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How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally - hormonal acne symptoms and herbs that can help

Posted by on 11/1/2018 to Skin Specifics
How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally - hormonal acne symptoms and herbs that can help
Skin not as happy as it used to be? If you’ve tried every product you can get your hands on to make your complexion look clearer and healthier to no avail, it’s time to look deeper. Your hormones may be wreaking havoc with your skin. Find out how to zero in on what’s causing your breakouts and how to treat hormonal acne naturally.

How to Brighten Skin Naturally and Improve The Look of Sun Damage on Your Face

Posted by on 10/5/2018 to Skin Specifics
How to Brighten Skin Naturally and Improve The Look of Sun Damage on Your Face
Complexion looking less than lovely post-summer? Find out how to brighten skin naturally and improve the look of sun damage on face with natural ingredients. 

A dry, sandpapery, sallow complexion may sound more like a winter situation than warmer weather skin issues, but these are all culprits of late summer, early fall skin. Mainly caused by sun damage, which is why it's important to wear effective sunscreen, high humidity, sand, wind, salt water, and chlorine all take a toll on the complexion, as well.

Surprising facts about why it's important to wear sunscreen year round, and the best sunscreen ingredients for your skin

Posted by on 8/31/2018 to Skin Specifics
Surprising facts about why it's important to wear sunscreen year round, and the best sunscreen ingredients for your skin
You may not be spending as many days at the pool or beach once fall arrives, but that doesn’t mean you should stop using sunscreen completely. Find out why it's important to wear sunscreen all year and which types of sunscreen ingredients make the best SPF.

Cleansing is crucial! Learn how cleaning your face with the best face wash for you can solve your skin problems

Posted by on 4/14/2018 to Skin Specifics
Cleansing is crucial!  Learn how cleaning your face with the best face wash for you can solve your skin problems
Serums, masks, and moisturizers are often called upon to be the heavy hitters of a skincare routine.  They certainly receive the bulk of marketing attention, and the highest price tags.  People often assume that only products that you leave on your skin can have an affect enough to justify paying for a quality product.

Facial cleansers are often the underdog in a skincare routine.  Overlooked and underappreciated, people will often skimp on face wash products. They would never expect that by doing this they are subtly sabotaging their skin health.

Want to know how?  Read on to learn how you can streamline your routine and get the best benefits.

Hands On - The power of touch in esthetics and why facial massage delivers major healing and beauty benefits

Posted by on 2/10/2018 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Hands On - The power of touch in esthetics and why facial massage delivers major healing and beauty benefits

"Healing is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature." -W.H. Auden

Modern life has become increasingly mechanized as we add more and more technology to activities that once were human-driven.  In our quest for efficiency and advancement we often end up physically isolating ourselves.  A video conference with people across the country allows us to share ideas, but not something as simple as a touch.  A technology-mediated world is increasingly resulting in touch disappearing from our daily lives.  This disappearance is to our detriment.  

In addition to technology affecting our opportunities for physical contact, cultural norms may complicate the idea of touch. Some cultures are much more prickly than others about what constitutes an acceptable touch interaction. The relatively reserved roots of much of USA culture may be partially responsible for the reluctance Americans can have with touch. People immersed in a restrictive culture may not even realize how many opportunities for touch are lost. Religious restrictions can complicate habits around touch as well.  Another factor like local climate can set the tone for touch interactions, with cultures in warm, sunny environments tending to adopt a more touch-friendly culture.  This leaves individuals in Northern areas literally out in the cold touch-wise.

The loss of this important facet to human life should be of concern, and luckily the esthetics world is in a wonderful position to reintroduce therapeutic touch to many people's lives.

Read on to find out more about the impressive benefits of therapeutic touch in esthetics.

DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body

Posted by on 1/15/2018 to Ingredient Profiles
DIY Whipped Shea Butter Recipe - An easy, natural, 5 ingredient extremely dry skin treatment for hands and body
Dry skin can be a problem no matter what season you're in.  In winter it's cold outside air and heated air inside buildings that sucks the hydration straight out of unprotected skin.  In arid, desert environments or high mountain altitudes even summer can be hard on skin with strong winds, bright sun, and low humidity.  Hand washing and hot showers can strip your natural skin oils, leaving your hands and body virtually unprotected.

Luckily while nature is creating our problems it also supplies solutions.  The people of Western and Central Africa have faced harsh, dry conditions for decades, and shea butter is one of their favorite remedies from the earth.  This rich plant butter soothes and coats skin with lipids and other therapeutic substances to restore elasticity and comfort.

Shea butter themed products have become popular in recent years, but often manufactured products contain only a small percentage of this valuable butter.  If you want the real deal with pure, natural shea you can make your own whipped shea butter at home with just 5 ingredients.  We're putting you in control of your dry skin destiny, so click "read more" to continue to our recipe.

The Holistic Guide to Natural Dark Circles Treatment - Home beauty remedies, herbs, and nutrition to reduce dark circles under eyes

Posted by on 12/28/2017 to Skin Specifics
The Holistic Guide to Natural Dark Circles Treatment - Home beauty remedies, herbs, and nutrition to reduce dark circles under eyes
If you have dark circles under your eyes chances are you would like them gone as quickly as possible. Luckily there are quite a few things you can do naturally at home as beauty remedies to support your skin health in the eye area and encourage brighter, lighter tone. Herbs, natural oils, and simply time spent on your skin will be a big help. It's empowering to know you can stimulate repair on your own without spending thousands of dollars on invasive and risky procedures.

Click to read our full article for all the home remedies for dark under eye circles that we recommend.

9 Causes of Dark Eye Circles - Take action to reduce dark circles under eyes with natural, noninvasive methods

Posted by on 11/8/2017 to Skin Specifics
9 Causes of Dark Eye Circles - Take action to reduce dark circles under eyes with natural, noninvasive methods
WHAT CAUSES DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES?

The under-eye skin is one of the thinnest and most delicate areas of skin in the human body.  The finely textured dermis/epidermis has no oil glands, and is ultra susceptible to dark circles, rings or shadows.  The dark circles are formed due to assorted causes such as heredity, aging, mental or physical stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies and lack of sleep.  Too much sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, is also a cause of dark circles.  As we age, thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious.  Dermatologists agree that dehydration and anemia can negatively influence the under eye skin and produce dark circles.  


Continue reading our full article by clicking through to read more.

Natural sunscreen success! Avoid sunburn using the best natural mineral sunscreens this summer

Posted by on 7/8/2017 to Natural Beauty News and Trends
Natural sunscreen success! Avoid sunburn using the best natural mineral sunscreens this summer
Summer skin doesn't have to be sunburned skin.  Every year we are asked what sunscreens we prefer.  Here are a few of the naturals mineral sunscreen options we have in the store and that we endorse and use ourselves.  By taking a few precautions first you can avoid sunburn, sun damage and the drying effects of too much sunshine.  

For outdoor activities such as a beach trip, river float or camping, it's easy to include a few products by Blissoma and All Good in your sun care arsenal.  Click through to read more and increase your natural suncare IQ.

How sugar affects skin health and may be causing skin problems

Posted by on 1/28/2017 to Skin Specifics
How sugar affects skin health and may be causing skin problems

While sugar is the centerpiece for most holidays and family traditions it has been found recently to be more addictive than cocaine.  We might find it comforting to have around there is a price to be paid for consuming refined sugars.  Is the emotional tie and physical addiction worth the consequences? Is regulating sugar our best solution?

You can apply all the best skincare products but eating the wrong foods can jeopardize your beauty results. Keep reading to find out more about how sugar is affecting your body and the quality of your skin health.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Posted by on 1/20/2017 to Ingredient Profiles
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Cannabis’s medicinal benefits have been known to relieve chronic pain, ease anxiety, and offer an insomniac a decent night’s rest. No longer widely stigmatized, cannabis is reaching mainstream markets in the form of chocolates and sprays. One time-honored variety of cannabis is the hemp plant which lacks psychoactive compounds. Hemp seeds produce a valuable oil that is an ideal addition to natural skincare products.

Click through to read more about how hemp seed oil can benefit your skin.

How to Avoid Phthalates in Beauty Products

Posted by on 10/10/2016 to Ingredient Profiles

Are your cosmetics messing with your hormones?

You can find hormone altering chemicals littered throughout your home. The most common endocrine disruptors found in your cosmetics and perfumes are phthalates, which can absorb into the skin and move into the bloodstream. Phthalate exposure has been linked to various health concerns including thyroid issues, hormone changes, obesity, diabetes and lower sperm count. 

With the influx of research regarding endocrine disruptors, the need for conscious consumerism is crucial. By simply reading your cosmetic labels, you can help to limit your exposure to phthalates. 

Protect your health and enhance your skin by investing in clean, phthalate free beauty products. 

3 tips to keep skin hydrated during winter naturally - Blissoma with Show Me St. Louis

Posted by Administrator on 2/27/2015 to Media Mentions
3 tips to keep skin hydrated during winter naturally - Blissoma with Show Me St. Louis
"My skin has been so dry!"

Blissoma founder Julie Longyear appeared on Show Me St. Louis on Friday to discuss timely tips to help your skin survive the winter in happy, hydrated condition. The products you use in your morning skincare routine can make a big difference in your skin's hydration all day long. Use these 3 natural skincare tips and you'll be happy even when cold winds are howling.

1. Pay attention to Ph when cleansing.

Using a soap-based cleanser can throw off skin's Ph and leave it feeling dry and aggravated. Skin has a natural Ph of around 5.5 which is acidic. Soap is alkaline at a Ph of approximately 9 or 10 usually. Instead of soap use a natural, non-soap based cleanser like Free Rejuvenating Herbal Gel Cleanser or Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser which has an acidic Ph like skin. This leaves the skin's acid mantle intact. Disruption of the acid mantle can cause problems including dehydration and even acne for some people. You'll notice less tightness and discomfort to the skin when you use a natural, Ph correct cleanser.

Read the rest of our dry skin tips and see the video by clicking through to the full post.

Whole pomegranate extract with punicalagins proven best to prevent UVA and UVB damage to skin and collagen synthesis

Posted by Administrator on 8/11/2014 to Ingredient Profiles
Whole pomegranate extract with punicalagins proven best to prevent UVA and UVB damage to skin and collagen synthesis
"Estimates state that 80-99% of what we see on our skin as adults is the result of exposure to daylight, which is referred to as photoaging. Manifestations of photoaging include an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, hyperpigmentation and other skin discoloration, dilated capillaries (telangiectasis) and a reduction in the water-binding properties of the skin."
International Dermal Institute, Dr. Diana Howard


Exposure to UVA and UVB rays prompts a host of results to skin including cell damage and death, increases in inflammatory response, increases in skin's free radical content, and increased activity of collagenases which are enzymes that degrade collagen structures. The typical recommendation from dermatologists is to wear sunscreen, but chemical sunscreens are especially fraught with complications including allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, and the fact that they can actually increase the free radical production in sun exposed skin!

A wholly different approach to prevention of skin aging is to use nutrients like antioxidants to boost the natural damage resistance of the skin.

Read more by clicking through to our complete article on how you can boost your natural sun damage resistance with pomegranate antioxidants.

Natural Skincare Tips - Learn how to give yourself a facial massage

Posted by Administrator on 2/20/2014 to Skin Specifics

Is touching your face really a bad thing like so many beauty sites say? Learn why touching your face is fantastic in this tutorial video featuring our new Blissoma staff esthetician, Lauren.


Learn the technique to give yourself a facial massage from a trained esthetician. Massage is a natural way to improve blood flow, relax muscles, and prevent acne, blackheads, and dull skin tone by helping relieve skin congestion. How to make your skin look younger, more bouncy and bright in just minutes each day and it doesn't cost anything but time. Results can be like a natural face lift when this is done regularly. Use skincare products you have on hand already like your favorite natural facial cleanser or facial oil. We demonstrate the facial massage technique using Blissoma's Restore Deep Healing Oil serum.

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Featuring: Julie Longyear, Herbal Chemist for Blissoma Holistic Skincare and Lauren Staebell, Blissoma Staff Esthetician


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