Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:42

Lavender and Skincare

 

Just one of the many versatile uses of Lavender is its great skin care benefits. It is highly praised for its ability to treat various skin conditions from outbreaks of acne, to eczema and even help smooth wrinkles. This makes it an excellent oil to offer great benefits to everyone, no matter what their skin type. It is also one of the gentler of essential oils, meaning it is a good choice for those with more sensitive skin such as children. 
Here are just a few of the wonderful uses of Lavender in skincare.

Natural acne treatment


Lavender is renowned for its natural anti-bacterial and anti—inflammatory properties. This makes it an incredibly useful natural acne treatment. Diluted Lavender applied directly to the affected area can help to soothe inflammation and reduce any redness
Use a carrier oil such as Virgin Coconut oil to dilute Lavender and apply to the skin.


Alternatively, you can try a ready to use Lavender Gel which is safe to apply directly to the skin. Its soothing effects help to cool the skin and reduce redness. Our Lavender Gel from AA Skincare comes in a handy pump bottle, making it more hygienic for application and minimizing waste.


Soothe Burns and insect bites


Lavender is most definitely an essential oil you want to have in your first aid box or better still; take a bottle with you when going away to help treat bites, burns and stings. Lavenders’ ability to treat burns was famously discovered by French Chemist Rene Maurice back in the 1900’s when he burned his hand whilst working in the family perfumery business. After sinking his hand into a vat of Lavender, he experienced some extraordinary results which helped heal the burns and even prevent scarring. Although it is one of the gentler oils, Lavender should still be diluted before applying to the skin; our ready to use Lavender Roll on is ideal for those of you always on the go or to take with you on holiday.
Lavender can help reduce swelling, reduce itchiness and it can also act as a natural insect repellent to help deter any further insect bites, so it really is a handy oil to keep in your wash bag. 

Natural toner


Lavender is renowned for helping helping boost circulation. Its anti-inflammatory properties also enables it to soothe redness so if you’re an acne sufferer or have spent a lot of time in the sun this summer, using Lavender as part of your skin care regime can help reduce redness and leave it feeling soothed and refreshed.


Lavender water (hydrolate) is the natural by-product of the steam distillation process used to extract the Lavender essential oil. Floral waters make the perfect natural toner; they are incredibly refreshing to use and you can rest assure that you’re putting no nasty chemicals onto your skin. Simply use a cotton pad to gently wipe over the face or if you’d prefer, you can decant the water into an atomizer bottle and spay over the face to refresh and revive the skin.

There you have a few ideas on how to incorporate Lavender into your skincare regime. Its wonderfully versatile properties makes it an incredibly beneficial oil for most skin types. What’s more, its beautiful aroma makes it enjoyable to use; offering calming and relaxing properties to help reduce stress and release tension.


Thank you reading, we hope you found this useful. Stay tuned for more tips and advice to come as part of our Spotlight on Lavender month.

 

Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:08

Fabulous Floral Waters! Tone & Cleanse Using the Power of Nature - Part 3.

Hi all. Sophie here with the final Fabulous Floral Water Blog. In this blog I am going to be talking all about the stunning Floral Waters of Orange Blossom and Geranium.

Monday, 23 February 2015 13:05

Fabulous Floral Waters! Tone & Cleanse Using the Power of Nature - Part 2.

 

Hi all. Sophie here again with another Fabulous Floral Water Blog. This time it's all about the beautiful Floral Waters of Jasmin and Rose.

As I explained in a little more detail in my previous blog, floral waters are usually categorised as either Hydrosols or Hydrolates.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:21

Body Brushing – Increase Circulation and Help to Reduce Cellulite

Hi everyone – Sophie here again with my latest blog. I am going to be going into more detail about how useful our Wooden Cellulite Brushes and our Body/Brush Massagers can be in skincare. Click to discover 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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