Emollient Therapy

One of the ways to improve your skin is with the use of emollient therapy. It is a safe, effective way to soothe dry skin as well as promote moisture and lubrication, particularly for those with sensitive skin.

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Emollient therapy consists of two factors: water and lipids. If you are prone to dry, itchy, sensitive skin like eczema, skin-care practices that promote hydration and moisture are of the utmost importance. Lotions, moisturizers that are high in water but relatively low in lipids, can encourage further evaporation of moisture from your skin; thus, worsening its dryness. Products that are high in lipids (eg: products comprising mostly of body butters, body balms, petroleum jelly, thick creams, etc) and low in water are your best bet in improving the quality of your skin and preventing dry, irritated skin. Apply these to your skin at least two times a day, and reapply immediately after washing hands or bathing.

Body Cream and washThere are other ingredients that have been found to be effective in soothing and improving dry skin. While there has not been a lot of high quality studies demonstrating the benefit, in this area, colloidal oatmeal is widely used on children and adults and are even included and recommended for use in Europe in treating eczema. Aveeno is one product that uses colloidal oatmeal in their products. Colloidal oatmeal helps to improve dryness, reduce itchiness and irritation, and reduce inflammation of the skin.

Bathing Practices

I know many of us love, love, love the soapy, sudsy effect of soap and body wash. I know, I love it too! But in the interest of promoting healthy skin and self-care, I’m going to have to tell the truth: It’s not the best for dry skin. Most commercially prepared soaps and body washes are not the best in promoting skin hydration. The bottom line is we really don’t need soap in order to get clean. Soap alternatives and those with gentle lathers and full of lipids are a better option for those looking to improve the quality of their skin and promote hydration. They don’t produce large copious bubbles and lather but are more like a smooth cream and are just as effective in getting the skin clean without stripping it of moisture. Another option is to apply a bath oil to the skin while in the shower. There are many available and it’s a matter of choosing the best option for you.

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Visit The Loving Essence to try products that promote adequate skin hydration and moisture.

 

 

 

25 Days Until Christmas!

 

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I have been really in the holiday spirit this year. Everything from gift giving, cheesy (and I mean Cheesy) holiday movies, Eggnog, and even the ugly Christmas sweater has been on my radar of typical holiday indulgence. This is a huge shift for me this year as I have come to accept that the spirit of the holidays is something to cultivate, embody, and make my own!

This year, in support of enhanced self-care, holiday cheer, & gratitude, The Loving Essence has several Holiday Gift Sets for the season of gift-giving. Just a loving reminder that all of our products are phthalate and mineral oil free which is fantastic considering the new articles that have come out which highlight the unfortunate information that many of the hair products marketed to black women may contain high levels of toxins that can impact the reproductive system (post here).

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Holiday Decadence Gift Set

One of my favorite gift sets (and our featured collection) is the Holiday Decadence Gift Set. It includes Cinnamon and Myrrh Body Butter, White Chocolate Lotion Bar, and a Cocoa Lip Balm. Together they make for a perfect combination of moisturized skin and lips, radiant glow, with a warm and welcoming fragrance that’s almost good enough to eat! You can also purchase each item individually.

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Festive Feet Gift Set Combo

For those looking for a way to pamper their feet, we offer our Festive Feet combo.This includes our Peppermint Foot Cream as well as our all new Peppermint Foot Scrub! This gift set is a definite feet treat because not only does it leave your skin feeling smooth, it also provides the added skin benefit of moisturizing and restoring dry cracked feet. It’s just one of the things that can happen when you combine a tried & true essential oil with natural oils, butters, & exfoliants to provide spa day quality and lasting results!

Visit The Loving Essence to get our holiday gift sets. Want to stay up to date on our collections and other ventures? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see more features, collections, & reviews.

Gratitude All Around

Happy holidays from The Loving Essence! We really want to thank everyone who has been supportive of us. As part of our gratitude, we decided to start the season off with a SALE! On Friday, November 23rd at 12am, when you enter FRIDAY15 at checkout, you will get 15% OFF your entire purchase of $25 or more.

We also created a few holiday gifts sets for you to choose from which include some of our holiday faves. There’s even more on the way. Really exciting stuff!

Again we really wanted to thank you all for your loving support & we wish you all a happy holiday.

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Visit thelovingessence.com for more holiday goodies and stocking stuffers!

The Loving Essence Is Now Open!!!

Coconut Methol SalveI’m so excited to announce that The Loving Essence is open! Having my own business has been a dream of mine for so long. I really look forward to the development and transformation process. I’m so grateful and happy for the opportunity to share this creative endeavor with everyone.

The Loving Essence is skin care products made with love, care, research, more research, and more love and care! All products are made with skin loving ingredients to ensure the absolute best options are applied to the skin. Every product is paraben free, mineral oil free, phthalate-free.

After years of practice, research, trial and error, I truly believe homemade skin care products is best! I strive to keep everything as organic as possible and provide the absolute best of the best from mother nature’s garden.

I look forward to sharing this process with you all!

Visit: The Loving Essence for all your skin care needs!

The Wonders of Peppermint

I absolutely love working with Peppermint essential oil. This powerful, sweet smelling oil, with all of it’s uses and benefits, is a naturally occurring plant-based substance, that reminds me on a constant basis of the abundant resources of Mother Nature.

Peppermint oil takes me back to my childhood, around the holidays, with the minty sweet candy canes hanging from the Christmas tree as part of decoration. Or the way it adds a mint fresh sweet fragrance to an already sweet sugar cookie. I’ve met several people who use peppermint to help alleviate their headaches. It just works on so many levels.

 

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I love watching these cool down.

Now that it’s flu season, I’ve been using peppermint oil with menthol in my Soothing Coconut Menthol Salve recipe to support the feeling of opening up my sinuses. My boyfriend also loves this salve and feels that it has helped him as he as been stuffy lately. This is not a cure or a remedy. But I do love the sinus relief it provides. I also use peppermint to help soothe dry cracked feet after a long day. When I apply this peppermint foot cream to my

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feet before bed, I place a sock over them and in the morning my feet feel revived, and are soft and moisturized. I’ve gifted them to members of my family because I saw the wonders that it did for my feet, especially after a lengthy night shift. They love it. Not to mention it helps soften callouses as well. It’s my go to foot cream recipe because of all the good it does.

Order a peppermint foot cream or salve at The Loving Essence.  I know you all will fall in love with these salves, foot creams, and more as well.

A Loving Journey

Natural skin care products (and making skin care stuff) has been a personal love of mine for years. I remember when I had a severe bout of contact dermatitis around the nape of my neck and behind my ears in my sophomore and junior year of college. Steroid creams failed to do the trick. It was during that time that I Chamomile Infused Body Butterreally began to take a look at what I put on my skin.

In the very early stages of my skin care journey, I would utilized various skin loving oils and butters for the unique benefits that they had on my skin. Because different products have different effects, I would often use one oil and butter in the morning and another oil or butter in the afternoon. This evolved into finding ways to combine each product to get the best possible results from these ingredients with ease of use and improved effect.

Through research, trial and error, I have learned, and continue to learn, how to make healthier skin nurturing products for use. I enjoy sharing these products with others and it always makes my day when I hear and see another person celebrate the skin they are in. In that moment, I can truly see the loving essence in that individual as they are more confident and appreciative of their authentic beauty.

Visit: The Loving Essence to check out some amazing natural and homemade skin care products.