FLORAL WATERS vs ESSENTIAL OIL WATERS
There seems to be a variety of names for apparently the same thing when it comes to floral waters, flower water, hydrolates, hydrosols and essential oil waters. Confused?…you won’t be. Here’s a quick simplified ow-down on the differences:
FLORAL AND FLOWER WATERS (also called Hydrosols/Hydrolates)
These are produced during steam distillation of essential oils. They do not always have the same aroma as the essentials oils themselves but have a powerful therapeutic effect, making them versatile and safe to use directly on the skin.
Floral and Flower Waters are a pure, gentle and light way to scent the skin, with various nourishing benefits of the essential oils. The nourishing effects of the pure oils from the flowers are clear and beautiful, as well as refreshing, toning and hydrating to the skin. Floral Waters are incredibly practical too as you can apply a little to a bowl of water or onto cotton wool to cleanse the skin. Our Floral Face Toner is in an atomiser bottle, so you can spray a mist over your face and body as a toner, or to refresh the skin throughout the day - especially useful in summer time. Some of our customers have used them during hot flushes too as a delicious and divine cooling treatment!
ESSENTIAL OIL WATERS
Handmade by diffusing an essential oil in spring water and filtering out the essential oil after a few weeks. This makes a more beautiful aroma compared to floral waters and the aroma is the same as the essential oil. They also have a powerful therapeutic effect in the same way as floral water.
In some parts of the world, Floral Waters (Hydrosols/Hydrolates) have been used for centuries in home remedies and by practitioners of traditional medicine. In the western world until recently, they were often treated as an unwanted by-product of essential oil distillation and discarded (with the exception of rose and lavender water). Their popularity and application is increasing together with the rising popularity of natural remedies and organic skincare.
06 October 2018
FRENCH WHITE CLAY
I thought you might like to know about the French White Clay used in our Apricot and Rose Clay Face Mask and, while this article is not intended to be a scientific review, I hope there’s just enough information to be of interest to you.
ABOUT COSMETIC CLAYS
There are many types of clays used in skincare and cosmetic products and all clays are naturally occurring, earthy, mineral-rich elements derived from weather worn volcanic ash, rocks, or soil. Due to their fine grains and particles, clays are soft in texture and are pliable when moist. Depending on its source, chemical configuration and therapeutic properties, each clay has a unique combination of minerals making them advantageous for different uses.
HISTORY OF CLAYS
According to historical accounts, the medicinal use of clays were recorded as early as 2500 B.C on Mesopotamian tablets. In Ancient Egypt, clays were used in beauty treatments and medicinal treatments.
The clay we chose for our Apricot & Rose Clay Face Mask is French White Clay, also called ‘Kaolin’. Kaolin is rich in Calcium, Silica, Magnesium and Zinc. This is what our wonderful suppliers say about French White Clay:
French White Clay, when used on areas such as the face, effectively help to draw out dirt and other toxins from the skin, acting as an effective natural cleanser that does not dry out or cause damage to the outer layers of the skin. As well as this it acts as an effective toner, promoting better circulation and drawing blood up towards the skin's surface to promote cell turnover and damage repair, helping it to revitalise the skin through improving complexion and tightening pores. This clay is especially useful as a cosmetic ingredient for skin care directed towards problem or acne-prone skin, due to its particularly effective cleansing abilities.”
HARVESTING FRENCH WHITE CLAY
French White Clay is extracted from quarries in France and spread out and dried under the sun to remove excess water while allowing the clay to retain all of its natural trace elements. Next, the Clay is finely ground using large hydraulic crushers and then dried under the sun once more to remove any remaining water.
27 September 2018
IMPORTANCE OF WATER
Your body is 72% water (some say 80% or more). Every day you lose 1.7 litres simply through normal living.
Many people don't consume enough water and as a result become dehydrated, causing symptoms such as headaches (or worse migraines) tiredness, hunger, muscle cramps, raised blood pressure, skin problems, kidney problems, loss of concentration, high cholesterol and much more.
It is a common misapprehension that all manufactured beverages will supply the body with its daily water needs whereas water and only water will hydrate the body adequately.
Your body knows when it does not have enough water and goes into a state of ‘dehydration alert’. This means a pre-determined hierarchy is switched on for distribution of water around the body. When the body is in this state, water is moved around according to urgent need. For example, water is needed for digesting your food (note: water is not to be drunk at meal times as this dilutes digestive juices). The body knows you do not need to think hard when eating so it diverts water from your brain to the digestive system. This is the reason people are often sleepy after a meal because their brain has little water.
TURNED OFF THIRST MECHANISM
Your body asks for water through the ‘thirst’ mechanism- i.e. you get ‘mouth feel’ thirst so you drink (in fact some studies have shown that by the time you get a thirst you are already dehydrated). Caffeine has diuretic properties and dehydrates you, making your body release its water. Caffeine is in tea, coffee, colas, sports drinks and more. Caffeine is both addictive and dehydrating and is the reason people are compelled to drink so much every day and never be satisfied. Eventually if you drink liquids containing caffeine your body learns that when it asks for hydration, you actually give it water releasing drinks. So it often turns off the ‘thirst mechanism’ to protect your body’s water loss and ‘dehydration alert’ is triggered. Remember your body works to protect you and ‘no thirst’ is viewed as a protective measure by the body to keep the water it has. This can result in toxicity of the cell.
HOW MUCH WATER TO DRINK?
The British Dietetic Association advises that the average adult should consume 2.5 litres of water per day, to simply maintain the vital functions of the body. This amount should be increased during periods of hot weather or during and after physical activity. Even mild dehydration, with as little as 1-2% loss of your body weight, can sap your energy and make you tired.
HOW TO DRINK WATER
Drink hot water at a temperature which is easy to drink. Drinking cold water requires the body to heat it up before it can be used. However, if you have no means of heating water, drinking it cold is essential rather than going without. Apart from morning and evening and before meals, drink water little and often.
On rising drink 1 pint of hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice to rehydrate your body after the significant loss of water during sleep.
Throughout the morning continue to drink hot water little and often.
Before lunch: half an hour before lunch drink 1⁄2 pint of hot water. This water goes into a reservoir and is the water the body will pour onto your stomach in the form of digestive juices. Drinking water with your meal fills your stomach and dilutes digestive juices.
Throughout the afternoon continue to drink hot water little and often.
Before evening meal half an hour before evening meal drink 1⁄2 pint water (as before lunch).
Before bed drink 1⁄2 pint of hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice to help hydration throughout the night. If you find you wake to urinate too often, reduce to 1⁄4 pint.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BEGIN TO DRINK WATER
It will take about 2 weeks of drinking 2.5 litres of water a day for your body to get it into your 75 trillion cells, so expect to urinate a lot for about 2 weeks. Slowly water will get into your dry cells and begin to flush out stale water and toxins. The water will leave your cells and begin its journey out of the body. People with high cholesterol may find their cholesterol improves as it is known that cholesterol (a clay substance) is produced when dehydration is present to protect the cell from further dehydration!
TYPES OF WATER
Tap water - Meets standards set out in the Water Supply Regulations. In 1999, according to Which? Online, 98.8 per cent of tap water sampled passed drinking water inspection tests.
Spring water - Collected directly from the spring and must be bottled at the source. UK sources of spring water must meet certain hygiene standards, but may be treated in order that they meet limits set on pollution.
Mineral water - Emerges from under the ground, then flows over rocks before it's collected, resulting in a higher content of various minerals. Unlike spring water, it can't be treated except to remove grit and dirt.
SKINCARE FROM THE INSIDE
Looking after the top layers of your skin with our organic skincare products is important but looking after your skin from within is also just as important.
Some of you may already know that I am studying Nutritional Medicine with the Nutritional Healing Foundation so I thought you may be interested to read the blog article written by Amanda Williams, Technical Director of Cytoplan, on how to look after your skin from the inside. Cytoplan are The Nutritional Healing Foundation’s recommended supplier of quality food state wholefood nutritional supplements.
The article explains the make-up of our skin (hair, and nails) and the nutrients and lifestyle necessary to maintain their good health. Its a great read for those of you who want the basics outlined in any easy to read style. If you find this article of interest and would like to enhance your skin, or any other aspect of your health, I am delighted to be able to extend to you 10% off all Cytoplan’s products every time you order. Simply go to www.cytoplan.co.uk and when you checkout use code CT10 in the voucher/code box.
At the time of writing (August 2017) Cytoplan have a special offer of ‘buy 2 get one free’.
Here’s the blog article link - https://blog.cytoplan.co.uk/hair-skin-nails-health-and-nutrition/
Wishing you a happy August and healthy skin - inside and out. Christine x
THE FACIAL OIL CLEANSING METHOD
I thought it might be helpful to write about the facial oil cleansing method. You may be new to this method or perhaps you are using this cleansing method already and know it works but, maybe, do not fully understand why it works so well. Whichever is the case here’s the low down on this fabulous oil skin cleansing method.
Using a cleansing oil to cleanse your face of its own oil, plus the day’s dust and make-up, may sound counter-intuitive. Why put more oil on your face to cleanse your face of oil and everything else? Well using a cleansing cream followed by a toner can often simply strip your skin of its own natural oils which then encourages an over production of sebum and an over oily skin. The common reaction to this is to cleanse and scrub more and so the cycle continues. If you have a dry skin, cleansing creams can leave your skin even dryer.
It works by softening our own natural skin oil (sebum) which often gets hardened and stuck in our pores, along with impurities such as dust and make-up. You may have heard of the principal “like treating like”. The oil cleansing method works on a similar basis but in this case it’s easy to describe it as ‘like dissolving like”. By massaging cleansing oil into your skin it actually helps to dissolve your own skin’s natural oil. Upon removing the cleansing oil it takes other impurities with it. The end result is a calm, relaxed skin with a ‘Zen-like’ facial treatment feeling, reminiscent of expensive spa treatments.
Using cleansing oils is different to using cleansing lotions, which you smooth on and wipe off. Instead put about half teaspoon of Taylormay’s Rosehip Cleansing Oil in the palm of your hand and slowly massage into your face, paying particular attention to trouble spots. Leave it on for a few minutes, allowing the oil to work its magic. Then run the washcloth (supplied) under hot tap water and ring out. Place the hot washcloth over your face, leaving it there until it cools (just a few seconds). This process enables the evaporating steam from the washcloth to open up your pores allowing the cleansing oil to get in and help the hardened sebum to soften. Repeat this process a couple of times. Used regularly it will help the more hardened sebum to be removed (good for clearing blocked pores).
Remove the cleansing oil by finally rinsing the washcloth in hot water again, but this time gently wipe the oil from your face. Don’t scrub your face, just gently wipe it. Repeat this last process a couple of times until all the oil is off your face. You face will feel clean and nourished. Apply Taylormay’s Face Moisturiser.
Suggested use is once a day (at the end of the day). On rising in the morning refreshing your skin with Taylormay’s Floral Face Toner may be all that is needed. Be aware that there might be an adjustment period of a few days where your skin looks oilier than usual, but this should go away.
Taylormay’s Organic Rosehip Cleansing Oil is a carefully selected blend of nourishing Rosehip Seed Oil, Castor Oil, known to be the closet oil to our natural sebum and having a unique capability of pulling toxins out of the skin and lastly Jojoba Oil and Borage Oil chosen for their regenerative and restorative qualities, all delicately scented with essential oil of Sweet Orange.