Monthly Archives: February 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Include Seaweed into Your Diet and Skin Care Routine

Many people view seaweed as a revolting plantlike substance. However, others see it is a culinary delicacy and an essential component of their skin care regimens.

Why shouldn’t seaweed disgust you?

Well, there are several reasons why. Seaweed contains many minerals and vitamins, and it can be consumed or applied directly to your skin as an exfoliant and strengthening agent.

Seaweed contains natural, anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce the swelling caused by acne.

If you have acne, you know how embarrassing it can be to show your face after you pop some of your pimples. While you won’t be able to completely eliminate the swelling after you pop them, using a seaweed cleanser can help to reduce the swelling. Plus, using a seaweed cleanser can aid in preventing breakouts in the future because of the fact that it can be utilized as a natural exfoliant to remove those dead skin cells that typically block pores.

It can reduce the swelling and red discoloration caused by rosacea.

Seaweed contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12. And, as we mentioned already, seaweed helps to reduce swelling/inflammation. So, with all of these properties, seaweed is yet another substance that can aid in an individual’s fight against alleviating the symptoms of rosacea.

Seaweed extract is used in many cosmetics because it functions as a thickening agent, and has been shown to have moisturizing, photoprotector, and anti-oxidant properties.

In fact, there are many products out there that contain seaweed such as lotions and oils, soaps, shampoos, lip balms, foundations, makeups, and many others. Here at Shira Esthetics, you will even find that we have our own “Sea Weed” line of products, as well as offer many other products that contain seaweed extracts.

Right now, our Sea Weed line includes two cleansers, one mask, serum, and a toner.

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To learn more about our Sea Weed line and the benefits of using our products, please click here.

Why You Should Consider Adding More Omega-3s to Your Diet and Skin Care Routine

Most people think of omega-3s as something that increases the health of their heart. However, omega-3 fatty acids also have many other health benefits. In fact, foods that are rich in these fats—such as walnuts, flaxseed, and salmon—have been shown to promote healthy skin, fight inflammation, and lower a person’s risk of having heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Inevitably, if you want to be healthier inside and outside, as well as from head to toe, adding additional omega-3s into your diet and skin care routine is exactly what you need to do.

In fact, here are three beauty benefits that you will reap once you up your intake of omega-3s:

Your skin will be even more protected from the effects of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

As we mentioned above, omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation. And, believe it or not, some research has even suggested that these healthy fats can protect your skin against sun-induced inflammation, and thus help control how your body responds to UV rays.

Omega-3s aid in the fight against wrinkles.

Not only do stress, an unhealthy diet, and pollutions cause inflammation, but these things also affect your skin’s collagen. Because your collagen is negatively affected, your skin could have a harder time bouncing back after you make certain facial expressions. Therefore, this means that you can get wrinkles on your forehead, or around your mouth and eyes. Adding more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, as well as using moisturizers and serums with omega-3s, will not only help to prevent those lines from forming, but they will support your skin’s overall structure.

Your skin will stay hydrated longer.

If you didn’t know, omega-3s are a key party of your skin’s lipid (fat) content and help it act as a seal that keeps irritants out and moisture in. So, there is no denying that increasing your omega-3 intake (by eating more omega-3 rich food and using omega-3 moisturizers) will do nothing but help keep your skin moist and hydrated.

While ingesting omega-3s will certainly offer you the most benefits, using organic skin care products that contain these fatty acids (such as cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and night creams) are also effective at helping your skin stay hydrated and wrinkle-free. And, if you are interested in products like this, you should consider our Omega-3 Collection.