to a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines caused by excess skin exposure because of their ability to regenerate the skin and prevent hyperpigmentation! Pomegranates are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber.
The majority of the fiber is found in the seeds!
DIY Raw Honey
Raw Honey Is an ingredient that actually works!
Here are just four reasons to apply a raw honey mask infused with lavender and tea tree essential oils.
Acne: Honey is naturally an antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
Aging: Full of Antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
Complexion boost: it is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
The lavender and tea tree essential oils: Lavender has profound benefits on your skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It soothes and nourishes the skin. Tea Tree Oil is a great remedy for acne, but don’t overuse it! It also reduces inflammation which can help soothe eczema.
3-4 Tablespoonfuls of Raw Honey.
6 Drops of USDA Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
3-4 Drops of Tea Tree Oil.
Leave this mask on clean skin for 30 minutes.
Tumeric is a remarkable plant and has been used for all kinds of problems including arthritis. But did you know it also prevents premature aging skin!
This drink doesn’t just work against cellular aging on the inside. In addition, it’s also a big help when it comes to preventing signs of premature aging in your skin and hair.
Here’s one easy recipe:
One cup of water
1/2 Tablespoon Tumeric
Squeeze the juice of 1/2 Lemon into the mixture
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
You can drink this once or twice a day. Tumeric is a Superfood primarily because of Curcumin, a bioactive component.
Tumeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It doesn’t taste too bad either!
Try these superfoods for healthier skin. Visit laurielombardi.com for all-natural skincare and cosmetics.
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