I will have to admit I am a little bit vain….
When I was a personal trainer I was obsessed with super foods to obtain a beautiful body. I spent a LOT of money on supplements, books, nutrition courses and “special” doctors.
I think I have done pretty much every trendy diet plan.
When I started to become interested in the skincare industry I did the Perricone diet. A diet rich in salmon and berries (plus other highly nutritious foods) designed by Dr Perricone for aging skin and weight management. He also has a diet plan for acne management. I ate huge amounts of salmon and berries amongst other foods to promote healthy skin.
So…. After the last 10-15 years of my experience if I had to pick 1 super food that boosts my skin health it would be the avocado!!
I must say I was not a fan of the avocado until a few years ago but now I love it in salads and on sandwiches. Especially on toast with Vegemite. I can honestly say within a few hours of eating avocado I notice my skin is a lot more radiant and softer looking.
AVOCADO – THE FACTS
Avocado is a fruit rich in monounsaturated fats (about 75% of the fruit). These are “good fats” that lower bad cholesterol! These fats contain omega 3, oleic linoleic and linolenic acids! Huge skin benefits especially if your skin is dry!
Avocados are high in fibre, potassium, b vitamins, vitamin e and c and vitamin k. Also antioxidants such as lutein and polyphenols – no wonder they are great for your beauty regime!
They help to prevent cancer, diabetes and also high blood pressure.
We offer avocado oil in our custom lip balms. Why would you choose it as an ingredient?
It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and beta carotene. It is known to have regenerative and rejuvenating properties. It also has excellent penetrating abilities and natural sunscreening properties and last but not least is an excellent antioxidant.
Pass me the guacamole please!!
The disbelief that people still have for natural skin care products may possibly be due to the fact that many of the ingredients are just SO common. These common household ingredients can’t POSSIBLY make a difference, can they?
Take the ever-common lime. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who can’t draw or describe what a lime is, unlike more exotic ingredients like Jojoba Oil. How can something you’ve used for cooking, in your drinks and perhaps in your beer … how can the lime even be that effective for skin care?
Lime actually has 3 very specific benefits for your skin:
The only thing people have to be careful of is that fair-skinned individuals can suffer some photosensitivity. A Japanese study published in Medline entitled “A study of the phototoxicity of lemon oil” has indicated that in the presence of light, lime oil can cause some sensitivity, but only in concentrated amounts. As long as you practice moderation in your application, adverse reactions can very easily be avoided.
Don’t fret! 1 Skin’s Lime Thyme Body Wash uses a gentle amount of lime to ensure that it does not dry the skin and allows fair-skinned individuals to enjoy the product, as well. Of course, we’ve done our research to ensure that the products we produce for you leads to a better, healthier you!
There’s nothing she can’t do [Yes, obviously, she’s a woman!]. In fact, Lavandula angustifolia is her full name.
Back in the day, lavender flowers in tea are used to address digestive problems, headaches, anxiety and insomnia. It was even used as a disinfectant for combat wounds in World War 1 and in hospitals to sterilize the areas. Due to advances in technology that allow us to harness the essential oils, lavender very much still finds its way used the same therapeutic way, aside from its natural fragrance.
Did you know that lavender flowers even produce abundant nectar so it is a great plant to use for high-quality honey-making? As far as baking, Lavender flavouring is often paired with chocolate; talk about super-antioxidant!
However, you still have to be careful, as lavender is a powerful allergen, so consult your doctor before ingesting or topically using lavender while pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because lavender oil is cytotoxic (cell-killing) to human cells that are inside the body (i.e. baby, endothelial cells). All you need is proper care and consultation, in order to make sure that lavender oil does not come in actual contact with your baby.
The real palpable benefit to lavender is in skin care. Imagine this: the soothing calming fragrance combined with the antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of lavender – ALL IN ONE! Make sure when you order 1 Skin products, inquire about the ones that include lavender. The question is not why. After all the benefits listed above, you should really ask yourself: why not? The only acceptable answer is really pregnancy!
Did you know that the ever-popular grape seed oil is produced in abundance as a by-product of winemaking? Aside from encouraging our wine lover’s habits, there are many other benefits to grape seed oil.
Often used as the carrier oil (emollient) for bath and body product, it leaves a light thin glossy film over the skin. It keeps the skin moisturized, and has the most linoleic acid that other carrier oils. The easy reaction of the linoleic acid with oxygen in the air forms cross linking and the formation of this stable protective film.
Aside from the protective film, grape seed oil also contains the same antioxidant as the much-lauded green tea. It is called procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs). It is known to counter act free radicals in our skin that leads to aging. It is also known to have better skin restorative properties than Vitamin C and E.
Who bother scouring small-font ingredients list at the back of your industrially-produced skin products. You can choose Grape Seed Oil as 1 of 2 emollient oils in your custom-made lip balm and reap the benefits we just talked about! 1 Skin products are guaranteed all-natural!
One of my favourite parts of my business 1Skin Solution is the Custom Lip Balm sector. I loooove creating and making lip balms and I also love all the positive feedback I get from my clientele. I am lucky to have found something that I love so much I can make a business out of it. This side of our business allows us to contribute to the growth of the Australian Beauty industry. It provides a very high quality product for B2B and then onto B2C. A business owner can customise a lip balm and put their business logo on the packaging.
I have a section on my website where a customer can go in and create their lip balm. Starting with applicator choice (pots, tubes, mini tubes) and quantity they require. The min order is 50 units and the pricing depends on quantity and volume of tube/pot. The customer can then follow the steps choosing from the ingredients range and then adding tints, flavours and extras like vitamins and sunscreen. They can choose as many ingredients as they like and I will then create from them the best formula with the ingredients they have chosen. Then they will send through thier business logo or personal label design and we will outsource the printing and apply to the lip balm once it has been made.
Why Custom lip balm?
Why choose 1Skin Solution
So if you own and business or just looking for something different to give to your friends and family for the holiday season this year take a look at our Custom lip balms
If you would like to sample some of our work we offer a sample pack of 3 different balms in different packaging.
In the future we hope we can collaborate with other Australian brands and create a lip balm where proceeds can then be donated to an Australian charity. This will bring greater awareness to both brands involved and help those in need. “Brand dating” is becoming a popular way for fashion, food, beauty and many other industries’ to collaborate together and target an audience in today’s cluttered market. We believe this will provide support to, not only the Australian Beauty industry but, to Australian industry in general.
And I can prove it …
It’s personal, without being intrusive or assumptive. Don’t you hate it when you get a DVD or book as a present, and it’s a borderline-insulting assumption on your preferences? For example, you didn’t even like The Notebook, but because you’re a girl, people think, “She must like Nicholas Sparks’ novels.”
This is part of the reason why gift cards have been so popular lately. However, gift cards are impersonal and almost cold. It monetizes and removes the warmth of the gift-giving season. So what’s one to do, when you have a huge list of contacts for whom to show your holiday appreciation?
There are plenty of people on your list – co-workers, clients, managers, acquaintances – whose relationship you value. You want to give them a gift that is practical and personal.
Customized lip balms are unique; it will definitely not be compared to getting another greeting card for the holidays.
Customized lip balms are reasonably priced; prices are anywhere between $1 to $3.25 each, depending on the type and quantity.
Customized lip balms are useful; with sun protection and antioxidants, it definitely crafts a considerate message.
Subscribe to our newsletter and blog! In future editions, we go into detail on the 6 different steps to create your own lip balm. We will be talking about applications, bases, emollients, colours, flavours and the bonus all-natural additives that provide you with the highly-desired benefits of antioxidants and sun protection.
Until next time … Protect your body’s 1 largest organ; Protect your 1 Skin.
This oil is one of my favourite oils because
Capric/caprylic triglyceride is derived from the fruit coconut. Before the oil is even processed, it has very raised levels of saturated fat, with a content that remains around 90 percent. In its purest format, it has a milky color, though after being refined, it becomes clear (and is liquid at room temperature).
Why I use it in my products including the custom lip balms
This emollient oil is used to enhance the performance of flavour, fragrance and/or colour additives. In addition it provides emollients ‘to formulations and can help enhance the performance of skin care actives.
Using as a health supplement
MCTs are also seen as promoting fat oxidation and reduced food intake. Some studies have shown that MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning, and thus weight loss. MCTs are shorter chain triglycerides and contain only 8.3 calories instead of 9 calories per gram. The shorter chain structure is easier to digest than longer chain triglycerides, and MCTs can quickly be used as a fuel source just like carbs for muscle energy. It is a mild laxative and should only be taken in small serves as it can cause stomach cramps. It should not be used by diabetics and you should always consult your health professional before using any supplements. For more information on MCT as a food source see The Coconut Diet.
I love cocoa butter and here is why
We also offer Shea butter in our custom lip balms and here is why
Personally I prefer cocoa butter. It has smoother application and a much nicer scent. Shea butter tends to be a little bit ‘grainy’ but it is less comedogenic and has good protective qualities. They are both excellent emollients that keep your skin supple, smooth and youthful looking.
Vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant with skin moisturising properties! Given it's free radical scavenging properties, it is useful in UV protective products. It also prevents oxidation of other oils in skin balms.
Topically, vitamin E is used for dermatitis and aging skin. High dose oral RRR-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E) in combination with vitamin C protected against skin inflammation after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in two small, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies . Alpha-tocopherol acetate 400 IU alone does not seem to offer this benefit. In one study, topically applied vitamin E in combination with topical vitamin C and melatonin provided modest photo protective effect when used prior to UV exposure, but had no effect when used during or after UV exposure. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is naturally occurring in many foods including vegetable oils, cereal grains, animal fats, meat, poultry, eggs, almonds, sunflower seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Wheat germ oil is a particularly rich source of vitamin E. Maximum vitamin E intake from diet alone typically reaches about 60 IU per day.
Orally, vitamin E is used for replacement therapy in vitamin E deficiency, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, preventing heart attacks, angina and hypertension. Vitamin E is also used orally for improving physical endurance, increasing energy, preventing allergies, for asthma and respiratory infections, swine flu, for protecting against negative effects of air pollution and preventing aging. It is also used orally for inflammatory skin disorders, aging skin, sunburns, cystic fibrosis, oral leukoplakia, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, infertility, impotence, chronic fatigue syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Vitamin E is generally considered safe, even at doses exceeding the recommended dietary allowance (RDA); however, adverse effects are more likely to occur with higher doses. Always use supplements under guidance of a health professional.
Have a healthy day!! Raylene
I love aroma therapy and essential oils. Every morning I like to randomly select (with my eyes closed) 2-3 essential oils from my collection and burn them in my oil burner. When I light the candle I like to take a moment to be grateful for all that I have in my life, I make a promise to do my best and be kind to others. I also make a wish for something that will be of benefit to my life and the lives of others. It makes me feel good!
We have added pure essential oils to 2 of our products and here the benefits you will receive from them.
Lime Thyme Body Wash
Lime oil is extracted from lime skin by cold pressure or distillation. Lime essential oil has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been known for its uplifting and revitalising properties. The oil has been known to act as an astringent on the skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin. Lime oil has a fresh, sweet and fruity citrus aroma.
Thyme oil is considered a powerful antiseptic and tonic. It has been widely used in botanical therapy since antiquity for its warming, stimulating and cleansing properties. It is helpful for oily skin and also has antiseptic and wound healing properties. It strengthens and restores vitality and improves circulation. Thyme oil has a strong warm, spicy-herbaceous aroma.
Bath & Shower Crystals
Lime oil – see above.
Lavender oil is considered one of the most versatile and best loved of all essential oils with a long list of properties, include calming, soothing, healing and balancing. Lavender essential oil has been known for its antiseptic, analgesic and cytophylactic (Protects the cells of the organism, increases leucocytes to fight infection) properties. It has also been known to have sedating properties. It is useful in all skin types. Lavender oil has a sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma with balsamic-woody undertones.
Do you love aroma therapy and essential oils?
Why are beach babes always portrayed with perfect glowing skin? The truth is it's definitely not an advertising ploy. The sea DOES provide many wonderful benefits, specifically from salt derived from its waters.
For centuries, salt derived from sea water (sea salt!) was used to heal and invigorate the body. Today, sea salt is the main ingredients in many bath salts. Bath salts are basically sea salt mixed with essential oils. Salt is extracted by removing the water through evaporation.
Top 5 Sea Salt uses:
It is no wonder that Australia, being very-popular for its surfing and beach culture, can produce such high-quality all-natural products such as 1 Skin bath crystals. The abundance of sea salt, along with natural ingredients like macadamia nuts and emollient oils, allows us to create amazing products for your skin, without importing all the materials from other countries!
ojoba Oil is a common ingredients in all-natural skin care products, and let me tell you, it is NOT cheap! So why do natural skin care lines insist on including Jojoba Oil, if it costs a lot?
Well, Jojoba Oil is actually a wax ester extracted from the seed of the jojoba tree. More importantly, out of all the natural ingredients out there, it is most alike organically-speaking to sebum, which is our human skin oil. This is important to note because scientists have theorized that using jojoba oil on our skin (or lips) can trick our cells to think that it has produced enough oil. This results in more balanced production of sebum (our own oil). Isn't that cool?
Aside from oil control properties, because it is a wax ester, it does not evaporate like water-based moisturizers, and thus is a necessary ingredients for all-day moisturizers. It does not lose antioxidants, despite long periods of storage, which means that you can keep your products longer (or buy larger jars, since it won't expire!).
It might be expensive, but jojoba oil is definitely worth it! It is one of the "emollient oils" we use in the production of our custom-made lip balms, so next time you order some, make sure to include it in your personal lip balm concoction!
At 1Skin, you might notice that we use Macadamia Nut Oil and Almond Oil often. Some might think we enjoy snacking too much, but the truth is these nuts are little packages full of benefits for your skin and your health. The best part is they are all-natural.
Let’s talk about the Macadamia. These nuts are native to Australia, which is why it is prominent in our Lip Balm and Vanilla Bean Body Cream products.
When eaten, macadamias can help to address high cholesterol. “Eating macadamia nuts as part of a healthy diet seems to modestly lower total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol” according to a study by the National Institute of Health. Simply put, the good fats that lower cholesterol are increased, while the bad fats are lowered. Most of you probably even notice that macadamias are often dipped in dark chocolate, a wonderful anti-oxidant.
On your skin, macadamia nut oil can be rubbed directly into cracked skin. Instead of buying products with a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, a lot of people are opting to go the natural route, since macadamia nut oil provides a moisture punch and improves suppleness.
As far as the Almond, there are 2 types. The Sweet Almond does not contain any toxic constituents and is what we use in our products. The Bitter type does have toxicity and should be avoided in products.
When eaten, sweet almonds can be “a mild laxative and a remedy for cancer of the bladder, breast, mouth, spleen and uterus” (according to the Natural Medicine Comprehensive database). Isn’t that just amazing? It’s even delicious as a snack.
On your skin, sweet almonds act as an emollient. What is an emollient? It actually is a preparation that is known to soften the skin. Therefore, sweet almond can be used chapped skin and lips. It is even a weak antibacterial product.
The best part is the customization of these ingredients into our natural products!
Now you know why here at 1Skin, we are nuts about Macadamia and Almond Oil!