Radiant Body Oil ☀️
Hello, Radiant Body Oil. A new small batch face and body oil to nourish your cells. If you are interested in purchasing, you can buy from my Etsy Shop. Discovering the use of oil on the skin has been transformative. I feel like I am actually nourishing my skin instead of drying it out and adding tons of chemicals which are often found in many conventional beauty products. If there is anything you should take away from this article, it’s that we don’t need nearly as much as we think we do.
Whatever your philosophy of life, the nervous system is your only means of connecting and interacting with your world. If you treat your nervous system like the sensitive system it is, it will play back the finest music to enrich your being. Keep it tuned and healthy, feed it well, and protect it from overuse and exploitation, and your reward will be a life of exquisite quality. Through even the most stressful events, you will feel centered and empowered.
Why use radiant body oil on your skin?
The ancients have long used oil as a sacred tool. To anoint the skin. To heal the skin. Body oiling, especially an oil infused with various herbs and organic plant matter, has been recorded in many traditions including ancient Egyptians, the Ayurvedic system and in biblical times.
The Sanskrit word for oil, sneha, means love. Being saturated with oil is believed to have a similar effect as being filled with love. Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic practice of oil massage, and is transformative and grounding as a daily self care practice.
When we use oil we are nourishing the body with fat instead of with water like many conventional beauty products. Oil is penetrating where water will eventually evaporate, causing us to continually apply our product through out the day. Oils have long been infused with the healing properties of plant wisdom
Redefining beauty or Health-filled skin
Our culture has created a commodity around “beauty” and body products to promote youthful looking skin. Aging is inevitable in the human body and there is nothing wrong with wanting beautiful skin. Youthful skin can be seen as an all encompassing label for skin that glows, has few “imperfections,” less lines, even tone and the list goes on. Skin is meant to change as our bodies age but there are things we can do naturally that promote healthy skin.
Our skin is a record of our life experiences. The lines on our faces are the expressions of joys and sorrows. Our skin can be seen as a reflection of what we eat, how we manage stress, how much we move and a little bit of genetics. It is important for us to think about our skin as an organ with pores. It needs to breathe. It needs to eliminate.
Some easy and approachable tips for healthy skin 🌞
We can often be tempted to buy products to act as bandaids for the real problem. If we approach our skin from a first principles approach, we can come to understand it’s all about the foundation…the very quality of life that we cultivate that will have a the most impact on our overall health.
- Eat a diet rich in vegetables 🥕 and fruits 🍎 , these contain a host of phytonutrients including antioxidants that can help combat oxidative stress. Consider drinking a smoothie to add more soluble fiber in your diet, good for your bowels and good for your skin. I like to add cucumber, parsley, celery, blueberries, ginger and water.
- Add more herbs 🌿 into your diet, enjoy parsley, cilantro, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc. Explore and get creative with different cultural foods. Try adding at least a few teaspoons or dried herbs to your meals daily. And during the growing season, plenty of fresh herbs. If you aren’t sure where to start chop fresh herbs into a salad.
- Move 🏃♀️ every day
- When we move we are encouraging the blood to flow, the energy to move, the lymphatic system to promote detoxification. When we break a sweat we create a space for detoxifying our skin through the pores.
- Wear a hat or sunblock if you are in direct sunlight from the hours of 11am-3pm. You can typically check the UV index on your phone or use an app like D Minder. The sun is our friend, but it’s good to be mindful of your skin type and the amount of strong sun exposure that is appropriate for your skin.
- Be mindful of what you use on your skin. The skin absorbs everything you put on it. Be curious about what you are putting on your skin. Chances are you don’t need nearly as many products as you think you do and you can use that money to add more nutritive substances to your diet.
- Get rid of synthetic fragrances, these disrupt the endocrine system, the bodies way of regulating hormones etc.
- If there are things you can’t pronounce or you don’t know what they are…question them and look them up on EWG’s Skin Deep Database
- Eliminate Processed Foods from your diet
You are what you eat. I like to stick to the quote by Michael Pollan, “Eat whole foods, mostly plants.” Processed foods are not the way nature intended us to use nutrients. Our evolution equipped us with the incredible ability to process whole foods. Processed foods put a lot of stress on our bodies, produce inflammation and often contain additives that can be harmful for our bodies and it’s many complex systems.
Other Benefits of Skin Oiling
- Can be used as an act of self care
- Calms the Central Nervous System, touch is healing. You calm your body through touch.
- When we massage our skin with the added benefit of oil we are stimulating the Lymphatic system. The lymphatic system runs through our entire body and interacts with lymph centers. The cardiovascular system has the heart to plump blood through out the body, where as the lymphatic system is stimulated through movement or pressure on the skin. It is a system responsible for carrying waste to the necessary places to promote overall health and immunity.
- Massage is a great way to connect intimately with a partner or platonic friend
- scalp massage, hand massage, foot massage etc.
How I personally use Radiant Body Oil
Situation 1, I typically splash my face with water at night to cleans away the day, sometimes I will exfoliate with ground oats or masa harina. After I pat the skin dry I add 1/2 to a full dropper of oil into my palms, rub vigorously and then massage onto the skin. If I had been out in the sun a lot I will typically apply more liberally to allow the oil to help heal any of the oxidative stress from the sun.
Situation 2, If I have been out in the city, a weekend camping trip or somewhere with a lot of dust etc. I will use the oil for cleansing my skin. For this I wet the skin with lukewarm water, add the oil to the skin and continue to splash and massage the face. From there I will use a cloth and wipe away the oil. I am always amazed at the amount of dirt that comes off.
Radiant Body Oil Ingredients
The organic jojoba and sweet almond oils are solar infused with dehydrated garden herbs including rosemary, calendula and holy basil for one lunar cycle, integrating the powers of the Yin and Yang, Sun and Moon.
Organic Jojoba Oil (about 40%)
- Biocompatible with the skin, easily absorbs into the skin
- Rich in Vitamin E, B, Zinc, Iodine and many antioxidants
- Acts as a humectant (protective + nurturing)
- Useful for acne, eczema, cold sores, psoriasis, itching and scars
- Similar to human sebum (natural skin oil)
- Hydrates the skin
- Balances natural oils
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Antibacterial properties
- Great for those with dry skin or those who are prone to acne or redness
Organic Sweet Almond Oil (about 40%)
- Rich in vitamins A, B + E
- Helps maintain moisture levels
- Soothes skin irritation
- Relieves dry skin
- Overall incredible skin nourishment
Organic Seabuckthorn Oil (about 10%)
- High potency of Vitamin C, also known as the “beauty vitamin” because it reduces inflammation and helps boost collagen
- Rich in Omega fatty acids
- one of the very few sources of Omega 7’s, also contains Omega’s 3, 6 + 9
- Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants
- Rich in minerals
Organic Rosehip Oil (about 10%)
- High source of essential fatty acids which assists in cell regeneration
- Great for all skin types
- Vitamin A rich, helps even out skin tone
Very small amount of the essential oils
- Clary Sage
- Rose Geranium
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