Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:29

Amphora Autumn Skincare Tips

The summer months have been truly wonderful. Lots of time spent outdoors and beautiful sunny days (along with lots of rain of course). Although the sun has its many benefits for us, most notably providing us with a great source of vitamin D, it can take its toll on our skin. The end of the summer months can leave our skin feeling dehydrated and in need of some nourishment. The transition into a cooler time of year can also cause havoc with our skin. The change in season is a great chance for us to change up and refresh our skincare regime so we can get the best out of the array of wonderful ingredients that nature has to offer and ensure you’re giving your skin the loving care it deserves. 

(1) Use a Gentle Cleanser to avoid drying out the skin.

There is a lot of hype about Oil Cleansing at the moment, and there are many reasons why! For those of us with an oilier complexion, the idea of applying more oil to the skin may seem counterproductive, however research has now shown that oil can in fact dissolve oil. Oil cleansing is a gentle way to restore balance in the skin, whilst ensuring it stays hydrated. Plus the wide choice of carrier oils means you can tailor it to suite your skin type. Jojoba Oil is the top choice for oily skin as it is effective in balancing sebum production. For more mature or slightly drier complexions, you could try something more nourishing such as Rosehip or Grapeseed Oil. Simply apply a small amount to the palm of your hands and gently massage over the skin. Gently wash away with warm water or a clean flannel.

(2) Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate some more!

A new season is the perfect time to give yourself an all over body scrub. To help your skin glow and remove dead skin cells (it’s thought we produce more skin cells over the summer months, so this is the perfect time to do it). Gentle round movements when exfoliating also helps boost circulation (just what you need when the colder weather sets in).  Creating your own scrub is incredibly easy and it can take as little as three ingredients. A tub of Epsom salts, a carrier oil and if you’d like an essential oil of your choice is all you need to make the perfect natural exfoliator. If you’d like mire ideas or further information, you can refer to some of our previous recipes:

• Soothing Lemon & Lavender Salt Scrub Recipe: http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/381-lemon-lavender-salt-scrub

• Invigorating Grapefruit & Peppermint Salt Scrub: http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/380-spring-cleaning-your-skin


• Tropical Lime & Coconut Salt Scrub Recipe: http://amphora-aromatics.com/amphora-blog/item/382-tropical-lime-coconut-salt-scrub-recipe-ideal-for-giving-your-feet-a-spring-time-treat

 

(3) Hydrate the and restore balance in the skin

Using a refreshing and reviving natural toner in the form of a floral water can offer your skin the kind of balance that it will need at this time of year. Avoiding using conventional toners which often contain alcohol (which can really dry out the skin), and switching them for a floral water can make a huge difference. You can also use them to refresh tired eyes by soaking two cotton pads and placing the over your eyelids for 10 – 15 minutes. Delicately fragranced, floral waters are incredibly gentle, so they are a great choice for those of us with sensitive skin and they really are wonderfully refreshing.

(4) Soothe dry and irritated skin – as the colder weather starts to set in, you may feel the need to switch to more intense moisturizer that will keep your skin feeling nourished and protected. If you’re prone to dry patches, particularly the hands, knees and elbows, you may want to try using an all-natural Shea Butter Moisturizer. The abundance of fatty acids and vitamins in Shea Butter makes it an incredibly nourishing natural moisturizer for the skin. Our Lavender and Chamomile Shea Butter is the ideal product to help soothe irritated skin due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties.

(5) Serums for treating sun damaged skin.

The benefits from using serums come from their amazing abilities to penetrate the skin on an even deeper level than a moisturizer. This gives the natural ingredients more of a chance to work hard at treating the skin from within, meaning you can benefit further from their wonderful properties.  For a nourishing and hydrating serum that would be especially suited to mature skin, you can try blending 30ml of Rosehip oil with 3 – 4 drops of Frankincense. Rosehip oil is often a popular ingredient found it anti-aging creams and serums due to its rich Vitamin A content that helps repair and protect the skin. Frankincense is renowned for its rejuvenating properties which help firm and tone the skin.

Here you have some of our top tips for taking care of your skin this autumn. We hope you find a way to get the most of all the benefits these natural ingredients have to offer. Despite the sad farewell to summer, autumn can be a truly beautiful time of year, so let’s embrace the change with great positivity and enjoy what it has to offer.

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Friday, 17 April 2015 15:02

Spring cleaning your skin - Aromatherapy Salt Scrubs to make your skin glow! Part 3

Tropical Lime & Coconut Salt Scrub Recipe – Ideal for giving your feet a spring time treat!


I don’t know about you, but after this year’s winter my feet are definitely in need of some TLC to get them in shape for summer!

Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:19

Body Brushing - Exfoliate and Invigorate Your Skin with Natural Loofahs

Hi all, Sophie here with my last blog on Amphora’s lovely range of Loofahs and Brushes. In this post I'll be explaining why using natural Loofah brushes is so beneficial to your skin. Click to learn more. 

Friday, 16 January 2015 12:54

Body Brushing – Exfoliate, Tone and Shine.

Hello again everyone -  Sophie here with another blog full of tips and advice for you. In this series of blogs I am going to looking in some detail at our range of natural brushes and loofahs and show how your skin can hugely benefit from using them.

I’ll give you some lovely cleansing recipe suggestions for using with the brushes and loofahs too.

You may not have heard of body brushing before and it may sound a little strange, but just as brushing is crucial in keeping our hair and teeth in good order, body brushing is important for healthy, smooth skin and has many other benefits besides. Read on to find out more…

Body brushing is not only something that is popular in salons and spas but is also an ancient therapeutic practice. A lot of historical texts and legends talk of massaging skin with various instruments including sand, sticks and rocks. 

So, we’ve known for centuries how important it is to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation. It can help tone the skin, slow down the ageing process, increase circulation, help improve the appearance of cellulite and help ease muscle tension.

Body brushing is typically done using a natural bristle brush or loofah. A long handle and a detachable head is best as this will allow you to get to even those hard to reach areas easily.

Amphora’s Bristle Back Brush is absolutely perfect for body brushing. It has a long handle and removable head with a strap so it’s really easy to use.

Another great brush option is the Sisal Brush (sometimes referred to as a Japanese-Style Sisal brush) made from fibres from the sisal plant. They will typically have a long, wooden handle with string at one end for hanging and the brush at the other.

Or you could always try Sisal Straps. These are great for the back as they are designed with a long, flat brush with two rope handles either end which allows it to be scrubbed across the body in a see-sawing motion.

To help you get the most out of dry body brushings here’s a few easy to follow hints and tips:

The first and most important thing with body brushing is that your skin needs to be dry. So, the perfect time to brush is before you hop into the shower. Brushing shouldn’t really take longer than a few minutes.  

In long sweeping or circular strokes, massage the brush over your skin making sure you are always going towards your heart, so from your feet upwards, and from your neck and arms downwards.

This is important as it helps the lymphatic drainage system to expel toxins. This is a significant step in detoxification of the body and also feels really nice. It’s a great stress-relieving activity too.

For the first few times you use a body brush be sure to be nice and gentle. You can start to add a little more pressure over time.

As you continue to brush your skin you may find that, after overlapping your brush strokes a few times, your skin may begin to redden and tingle. This is a good sign as it shows that your circulation has been stimulated. If it starts to feel sore or uncomfortable then that’s the time to stop.

Once you have dry brushed your body, step into a warm shower and wash as usual. After a few minutes, increase the temperature to very warm for several minutes.

Then turn the water to cold and (if you can!) stay under for 30 seconds. Slowly rotate your body to ensure the cold water flows over all of your skin. Step out and towel dry off. Be brave – you can do it!

If this doesn’t appeal to you, try rinsing just your legs with cool water after brushing for around 30 seconds then shower as usual.

Once you have dried off, is it important to apply a moisturiser. Something natural with no chemicals in is always best - carrier oils like Rosehip Seed Oil or Coconut Oil are lovely for the body. There are lots of other moisturiser blends on the Amphora Blog. 

Dry skin brushing can be done once a week. Morning time is always best – you just need to allow an extra 5 or 10 minutes before you take a shower.

It is important to clean your brush regularly with warm soapy water and allow to air dry. Apart from this it’s best to keep your brush dry and not to use it for regular bathing.

Do not brush any areas on your skin that are broken or infected. This treatment is not suitable if you suffer from any skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis or have any varicose veins.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with details about some of the other items in our  fantastic range of natural brushes and loofahs. 


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