Over many years of working in the beauty world, I have learned that beautiful skin really has not always much to do with science or secret formulas.
Healthy skin is easier to obtain than you might think. No matter what your skin type is, beautiful skin is easy to acquire and to maintain — simply by natural living and using simple but effective natural cosmetics.
Cosmetics with “certified organic ingredients” (which is what we use, by the way) do not necessarily make your skin more beautiful than using pure natural ingredients. “Organic” ingredients in that sense do not provide more benefits at all. I speak from over 45 years studying the beauty business in various countries.
My most important discovery was 40 years ago. That experience of what creates beautiful skin has never been topped. It was when I did tests on a convent of nuns for several months, I came to the conclusion by the end that good cosmetics and natural lifestyles are the perfect combination for radiant skin!
“Going natural” does not mean never wearing makeup or never using lotions or creams. To be your most beautiful, you do need to take the time to give your body, skin, and hair some TLC (that’s “tender loving care”).
Science and medicine are now telling us that many people lack essential vitamins and minerals and that too much sun exposure can damage cells. We all need to consider our lifestyle and our body’s needs.
That’s why recently I got so excited about a leafy tropical plant which has been used in traditional societies for skincare, pain relief, weight loss and all-around health. Science has shown that it is extremely beneficial. You will hear more in future about this amazing plant as we have planted 1500 of these fast-growing Gynura procumbens in the organic herb garden at our Ocean Residence property.
But why must science always explain what we can already see?
What scientific explanation do we need when we see people with beautiful, radiant skin? Ask the women in rural villages what they do they use? Answer: flowers, fruit, coconut water or the fresh mineral waters from local streams for cleansing, and fruit, coconut, or other natural oils for moisturizing the skin.
In this day and age of man-made chemical additives in so much of our food and personal care products, ‘going back to Nature’ just makes logical sense. Does anyone really want phthalates, parabens, poisons like mercury and lead, or petroleum-based products adding to the chemical stew we already live in?
It’s really quite simple – let’s accept the gifts of Mother Nature.
Exquisitely beautiful flowers yield fragrant essential oils. Fruits and berries packed with anti-oxidants and enzymes cleanse, clarify, protect, and improve skin and hair health. Minerals found in rocks and clay can exfoliate, moisturize, stimulate and benefit both health and beauty as they are absorbed.
Of course, I would never dream of offering natural beauty products that have not been fully vetted by scientists to ensure the formulas are truly beneficial. We love science! But we love Nature even more!
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This is the eighth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera, or sometimes Caprifolium) is a herb with strong anti-inflammatory qualities.
It is native to the Northern Hemisphere; all together there are about 180 species of honeysuckle. Most of them occur in China, with around 100 species, where Europe and North America have only about 20 each.
Many of the species have sweetly-scented, bell-shaped flowers that produce sweet, edible nectar – the reason why hummingbirds are attracted so much to these plants.
The flowers are harvested in early morning before they open and are dried for later herbal use.
Europeans once used honeysuckle for many different impairments, including asthma, urinary problems, and childbirth.
In Chinese traditional medicine, honeysuckle has been used for thousands of years. The flower is known for its antibiotic and antiviral effects.
The flower is one of the most commonly used sore throat remedies, and is also known to have heat-clearing properties. It is used for fever, inflammation of the breast, throat, or eyes, and especially for flu. In the summer it is used for its general cooling nature.
Diarrhea is also treated using the honeysuckle flower buds. In Chinese herbal medicine, the buds are stir-fried lightly to help treat diarrhea symptoms.
Honeysuckle is considered to be one of the best herbal remedies for removing heat, and for releasing toxins and poisons from the body. It is one of the oldest healing herbs in history.
Honeysuckle has gained its place in LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract because of its strong antibiotic and antiviral qualities.
This is the seventh part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) strongly stimulates circulation, and is known as an adaptogen, which means it increases resistance to physical, chemical, and biological stress and builds energy and general vitality.
Panax Ginseng (Asian ginseng) grows in the Northern Hemisphere in Eastern Asia (mostly northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia, typically in cooler climates. It is a slow growing plant with fleshy roots; it requires years for a ginseng root to reach maturity.
In China, ginseng is as well used particularly for dyspepsia, vomiting and nervous disorders. A decoction of 1/2 oz (14 g) of the root, boiled in tea or soup and taken every morning, is commonly held a remedy for consumption and other diseases.
High in the mountains of Perak in central Malaysia, a waterfall cascades into a sunlit stream. The water is pure, clean and milky white – permeated with minerals from some of the world’s oldest rocks and the dense tropical rainforest. The water has been used for centuries by the indigenous people still living in small mountain villages.
Recently, Paul himself traveled deep into the Malaysian jungle to see this virtually inaccessible place called “LaJeram,” a word meaning “waterfall” in the Malay language. Villagers gathered bottles of the milk-colored mineral water to be sent to world class laboratories for testing (see Paul’s “Jungle Diary” blogs).
Our own R&D department tests showed the existence of beneficial minerals in the water that later on were confirmed by two independent laboratories as well. Right now, our chemists and beauty consultants are considering ways that LaJeram water could be incorporated in Paul Penders products.
The villagers tell us they believe that because the stream passes over the roots of jungle trees and tumbles over a bed of limestone, granite, and other ancient rocks and clays, that the water carries beneficial ingredients. The mineral water is so clean that after pouring it through a paper filter, you can drink it. We still doing more tests but consider this – what a great addition this exceptional water could be to our natural cosmetic products!
LaJeram River Mud pulverized in the PP Labs by our R&D chemists
Tests are being done now by one of the world’s largest labs with offices in the USA, Australia, and Europe. ALS LABS is also the official lab of the US NASA Space Institute. We just received the initial independent test report which guarantees that the following minerals are naturally abundant in LaJeram water:
MAGNESIUM, involved in more than 300 biochemical processes in the human body, this mineral is readily taken in through the skin. You probably know the relaxing, antibacterial and anti-allergenic effects of a soak in magnesium-based “Epsom Salts.” When magnesium penetrates the surface of the skin, it stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells, resulting in a fresher, more radiant-looking complexion.
CALCIUM has many well-known benefits inside the body and is one of the most important for healthy skin. It regulates the replacement of new skin cells and stimulates the production of powerful anti-oxidants. With an increase of calcium availability to the skin, the rate of cellular turnover is increased, resulting in younger looking skin. The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) suggests that people with high skin calcium are less likely to experience premature aging. The evidence shows that calcium is vital to skin rejuvenation and provides anti-aging and even may provide anti-skin cancer protection.
POTASSIUM helps with the growth of new cells and relieves “skin stress.” Low potassium levels can be a cause of skin dryness and numerous other skin and organ problems. Potassium acts with sodium to regulate the amount of water in cells. An important electrolyte, potassium helps balance the electric charge in cells and maintain proper pH levels both inside and outside your body.
Minerals empower a beautiful, healthy body. Paul Penders chemists look for many ways to add a healthy balance of minerals to all our cosmetic and skincare products. Liposomes in our skincare products transport the precious minerals deep into the skin, so that over time, skin becomes softer, smoother and more supple. Your skin will appear younger and more vibrant looking thanks to this deep transport system.
Right now, we are looking at the possibility of incorporating this mineral-rich water into some of the Paul Penders products which use the liposome delivery system to reach the deeper levels of the skin. Could it make your skin appear even younger and more vibrant looking?
With the addition of the minerals from this special “jungle water” brought down from high in the Malaysian mountains, could it be that we have found a new beauty secret? We will keep you informed about new developments in this matter!
By Teviot Fairservis.
… hair conditioner can be used as a fast working moisturizer?
If your skin is in need of some extra moisture, and your regular moisturizer takes too long to soak in, then try adding some hair conditioner on your body while in the shower.
Treat the hair conditioner as a regular moisturizer, and make sure to rub it gently into your skin. Do not forget to rinse very well with water when done.
And, by the way, many too hot showers can damage your skin, simply by drying it out.
Instead, try to take a warm shower, and eventually turn the water down to cool. This will help to close your pores after the warm shower.
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