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Highly Commended – Daily Facial Exfoliant

Kosmea’s Daily Facial Exfoliant has received a Highly Commended Award in the Nature and Health Natural Beauty Awards!

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This product is loved by many and has received countless reviews over the years. The exfoliant is packed with natural ingredients specifically formulated to supercharge skin cells and give the effect of a do-it-yourself facial. Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant is kind enough to your skin to be used daily and it doesn’t require rough rubbing that leaves your skin with a raw, red feeling. The result from this product is nourished skin that feels hydrated, soft and beaming.

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4 Step Natural Facial

For a relaxing facial using all-natural products follow these 4 simple recipes to achieve glowing healthy skin.

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Polenta and Yoghurt scrub

This facial scrub gently cleanses and exfoliates, leaving skin glowing and invigorated.

  • 1 tablespoon of polenta
  • 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt

Combine ingredients in a small bowl to make a paste. Apply to skin using fingertips, lightly massage into your skin for two to three minutes. Start at your chin and work up towards cheeks and forehead in a circular motion.

 

Lemon/Lime refresher 

  • 1 lemon or lime
  • ½ tablespoon cold, filtered water

Extract juice and mix with the water in a bowl. Apply to a cotton pad, gently patting into your face to tone and prepare skin for the next step.

Honey Massage 

  • 2 tablespoons of organic honey (thin consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice

This treatment will; condition, lift and nourish your skin. Combine honey with lime juice. Apply the honey blend with your fingertips, gently massaging in a circular motion upwards from your chin cheeks and forehead. Change to a light tapping motion, tapping the skin for one minute to stimulate circulation. Let the honey blend infuse the skin for five minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Avocado or Egg-White Mask

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These simple masks have been used for centuries to improve skin condition. Avocado, rich in oils and vitamin E, is recommended for mature or dry skin. For Combination or oily skin, try the egg-white mask to tighten, brighten or refresh.

Avocado Mask

Scoop out the flesh of one ripe avocado and beat to a creamy paste. Pat avocado onto your face, avoiding your eyes. Relax for five minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat face dry.

Egg-White Mask 

Separate the yolk and egg white form one fresh egg: discard the yolk.

Beat the egg white for one minute by hand. Pat the beaten egg white onto your face avoiding your eyes, and let it harden for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and pat face dry.

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Extracting Rosehip Oil

The extraction of rosehip oil is one of the most important steps to ensuring the best quality rosehip oil. The quality of rosehip oil is revealed in its colour and smell which should be a golden amber colour, and an earthy, herb like scent. Methods for extraction include cold-pressing, chemical (solvent) extraction, and supercritical extraction.

Kosmea uses the seed along with the skin the fruit of the rosehip this gives us the extra vitamin A, lycopene and Beta-carotene which have amazing healing powers. To preserve the maximum amount of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, our oil is extracted from the rose hips using a heat-free and solvent-free process called supercritical extraction. We super critically extract our rosehip oil under very low temperatures as it keeps all the oils valuable components intact. Heat, air, water and light can all affect the quality of rose hip oil and so these are avoided as much as possible during the manufacturing process.

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The most common way today to extract rosehip oil is through cold pressing but as the rosehip seed is extremely hard the cold pressing action causes a lot of friction and therefore heat which destroys some of the very valuable anti-oxidants and vitamins of the rosehip oil.

Kosmea’s supercritical extraction process of rose hip oil is a process which starts by collecting the organically grown rose hips and then placing the hips into a pressure vessel. This pressure vessel is sealed and then has liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) gently run through it. Pressure is applied and the liquid CO2 is able to remove the rose hip oil from the hips. This liquid is then collected and as the pressure and temperature are changed the CO2 reverts back to a gas leaving the pure rose hip oil behind. This super critical extraction process has the advantage of leaving zero amounts of any solvent (CO2) behind with the rose hip oil and does not involve high temperatures which may also adversely affect the natural aroma and colour of the rose hip oil.

It is an organically certified process which produces the highest quality oil, guarantees purity and gives the product a higher shelf life.

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What is Horsetail Extract and What Can It Do for My Skin?

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Have you ever heard of horsetail extract? Despite not being common nowadays, it has been an herbal remedy for centuries. Ancient horsetail plants were as tall as modern palm trees, and the plant is a perennial with a stem that resembles a horse’s tail. It does not reproduce with seeds, making it sterile, producing with spores instead. It goes by many different names, including Shavegrass, Bottle Brush and Scouring Rush, among others. The last is because its stem is covered in silicates that are abrasive enough to scour metal pots. Horsetail is commonly found in North America as well as temperate areas of Asia and Europe.

Horsetail contains many nutrients and minerals. These include calcium, iron, manganese, silica and antioxidants. Besides being an antioxidant, horsetail is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti­inflammatory.

Antioxidant

When the body is damaged, or as it ages, cells are created called free radicals. They are unstable and steal electrons from stable cells, causing a chain reaction of damage. Antioxidants protect the body by donating electrons to stabilise free radicals. Free radical damage can cause cancer, among other issues, as well as promote ageing effects such as wrinkles and sagging skin.

Anti-­Inflammatory

Along with free radicals, when the body is damaged it also creates inflammation. This is the redness and puffiness associated with wounds. Inflammation is a red flag, calling the immune system to the scene to help. Inflammation can also cause the formation of free radicals, starting a cycle of damage: damage causes inflammation, which causes free radicals, which causes damage, which creates more inflammation and free radicals. Reducing inflammation reduces damage as well as other redness. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema are all results of inflammation.

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Health Benefits

Horsetail has been used for centuries to treat many different maladies. Taken internally, it can help with bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes), tonsilitis (inflammation of the tonsils), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), foot infections (a result of inflammation and bacteria), sore throat (inflammation), as well as many other issues.

Hair and Nail Benefits

Horsetail is very beneficial for nails and hair. The minerals in horsetail can help strengthen brittle fingernails when horsetail extract is taken daily. It can also help by soaking the nails in an infusion of dried horsetail and water up to four times a week.

 

The silica in horsetail can help grow strong healthy hair as well. Ingesting horsetail extract as a tea or supplement as well as applying it straight to the hair can have beneficial effects. Mix horsetail extract with oil such as olive or coconut oil then massage it into the scalp to stimulate hair growth by improving circulation. It can also be used as a conditioner by pouring horsetail tea over hair and washing out. This conditioner will make hair shiny and less frizzy.

Skin Benefits

Along with the antioxidant benefits of anti­ageing, and the anti­inflammatory benefits for acne and irritation, horsetail extract has other skin benefits. Applied to the skin, it can help heal rashes, burns and wounds thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Another anti­ageing benefit is the silica horsetail contains collagen. Collagen is an important part of the skin, keeping it taut and wrinkle free. Silica can help form collagen, especially when the production is slowed with ageing. Horsetail extract is used in skin products for this reason as well as for combating inflammation. Horsetail tea can also be used as a toner to calm the skin. After cleansing the skin, swipe on cooled tea with a cotton ball or swab. Horsetail can shrink pores when used this way.

Our Replenishing Moisture Cream contains horsetail extract to strengthen the skin along with other moisturising and nourishing ingredients including our signature Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Carrot Oil, and Shea Butter. Skin will look visibly younger, plump and radiant with continual use.

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Natural Baby Skin Care

You love your baby. Your baby spent nine months in a protected environment with every food and product carefully chosen for the health of your growing baby. Why should that concern stop once your baby arrives in the world? The products you put on your skin matter. You want them to be beneficial, but also have safe ingredients. Skin care for your baby should be the same.

Baby’s Skin

A baby’s skin is sensitive, delicate and soft. This means it requires extra special care to keep it healthy. Skin irritation is very common in the first year as a baby acclimatises to the world. When a baby is born, they are covered in a skin protectant called vernix. This peels off within the first week on its own and shouldn’t be hurried along: the more skin protection the better. Babies born after the due date could already be missing the vernix as it can peel off in the womb.

The sensitive baby skin provides a very important purpose: touch is very beneficial to newborns.

Skin to skin contact can help boost immunity, fighting diseases, plus it can trigger hormones. Massaging your baby can help with your connection and also have an impact on his or her mood; helping them be more calm and sleep better.

Bath Time

Wash your baby in warm water two to three times a week. Bathing too frequently removes essential natural oils and can dry the skin out. Babies don’t get dirty beyond soiling diapers and getting messy from eating or drooling. Between baths, gently clean the face and diaper area.

To give a bath, keep the bath shallow, using two to three inches of water, instead of submerging the baby. As the skin is sensitive, keep baths short, around five minutes; don’t let the baby sit for long periods in soapy water. Using a wet washcloth or Kosmea’s Five Minute Facial Muslin Cloth and a cup, start with the face and work your way down. Filling a cup with water and gently pouring it over the baby’s shoulders can keep them warm and rinse without startling them with the faucet. Make sure you wash inside all folds to get dirt out and prevent rashes. Wash hair last, keeping it dry until then to keep baby warm.

Immediately after the bath pat baby’s skin dry instead of rubbing and moisturise your baby’s skin with Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil to prevent dry skin. Keeping the skin moisturised, but not moist, will prevent many potential skin irritations. Turn moisturising into a baby massage: lay your baby on a blanket or towel and warm rosehip oil or Rescue Body Cream in your hands. Gently rub baby’s stomach and chest, keeping eye contact and talking to them.

Irritations

Diaper or nappy rash can be a common issue with babies. Few, if any babies can get away with not getting one. Diaper rashes are usually caused by wetness, if a baby sits in a wet diaper for even a minute too long. They can also be caused by a sensitivity to products such as the diaper itself, the creams or wipes. If it definitely isn’t caused by irritants, make sure the baby is changed quickly when the diaper is soiled. Wipe the area thoroughly and pat dry allowing baby to air dry the rest of the way. Keeping the diaper area open to air as much as possible is a great way to prevent diaper rash. Kosmea’s award winning Rescue Balm can then be applied liberally to the area to soothe and repair skin, and prevent future rashes.

Sunburn is another big concern for babies. They should stay out of direct sunlight for the first six months of life. When outside, keep baby covered with clothing, hats and umbrellas, or stroller canopies. Baby sunscreen should always be used as long as it is safe for their age such as our Moisturising Lotion SPF 30which can be used on babies from six months old. If baby gets a mild sunburn, a cool cloth can help relieve it followed up with a few drops of rosehip oil.

Be very careful with all products that touch baby’s skin. Besides creams and cleansers, this also includes detergents. Make sure all detergents for towels, bedding, baby clothes and even your clothes don’t contain irritants like fragrances or chemicals that can be harsh for baby’s skin. Chemicals can cause chafing, dryness and rashes. When dressing your baby, make sure you wash every article of clothing first, and try to keep them in soft fabrics like cotton to prevent irritation. Skin irritation is normal for babies, but if you notice any concerning irritation, contact your pediatrician immediately.

Baby Products

Make sure the products you use are as natural as can be and contain:

  •          NO mineral oils
  •          NO artificial colours
  •          NO petrochemicals
  •          NO artificial fragrances
  •          NO sodium lauryl sulphate
  •          NO animal ingredients

Our brand new Mum and Baby Collection contains everything a mother and baby will need to help with all of these skin issues and it comes in a handy mesh carry bag! Shop this product here

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Apple Stem Cell Complex and How It Can Keep Your Skin Young

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In our bodies, stem cells are very useful. Most cells in the body are made for particular functions. The same genes exist in all cells, but the cells around it determine the type of cell that cell will be, for example, a brain cell, skin cell etc. All of these cells come with a divisional limit. As they age, they divide to replace dying cells, but a cell can only divide so many times before it dies.

Stem cells are also produced by the body. These cells have no purpose and can be programmed to be whatever cell is needed. Stem cells are also different because they can produce specialised cells, as well as regenerate themselves.

There are two different kinds of stem cells, adult and embryonic. Embryonic cells can transform into any cell type that is needed. Adult cells can be used to repair and are limited to the types of cells they are surrounded by.

Stem cells found in the epidermis are slow to divide, so they are slow to renew themselves. As these cells are depleted, the skin may start to show signs of ageing.

Like animals and humans, plants also have stem cells. They develop into whatever cell is needed, but plant stem cells can produce an entirely new plant as well. Scientists have found a way to harvest unprogrammed, long living plant stem cells in order to study them for human benefit.

Apple Stem Cells

Why specifically apples?

Apples have been bred for hundreds of years for specific characteristics. That’s why we have so many different varieties. Some have been cultivated for taste, appearance, or both. However, a long time before we figured out how to make food last longer by refrigeration, apples were bred for longevity.

In the 18th century, an apple variety was cultivated that could stay fresh for quite a long time. This is the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple, and its modified stem cells allowed it to stay fresh for longer periods of time. The apple itself is tart and not very popular, but its longevity drew notice. Today, some trees of this variety are still grown in Switzerland and scientists have been studying these apples to see how they can help us.

Testing

A series of tests were done on the cells to see their effects. Their first test showed that the apple stem cells stimulated human stem cell production by up to 80 percent. Second, under UV light, human stem cells died while cells treated with the apple stem cells decreased slightly.

To test the ageing effects on skin, scientists treated cells that manufacture collagen with hydrogen peroxide to show the effects of aging. When those same cells were incubated with the apple stem cells, the aging effects stopped and some were even reversed.

For a more practical study, a human test was done with a cream containing apple stem cells. After two weeks, participants’ wrinkles were noticeably diminished, and that effect was almost doubled after a month.

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Effects on the Skin

Apple stem cells are still being studied, but so far they seem to stimulate human stem cell generation, protect against UV rays, reverse damage and combat wrinkles. Apples also contain antioxidants to protect against damage and cancer, as well as vitamin C and beta carotene.

Our Apple of My Eye Cream contains apple stem cells as well as shea butter, white tea extract, rosehip oil, and carrot extract. All of these ingredients work together to leave your skin looking and feeling healthier and younger looking.  After cleansing skin with Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash or Purifying Cream Cleanser, apply a small amount to the eye area and gently pat into skin, morning and night. Apply regularly to see wonderful results.

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The Five Minute Facial™ Muslin Cloth

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What is it?

100% pure cotton muslin cleansing cloth.

What does it do?

  • For a five minute facial in your bathroom every day. Purifies and gently exfoliates the skin whilst you cleanse.
  • 100% pure cotton muslin cleansing cloth – The effect on the skin is similar to a steam bath – skin is left feeling cleansed, revitalised and glowing with health
  • Cleansing with a muslin cloth is so effective in that it not only removes the product from the skin; the natural cotton fibres of the cloth gently exfoliate the skin and draw out impurities skin-deep 
  • Massaging the skin through the muslin cloth whilst cleansing helps stimulate circulation, promoting a glowing and radiant complexion 
  • This cloth dries easier and doesn’t hold bacteria like a face washer can

How to use:

Use after applying any of Kosmea’s cleansers and Daily Facial Exfoliant. Dip the cloth into warm water, wring out. Hold onto face for five seconds. Rinse cloth in cold water and then press onto skin for five seconds to tighten pores.

What other Kosmea products can I use with this product?

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Ingredients:

100% pure cotton.

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7 Skin Emergencies and how to fix them

Kosmea’s rescue range is nature’s first aid kit for the skin, naturally soothing, repairing and protecting for all skin emergencies including babies.

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Sunburn

Only a short period of exposure to sunlight without protection – such as a hat and a broad spectrum sunscreen – can lead to skin damage. Sunburn is a reaction to exposure to ultraviolet radiation, resulting in inflammation, pain and redness. To assist with skin dehydrated by overexposure to the sun, apply Kosmea’s Rescue Body Cream.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks, as the name suggests, are caused by stretching of the skin. Usually, the skin’s connective tissue allows it to change with body movements by expanding and contracting. However, sometimes the skin does not have adequate time to adapt, causing it to tear internally resulting in a scar visible on the skin’s surface. Causes of stretch marks may include pregnancy and sudden or significant changes in weight. To help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, apply Kosmea’s Rescue Body Cream twice daily.

Minor Burns

Minor burns may be caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. As the treatment of burns is a specialised area, we recommend you seek medical advice where the wound appears to be more than superficial. To help reduce the appearance of burns, we recommend you apply Rescue Balm to the affected area.

Itchy, Flaky Skin

There are many potential causes of itchy, flaky skin, including overexposure to the elements, medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, hormonal changes, and in infants constant rubbing of nappies on skin. To help with itchy, flaky skin on your body, we recommend Rescue Body Cream. To help reduce the appearance of itchy, flaky skin on the face we recommend Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.
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Before and after use of Kosmea Rosehip Oil

Scars

Scarring is a necessary step in the healing process, and results from the biologic process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Unfortunately this process can leave scar tissue which may form a keloid or hypertrophic scar. To assist in reducing the appearance of scars, rub Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil into the skin twice daily.

Ageing Skin

Just as humans have a life span, so too do our skin cells. Ageing causes the skin’s collagen fibres to fragment, or break down, leading to visible lines and wrinkles. At the same time, the elastin molecules in the dermis become fewer and the skin becomes thinner and more transparent. To help reduce the signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles, we recommend you apply Certified Organic Rosehip Oil twice daily.

Dry, Cracked Skin

Dry, cracked skin can occur anywhere on the body, but is common to the elbows, feet and heels. To help reduce the appearance of cracked, dry skin, apply Kosmea’s Rescue Balm.