B Andrew Skin Care has taken the time to write a Glossary of Ingredients so you as the customer may understand why we use certain ingredients in our 100% organic skin care products. We have taken time to research our ingredients benefits. These benefits are cold formulated to ensure you, the customer, are receiving their best results. The Glossary will continue to grow as we formulate products and release them into the world. We hope you enjoy knowing exactly what is being put into your skin care. All of our ingredients are found in nature and never synthetic or artificially preserved.
We mention this so you understand that not every batch of product is not exactly the same. The color or smell make change depending on where the ingredients have come from. Every batch is unique, we believe this makes our handcrafted products very special. Enjoy your experience!
Glossary of Ingredients.
B Andrews Skincare Products.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHAs are a group of organic carboxylic compounds. AHAs most commonly used in cosmetic applications are typically derived from food products including glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from sour milk), malic acid (from apples), citric acid (from citrus fruits) and tartaric acid (from grape wine). For any topical compound, including AHA, it must penetrate into the skin where it can act on living cells. Bioavailability (influenced primarily by small molecular size) is one characteristic that is important in determining compound’s ability to penetrate the top layer of the skin. Glycolic acid having the smallest molecular size is the AHA with greatest bioavailability and penetrates the skin most easily; this largely accounts for the popularity of this product in cosmetic applications.
AHAs with greater bioavailability appear to have deeper dermal effects. Glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid, on topical application to photo damaged skin, have been shown to produce increased amounts of mucopolysaccharides and collagen and increased skin thickness without detectable inflammation, as monitored by skin biopsies.
B Andrew Skin Care uses an organically hand made Alpha Hydroxy which is taken from raw sugar cane, lemon and lime juices. It is used in two parts for its ability to remove dead cells as in peels and to promote collagen production.
is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa. There’s a reason aloe vera gel is trusted in products you see every day. And that reason dates back thousands of years. The earliest civilizations revered this extraordinary botanical for its astonishing properties. Its legendary uses have been passed down through time, enhanced by scientific innovation and centuries of experience. Aloe vera is known to hydrate the skin, promotes the immune system, promotes healthy cellular activity and has been know for numerous other healing effects.
Anise is an annual herb that grows up to eighteen inches in height. Though native to Egypt and the Mediterranean region, it is now being grown all over the world. Its flowers are small, yellowish white and grow in umbels, whereas the leaves are feather shaped. The fruit of anise is oblong and grayish white in color. Anise works to cleanse the mouth, as well as removing impurities from the skin including acne. It is also know to be a natural bug repellant and is used in B Andrew skin Care “Bites Be Gone”.
Hydrogen Peroxide (Food Grade)
Hydrogen peroxide is a naturally occurring NUTRIENT that SHOULD be found in all of our water and all of our food. Mother Nature puts it there, on purpose, and with good reason. Then we process it out!
Of all the nutrients needed by the body, only oxygen is in such constant demand that its absence brings death in just a few minutes. Most people tend to get caught up in the small details of nutrition and tend to overlook the fundamental necessity and importance of oxygen and the role that its deficiency plays in every disease or illness. What if you could very easily add that oxygen to water and consume it directly? Well, Mother Nature beat you to it. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide is simply oxygenated water? Hydrogen peroxide is water that has extra oxygen in it. Made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms, it is known chemically as H2O2.
Bergamot is ideally suited to help calm inflamed skin, and as such is contained in some creams for skin conditions such as psoriasis. It also has antiseptic and antibiotic properties which help ward off infection and aid recovery.
Is one of the most powerful natural sources for skin health, maintenance and anti-aging known to all man-kind.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.
Frankincense, also known as olibanum,1 comes from the Boswellia genustrees, particularly Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri. The milky white sap is extracted from the tree bark, allowed to harden into a gum resin for several days, and then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets. 2Boswellia trees grow in African and Arabian regions, including Yemen, Oman, Somalia and Ethiopia.3 Oman is the best known and most ancient source of frankincense, where it’s been traded and shipped to other places like the Mediterranean, India, and China for thousands of years. 4The highest-quality frankincense is clear and silvery, but with a slight green tinge. Brown-yellow varieties are the cheapest and most readily available. In Oman, the best frankincense is usually reserved for the sultan and is rarely shipped out of the country.5Frankincense is traditionally burned as incense, and was charred and ground into a powder to produce the heavy kohl eyeliner used by Egyptian women. Today, this resin produced as an aromatic essential oil with many benefits. Frankincense oil has a woody, earthy, spicy and slightly fruity aroma, which is calming and relaxing. It’s said to be sweeter, fresher and cleaner than frankincense resin.
Frankincense oil may also help in healthy cell regeneration and keep existing cells and tissues healthy. It’s useful for skin health, and can help treat dry skin, reverse signs of aging and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.10 Frankincense oil’s astringent properties help:11Strengthen gums and hair rootsStop wounds from bleedingSpeed up the healing of cuts, acne, insect bites and boils
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.
Lemon (Citrus limon) has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing in water and is be beneficial for the skin. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil. In his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, Valnet wrote that lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.*
Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d- limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.* Geranium oil
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has a wonderfully uplifting, calming, flowery scent. It is excellent for the skin, and its aromatic influence helps release negative memories. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.*
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) has been used to support the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. This oil contains chamazulene, a compound studied for its ability to help the body’s natural inflammatory response.
Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children. Soothing to all types of skin, it is used extensively in Europe in skin preparations. Roman chamomile is also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise.
Originated in South Africa, Madacascar, Egypt and Morocco and was introduced into European countries in the 17 th century.Geranium Essential Oil helps balance both dry or oily skin by regulating sebum production. This is a wonderful oil for combination skin.It acts as a natural astringent, causing skin tissue to contract resulting in firmer younger looking skin.It promotes skin cell regeneration, improves elasticity and circulation to the surface of skin making it ideal for anti aging treatments. Skin appears more radiant and youthful.It naturally cleanses and has antibacterial properties that aid in healing which can be of great benefit if you suffer from eczema or acne prone skin. It can also be used to heal burns, wounds and even shingles.Geranium Essential Oil also helps with water retention making it a good cellulite treatment. It also can fade the appearance of scars, stretch marks and age spots.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing. Clove contains the largest immune- enhancing properties, its principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity. Always dilute for topical use.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has a minty, slightly fruity scent, softer than peppermint. A rich antioxidant, spearmint helps support the respiratory and nervous systems*
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It is a known antiseptic in both oral and topical solutions.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. In Indonesia, the petals are often strewn across a marriage bed. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. It has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair. * Ylang Ylang Oil is good for any skin as it balances the natural oil production. Its sweet, heavy, distinctive fragrance is used widely in perfumes and cosmetics.
For centuries Rosemary oil has been used for troubled skin and for improving hair growth, perhaps due to its possible skin regenerative properties. It can also be an excellent antiseptic and anti-microbial agent. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) has a fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue.* It is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary contains the antioxidants carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid, and other bioactive compounds including camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol, and rosmanol. Some of these may be useful in preventing or treating cancers, strokes, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), sometimes called “the scent of the sixties,” has a musky, earthy, exotic aroma. In Eastern cultures, it is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health and to help release negative emotions. It is very beneficial for the skin, helping to reduce a wrinkled or chapped appearance. Patchouli is a general tonic that supports the digestive system and soothes occasional queasiness.* Patchouli is an antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-fungal, but its primary traditional medicinal usage is for skin conditions such as oily skin and stimulating the growth of healthy hair. It has has been described as ‘very beneficial for the skin and may help prevent wrinkles or chapped skin.’ Also indicated as a vein tonic, and may be a digester of toxic material in the body.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is steam distilled from an extremely hardy tree native to Australia – when cut down, the Tea Tree will quickly regrow from the stump. The Aborigines in northeastern New South Wales have used tee tree as a healing herb for many generations. They make a poultice of the leaves and treat skin infections, cuts and wounds.
The oil is now well known in natural medicine for its antimicrobial, anti- viral, and anti-fungal effects. Some of its immune supportive properties may be a result of its anti-depressant effects. Tea Tree essential oil can also help sooth insect bites, but is even better used as an insect repellent.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for control of skin moisturization. Light and thin, grape seed oil leaves a glossy film over the skin when used as a carrier oil for essential oils in aromatherapy. It contains more linoleic acid than many other carrier oils. Grape seed oil is also used as a lubricant for shaving. Although grape seeds contain tremendous amounts of antioxidants and other biologically active compounds, the cold-pressed grape seed oil contains negligible amounts of proanthocyanidins due to their insolubility in lipids. For instance, sufficiently high amounts of resveratrol occur in grape seed for it to be extracted commercially, yet it is almost entirely absent in the grape seed oil. There may be health benefits from the oil itself. A 1993 study supports the claim that grape seed oil increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C or “good cholesterol”) levels and reduces LDL levels.
Unrefined jojoba oil appears as a clear golden liquid at room temperature with a slightly fatty odor. Refined jojoba oil is colorless and odorless. The melting point of jojoba oil is approximately 10°C and the iodine value is approximately 80. Jojoba oil is relatively shelf-stable when compared with other vegetable oils mainly because it does not contain triglycerides, unlike most other vegetable oils such as grape seed oil and coconut oil. It has an Oxidative Stability Index of approximately 60,  which means that it is more shelf-stable than oils of safflower oil, canola oil, almond oil or squalene but less than castor oil and coconut oil.
Sandalwood oil is perhaps best known in the west as a sweet, warm, rich and woody essential oil used as is for a body fragrance, and as an ingredient in fragrant products such as incense, perfumes, aftershaves and other cosmetics. Due to its high price and scarcity, sandalwood oil is often adulterated. The most common adulterants are the essential oils of other species of sandalwood, copaiba oil, Atlas cedar fractions and amyris oil. Another type of adulteration that occurs is called “stretching,” where odorless solvents are added to sandalwood oil in order to increase its quantity. Sandalwood oil is an excellent cleansing, astringent addition to massage and facial oils, bath oils, aftershaves, lotions and creams. It’s suitable for all skin types and is especially useful for chapped, dry, sensitive or inflamed skin. Sandalwood oil is relaxing, soothing, cooling, centering and sensual.
Sandalwood oil must be aged at least six months in order to fully develop its sweet, woody, sensual aroma. After that its fragrance continues to improve slowly with age, so sandalwood can be stored indefinitely in a dark, airtight glass container
Neroli oil is a plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia). Its scent is sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic, whereas bergamot, being rich in linalool (which is the main component in lavender), has more of an aromatic, soft floralcy. It is one of the most widely used floral oils in perfumery. It is a nontoxic, nonirritant, nonsensitizing, nonphototoxic substance. More than 12% of all modern quality perfumes use neroli as their principal ingredient. It blends well with any citrus oil, various floral absolutes, and most of the synthetic components available on the market. Neroli oil is a classic element in fragrance design and one of the most commonly used in the industry.
It is also has a limited use in flavourings. Neroli oil is reportedly one of the ingredients in the closely guarded secret recipe for the Coca-Cola soft drink. It is a flavoring ingredients of OpenCola recipes, although some variants consider it as optional, owing to the high cost. As an essential oil used in aromatherapy and massage, neroli is considered to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. [unreliable source?] Traditionally, neroli oil was used not only to relieve tension and anxiety, but also to increase circulation. A solution is made by adding three or four drops of the essential oil to one cup of either sweet almond oil or wheat germ oil. If the solution is to be used on children or pregnant women, only half the quantity of essential oil should be used.
Avocado oil has a natural hydrating ability and is deeply absorbed by the squamous layer of the skin. Because of its chemical properties and its ability to retain water, avocado oil acts as an emollient, and promotes soft and supple tissue. For this reason, individuals suffering from itchy dry skin benefit by using cosmetics and lotions that contain avocado oil. Sterolins are compounds extracted from plants and used in the creation of dextrose. Their role is to properly absorb fat and, in doing so, improve immune system quality. Avocado oil, which contains these sterolins, helps to produce more skin collagen and reduces the incidence of age spots. This property again makes avocado oil suitable for dry itchy skin. It’s not just fish that contains large amounts of omega-3s — avocado oil is rich in omega-3 as well. Omega-3 has been shown to be a highly effective protector from UV solar radiation, thus decreasing chances for sunburn and skin cancer risk
Palmarosa essential oil may be beneficial for candida, the cardiovascular system, circulation, digestion, infection,, nervous system, and rashes. It is valuable for all types of skin problems, as it is thought by aromatherapy professionals to stimulate new cell growth, regulate oil production, moisturize and speeds healing. Palmarosa’s most common application is in the treatment of skin challenges as well as in general skin care. Its ability to tonify the yin gives it a superb hydrating property. Palmarosa is helpful for dry, undernourished skin conditions. Palmarosa is cooling and anti-inflammatory making it applicable for wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. The oils anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties make it indicated for a wide variety of skin infections, including acne, boils, shingles, and mycosis (fungal infections).
Clary Sage essential oil is warming, sedative, an excellent nerve tonic, and can induce feelings of mild euphoria in some individuals. It is thought enhance one’s ability to dream. Clary Sage oil is a tonic for one’s overall well-being, and is ideal for use on a regular basis in baths or as a perfume. As Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt notes in Advanced Aromatherapy, “Clary Sage impresses with its aroma. When applied to the wrists or temples, it is relaxing in a gentle, effective manner.”
Clary Sage essential oil is often found in skin care and hair care formulas. One of the many natural chemical constituents is Sclareol, which has an estrogen-like structure that may contribute to the health of tissues and cells. Clary Sage oil can be beneficial to the female reproductive system, with hormone balancing effects possible for some individuals.
Did you know that olive oil for skin is one of the best beauty regimens you can acquire? It makes a great moisturizer and a good cleanser. It can also add a supple radiance to your skin that also adds a healthy glow to the skin’s surface. You probably think this sounds weird. You also probably suspect that olive oil would make your skin greasy, but actually it doesn’t at all. It is also said to be a fine choice on oily skin as well to help treat acne. Your skin’s natural oiliness has everything to do with your hormones and not with your skin care products.
Olive oil is a natural remedy for severely dry skin and for skin that is allergic to many of the topical ointments on the market today. It has also been linked to protecting your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause certain kinds of skin cancer.
If you have very dry hands you might want to try this old fashioned dry skin cure. Coat your hands in a layer of olive oil and then put on some gloves until it all absorbs. You can also do this if you have very dry feet or cracked heels. Put a layer of oil on your feet, and then lock in the moisture with a pair of socks. Olive oil is one of the best things you can do to add beauty and moisture to your epidermis.
Many dermatologists recommend olive oil to help dryness of not just skin but your hair as well. It adds back so much of the essential moisture that is lost from our skin and hair due to the environment and pollutants. If you have damaged hair from colors and perms, try doing an olive oil treatment once a week for help in reconditioning your hair.
Almond oil is an excellent emollient and moisturizer. As an emollient it nourishes and softens the skin helping to keep it smooth to the touch. Almond oil is similar in composition to the oil baby’s excrete to keep their skin and hair healthy. This composition is beneficial to protecting and conditioning your skin no matter your age. By helping the skin stay healthy it promotes a youthful skin complexion. Almond oil is frequently used to treat dry skin. As a dry skin treatment, almond oil relieves itchiness, soreness, rashes, dryness, irritation and burns. Almond oil aides the skin in keeping the proper balance of moisture in the skin which is critical when treating dry skin. It is often mixed with an exfoliant for body scrubs as well as mixed with moisturizers to provide benefits the moisturizer may not have. Almond oil can also be used on the delicate skin under the eye to prevent “crow’s feet”.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, symptoms of menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia. It has so many preventive and therapeutic qualities that it has become a standard part of recommendations of many herbalist for maintaining youth and preventing disease.
Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant. In fact, Evening Primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of this important substance and only a few other plants contain it at all. This makes Evening Primrose an important medicinal herb, and as studies continue, the list of benefits will likely become much longer. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.
Argan trees produce almond-sized fruits that contain the precious oil. Traditionally, Berber women extracted the oil by collecting undigested argan pits from goat waste. The pits were then ground and pressed to produce oil. While this traditional method is still used in some areas of Morocco, most argan oil for sale today is extracted using modern harvesting technologies. Pure argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world and is revered for its rich concentration of vitamins and minerals. The oil contains high levels of tocopherols, powerful antioxidants that are vital for healthy skin and hair. High levels of carotenes, phenolic acid, squalene and phenols also contribute to the oil’s cosmetic value. The oil is composed of 42.8% oleic fatty acids and 36.8% linoleic fatty acids, both of which contribute to its healing and moisturizing properties. Argan oil also contains squalenes that help protect collagen and make skin softer. Phenolic compounds found in the oil help protect the skin from harmful free radicals that contaminate skin and leave it dull, lifeless and dry.
Cosmetic-grade argan oil is high in fatty acids, making it an intense moisturizer that will leave skin softer. Apply the oil at night and let it work its magic while you are sleeping. Dab a small amount of the oil on a cotton ball and massage into the face using upward strokes.
Is your water as PURE as it should be?
“If you are not drinking Distilled Water, your water doesn’t come close to being as pure.”
People are under the false impression that their tap water, and even bottled water and water produced by home filtration systems is “pure”. It isn’t. Tap water is loaded with many types of suspended pollutants, chemicals, toxins and other contaminants. Bottled water is usually plain tap water that has been minimally filtered to get rid of the bad odor and taste. And home filtered water, (even reverse osmosis), is not pure either. Many microscopic contaminants make it through the filtering process to end up in the water you drink. And filters become clogged and neglected and can turn into breeding grounds for bacteria. If this happens, “filtered” water can actually become MORE contaminated than the source water!
The Distillation process is the only method that produces the PUREST drinking water possible. NO OTHER WATER PURIFICATION METHOD IS AS EFFECTIVE. The Earths hydrologic cycle of water evaporation followed by condensation into rain is Natures way of purifying water. Similarly, the distillation process, produces “rain in a chamber” as regular tap water is vaporized into sterilized steam and then condensed back to it’s original pure liquid state. All the waterborne contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, organic and inorganic chemicals, heavy metals, cysts and other pollutants have been left behind. The result is 100% purified, clean, safe and great tasting water. It’s the way Nature intended it to be – PURE and FRESH as newly formed rain.
Why is drinking Pure Water so important?
The human body is comprised of approximately 70% water, (H2O). When we drink impure water, the body acts as a filter, trapping the inorganic minerals and other impurities that are suspended in the water. The build up of harmful substances in the body can cause great harm including disease and premature death.
It’s impossible to know exactly what was in the water that you consumed over the years, and is now accumulating in your body. If you knew everything that was in the water before you drank it, you might get sick to your stomach. The good news is that you can now begin to REPLENISH YOUR BODY with the purest water possible, and begin enjoying the benefits right away. It’s the one healthy thing you can do that will be completely enjoyable with no psychical exercise or restricting dieting required. It’s as easy as taking a drink of clean and refreshing water whenever you are thirsty.
Rain water is the purest natural water of all. But even rain must fall through a polluted atmosphere and then becomes considerably more polluted as it lands on the ground below. In this process, the rain water mixes with everything imaginable; pollutants, toxins, carcinogens, poisons and other contaminants. Mother Nature does her best to filter out those harmful ingredients, but it’s virtually impossible to eliminate them all. It’s a losing battle. But there is a way to win.
B Andrew Skin care uses only Distilled water in all its formulation and production. There is no other possible way to deliver the purity of our products without distilled water.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant .
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis [2-3]. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys [1-3,4].
In human biology, magnesium is the eleventh most abundant element by mass in the human body; its ions are essential to all living cells, where they play a major role in manipulating important biological polyphosphate compounds like ATP, DNA, and RNA. Hundreds of enzymes thus require magnesium ions to function. Magnesium compounds are used medicinally as common laxatives, antacids (e.g., milk of magnesia), and in a number of situations where stabilization of abnormal nerve excitation and blood vessel spasm is required (e.g., to treat eclampsia). Magnesium ions are sour to the taste, and in low concentrations they help to impart a natural tartness to fresh mineral waters.
Zinc Oxide, a white powder, is the oxide of zinc. It has a formula of ZnO. Zinc Oxide is used in a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products including makeup, nail products, baby lotions, bath soaps and foot powders. Zinc Oxide is also used in Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products such as skin protectants including ano-rectal skin protectant products, for example, diaper rash ointments, and sunscreen products. Improve all aspects of your health and well-being by making sure you get enough zinc in your diet. Many people know about zinc for its immune boosting properties, but this mineral is actually a wonder of health benefits. Researchers write that “zinc is such a critical element in human health that even a small deficiency is a disaster.”
Zinc is so important because it is found in every tissue in the body and is directly involved in cell division. It is a powerful antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer, but zinc also is directly involved in proper endocrine function and the maintenance of ideal hormone levels. Zinc deficiency makes both men and women infertile and causes low libido. Low zinc also exacerbates the effects of stress on the body and accelerates aging. Additionally, adequate zinc is necessary for optimal physical performance, energy levels, and body composition. Zinc affects protein synthesis and is required for proper function of red and white blood cells. It is highly concentrated in our bones, the pancreas, kidneys, liver, and retina.
Zinc is vital in the repair of skin and the healthy divisions of cells. It is a key component of B Andrew Skin Care formulations.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength [source: WebMD]. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself [source: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center].
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage — free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage [source: University of Leicester].
Research suggests that vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer [sources: University of Maryland Medical Center, Bouchez]. This doesn’t mean you can take vitamins or apply topical vitamin C and then bake safely in the sun, but you can help keep your skin healthy and supple by making sure you get enough of this antioxidant vitamin [source: Bouchez]. Vitamin C can improve your skin, strengthen your immune system, protect against cardiovascular disease and reduce your risk of stroke, and doctors say it’s one of the safest and most effective nutrients [source: Zelman]. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means it’s easily absorbed through the water in your body. Your body doesn’t store vitamin C, so you must replace your supply every day — excess amounts are flushed out through your kidneys [source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration].
There are plenty of foods that can help you boost your consumption of vitamin C. If you get the recommended nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables, you’re probably meeting the minimum daily recommendations for vitamin C — in addition to many other vitamins and minerals [source: Zelman]. To ensure your diet includes plenty of vitamin C, eat citrus fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, collard greens and tomatoes [source: Bouchez]. Although opinions differ on how much vitamin C your body needs, many doctors suggest taking 500 milligrams a day, which can often be found in daily multivitamins or vitamin C supplements. However, don’t exceed more than 2,000 milligrams per day — too much vitamin C may cause stomach irritation [source: Zelman].
You can also apply topical vitamin C to your skin to encourage collagen production and fight free radicals. Look for a facial cleanser or moisturizer that contains the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C to ensure the vitamin penetrates your skin layers [source: Bouchez].
Dead Sea Salt
The Dead Sea is a popular center for wellness and health today, Dead Sea salts have been reported to have the following benefits: Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea salts can be effective in balneotherapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic
Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation.
Common Skin Ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis. One study concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.
Allergies – The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying. 
Skin Aging – Further research into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.[8
Despite its rather alien-sounding name, xanthan gum is as natural as any other fermented corn sugar polysaccharide. The name is derived from the strain of bacteria used during the fermentation process, Xanthomonas campestris. This is the same bacteria responsible for causing black rot to form on broccoli, cauliflower and other leafy vegetables. The bacteria form a slimy substance which acts as a natural stabilizer or thickener.
Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. It is mainly esters of fatty acids and various long chain alcohols. Typically, for a honey beekeeper, 10 pounds of honey yields 1 pound of wax.
Vitamin B Complex
B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. The B vitamins were once thought to be a single vitamin, referred to as vitamin B (much as people refer to vitamin C or vitamin D). Later research showed that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. In general, supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex. Individual B vitamin supplements are referred to by the specific name of each vitamin (e.g., B1, B2, B3 etc.).
The B vitamins are necessary to:
- Support and increase the rate of metabolism
- Maintain healthy skin, hair and muscle tone
- Enhance immune and nervous system function
- Promote cell growth and division, including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia
- Reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer – one of the most lethal forms of cancer – when consumed in food, but not when ingested in vitamin tablet form.
All B vitamins are water-soluble, and are dispersed throughout the body. Most of the B vitamins must be replenished regularly, since any excess is excreted in the urine. This can result in the urine produced being a bright green-yellow colour.
B vitamins have also been hypothesized to reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, or pyridoxamine, or pyridoxine hydrochloride)
- Vitamin B7 (biotin)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
- Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)
Each of the B vitamins has a specific role in promoting healthy skin, and many of them compliment each other. Besides direct effects in enhancing your skin tone, B-complex vitamins are also considered to play a role in reducing stress, which can indirectly aid in preventing acne since many studies show that stress contributes to acne formation. Taking a B-complex supplement may help some users of Clearade who lack a balanced diet, but use caution. While mostly beneficial, some B vitamins can actually compete with vitamin B5 or even cause problems for your skin if taken in high doses.
Vitamin B1 aids digestion in the process of metabolizing food. A proper balance of vitamin B1 can help your body to better absorb other vitamins. B1 is also an antioxidant that rids your body of toxins, enhances blood circulation and assists in energy production.
Vitamin B2 deficiency can be a cause of acne. B2 is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. B2 also plays a role in growth and energy release. Along with vitamin A, vitamin B2 works to improve and maintain the mucous membranes in the digestive tract, aiding in digestion and preventing the buildup of bacterial waste.
Another important element for healthy skin, vitamin B3 enhances circulation and aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Niacin can also provide for a more efficient exchange of toxins and nutrients into and out of your skin cells. But be careful, as high doses may result in irritation and cause your skin to become flushed.
Vitamin B5 Pantothentic Acid Second in effectiveness only to vitamin A derivatives, vitamin B5 has been shown to counteract the hormonal imbalance at the heart of acne formation for most people. B5 plays a vital role in the production of Coenzyme A, which is necessary in order for the body to metabolize skin oil. Vitamin B5 is also the most common B vitamin for stress relief, indirectly aiding acne prevention through lowering stress levels. B5 enhances the circulation of cells involved in healing wounds and is needed for the proper functioning of adrenal glands. Besides acne relief, vitamin B5 is known to increase metabolism and stamina, as well as reduce pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin B6 deficiency can be a cause of acne. Vitamin B6 plays a role in metabolizing proteins, sugars, and fatty acids. B6 is also important to maintaining a healthy immune system and producing antibodies.
Vitamin A works by normalising skin functions so it corrects all skin conditions. It was conclusively proven in 1996 that Vitamin A as a topical skin ingredient is capable of reprogramming cellular function. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually increases the deposition of collagen; therefore it slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
This product is dissolvable silk protein. It can be absorbed directly by the human skin. It can combine with the skin cell to revitalize the skin.Silk protein is a natural moisturizer and adjusts the moisture in the skin to maximum benefit. It can make the skin cutin and keep rich moisture to make the skin more elastic. It also can effectively control growth of melanin in the skin. So it has fantastically good results for skin beautification.
Naturally occurring inorganic elements having a characteristic crystalline structure and chemical composition. Minerals or macro- minerals are those minerals which the body requires more than 100 milligrams of per day for proper maintenance of health. Micro or trace minerals are those minerals which the body requires less than 100 milligrams of per day.
In nutrition, simple inorganic chemicals that are required, as nutrients, by living organisms. Plants usually obtain their mineral salts from the soil, while animals get theirs from their food. Important mineral salts include iron salts (needed by both plants and animals), magnesium salts (needed mainly by plants, to make chlorophyll), and calcium salts (needed by animals to make bone or shell). A trace element is required only in tiny amounts.
Mineral salts are taken up in soluble form. When mineral salts dissolve in water they separate into particles called ions. Mineral salts do not usually contain the element carbon and are therefore inorganic (organic compounds always contain carbon).
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.
With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low- carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
The healing properties of silver have been known as far back as ancient Babylonian and Greek civilizations. Throughout history, silver has been used to disinfect water, prevent milk spoilage, and treat various diseases, infections, wounds, and burns. As recently as the 1930’s, American hospitals used silver nitrate in the eyes of newborn babies to protect against blindness in case the mother had a venereal disease.
Today advanced technology has provided us with a colloidal silver solution that is touted to be highly effective against many common ailments ranging from acne to yeast infections. It has also been used in plants as a mold and fungi preventative and as an agent to prevent brown discoloration on fruits or vegetables. It also has many uses in veterinary medicine.
Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean. Ginger improves skin tone, fights blemishes, and removes skin spots.
Black Cohosh Root
Black cohosh grows in a variety of woodland habitats, and is often found in small woodland openings. The roots and rhizomes of black cohosh have long been used medicinally by Native Americans. Extracts from these plant materials are thought to possess analgesic, sedative, and anti- inflammatory properties. Today, black cohosh preparations (tinctures or tablets of dried materials) are used mainly to treat symptoms associated with menopause.
Dandelion root has been used for centuries in traditional medicine as a treatment for intestinal and liver problems. It is loaded with anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamins A and C, as well as many necessary minerals. Dandelion root is still used today, and as studies continue, more benefits of the root are being found.
Rose hips are the fruit of rose bushes and, when fresh, can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange. The rose hips valued for their medicinal use in folk medicine come from two rose varieties: Rosa gallica and Rosa canina, which are native to Asia, Northern Africa and Europe. The medicinal properties of rose hips can be obtained by using them to make teas, syrups and jellies. They are also used to make oils that are used to help the complexion.
Marshmallow Root can be made into a poultice and used to treat skin infections such as; eczema, psoriasis and pinkeye. Because marshmallow root has anti-inflammatory activity on the human tissue it has been proven helpful in treating cuts, scrapes, and other wounds.
Used for Skin, Body, and Oral Care as well as in pot pourri making. Considered to have a positive effect on the moisture content and elasticity of the skin and helps the skin to detoxify. Add the powdered Orris Root to Peeling Creams and as Peeling Grains to Soaps. You can also use it as a Tooth Powder. Simply dip your toothbrush into it and brush teeth or add 10% finely ground powder to Toothpaste Recipes.
1. Arrowroot (Sathi) has been used from the Middle Ages around the world for its easy digestion in times of illness. In India, it is a common plant and so has been used for centuries as a staple food for patients in a thin watery form of porridge called kanji.
2. As it is rich in starch it has been used as a staple in the Caribbean islands by the natives. The thick tubular root of the arrowroot plant is scaled off to remove dirt and impurities and then ground to a paste. Then the paste is left to settle in the bottom of a pan and is powdered and used like the corn flour or rice flour. It is white in color, odorless and tasteless. 3. It is also used as a thickening agent in many products like sauces, curries, bakery products, jellies and is a good alternative to corn starch. It does not contain any gluten and so can be used in bakery products for those with gluten allergies. It can be shimmery when made into a jelly- like paste and so is used to make fruit jellies that look shimmery and appealing.
4. Arrowroot is a nutritional yet non-irritating easy to digest staple and is the first diet recommended for people recovering from prolonged illnesses like typhoid or jaundice, when their digestive systems can be very vulnerable.
5. Arrowroot is also used in case of sever bowel problems due to its demulcent properties though too much unsupervised use might result in sever constipation.
6. As it is bland, nutritious and harmless, arrowroot is used as a substitute for breast milk to help wean babies away or as a supplement to breast milk.
7. Arrowroot has been used to treat poisons and toxins resulting from spider bites, snake bites and scorpion stings etc. by applying the mashed rhizomes to the affected area to remove the toxins.
8. It is also used as an antidote for vegetable poisoning or plant toxins, by mixing the fresh arrowroot juice with water.
9. Arrowroot is also used traditionally to treat gangrene and athlete’s foot, by sheer moisture control as it does not possess any medicinal qualities.
10. As it is soothing to the skin like aloe vera, it is also used to treat small pox, as a means of controlling the eruptions as a non-irritating topical application and soothing the itching.
In this way, arrowroot as a plant has plenty going for it and its versatile usage shows how healthy it is in various ways. It can be used as baby food and sick food, and can also be used for the treatment for toxins and disturbed bowel movements. It is also used to prevent the formation of ice crystals in the case of homemade ice creams.
Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Calendula has been used for centuries as a medicinal, culinary, and magical herb. This flowering herb is considered a vulnerary agent, or a substance that promotes healing. Calendula has a long history of use as a wound- healing and skin-soothing botanical. It has impressive healing powers, and can clear up many different types of skin problems.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory qualities that can prevent infection in minor skin wounds when applied topically. It can reduce itching, redness, pain, and swelling of insect bites and rashes. It is soothing for sunburns, cuts, scrapes, dry and chapped hands, and minor burns. A study in breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy suggested that calendula ointment may be helpful in preventing skin dermatitis.
Licorice Root has a history of medicinal use that stretches over thousands of years. The healing properties of this herb was well known to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese who still use in their herbal preparations to promote vitality and balance the effects of other herbs.
Although the most common use for licorice root is to relieve stomach pains and cramps, it also possesses strong anti inflammatory properties. Licorice root applied topically, will both soothe the skin and inhibit the production of irritants which contribute to skin conditions such as acne. There are risks of mild to severe side effects when licorice root is taken orally in large amounts or for long periods of time. Licorice root is not recommended to be taken orally by breastfeeding mothers or during pregnancy as some research has indicated the increased risk of premature birth.
Olive Leaf Extract
is a natural product made from the leaf of the olive tree (Olea Europaea). The healing properties of olive leaves and olive leaf extracts finds its roots in the folk remedies of ancient Greece and many other cultures of the Middle East.
Olive leaf extracts have been found to demonstrate very high anti oxidative qualities. One of the primary antioxidants is believed to be oleuropein. Taken internally, olive leaf extract can help your liver eliminate harmful toxins, regulate hormones and kill molds that can cause acne from the inside. Olive leaf extract also has very powerful anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties and when used topically is extraordinarily effective in eradicating acne bacteria.
Olive leaf extract is an inexpensive and very effective natural remedy for acne. Although olive leaf extract has very few side effects, some individuals might experience symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, nausea and flu-like symptoms. Mostly, this is a detoxification reaction and signals that the body is eliminating excessive toxins. In this situation it would be best to temporarily discontinue or cut down on the amount taken until the symptoms subside.
The medicinal value of green tea has been understood by the Chinese for over 4000 years. A mixture of green tea and honeysuckle called “pimple tea” is a popular Asian remedy for acne. The secret of green teas curative abilities are partly due to a group of antioxidants called polyphenals. These powerful antioxidants are responsible for nuetralizing the damaging effects of free radicals and toxins that circulate the body and damage the skin.
Sea Kelp Powder
Sea kelp is a type of seaweed. A long-time staple of the Japanese diet, you can find this sea vegetable in health food and specialty food stores. Sea vegetables, such as sea kelp, are becoming increasingly popular for their nutritive value. Sea kelp is rich in nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Some claim it is an antiaging remedy that keeps skin young, healthy, firm and wrinkle-free. Sea vegetables, such as kelp, contain lignans. These are plant compounds with cancer-protective properties, also found in flax seeds. Lignans may offer significant anti-cancer benefits. Sea kelp’s lignans inhibit angiogenesis, or blood cell growth, which prevents fast-growing tumors from gaining the extra nourishment they need and, at the same time, prevents them from spreading to secondary locations. While beneficial for fighting all cancers, lignans help to inhibit estrogen synthesis in fat cells, possibly as effectively as some chemotherapy cancer drugs. Estrogen is synthesized primarily in fat tissue, particularly in postmenopausal women. Elevated levels of specific estrogen metabolites increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
has been used for centuries for treating all forms of chronic skin problems has proven to be a safe and effective acne herbal remedy. Burdock is native to Europe and Northern Asia. Extracts of burdock root can be found in many herbal preparations as well as homeopathic remedies. The root is believed to have anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It’s ability to increases blood circulation and to eliminate toxins from the skin makes it an excellent acne herb and natural acne treatment.
Clary Sage Oil
In skin care, the addition of clary sage essential oil helps to regulate sebum production, tones the skin as mild astringent, and reduces inflammation associated with acne. It also has anti-bacterial properties. Because of this, we use clary sage in a moisturizer especially formulated for oily, combination or blemish prone skin. Combined with a carrier oil, like jojoba, it can be used on larger areas of the skin to reduce wrinkles and improve tone and texture. B Andrew Skin Care uses Clary Sage especially in our handcrafted Facial Cleanser.
Chamomile is one of the best skincare herbs available and is particularly useful for skin conditions such as contact dermatitis (eczema). Chamomile is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants. Chamomile is a fabulous skincare herb and is suitable for all skin types. As it is so strongly anti-inflammatory, it is particularly suited to sensitive skins that are prone to inflammation. It is herbs such as chamomile that demonstrate yet again that botanical extracts are generally the best choice for your skin. B Andrew Skin Care uses this wonderful cold pressed essential oil in almost all of our products. Even though Chamomile Oil is very expensive, we add it to all our Creams, Cleansers (except Body Wash) and Serums.
Jojoba oil has been used by Native Americans for centuries to treat skin wounds, due to the amazing benefits it provides. Jojoba itself is actually a shrub that commonly grows in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The oil from the jojoba shrub is a wax ester, which means it’s very much like the natural oils our bodies produce. As an anti-bacterial Jojoba oil is very effective in preventing and treating infections of the skin. As an anti-inflammatory Jojoba oil reduces the painful swelling and redness that so often accompanies a skin injury. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it an effective treatment for acne. As a moisturizer —Because jojoba oil is so similar to the natural oils that our bodies produce on a regular basis, it’s particularly effective as a moisturizer. It’s easily absorbed and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Jojoba oil is often used by masseuses because it’s non-greasy and pleasant smelling. This all-natural moisturizer is particularly effective for treating dry skin or helping to create a more youthful appearance for people with aging skin. As an acne treatment—Jojoba oil can benefit younger skin just as much as it benefits older skin. Acne, typically a problem for teenagers, is usually characterized by pimples and clogged pores. These blemishes can eventually become infected if not treated appropriately. Since many over-the-counter skin products contain animal fat, they can actually make acne even worse. But jojoba oil is non-greasy, and because it’s a natural antiseptic, it’s a very effective treatment for acne. Jojoba oil both cleanses and moisturizes the skin at the same time. B Andrew Skin Care uses this amazing natural oil in our handcrafted Cleopatra Serums and Face Cream.
Safflower oil contains lubricant properties that prompt the skin to retain water and moisture. According to “Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary” by Natalia Michalun and M. Varinia Michalun, the oil consists primarily of linoleic acid, an omega-6 that is packed with essential vitamins. Safflower oil prevents dryness and roughness and removes dirt and oil. Its content makes safflower oil a key treatment for issues including eczema, psoriasis and acne. Its hydrating properties lend skin a healthy glow, promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Safflower oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that increases cell membrane integrity. Basically, that means it protects you from high levels of toxins and bacteria in the air. Keeping your skin clean and protected is crucial to ward off break-outs and evil little cysts that creep up under your skin. Rich in linoleic acid, this oil is highly versatile and all skin types can benefit from adding this vegetable oil into your facial cleansing routine. B Andrew Skin Care uses “Organic Certified” Safflower Oil as a carrier oil for many of our creams and Cleopatra Serums. We also add small amounts to our handcrafted cleansers.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Don’t be fooled by the word “acid” as Hyaluronic Acid is not a skin stripping agent at all, in fact it is a powerful humectant (aka moisture binding ingredient) that keeps the skin plump, hydrated and, yes, young looking! HA naturally occurs in the body, a type of carbohydrate (polysaccharide). It presents large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. Applied topically in a serum (Cleopatra Herbal or Secret Serum) HA improves elasticity and reverses free radical damage, so that means there might be protection from UV damage! HA is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit.
Used in B Andrew Skin Care Facial Mask. Seaweed is full of nutrient rich minerals and vitamins which are absorbed through the skin. Seaweed is natural anti-inflammatory which is especially good for acne & redness issues. Seaweed is also a natural exfoliant, clearing away dead skin cells. Seaweed also assists in cleaning away waste product in the skin. Seaweed further draws out excess liquid & fluid in the skin. Seaweed also has iodine, which helps boost thyroid function. The thyroid gland produces amino acids that absorb the iodine, and produces a metabolism -regulating chemical in the bloodstream. This metabolism- regulator helps to rejuvenate the skin.
Clary Sage Oil
In skin care, the addition of clary sage essential oil helps to regulate sebum production, tones the skin as mild astringent, and reduces inflammation associated with acne. It also has anti-bacterial properties. Because of this, we use clary sage in a moisturizer especially formulated for oily, combination or blemish prone skin. Combined with a carrier oil, like jojoba, it can be used on larger areas of the skin to reduce wrinkles and improve tone and texture. B Andrew Skin Care uses Clary Sage especially in our handcrafted Facial Cleanser.
Bentonite clay provides a great medium as a detoxification treatment, because it is safe and highly effective. Clay has an alkaline pH and high negative ionic charge that act as powerful antioxidants. These attributes all help bentonite clay to help alkalize the body and pull toxic pathogens and environmental toxins out of the body cleanly.
Clay is a grouping of super charged minerals that are lying inert. They get their negative electromagnetic charge from the thermodynamic heat that created the clay many years earlier. When combined with water, the clay gains strength and energizes the body when consumed. It also has the ability to adsorb an enormous amount of toxins as a sponge-like magnet and carry them out of the body.
Clay has a magnetic affinity for heavy metals, viruses and intestinal parasites among other things. The energy of the clay stimulates the revitalization and rebuilding of damaged cells and tissues. Taking in clay internally helps to adsorb many times its weight in water and grab up toxins along the way. Clay baths utilize clay’s strong drawing powers to help pull toxic debris out through the pores of the skin. Through a pulsing action, clay will pull out infectious organisms, heavy metals and other major toxins.
Rhassoul Clay is a high-quality soothing clay for external use that stores indefinitely if kept dry. It is sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and is often used in spas for skin and hair. It is also called Ghassoul Clay, Red Clay, and Red Moroccan Clay, and it can only be found under this specific mountain range in Morocco. It is formed by a natural combination of volcanic activity and geothermal changes. In clinical studies and testing on Rhassoul found that it can increase skin elasticity, even skin tone, reduce blemishes and blackheads, and reduce skin dryness or flakiness. Like Bentonite Clay, it has the ability to swell when added to water, but Rhassoul has an even higher silica and magnesium content, making it especially good for skin. In fact, this clay can be used daily instead of soap for a gentle way to cleanse that won’t strip skin of beneficial oils. Rhassoul clay boasts a high negative charge and it can help draw out blackheads and other impurities from skin. This also makes it beneficial as a make-up remover or all-purpose face wash.
French Green Clay
Found in France, French green clay is your go-to for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption. It can be called Illite Clay or Sea Clay, the green color comes from the the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide and is a determining factor in the quality of the clay—it should never be gray or white, it should be very green. It’s so absorbent that not only does it drink up oils, it also pulls blood towards the surface of your skin, giving you a bit of a tingling sensation as it boosts circulation.
Castile Soap Base
Castile soap is made purely with olive oil. According to Wikipedia, castile soap was produced in Castilla, Spain centuries ago. When soap is handmade, a softening and hydrating by-product of soap-making process – glycerine, is retained in the soap. Castile soap is one of the mildest, simplest and most natural soaps available. Castile soaps consist largely or even entirely of olive oil, which leaves little or no room for chemicals, artificial scents and colors or other ingredients that could be problematic. In fact, the site recommends Castile soap for people with sensitive skin, including those suffering from eczema or other clinical skin disorders.Olive oil soaps, such as Castile soap, offer many unique benefits.
Soap made from olive oil can help ease the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders, because it naturally softens and soothes skin without clogging the pores. In addition, substances within olive oil, such as squalene and squalane, help protect and preserve the skin’s natural oils. Hydroxytyrosol in olive oil is a natural anti- inflammatory agent that can help soothe rashes and heal damaged skin.
Glycerin is a compound that can be made from natural products such as vegetable oil. Glycerin, or glycerol, can fight the effects of skin diseases such as psoriasis. Glycerin signals the cells to mature in normal fashion. Psoriasis is a skin disease in which the skin cells shed too quickly, before they are properly mature, causing thickened, scaly skin. The application of glycerin can interrupt this abnormal process, and allows the cells to reach full maturation before shedding. The compound can also help wounds heal more quickly in some cases.
Glycerin is what is called a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. When glycerin or glycerol is applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape. According to Dermaxime, a manufacturer of anti-aging skin-care products, glycerin helps maintain the skin’s water balance on an intercellular level. In easier-to-understand language, glycerin in lotions or other skin care products can help prevent or combat dry skin.
This list represents the majority of our organic ingredients. We hope that this Glossary shows you the difference in care that B Andrew Skin Care takes in creating products for our customers. Every product comes with their own card with individual ingredients, uses, and directions. All B Andrew Skin Care Products are actually created as “whole food for the skin.” Ingredients are all Vegan except for the Honey found in Cleopatra Herbal Serum. The Cleopatra Myrrh Serum was created 100% Vegan to compensate.
We research all ingredients at their source to be as naturally cold pressed as possible. Our costs are extremely high, but we do not pas them on to you, our customer.
Please enjoy your B Andrew Skin Care experience. Remember if you have questions do not hesitate to fill out an inquiry on our contact page. We are always happy to provide as much advice as possible on the usage of any of our products.
Remember if you have questions do not hesitate to go to our contact page. We are always happy to provide as much advice as possible on the usage of any of our products.