Probiotics have been around since, well since bacteria has been around. The term probiotics was coined by a German scientist in 1953, but people knew the health benefits of fermented foods long before that. People in ancient times were fermenting milk into yogurt, and making brewed fermented beverages to improve health. If it’s good for your insides, there is no reason that it wouldn’t be good for your outsides, and new research is proving that probiotic skincare has many benefits.
What are probiotics, anyway?
Just in case you’re not on the probiotics bandwagon yet, they’re basically just bacteria. The big deal with probiotics is that these germs actually benefit their host and improve health. Taken internally, probiotics can improve digestion, help with bloating and cramps, and strengthen the immune system. Probiotics also provide important vitamins to their host as a by product of their digestion (like B Vitamins.) Part of the way probiotics work is to take the place of harmful bacteria in your body.
How do probiotics in skincare work?
Probiotics in skincare work pretty much the same way taking probiotics internally does. They help re balance the biome, or level of good vs bad bacteria, which helps skin stay calm and flourish. When your skin biome is optimally balanced, it works better, balancing oil production, staying moisturized longer, and safeguarding against free radicals.
It’s important to add probiotics into your skincare routine because any antibacterial soap, retinoid, or peroxide on your face disrupts the delicate balance and leaves room for the bad guys to take over.
So, what are the benefits of probiotics in my skincare?
Reduce Redness & Inflammation
There is mounting evidence showing that probiotics in your skincare can help prevent and treat conditions like eczema, dry skin, and UV induced damage.
Boost Ceramide Production
Ceramides are a type of fatty acid that help lock moisture into your skin, keeping it plump and beautiful by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Lower Skin pH
Healthy, normal skin has a pH of around 4.2-5.6, which means it’s slightly acidic. This helps prevent bad bacteria from growing on our skin, and optimizes many of the processes of healthy skin. As we age, our skin pH slowly starts creeping higher, eventually becoming slightly basic instead of acidic. This is when dull dry skin starts to show up. Probiotics often give off acidic molecules through their metabolism process. This can help aging skin maintain the proper, slightly acidic pH.
Protects Against Free Radicals
Free radicals are a fact of life. They’re just angry little molecules that are missing an electron. They start of a cascade of electron stealing in whatever cells they come in contact with. These free radicals can damage DNA, lipids, and proteins, such as collagen. In addition to those lovely fatty acids that help our skin pH, probiotic metabolism also gives off long chain sugar type molecules that bind to free radicals before they can attack our cells.
As you can see, there are quite a few upsides to trying probiotics on your skin. Here’s one more, because probiotics give off pH lowering fatty acids, and crowd out bad bacteria, they make the perfect natural and beneficial preservative for our skincare line. We never use questionable ingredients like parabens in our products. All of our skincare is preserved through the power of probiotics! They’re making your product safe, and improving your complexion in one simple step.
We try to get in a good spring cleaning every year. We work from home, homeschool, and use wood heat during the winter, so it’s always a welcome opportunity to make sure there are no cobwebs in the corner and get rid of any fingerprints on the wall, and make sure all of the things that have accumulated over the winter get taken back to their rightful place. After SO much at home time in 2020, our spring cleaning this year is going to be a little bit more of a job than in years past.
The benefits of natural cleaning
You feel good about it! You know that your surfaces are clean and germ free without leaving behind questionable chemicals, or inhaling them while you’re cleaning. I know my lungs are very sensitive to chemicals in the air, so much so that I can’t even use some store bought cleaners without choking!
Save time & money
Making your own cleaning products is much less expensive than store bought cleaners. You can make an herbal cleaner for just pennies a batch. Most recipes are also simple and quick to throw together using ingredients from your pantry.
Unclutter your cleaning closet
Most herbal cleaners are multitaskers, so the number of products needed to clean your home is greatly decreased.
Fun & Creative Packaging
You can let your creativity run wild! Use re-purposed container with a piece of masking tape for a label, or buy elegant containers with a label from etsy, or even one your designed yourself.
Recipes for Basic Natural Cleaners
Basic Sink Cleaner:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops rosemary, lavender, lemon, lime, or orange essential oil.
This recipe is safe for porcelain or stainless steel sinks. Combine all ingredients. Rinse sink with HOT water, then apply sink paste. Scrub with a rag or brush. Rinse again with hot water.
Citrus Floor Cleaner:
1 gallon of hot water
2 Tbs castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Dip mop in bucket and squeeze extra water from mop. Clean floor. Rinsing is not necessary. For scuff marks or difficult stains try a few drops of orange oil neat, then wipe up with cloth.
No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Before bed, add 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of vinegar, 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to your toilet bowl. Let sit overnight, then flush in the morning.
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of vinegar
6 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil. (Alternately you can use 5 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of thyme to disinfect walls.)
Combine ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake before use. Spray on walls, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Spring Morning Air Spray
2 drops lavender
2 drops sweet orange
1 drop geranium
1 drop rose
1 drop rosemary
8 oz of distilled water.
Add to spray bottle, shaking frequently while using.
As you can see, with a few staples from your pantry, a couple containers, and some of your favorite essential oils, you can be well on your way making all of the cleaners needed to keep your home sparkling and smelling great. These recipes were excerpted from The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegle-Maier. If you would like to learn more about natural cleaners, please check out her book!
With cold weather finally upon us, many of us are beginning to feel the dreaded drying effect of winter. The following article describes the best and most effective ingredients to protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss in cold weather.
It might seem counter-intuitive to some people, but having water as an ingredient in your skincare is a definite boost. It activates the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin. NMF include sodium lactate, sodium PCA, and amino acids molecules. These compounds are meant to hold water and keep skin moisturized. When the air around us is very dry, or we become dehydrated, these NMF dry out and can’t do their job. Using a cream or lotion (make sure it’s a true cream and not a balm) will plump those little guys up. Then those skin loving oils have a little more to work with. Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Running a humidifier helps, too.
You had to see this one coming. The reason beeswax is such a great ingredient in cold weather skincare is because it is so hydrophobic, meaning it does not like water. It seals skin to keep the water in. That keeps skin hydrated, and looking plump and full.
Another benefit of the anhydrous nature of beeswax is that it isn’t easily rinsed away. If you’re in a profession that requires frequent hand washings, look for a good beeswax cream to stick around after the first rinse.
True beeswax emulsions contain significantly less water than traditional creams and lotions. That means that while they have enough water to activate the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin, they’re still thick and rich and protect skin.
Lanolin is pressed from sheep’s wool after it’s shorn. Lanolin is the only oil I know of that can actually absorb 30% of it’s weight in water. It’s molecular structure is remarkably similar to human sebum.
These properties make it an excellent barrier cream, that actually stores moisture for the skin once it’s finally absorbed. It’s important to make sure to use USP (US Pharmacy) grade lanolin to ensure that it is pure lanolin. Our hand creams and our Mint and Honey Lip Balm Tin harness the power of beeswax + USP lanolin.
Allantoin is the active ingredient in aloe and comfrey root. Studies have actually proven that allantoin speeds wound healing. (Araujo et al) Studies have also shown that allantoin helps with itching.(Veraldi, et al) That’s good news if your skin get so dry that it becomes cracked and itchy.
Bee Lovely Botanicals™ beeswax skincare was formulated to protect and nourish dry skin. To read more about our women’s hand creams, with organic oils, beeswax, lanolin, and probiotics, click here. For our even tougher Bee Rugged line that contains beeswax, lanolin, allantoin, organic oils and probiotics click here.
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, now let us help you give the perfect unique gift for everyone on your list!
Gifts For Her
Every woman deserves to be pampered. You know how hard she works to take care of everyone else, let her know she’s appreciated by giving her what she needs to indulge in some time relaxing.
Our Adopt a Hive Program is the perfect way to sample all our best sellers, support honeybees, and learn more about bees! Each Adopt-a-hive comes with an adoption certficate, a hive manual, and beehive products or honey. You’ll also receive video or picture updates of how your hive is progressing through out the season.
Our Honeybee Spa Kit contains everything she needs to relax and rejuvenate. Our Royal Jelly, Green Tea, and Vitamin B3 Face Cream is wonderfully moisturizing without being oily, and makes skin feel renewed and refreshed. The Propolis and Mint Foot Scrub relaxes and exfoliates tired feet after a long day. The Coconut and Honey Body Polish smells good enough to eat and leaves skin feeling nourished and silky smooth. After a relaxing hot shower or bath with our lavender essential oil bath bombs and Lavender and Honey Soap, she can spread a thin layer of our delightfully scented Citrus Grove Body Oil with coconut oil, olive squalane and raw honey on newly scrubbed skin. These light oils are deeply absorbed and raw honey is full of B vitamins, which intensely nourish skin. Our travel size Lavender Beeswax hand cream is perfect for her purse or desk, and keeps dry, chapped skin at bay with organic oils, beeswax, and a natural preservative made from probiotics.
Our Complexion Care Kit contains everything she needs to give herself a facial at home and keep her complexion looking bright and fresh.
Our Pamper Little Piggies Foot Spa Box is the perfect ending to a long day on her feet. Complete with a Propolis and Peppermint Foot Scrub, a Eucalyptus and Peppermint Bar Soap, a Nail and Cuticle Balm, and our Vanilla Mint Beeswax hand cream (it’s not just for hands!).
The lights are up, the tree is decorated, and I’ve filled my house with pine branches and cookies. It can only mean one thing…. the holidays are coming!
We love this time of year, and all the opportunities for merry-making and gift giving that come along with it.
And to help you get in the mood, we’ve got a present for YOU: our annual BLack Friday Sale is coming, and it’s going to be awesome!
Here’s a sneak peak at just a few of the offers:
🎁 Every order comes with a special surprise gift just for you
📦 We know how much ya’ll love free shipping!
In fact, this is going to be our BIGGEST sale of the year!
If you want a unique opportunity to start crossing names off that list you’ve made and checked twice, then this is your time!
For a limited time, you can get on our VIP Notification list to be the first to get all the important details!
Why get on the VIP Notification list?
Becoming a VIP gives you access to the sale a full 12 hours earlier than everyone else. As you know, our sales are extremely popular, so this is your chance to get your order in ahead of everyone else! Plus, our VIPs get free gift wrapping with their orders!
The Black Friday deals we have planned are really going to blow you away, so click the link above and you’ll get advanced opportunity to add items to your cart and purchase.
Plus, shopping with us on Black Friday means you can skip all the crazy crowds and enjoy the day after Thanksgiving like it was meant to be spent — in the comfort of your own home (and maybe stretchy pants) with friends and family.
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And just a heads up: this will be our LAST BIG SALE of the year, so take advantage and get your shopping done now!
As always, thanks for being a valued customer and member of our community.
Jodie + Josh
Bee Lovely Botanicals
N-acetyl Glucosamine, or NAG, is “skin identical”, meaning that it is a natural part of our skin, helping to keep it moisturized and maintain it’s barrier function. Studies have shown that NAG can increase collagen production, increase moisture levels in skin, and increase the elasticity of skin.
NAG- Boosts Hyaluronic Acid Production
Because NAG can boost collagen production and helps skin stay wonderfully moisturized, it decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles. A study using niacinamide and NAG on women 35 to 60 showed an increase in the production of hyaluronic acid, which resulted in improved hydration. This reduced the appearance of fine lines, and an increased the elasticity of skin.
N-Acetyl Glucosamine reduces hyper-pigmentation
N-Acetyl Glucosamine has also been shown to reduce hyper-pigmentation, especially when used in combination with niacinamide. One study showed that a formulation of niacinamide and NAG significantly reduced the appearance of age spots and uneven hyper-pigmentation.
Studies have shown that NAG can induce changes and increase proliferation of skin’s fibroblasts, which can lead to increased healing of wounds. It can also lead to increased collagen expression and proliferation of keratinocytes.
The research is sound to prove NAG is an exceptional ingredient that can boost collagen production, improve skin elasticity, stimulate fibroblast production, and decrease the appearance of age spots or hyper-pigmentation.
Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider.