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Ingredients That Make a Difference: Rosehip Seed Oil

Why We Love It

The resilient rosehip, shining through on a frozen snowy day, the beautiful rose blossom may be gone but this little jewel has so much more to offer.  Rosa Canina or more commonly known Rosehip Seed Oil is a storehouse of nutrients for your skin, extracted from the little bulb at the base of a special rose flower.

Top 5 Benefits

  • Absorbs quickly and will not block pores, allowing your skin to breathe while also providing hydration
  • Helps to fade dark spots, even out skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles thanks to Provitamin A
    • Contains beta-Carotene, a form of provitamin A renowned for its ability to slow the signs of aging, encourage collagen production, and stimulate new cell growth and turnover
  • Fights and addresses sun damage due to a high percentage of vitamins C and E
    • Naturally found in high quantities in good quality Rosehip Seed Oil. In studies these powerful antioxidants have been shown to be more effective at addressing UV exposure and wrinkles when applied together.
  • Contains potent anti-inflammatories that help to calm dry irritated skin and slow the signs of aging
  • Naturally balanced Essential Fatty Acids strengthen your skin barrier, and fight water and collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles
    • Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) – work to strengthen your skin barrier and capillaries, limits water loss, and fights the collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles
    • Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) – works in conjunction with Linoleic Acid to support the natural barrier function of your skin

Where can you find it?

Because we love it so much you will find Rosehip seed Oil in several of our products.  To name a few, we include it in our Ultra Nourishing Birthday Suit Body Oil line, Hello Gorgeous Radiance Boosting Face Oil, and Eye Rewind Revitalizing Eye Oil

A Beginning of a Skincare Journey – Being Burned

The Beginning

A shocking picture but with a purpose, this is me, Rachel. I was burned at age 16, resulting in burns and scars across my face and arms. This experience started me on my natural skincare journey, and helped make me who I am today.  This is me at 16 and me today at 34, no makeup, no filters, no editing to make me look better or worse 

The Details

I was on a sailboat when a can of alcohol used in an alcohol stoves exploded all over and around me, I was on fire but was able to jump into the water to put it out.  My eyes were swollen shut for 3 days, when I finally was able to see myself I didn’t recognize who was in the mirror.  I had faith that things would get better and I just needed to take it one day at a time. I thank God for the doctors and nurses that took care of me during this time, it was a long, slow healing process.  Due to the scarring and new skin I was not able to be in the sun for over a year and had to wear a mask anytime I was not at school, the mask helped to push the scarring smooth against my skin. Over time the redness and scarring went down, but my skincare journey was just beginning.  

My sister, Rebekah, took care of me for the month after I got burned when I was in the initial healing phase.  She helped me scrub the peeling skin away, helped me through the pain, and through the fears a 16 year old experiences when not knowing what she will look like.  I don’t know if Rebekah will ever know how much her love and support meant and means to me.

During this time I learned a lot about skincare and how the products you put on your skin are absorbed deep into your skin and into your body.  I also ended up with very sensitive, delicate skin that was easily aggravated by chemical laden products.  I first started out using olive and almond oils on my skin, to remove makeup and as a daily moisturizer.  Because of my scarring and sensitive skin I was very careful about the products I used and began researching natural skincare extensively.  

THe Next Chapter

Over the span of 17 years I acquired a lot of knowledge through studying, researching, and real life application.  This led me to making all of my own skincare products and eventually making them for my family.  My first  research began with reading the ingredient labels and learning more about each ingredient, I discovered that even many of the products that I thought were natural, contained ingredients that I did not want to put on my skin.  I was determined to create a skincare line that would be 100% natural, no questionable ingredients, if I am not okay putting it on my skin, I am not okay selling it.  My sister, who became an esthetician in her 20s, joined me in this  journey.

Today most people would look at my skin and never know I was burned and have scars, I tell people and they are shocked.  Though there are several factors, including fast medical treatment and nutrition, I attribute a lot of it to taking care of my skin.  I still have to be careful, limited sun exposure and definitely with sunscreen, I cannot use harsh products and I take my omega 3s.  

Sharing this journey with you is something I want to do, it is an important part of who I am and why we created LdorVdor Naturals, but it is not easy and not something I talk about often.  I am not embarrassed of my journey but I do not like being in the limelight, I would rather be behind a camera than in front of it.  I hope this story inspires you, whether you have dealt with a similar experience, acne, or have other skin concerns – you can overcome them.  

Why does my skin get dry and flaky in the fall and winter?

Why does my skin get dry and flaky in fall and winter?

Your skincare needs change from one season to the next due to outside temperatures and the moisture content in the air around you.  For many of you heading into the cooler and drier weather of fall, your skin is about to be assaulted by wind and dry forced air heating (central heating).

Have you ever noticed that you go from being a glowy skinned goddess in summer, thanks to increased sebum production, to a dull lackluster skinned goddess in winter?  When your cells are dry or dehydrated they die faster, meaning you have to work harder and more regularly to remove them.  Regularly using a gentle exfoliator helps to banish the scaly dry winter skin, couple this with twice a week deep exfoliating and hydrating masks for an added boost.  

What can you do about it?

Exfoliate

Our Leave the Day Behind Cleansing Oil paired with a cotton washcloth is a very gentle way to exfoliate on a daily basis.  Make sure to use light pressure and massage the cloth across your face, this will stimulate blood flow while the cloth gently exfoliates your skin.

Looking for a deeper exfoliating treatment?  A gentle skin polish or scrub is a good option, though it may be too much for everyday use for some, experiment and see what works for you.  Check out the Charcoal Masquerade Skin Detox and Mask, natural sources of glycolic and lactic acids along with French Green Clay leave your skin smoother and more brightened.

Hydrate

After exfoliation, your skin is perfectly prepped to deeply absorb hydration, I like to follow with a couple drops of Hello Gorgeous Age-Defying Face Oil.  You won’t be able to stop touching your soft smooth face, don’t do it though, those germs can cause breakouts, but that is a story for another article.  

Happy exfoliating, pumpkin carving, and hot spiced cider drinking to all.

What is Oil Based Skincare

Oil based skincare refers to skincare that relies mostly on oils to address skin concerns and moisturize the skin.  Oils are made up of various components including fatty acids (not the face peel or harsh kind), antioxidants, and vitamins.  They tend to be less irritating, when used properly, more traditional skincare often contains preservatives and alcohols both of which are known irritants.  Oils are non occlusive, meaning then don’t inhibit your skin’s ability to expel bacteria and toxins.

Oils are also very potent, a little goes a long way, even 3-4 drops of oil might be enough for your entire face.  They are great for those with both dry skin and oily skin conditions, it comes down to what type of oil works best for your skin.  Oils high in oleic acid tend to be slightly heavier, sit more on the surface of your skin, and limit moisture loss.  Oils high in linoleic acid are lighter, absorb more quickly, and absorb deeper into your epidermis.  Often those with both oily and dry skin tend to respond better to oils with a more balanced ratio of the two, or oils that lean more towards higher linoleic acid ratios. The best way to use oils is to layer them, adjusting the quantity used based on your skin’s needs.  

How to Apply

Layering oil is a good way to customize your skincare and get the most out of each ingredient. Apply water based serums and oils that are described as light or fast absorbing first, then follow with heavier oils.  Start off with a few drops of oil and see how your skin reacts throughout the day, is it dry, is it oily?  Continue to customize your skincare by adjusting the amount used to find what works best for you.  Try using 3-4 drops and then apply a couple drops to your areas of concern first and adjust from there.  You might need to adjust the amount or type of oil used depending on the time month, year (dryness), or your skin needs.

Example:

Use 4-6 drops of Prickly Pear Seed Oil or Holy Grail Anti-Aging Face Oil Elixir across your face, neck, and décolleté, don’t forget about under your eyes.  Allow this to absorb in for a minute, you should not have a heavy layer of oil remaining on your skin, use less next time if you do.  Apply eye oil after this step.

Next apply 5-8 drops of Hello Gorgeous Anti-Aging Face Oil across your face and neck, use a couple more drops for your décolleté.  Same as previous step, allow to absorb in for a minute or two and do not use too much oil.  This will be enough for many people, if you find your skin is still dry, continue to next step.

As the last step, apply 2-10 drops of Rescue Me Hydrating Face Oil to areas of your skin that tends to be drier, this oil works particularly well on the décolleté to combat the wrinkles that come with age.  

Want to see a more detailed skincare routine example?  Check out our other post here.

Oil Cleansers

Traditional cleansers often contain soaping agents that can strip the skin and leave it feeling dry and eventually irritate the skin.  Oil cleansers will not leave the dry squeaky feeling that it can have from soaping cleansers.  Your skin should feel slightly tacky but with no oily residue remaining.  

Oil cleansers often work well at removing waterproof mascara and eye makeup, the oils help to breakdown the makeup.  Some oils are very similar to the sebum that your skin produces, like removes like, using an oil helps to thoroughly breakdown and remove the dirt, bacteria, and toxins trapped in the sebum on the surface of your skin.  

Definitions – Common Terms

Occlusive – an ingredient that forms a barrier on the skin, which limits water loss from your skin but also does not allow your skin to purge bacteria and toxins trapped underneath.  These are helpful in specific uses, such as targeted dry spots or your feet, but not for everyday use on the skin on your face.

Oleic Acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid) – this deeply moisturizing Omega 9 supports the efforts of the other oil components by creating a natural barrier on your skin and has been shown to encourage absorption of your skincare layered underneath 

Linoleic Acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) –  works to strengthen your skin barrier and capillaries, limits water loss, and fights the collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles

Disclaimer: All content located on ldorvdornaturals.com, including all L’dor V’dor Naturals social media pages, and all materials distributed by or through L’dor V’dor Naturals l is provided for informational purposes.  The content provided and comment responses you receive either from me or another commenter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.  See full policy here.

Healthy Spiced Granola

Healthy Spiced Granola

You Are What You Eat

Many of the granola options out there are loaded with sugar or the more healthy options tend to be expensive for a small bag, one that my family can go through in just a couple days.  When made right, granola is packed with healthy fats and antioxidants that are good for your digestion but also good for your skin.  What you put in your body can impact what you see on the outside, eating a balanced diet with sufficient healthy fats, meaning fats from nuts and other less processed sources, and nutrients will help as a long term skin support.  Eating less sugar is also very important, many people notice skin concerns, such as pimples, when they consume too much sugar, we use maple syrup that provides other benefits such as vitamins and minerals, while impacting your blood sugar less than standard processed sugar.  

Why We Love It

We love granola, the balance of sweetness, nuttiness, chocolate (have to have chocolate!), and chewiness is addictive.   And though you can buy some great granola at the store, they tend to be fairly expensive and many have far more sugar than what we should be consuming at one time.  Our granola is packed with filling fiber, healthy fats, blood sugar balancing cinnamon, and antioxidant rich chocolate; the sweetness comes from maple syrup which is lower on the glycemic index and is full of healthy minerals.  Enjoy this granola on top of yogurt with some fresh or frozen berries, and you have yourself one amazing breakfast/snack that is both filling and loaded with protein and antioxidants that your skin will love.  

Granola is pretty hard to mess up, though not impossible, my husband will tell on me about my salty granola batch fail.  Follow this recipe as a loose guide but feel free to tweak it based on what ingredients you like and what you have available.  Let us know in the comments what your favorite additions were and how you like to eat your granola, we love new inspiration!  Keep in mind, our recipe uses far less sugar/maple syrup than many recipes you will find elsewhere, this is intentional, try not to change it too much before seeing if you like it.

Healthy Spiced Granola Recipe

Serving size 1/4 cup

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Cacay Oil

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Cacay Oil

Why We Love It

Cacay Oil’s collagen boosting and wrinkle tackling benefits are thanks to its high concentration of natural retinol, containing up to three times more than the often-mentioned Rosehip Seed Oil.  This oil is absorbed quickly and deeply into your skin, allowing the vitamin E fight free radicals on your skin while the B-Sitosterol digs down deep to encourage even more collagen production.  With a light texture and highly concentrated nourishing benefits, Cacay is such a heavy hitter that even in small quantities it will make a difference in your skincare routine. 

Found In Nature

Cacay (Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil) is traditionally grown in the wild, and is increasingly being cultivated on plantations.  Our cacay oil is wildcrafted in Brazil, meaning it is harvested from nuts that have fallen off the tree once fully ripened.  Similar to coconuts, every part of the cacay nut is able to be used, once the oil is pressed from the nuts, various pieces of the nuts are used as flour, animal feed, and charcoal.  Our oil is a cold pressed virgin oil, meaning no heat is applied to it during the extraction process, limiting the potential for the delicate properties to be impacted or damaged.

Properties

Linoleic Acid makes up a majority of cacay oil’s composition and works to strengthen your skin barrier and capillaries, limits water loss, and fights the collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles

Oleic Acid – this deeply moisturizing Omega 9 supports the efforts of the other oil components by creating a natural barrier on your skin and has been shown to encourage absorption of your skincare layered underneath

Cacay seed oil contains palmitic acid and is rich in vitamin E, these potent anti-aging components address signs of aging skin, such as wrinkles and UV damage

 

Natural Retinol – renowned for its ability to slow the signs of aging, encourage collagen productions, and stimulate new cell growth and turnover.  Contains up to three times more natural retinol than the well known rosehip seed oil.

 

Antioxidants – help your body to heal and repair by fighting the free radicals that cause cell damage, this damage can lead to diminished collagen production and wrinkles

 

Rich in B-Sitosterol – studies show this plant phytosterol encourages the production of new collagen while also limiting the collagen diminishing affects of the sun

Composition

The following depicts the majority proportions of the chemical composition of cacay oil, slight variances will occur based the unique makeup of each batch produced.  When God creates something in nature, He does not stick to a perfect formula.

Oleic Acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid) – 10-14%

Linoleic Acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) – 62-72%

Stearic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 2-4%

Palmitic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 8-11%

 

Disclaimer: All content located on ldorvdornaturals.com, including all L’dor V’dor Naturals social media pages, and all materials distributed by or through L’dor V’dor Naturals l is provided for informational purposes.  The content provided and comment responses you receive either from me or another commenter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.  See full policy here.

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Why We Love It

Prickly Pear Seed Oil’s high concentration of Vitamin K addresses top skin concerns including dark under eye circles and visible skin capillaries, while it’s high Vitamin E and C content treats skin that has been exposed to the damaging effects of the sun and other UV rays, all while protecting and renewing your skin cells.  This oil is absorbed quickly and deeply into your skin, leaving your skin brightened and will make your pores appear tighter.

Found In Nature

Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Opuntia Ficus Indica) is a part of the cactus family and is also commonly referred to as Barbary Fig.  Found in various arid parts of the world most often the cosmetic grade oil is produced in Morocco where production is closely regulated.  Due to the delicate nature of the Prickly Pear fruits, they are often harvested by hand to ensure they are not damaged.  The fruits contain tiny black seeds that are manually pressed to remove the precious oil.  It can take as many as 66 pounds of seeds to gather just over one quart of oil.  Our oil is a organic, cold pressed virgin oil, meaning it is grown without harmful pesticides and no heat is applied to it during the extraction process, limiting the potential for the delicate properties to be impacted or damaged.

Properties

Antioxidants – such as polyphenols which help your body to heal and repair by fighting the free radicals that cause cell damage, this damage can lead to diminished collagen production and wrinkles

 

Prickly pear seed oil contains palmitic acid and more vitamin E than most known oils, these potent anti-aging components address signs of aging skin, such as wrinkles and UV damage

 

Vitamin K – broken capillaries are a common complaint, this vitamin can help to strengthen your capillaries acting as a preventative treatment, can speed up recovery, and treats dark circles under the eyes all while calming inflammation and redness

 

Linoleic Acid – work to strengthen your skin barrier and capillaries, limits water loss, and fights the collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles

 

Vitamins C and E – in studies these antioxidants have been shown to be more effective at addressing UV exposure and wrinkles when applied together than each vitamin on their own

 

Composition

The following depicts the majority proportions of the chemical composition of prickly pear seed oil, slight variances will occur based the unique makeup of each batch produced.  When God creates something in nature, He does not stick to a perfect formula.

Linoleic Acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) – 60-70%

Oleic Acid (monounsaturated fatty acid ) – 22-25%

Stearic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 1-3%

Palmitic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 11-13%

Vitamin K (potassium) 520 mg/kg

Disclaimer: All content located on ldorvdornaturals.com, including all L’dor V’dor Naturals social media pages, and all materials distributed by or through L’dor V’dor Naturals l is provided for informational purposes.  The content provided and comment responses you receive either from me or another commenter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.  See full policy here.

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Marula

Ingredients That Make A Difference: Marula

Why We Love It

Marula Oil’s unique combination of Vitamins C, E, and Oleic Acid allow it to reduce the appearance of scars and hyper-pigmentation, prevent cell damage (which can lead to wrinkles) and even skin tone, while deeply moisturizing your skin.  It contains up to 60% more antioxidants than most oils, even one of our other favorites, argan oil.  We sourced this oil in it’s purest state, as an unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin Marula Oil, leaving every bit of it’s naturally occurring benefits readily available to your skin.

Found In Nature

Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) is harvested from the Marula tree and it native to South Africa.  Once the marula nuts are harvested, they are dried, the shells are removed and later used for charcoal.  The nuts are inspected for quality and manually pressed to remove the golden oil.  Our oil is a cold pressed virgin oil, meaning no heat is applied to it during the extraction process, limiting the potential for the delicate properties to be impacted or damaged.

Properties

Oleic Acid makes up 70%-78% of Marula oil’s composition – this deeply moisturizing Omega 9 supports the efforts of the other oil components by creating a natural barrier on your skin and has been shown to encourage absorption of your skincare layered underneath

Antioxidants – help your body to heal and repair by fighting the free radicals that cause cell damage, this damage can lead to diminished collagen production and wrinkles

Rich in B-Sitosterol – studies show this plant phytosterol encourages the production of new collagen while also limiting the collagen diminishing affects of the sun

Catechins – a type of antioxidant similar to those found in green tea, increases the ability of your skin to heal itself, while protecting the skin from new damage

Vitamins C and E – in studies these antioxidants have been shown to be more effective at addressing UV exposure and wrinkles when applied together than each vitamin on their own

Composition

The following depicts the majority proportions of the chemical composition of marula oil, slight variances will occur based the unique makeup of each batch produced.  When God creates something in nature, He does not stick to a perfect formula.

Oleic Acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid) – 70-80%

Linoleic Acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) – 4-7%

Stearic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 5-7%

Palmitic Acid (a saturated fatty acid) – 8-11%

 

Disclaimer: All content located on ldorvdornaturals.com, including all L’dor V’dor Naturals social media pages, and all materials distributed by or through L’dor V’dor Naturals l is provided for informational purposes.  The content provided and comment responses you receive either from me or another commenter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.  See full policy here.

 

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