Looking around, we can’t help but notice the sugar, spice & everything nice, Fall is here! Now that Summer has come to an end and the season has shifted, temperature and humidity will drop quickly and your skin might have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration. Because fall can bring sporadic weather patterns – warm temperatures followed by cool, windy days – our skin is thirsting for moisture and hydration that gives it back it’s healthy glow. With the right skincare routine and the tips below, you can confidently battle the elements of rain, dryness, coldness, & wind!
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Everyone is ready to make their way to natural hair care products for many reasons- saving the environment, less drying on the hair, allergies! Whatever your reason, let’s just talk about these products for a few minutes so you can be better informed and not so confused!
What does "natural shampoo" mean? It means that the cleansing ingredients used in the shampoo are gentle on the hair, scalp & skin. Most natural shampoos will not become as foamy as you are used to and you might be a little confused- but fewer suds are intentional, so leave your worries behind. The truth is the amount of suds doesn’t impact organic shampoo’s ability to clean your locks. A natural conditioner is one that relies on vegetable oils, vitamins, and other conditioning ingredients to replenish hair from the inside out. These attributes are important because commercial synthetic shampoos/conditioners are more likely to expose the hair and the skin to harsh chemical ingredients that can potentially have harmful long-term effects, including skin irritation, dryness, a reduction in the size or deterioration of the hair follicles, premature graying, and even hair loss. Natural & organic versions can be used confidently without these side-effects because they provide the hair with many benefits that commercial hair care products cannot compete with.
The bottom line is that over time, your shampoo & conditioner should nourish the hair, which is part of the reason that you should be using natural & organic hair care products. Every shampoo and conditioner out on the market today claim to work for a specific hair type. They also claim to help with many hair issues, such as frizz and dandruff. Sad to say, many are still unsatisfied with the results they’re seeing. We all react differently to the chemicals in hair care products and some of those symptoms that you might experience such as dry scalp/hair, frizz, breakage can be caused by your shampoo & conditioner. Yikes! Our skin is permeable and can easily absorb containments as well as high nutrient ingredients. Look for products with safe & healthy natural or naturally derived ingredients.
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Ok spoiler alert, skin types are not real! Ok, they sort of real but only according to the skincare industry, not Dermatologists. Terms such as oily, dry, combination, or sensitive are useful troubleshooting clues and can be used to get a better idea of how your skin reacts to different things. Our skin is unpredictable to a certain degree. Why? Because your skin is directly and indirectly affected by climate, hormones, medication (herbal & Rx), diet and it can change over time. Also, genetics and ethnic background can influence your skin greatly.
Symptoms of health problems can show up in your skin & nails and dermatologists read your skin for signs of larger health problems instead of classifying it into a skin type. Using relatable skin type terms allows Farmhouse to give you an easily assessable way to be attentive to your skin’s general tendencies. When your skin changes, don’t be afraid to switch through our various products.
Living in Atlanta, there are only two real seasons; Summer and Winter. Just kidding but it’s nothing close to the four seasons I’m used to while growing up in Maryland. My typical routine contains four products; Lemon & Lavender Soap, White Willow & Tea Tree Toner, Carrot & Shea Skin & Eye Cream & White Willow Acne Cream. However, I use all of the products in the Farmhouse lineup. Some days, I wake up flaky around my nostrils and chin so I trade the soap for Face Scrub and apply a drop or two of the Rosehip Restore Serum in those areas. On other days when my hormones are changing, pores are clogged & I just look oily…I perform facial steam with extractions and add the French French Clay & Turmeric Mask to absorb excess oil, to my nightly routine. My Summer months include a lot of body scrubbing; more of my skin is showing and I just love the healthy glow that comes with a good exfoliation session! During the Winter months, eczema will try to creep up on me but I keep it away by applying the Hair & Body Oil then layering a generous helping of the Whipped Shea Body Butter on top of that. Since this time of the year can be extremely drying, I use it as an excuse to take steam showers! Likewise, I have a mean case of eczema on my lips (yes, its a real thing) so at night I like to layer on the Orange Jojoba Lip Balm and Skin & Eye Cream directly after hopping out of the shower.
But, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t feed the skin type beast and give you the general tendencies of each classification:
Dry skin occurs when the skin’s sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil to properly hydrate and protect the epidermis. It can feel tight throughout the day and may experience noticeable flaking. Dehydration is also a leading cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water and avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can make a significant difference in how your skin feels and looks. Exfoliation with a fruit enzyme can help promote skin cell turnover without removing the skin’s natural oils. Without an additional layer of dead skin, serums and treatments will be absorbed more easily. Combination skin often experiences different symptoms in a different area of their face. In some cases, the skin is either stripped or dehydrated making it important to find a moisturizer that is not too heavy but one substantial enough to retain moisture where needed most. In other instances, it might be hormone imbalances that show up in the skin causing unsightly symptoms. The key here is to use products that will balance the skin.
Normal skin is not prone to breakouts and tends to have a well-moisturized t-zone but normal skin can have other issues like hyperpigmentation or fine lines. Hydration is also crucial, as even normal skin can become dehydrated.
Oily skin means excess oil that oftentimes leaves pores congested and clogged. Oily skin can be caused by using stripping products, genetics, climate, and dehydration. If your skin is oily but feels rough to dry, that’s a good sign that your skin is dehydrated. Although oily skin does not always incur acne, it can be prone to dark spots and breakouts. A physical or fruit enzyme exfoliator helps to speed up recovery and prevent blemishes. The happy news, however, is that oily skin looks younger and more supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle.
Sensitive skin may often appear red and/or feel itchy, burning, and irritated consistently. After you wash your face, your skin may feel tight and inflamed or you may often experience dryness in addition to irritation. With conditions like eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, focus on using oils to lock in hydration. If you cannot introduce a new product into your routine without breakouts appearing, then you likely have sensitive skin. It’s important to be aware of what ingredients have caused a negative reaction in the past and make an effort to avoid them.
Below are some questions that will help you become more in tune with what your skin needs.
Here’s the thing, don’t stress yourself out trying to find your “skin type” and do not stress out when it changes. Your skin changes daily and if you lock yourself into a certain skin type…you will freak out as soon as you skin does anything other than the label you have given it. Instead, try being more mindful and flexible in your skincare routine. If you feel that your skin is oily, a face mask will do the trick and if it’s dry, apply more moisturizer or serum. It’s very simple. The most important part to remember is that you might wake up the next day and have to tweak your routine.
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Our Herbal Suppositories are such a hot topic. Women always inquire about them and ask questions. Here’s the scoop!
What is Suppository? The word suppository is derived from the Latin suppositorum, which means, “something placed beneath”. Using an internal method of herbal suppository is deeply therapeutic and often leads to dramatic results in a short period. Suppositories have been used traditionally to treat a multitude of illnesses because the colon/vagina are direct delivery methods into the body. Suppositories are used to administer medicine, in preparation for surgery or examinations and for other medical reasons.
What are essential oils? Our suppositories contain essential oils. Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants; obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. These oils capture the plant's scent and flavor, also called its "essence” (unique aromatic compounds) and the chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in several ways. Essential oils contain medicinal properties that support tissue integrity, reduce irritation and inflammation, and lubricate the vaginal/rectual tissue.
How do suppositories work? The reason that the suppositories work is because the body absorbs medicinal properties from vaginal/rectal suppositories quickly. They in some ways can work faster than medications taken by mouth. This is because suppositories melt inside the body and absorb directly into the bloodstream. Just think about how many times your grandmother mentioned taking a rectal enema for softening hard stools. Our suppositories are made from herbal ingredients that are anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, astringent to excessive discharges and damaged tissue, and antibacterial. They are used extensively for vaginal infections and inflammation, rectal fissures, and hemorrhiods. It is recommended that women wear a sanitary napkin when the suppository is in place so that the melting oil will not stain the undergarments.
Green Tea…really? A 2009 study from the Canadian Journal of Microbiology established Green Tea’s efficiency in treating yeast infections. According to the study, Green Tea disrupts the establishment of Candida Albicans. Other medical research suggests that Green Tea can be used in neutralizing the excess yeast cells formation in the vaginal area. If you aren’t sure about using our Green Tea Suppositories, drink some Green Tea. Go ahead, drink a cup or two of high quality organic Green Tea daily.
But Coconut Oil…that doesn’t seem like it would work? Yes, coconut oil, not just just any. The type of coconut oils matters just as much as the harvesting…organic, virgin, cold-pressed unrefined. A 2007 study clearly stated that “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species” as this oil contains Lauric Acid which is an antifungal. Do not use coconut oil with latex condoms, the oil can break down the barrier thus not providing protection!
Why do the suppositories have to be kept frozen? Sounds weird, I know. However, keeping suppositories in the freezer is perfectly safe. Your freezer stays the same temperature day and night providing a consistent climate and the freezing process does not kill any significant amount of the probiotic cultures. During the freezing process, the cultures go into a dormant state, but when returned to a warm temperature within the body, the cultures become active again and are capable of providing all of the intended benefits of probiotics. It is safe to put essential oils in the freezer is perfectly safe. The consistent temperature and lack of light help to preserve your oils.
Why do our Herbal Suppositories work vs. conventional treatments? I won’t tell you that conventional treatments don’t work. What I will tell you is that you have options. Herbal suppositories work efficiently without the side effects of conventional treatments, including nausea, vomiting, and antibiotics resistance among others. Medical studies and trials are proving that suppositories and probiotic therapy work. After reading MANY medical trials and studies, I will spare you the technical details and give you the highlights below:
So there you have it. If you feel a yeast infection coming, want extra lubrication, need additional support before & after your cycle, Tea Tree Suppositories will work well. If you have bacteria vaginosis or a reoccurring yeast infection our Green Tea option or Coochie Care package is your best bet. I encourage you all to do your own research! I hope that this long ass blog post was informative that you learned something new!
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