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Lemongrass Spa Essentials for Moms

Lemongrass Spa was founded by a mom on a mission to provide fresh, clean & natural pampering skin care options for her family as well as yours. Families continue to be the inspiration behind developing safe, effective and luxurious skin care. Every mom has her favorites, but these are some of our basics for mom, dad and kids.

Healing Elements – #1 best seller four years in a row!

What began as a quest to formulate the perfect diaper rash cream, free from talc and other irritating and potentially dangerous ingredients, turned into the development of a comforting balm for every member of the family. Non-nanoparticle zinc oxide, the #1 pediatrician recommended rash-healing ingredient, combined with anti-inflammatory calendula oil and the restorative blend of shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil helps calm minor skin conditions like rashes, burns and bites. Healing Elements Balm is available in a Family Sized 6 oz jar, travel sized 2 oz jar and purse-friendly Glide-on-Stick.

On-the-Go Foaming Liquid Soap

Diaper bag, travel and purse friendly, the On-the-Go Foaming Liquid Soap Dispenser keeps hands clean without drying sodium laureth sulfate or damaging triclosan. Moms take their favorite Foaming Liquid Soap to school, sport and other kids’ events.

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Phthalate-Free Fragrance

People are more aware now than ever of what ingredients are being put onto their skin. There are so many harmful chemicals found in everyday products, such as sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals and fragrances. One of the ingredients that raises the most questions and concerns are phthalates.

“What are phthalates?” Phthalates are found in many scented and cosmetic products, such as perfumes, lotions, creams, powders, deodorants, nail polish and hair spray. They help stabilize the fragrance, increase spreadability and enhance absorption. This causes the chemicals to be absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. The many types of phthalates include DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP and DMP, but don’t bother memorizing them because they will usually appear under the name “fragrance” or “parfum” on labels. Unless the label specifically states “no synthetic fragrance”, “scented with only essential oils”, or the product specifically claims to be phthalate-free then it is possible that at least one of the phthalates listed above is included.

“Why are phthalates bad for you?” The dictionary definition of a phthalate is “a salt or ester of phthalic acid that is commonly used as plasticizers in PVC; when ingested they can cause kidney and liver damage.” Based on this definition it is clear to see why people would be hesitant in using products containing phthalates. Research has also proven that phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and can cause an array of problems from infertility to genital birth defects and possible carcinogens. There are still unknown side effects being tested as a result of these concerns.

Considering the new information about adverse health effects, Lemongrass Spa Products decided to switch all their fragranced items over to phthalate-free versions in 2008 and has since been an entirely phthalate-free company. When enjoying our scented products, such as Hydrating Body Mist, Body Icing and Hand and Body Lotion, we can assure you that we are using reputable essential oils and phthalate–free fragrances, keeping you and your family’s health and safety in mind.

Click here to read the Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid.

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How to Determine Your Skin Type and Choose the Right Products for Your Skin

Determining your skin type is simple but very important when figuring out what products to use and how to treat your skin. Knowing your skin type and conditions allows you to create your own skincare routine based on your skin’s personal needs. Keep in mind that our skin changes daily, seasonally, yearly and so on. It is always beneficial to evaluate where your skin is from time to time and make sure you are taking care of it properly. This will help lessen the frequency of skin problems. If your skin is not in the condition you would like it to be in, use the information below as a guide to help you.

There are four different skin types, normal, oily, dry and combination. The way you figure out what type of skin you have is your pore size. Do not look at any other skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, redness, and sensitivity. I will be going over those shortly. Normal skin, which is the ideal skin type, means you can see your pores, but they are not enlarged. If you are up close in a mirror and can see your pores, take a couple steps back and see if you can still see them. If you can’t, you have normal skin. If you step back from the mirror and can still see your pores, you have enlarged pores which means you have oily skin. If you can’t see any pores at all on your skin, then your skin type is dry. The most common skin type is combination, meaning that you have two different pore sizes on your face. Most people have a larger pore size in their T -zone (chin, nose and forehead) and that is why you see skin care companies market to combination/oily and combination/dry skin types; they gear their ingredients towards being beneficial for all skin types.

Contrary to what most people believe, you cannot change your pore size. Your pore size is genetic and it can change over time, but topical ingredients will not change the actual size. There are certain ingredients and precautions you can take to make them appear smaller and keep them clear, but the size you are born with is what you have to work with. Keep in mind that each skin type has its own battles (even dry and normal). Large pores, when kept clear, can produce enough oils on your skin to keep you looking youthful longer. There are pros and cons to every skin type, but accepting what you have and working with it is what will help you achieve your best skin.

Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to look at what conditions you have. The most common skin conditions are acne, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, redness, sensitivity, scarring, wrinkles and fine lines. There are many companies that gear entire skin care lines towards these conditions. The easiest way to determine whether or not you need an entire line based on your condition is how much of your face it covers. If the condition covers the majority of your skin, I advise you to treat the condition first. I will use acne as an example. If acne is covering the majority of your face, then I would suggest using an acne line first. Most companies build their lines to work together and are more effective when used together. For instance an acne line may have a cleanser with tea tree oil in it to treat the acne and a skin lightener in the face crème to help with scars. Once that line has helped clear your skin and acne is no longer a condition (or covering the majority of the your face) go back to using skincare products for your skin type and spot treat if necessary. The most common mistake I see people make is they have one or two blemishes which leads them to think they have oily acne prone skin, therefore use an entire acne line. Their skin then becomes dry and irritated, normally causing the problem to get worse because they went about treating their skin wrong. You don’t have to have oily skin to have acne; this is why it is very important to know your skin type first. If you only have a couple of blemishes and the condition is not covering the majority of your skin, I advise using the skincare line based on your skin type and just spot treat for the condition; this way the majority of your skin stays balanced. You can, however, treat different conditions at the same time. If you have a couple lines on your forehead and some acne on your chin, go ahead and use a skincare line based on your skin type, and use a treatment for wrinkles on your forehead and a different treatment for acne on your chin.

By plugging in different skin conditions and types to the scenario above you should be able to come to a pretty clear conclusion on how to go about treating your skin. When in doubt always ask an esthetician or dermatologist to help guide you in the right direction.

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6 of the Best Winter Skin Care Ingredients

Flaking, redness, cracking and acne are a few problems your skin could be struggling to fight during winter months unless you live in a tropical climate. Low precipitation, dry indoor air heat and hot showers zap moisture from skin leading to these challenges, but you can restore balance and hydration to parched skin, while soothing itchy irritated areas, with a few of Lemongrass Spa’s preferred healing ingredients.

Avocado Oil

Avocados are known to contain vitamins and fats essential for a well balanced diet, but when applied to the skin, avocado oil has amazing benefits. It is packed with nutrients vital for glowing, youthful skin such as monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. Avocado oil penetrates deep into the dermis delivering these nutrients and drawing in moisture, providing long-lasting hydration. As we age, collagen, the main component of connective tissue, breaks down and production decreases; avocado oil is thought to help boost collagen production leading to smoother, younger looking skin. Avocado oil also helps soothe irritations caused by skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Products to try: Organic Anti Aging Serum, Organic Skin & Nail Balm and Gentle Face Crème

Cocoa Butter

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Olive Oil: From Dinner Table to Beauty Counter

Olive oil’s lush history is as deep and rich as the golden hued substance itself. Native to Mediterranean countries, ancient cultures used olive oil for a variety of every day purposes such as food, fuel, beauty and possibly currency, and evidence suggests production began over 5,000 years ago. Revered for its health benefits, olive oil is the number one recommended fat for cooking and is now a staple of modern kitchens, but olive oil’s health benefits don’t stop with food. Olive oil is used to maintain the health of skin, nails and hair.

Moisturizer

Dry skin leads to redness, flaking and cracking, especially in dry climates. Olive oil’s ability to penetrate deep into the skin to deliver nutrients and hydration restores skin’s suppleness. Olive oil paired with a gentle exfoliant like sea salt or sugar also helps renew skin’s natural glow by removing dead cells without stripping skin of its natural oils.

Recommended products: Organic Skin & Nail Balm, Almond Body Polish, Lavender Mint Body Polish, Men’s Essentials Shaving Crème

Antioxidant

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Natural Anti Aging Complex

Maintaining dewy, youthful skin is considered the top skincare concern for most women, while, according to popular men’s magazines, acne and dry skin top men’s skin care problems. Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients are needed to maintain suppleness and luminosity in both women and men. Outside of a balanced diet, serums are the perfect delivery system for providing the nutrients your skin needs. Serums apply a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the skin. Light and fast absorbing, these elixirs penetrate the inner layers of the dermis for a lasting effect and can be used with all skin types.

Lemongrass Spa enhanced its Green Tea Antioxidant and Organic Anti Aging Serums with an essential oil blend and anti aging complex to boost the rejuvenating effects. There are visible benefits of daily use of serum including softer, more supple skin, smoother appearance and natural vibrancy. Customers who have used the serums have noticed an improvement of overall elasticity of skin and less dryness, even in cold weather when used regularly. The Green Tea Antioxidant is a favorite among those with oily prone skin types and Organic Anti Aging (Oil) Serum is the preference for normal to dry skin types.

Essential Oil Blend

Rosemary: A natural toner to help balance skin and reduce dryness.

Spearmint: Menthol provides antiseptic properties, which can help heal skin ulcerations.

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Updating Your Skin Care for Fall

Cooler temperatures, light breezes and changing foliage signify the end of summer for much of the country, and with these arrives skin’s foe: dry air. Drier air can bring red, flaky skin and breakouts; for many of us, making a few small changes to our skin care routine will help to combat these changes.

Exfoliate

Dull skin is an unwanted effect of fun summer activities. Reveal radiant skin by sloughing off dead cells with an exfoliating product.

Face: If you aren’t already exfoliating your face, add a weekly facial polish to your routine or try a deeper scrub to minimize the damage done to your

skin with the Microdermabrasion Crème*.

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Transitioning to a New Skin Care Regimen

Most people are hesitant when changing their skincare routine. Whether their current one is working or not, they fear that changing their products will have a negative impact on their skin. The truth is implementing different skincare products and ingredients into your routine are beneficial. Just like a personal trainer advises their clients to rotate their workouts so your muscles don’t become complacent, estheticians advise their clients to change their skincare routine. This allows the skin to receive different benefits from new products. Your skin is consistently changing and your skincare should be adjusting to reflect your skins current needs.

If you are making the decision to try natural products for the first time, or you are switching over your skincare products from summer to autumn, you might experience a transition phase known as skin detoxing. Detoxing can have some not so pleasant side effects and appear in several different ways depending on your skin type. The most common symptoms of skin detoxing are acne, redness, skin sensitivity, excessive oil production, or lack of oil production. This period could last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the type of change you are making. Keep in mind if you are changing over to natural products for the first time this period may last a little longer.

            Below are Lemongrass Products that can help each detox symptom your skin may experience. They may not cure them 100%; however they will act as an aid until your skin adjusts.

Acne

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ABCs of a Spa Day

Indulge in a fresh, clean and natural spa treatment and feel the day melt away.

Aromatherapy Mists for a cheerful mood or calmer demeanor.

Babies need gentle pampering and our delicate lavender vanilla baby products are popular among new moms.

Cocoa butter and coconut oil combine to make skin softening massage bars. Lavender Vanilla can be used on pregnant tummies and Spearmint Eucalyptus for sore muscles. 

Diffuse an essential oil to set the tone of your spa party. Try Lavender for a calming experience or Peppermint for a refreshing fragrance. 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

The coconut fruit has provided meat, water, milk and oil to tropical communities for thousands of years and has been deemed “The Tree of Life” by Asian and Pacific islanders for its extensive dietary and medicinal applications. Mentions of the medicinal benefits of the coconut can be found in ancient Sanskrit text, and coconut oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healing process from India estimated to be 5000 years old. Traditional medicinal applications of coconut oil include fevers, nausea, rashes, toothaches, ulcers, colds, lice, bruises and more. 

At the end of World War II, coconut oil was found in the United States in the form of margarine, but it soon fell out of favor as a household staple due studies concluding all saturated fats increased cholesterol and risk for heart disease. It is now believed coconut’s unique combination of short and medium chained fatty acids, primarily lauric acid and myristic acid, precludes it from negatively impacting health.

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking or alternative medicine; it’s one of the most widely used natural oils in personal care. Coconut oil is touted for its ability to do everything from repairing damaged hair to reducing wrinkles to blocking UV rays. Where there is little clinical evidence of coconut oil being a beauty miracle, there is plenty of antidotal evidence coconut oil is a master moisturizer and potent antioxidant.

Coconut oil is pressed from the seeds of the coconut palm tree and is comprised of fatty acids including lauric, linoleic, myristic, oleic, caprylic, capric, stearic and palmitric. Studies on the skin care benefits of these fatty acids lead skin care experts to believe coconut oil isn’t all hype. For example, lauric acid and caprylic acid could both be effective in fighting acne due to antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E and vitamin D, potent antioxidants that protects skin from free radical damage, joins this fatty acid super group. Coconut oil penetrates the skin, making it the perfect vehicle to deliver the benefits of other natural oils and botanical extracts.

Nourish your body from head to toe with coconut oil by trying a few of these exfoliating, moisturizing and cleansing products:

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The Live, Love Lemongrass Lifestyle

For the past 13 years, our goal at Lemongrass Spa has been to offer the most natural skincare and cosmetics on the market that are free from potentially dangerous chemicals. This past Saturday, July 18, saw the unveiling of our biggest product launch ever! Whether you are looking to enhance your at-home spa experience, seeking relief from dry skin or reduce the signs of aging, you’ll find it at Lemongrass Spa.

Sheer Minerals Makeup

Introducing Sheer Minerals Marsala Blush and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick, inspired by Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. With warm undertones and a matte finish, the rich reddish brown blush is perfect for tan, dark and deep skin tones. Enhance your lips’ natural shade with Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick. This warm lipstick compliments all skin tones and received rave reviews with consultants at our annual Lemongrass Spa Convention. Try layering Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick with Neutral Garnett Lip Liner and Stardust Organic Lip Gloss. Marsala Blush pairs well with Seaside,Matte Mocha,Gold Rush and Suede Eye Shadow combinations.

Prebiotics

Last summer, we introduced the revolutionary new Prebiotic Body Wash. Due to the powerful impact this innovative product has had with improving our customer’s skin, we’ve expanded the prebiotic line to include a new Facial Cleanser, Facial Mist and Foaming Liquid Soap.

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Tips for Healthy Skin

Post-teen breakouts, dry patches and oil slicks … sometimes our skin plans it own agenda! Dermatologists and other skin care experts tell us the secret to glowing skin is eat right, stay hydrated and use the right products, but what does this mean for most of us?

Skin thrives on natural nutrients, but one of the largest threats to healthy skin is free radicals. Basically, free radicals are environmental factors negatively impacting the body’s molecular structure and function. On a molecular level, free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they’re typically formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules, creating a “highly reactive” radical. Free radicals then cause damage and sometimes cell death. Antioxidants can help stop and repair damage before it occurs.

5 Essential Skin Nutrients

  • Vitamin CCollagen makes up approximately 70% of skin, and vitamin C helps to rebuild collagen. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries.
  • Beta-Carotene/Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E – one of the most widely used antioxidants, Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage. Foods high in vitamin E are olives, almonds, sunflower seeds and leafy greens
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – can reduce the appearance of fine lines and help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Try chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
  • ZincStudies have shown increasing zinc intake can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. Organ meats such as kidney and liver are the most absorbable sources, while high sources of zinc include red meat and lamb, kidney beans, seafood (especially shellfish) and spinach.

5 Steps for a Skincare Routine

  1. Weekly exfoliation with organic jojoba beads to renew skin’s glow. We offer options for normal and oily skin types.
  2. Weekly facial mask to draw out impurities and hydrate. Try Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask formulated with green clay for oily skin or Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin.
  3. Twice daily cleansing with your favorite gel or bar soap. Tea Tree Face Soap, Gentle Cleansing GelGentle Cleansing Gel, Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree & Citrus
  4. Daily dose of nutrients with the Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum.
  5. Restore moisture with the natural botanical blend of one of our face crèmes for normal, sensitive or oily skin types.

5 Final Tips

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Helpful "To Do’s" Before the "I Do’s"

It is countdown to wedding season and whether you are a guest, part of the wedding party or the bride to be, everyone wants to put their best pampered foot forward before walking down the aisle. Follow these head to toe tips before the "I do’s".

*3-6 months before the event, put your best face forward:

It is best to begin this early and continue the same routine until your event so that your skin has time to adapt to the products and wont react badly to something new being put into the routine. Use all of the same skin care products and makeup you will use on the day of the event.

*2 months before the event, say yes to the tresses:

If you haven’t already, begin using Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner; there may be a detox period from the chemical laden shampoos and conditioners you’ve been using, but, I assure you, a couple of weeks with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free shampoo and botanical conditioner, your hair will feel lush and luxurious, ready for your up-do, down do or veil.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula, Antibacterial of Choice Since Ancient Times

Marigolds are of significant cultural and religious importance. These brilliant yellow and orange flowers represent passion and creativity. Ancient Egyptians considered marigolds to have rejuvenating properties. In Catholic ceremonies, marigolds honor the Virgin Mary, and Hindis adorn statues of gods in temples. Although native to Mediterranean countries, marigold varieties can be found growing in Europe, Asia and the United States and are of the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums and ragweed.

Calendula [kuh-len-juh-luh] extract is steam distilled from marigold flowers resulting in a brown liquid commonly used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical skin care. Medicinally, calendula is rarely ingested but used topically* for wound care, rashes, bug bites, eczema, acne and other minor skin irritations. This is due to purported anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These therapeutic properties are attributed to the diverse range of biologically active substances they contain.

Unlike many of its contemporaries in ancient herbal medicine, calendula has a history of scientific review and study to determine its use in modern medicine. Of the many studies on medicinal use of calendula, one aimed to identify why calendula is effective in wound care while another developed a gel using calendula to specifically study stability and performance in a wound. Calendula was also found to combat “radiation-induced dermatitis” in breast cancer patients. Parents of infants are surprised by a study that found calendula more effective than aloe vera in treating diaper rash. It is believed calendula may increase blood flow to a wounded area, which could be why it is considered to help wounds heal faster; however, this has yet to be proven.

We love calendula extract at Lemongrass Spa! It’s a powerful moisturizer that can combat dry, chapped skin. Calendula is part of our botanical complex in the Face Crème with Botanicals and Face Crème with Tea Tree and Citrus and can be found in the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Pomegranate Facial Polish, our two most popular face products. The Healing Elements Balm, the top seller two years in a row, boasts calendula as its top ingredient, next to zinc oxide. These are just a few products featuring this ancient healer.

Which Lemongrass product containing calendula do you love the most, and what do you use it for?

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Used for centuries in Africa to moisturize and protect skin from the harsh elements, “shea butter is the skin’s best friend,” according to the American Shea Butter Institute. The shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), nicknamed “The Tree of Life” because every part of the tree is used as a natural health remedy, produces mango-sized green fruits, the nuts (seeds) from which shea butter is extracted. Shea butter has been studied for its chemical makeup and is a favorite in natural skin and hair care.

These are some of shea butter’s nutrient benefits:

  • Vitamin A aids in skin protection and healing
  • Vitamin D promotes skin cell growth 
  • Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, protects against sun and free radical damage and slows the signs of aging
  • Essential fatty acids to help with skin cell renewal and acts as a skin protector, soothing dry chapped skin

Shea butter is renowned for its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties to sooth minor skin conditions such as sun burns, small wounds, eczema, allergies, blemishes, cracks and bruises. Shea butter can decrease the amount of moisture loss in skin and hair and stimulate collagen production to strengthen skin. It is said the moisturizers present in shea butter are also some of the same moisturizers produced by skin’s sebaceous glands, making it suitable for all skin types. As an added bonus, shea butter could have sunscreen properties (up to SPF 6) due to naturally occurring cinnamic acid.

For softer, smoother looking skin and hair, choose products enhanced with shea butter*, like some of our Lemongrass Spa Products’ favorites. Your skin and hair will thank you!

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