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RED TEA AND BLACK CURRANT FACE LOTION
We presently only have this in this 1 ounce jar, we will be restocking the 2 ounce size very soon.
I love African Red Tea, also called Rooibos, redbush tea or just bush tea. While there is no caffeine in Rooibos, you should see how quickly a bunch of South Africans will drop everything for their afternoon Red Tea fix. It is so beloved in fact that I suspect it just might have some unknown but fast acting positive mental or physical impact.
Red Tea contains specific natural polyphenols â oftened referred to as âantioxidants.â â that are probably beneficial for our skin. Polyphenols while complex and varied, do seem to play an important protective role in plants. On human skin, they decrease inflammation and may work to protect our cells from oxidation, a process that shortens the life of our cells.
Rooibos is a lovely red color and smells very nice too. I steep free floating Organic Red Tea leaves and dried red roses in Aloe Juice.
Iâve used Aloe Juice ever since my grandma would cut some in her garden in Florida, filet it and give it to me to sooth the sunburn on my Canadian wintered skin (before we knew about the link between sun and skin cancer). There is some evidence suggesting that Aloe may increase the circulation of small blood vessels and thus enhance skinâs healing ability.
When I am making the tea, I also add dried chamomile and rose flowers, both for their ability to sooth inflamed and red skin, reduce puffiness and rosacea.
My fresh tea in aloe juice is the major moisturizing component in my lotion sharing the spotlight with Glycerin. All effective lotion recipes I know of call for some form of humectant. Humectants attract and bind water which allows a lotion to continue to moisturize your face. Honey is one of the few (if only?) completely natural (without any human interference) humectant but it isnât very pleasant in a face lotion. In my lotion I use plain and simple edible vegetable glycerin. Glycerin is a well understood and easily produced compound. In fact, it is so common that the home soap maker naturally produces glycerin when making soap (I have been told that big soap producers actually steal the glycerin out of the soap they make to use in other products although I am not sure of the truth in this.)
We often refer to oils as moisturizing, which isnât exactly true since oils have no water and repel it. We think of oils as moisturizing because they make our skin feel soft and supple by helping our skin retain water. Thatâs why it is good to put body butters without water on wet ski skin is wet.
Depending on the constituents of individual sources, oils can have some astonishing benefits from screening us lightly from the sun, to acting as an antimicrobial, to simply replacing our depleted natural oils. , I use only vegetable oils in all my lotions and they are vegan. For my face lotion, I chose my oils extremely carefully and ended up using many of the same oils I use in my face serum.
Jojoba is perhaps one of the best oils for human skin because it most closely resembles our own skinâs sebum, it doesnât block our pores and is loaded with anti-oxidants. I purchased a 4 oz bottle of jojoba oil several years ago and lost it. I found it about two years later behind a shelf. Expecting it to be rancid, I was surprised to find it wasnât. Now I understand that it is was the antioxidants (Vit E.) in the jojoba oil that gives it a longer shelf life than most oils. (I write more about antioxidants on my website.)
Argan Oil (often called Moroccan Oil) is my second favorite oil presently (Wikipedia has an exciting entry on it that includes a description on how its popularity is improving lives and the ecosystem where it is grown. ) This oil is also high in Vit E, but brings with it an additional history of long use as a treatment for many physical concerns including wrinkles and dry skin and hair.
My third oil is Black Current Oil, chosen for its provision of several essential fatty acids which are necessary ingredients in our food for healthy hair and skin. Itâs important to get enough in your diet but it can also be very helpful to apply oil rich in essential fatty acids on your skin as well according to studies (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9233238).
Moreover, the Linus Pauling Institute writes about essential fatty acids that âTopical application of oil is an effective means of delivering EFAs to the skin and, eventually, to the rest of body. Because a significant portion of ingested EFAs may be oxidized by the liver (up to 60% of ALA and 20% of LA (37)) before reaching peripheral tissues, topical application may be a more efficient route of delivery for skin effectsâ (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/essential-fatty-acids#delivery)
I chose Sodium Lactate as a part of my preservative strategy for this lotion because it is often used as a food preservative while also raising the ph and acting as a moisturizer (humectant). Wikipedia describes as the âsodium salt of lactic acid, and has a mild saline taste. It is produced by fermentation of a sugar source, such as corn or beets, and then, by neutralizing the resulting lactic acid to create a compound.â Sodium Lactate can increase the moisture content of skin by up to 84%. (http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Sodium_Lactate/145/) Note: Lactic Acid can be used by people allergic to milk. Some people who rarely use face lotion might notice a small stinging similar to the application of slightly salty water.
Several months before making my lotion I begin infusing Apricot Oil with 4 dried organic herbs including: Chamomile, Calendula, Comfrey and Gotu Kola.
Our mission with ZirYab’s is to free us from corporate and industrial manufacturing by bringing locally available natural solutions that are easier to use, work better, are healthier for the body and holistically benefit the body, mind, community and the earth.
All of our natural body products are hand made by us at our Silver City NM store, which we sell there, online, and at craft markets.