Natural products are great for restoring the PH balance of your hair. We also like them because they are gentle. A lot of what works to restore your hair or improve hair growth can be found in nature. While it’s great to have luxury hair care products, and to take excellent care of your hair with the most luxurious, salon quality products and potions, you should also integrate some natural products, at least occasionally, to help bring it back to its natural state – good condition, simple shine and healthy hair growth. If you struggle with hair loss, from stress or hair conditions, like Alopecia, then you might want to give some natural remedies a try. Likewise, hormonal changes in women going through menopause (and there’s early menopause too), can result in thinning hair. If you have this happening, switch to more natural beauty products for at least three weeks, and see if you can’t notice a difference.
We all love the summer months that leave us with light, lively, beachy looking hair! When the fall and winter months approach, our hair is usually darker because we don’t get outside as much, and a lot of people dye their hair a darker shade to match the changing seasons. If you’re like us, the darker shades can sometimes darken your mood. Don’t get us wrong, chestnut and black beauty hues are gorgeous, but what about prolonging the look of sun-kissed looks (and locks) and hanging on to the summer months a little longer? You can do this with your hair color, and it doesn’t have to suffer a ‘chemical peel.’ We know, those are for your skin, but harsh chemicals and dyes can also strip a layer of shine right off of your hair follicle, PSL! – Please Save my Locks!
Argan oil and Jojoba oil are both helpful oils when it comes to the fight against acne, but is one of them better than the other? That’s a question that really matters when you’re sick and tired of suffering from acne and don’t know which way to turn next.
Let’s take a closer look at both oils and then we can figure out if one really does have an edge over the other.
Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil. Most animal fats and seed oils are composed of triglycerides while jojoba is composed of long chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters.
Jojoba oil is comes from seeds of the Jojoba plant which grows in the southern United States and northern Mexico. The purest Jojoba oil is a beautiful golden color whereas the processed oil is colorless.
Jojoba has traditionally been used to treat canker sores, cold sores, athlete’s foot, and warts.
Because Jojoba oil doesn’t contain triglycerides, it won’t oxidize and turn rancid like other seed oils. This means that it can be stored for long periods of time. When you purchase Jojoba oil, you can be confident that the oil hasn’t undergone any damaging oxidation and is in a form that can bring its greatest benefits to your skin.
Fatty Acid Profile Of Jojoba Oil
Palmitoleic 1. %
Oleic 5.0 – 15.0%
Eicosenoic 65.0 – 80.0%
Erucic 10.0 – 20.0%
Benefits of Jojoba Oil
- Jojoba oil is structurally and chemically similar to human sebum. Sebum is the oil that is naturally produced by your skin.
- Jojoba oil is extremely safe to use. It’s non-toxic and non-allergenic. It’s non irritant and can be safely used around the eyes and even on sensitive skin.
- Jojoba oil is easily absorbed and won’t leave any greasy feeling on your skin, which is a drawback of some other oils.
- Jojoba oil contains vitamins E and B complex, and the minerals chromium, copper, silicon, and zinc. It’s also rich in iodine, which could explain Jojoba’s ability to combat bacterial and fungal infection.
- Jojoba oil is antibacterial. Most bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and the bacteria that is believed to cause acne and inflammation Propionibacterium acnes can be controlled with Jojoba oil.
- Jojoba oil has an SPF of 4, which means that your skin can have some natural and safe sun protection without using pore clogging sunscreen, and it’s worrying ingredients.
- Jojoba oil has a comedogenic rating of 2. The comedogenic rating is a measure of how likely it is that a given substance will clog your pores. With a low rating of 2, Jojoba oil is very unlikely to clog your pores.
- Jojoba oil contains 5 -15% oleic acid and 5% linoleic acid.
- Jojoba oil soothes redness and calms irritation.
- Jojoba oil is inexpensive with 2oz of 100% pure, certified organic oil available for around $10.
Jojoba oil helps your skin to recover from acne in several ways.
As this oil is so similar to sebum, your skin thinks that it has already produced enough sebum, and actually produces less. This way, the production of pore clogging sebum decreases which gives your pores chance to clear out and that reduces the acne. With time your skin will rebalance its oil production and you’ll have traded oily pore blocked skin for well moisturized, clear and protected skin.
The antibacterial properties of Jojoba oil combats the bacteria which causes the infection, inflammation and swelling.
Jojoba oil is easily absorbed into your pores where it deeply cleanses and releases toxins and dead skin cells.
Argan oil is a pretty amazing oil, bringing fantastic health benefits to consumers, as well as desperately needed social benefits to producers.
The money raised from Argan oil production contributes toward health care and education for the local berber tribes as well as other worthwhile projects. For example, using profits from Argan oil, an ecosystem reforestation project has been established so that Argan oil can be sourced in a sustainable manner, ensuring the supply of the oil for years to come.
Argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world and is only produced in the Argan Forest in Southwestern Morocco. For centuries Argan Forest natives have harvested the nuts from the Argan trees and extracted this versatile oil.
The Argan tree is truly ancient having existed since the Tertiary Age (65 million to 1.8 million years ago). The trees once covered most parts of North Africa, but now its area is greatly reduced and the Argan Forest now covers an estimated 8,280 km2. The Argan tree is considered an endangered species and the Argan Forest came under the protection of UNESCO in 1998 when it was given its status as a Biosphere Reserve – The Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve.
Argan oil takes a long time to process. The oil is processed in all-female cooperatives, some of which are Fair Trade certified, where it can take one worker three days to produce one liter of oil from the kernels gathered from 8 Argan trees.
Happily, a little Argan oil goes a long way, with only a few drops needed for most uses, which makes Argan oil an affordable skin care treatment. When selecting your Argan oil make sure that the oil you choose comes in a dark bottle (to preserve shelf life) and is labeled 100% Argan oil or ‘argania spinosa’.
Many of the products for sale claiming to be Argan oil are no such thing. And 5 star ‘customer’ reviews on websites can’t be relied as an honest guide. Site like Amazon have started to weed out the millions of fake reviews on their sites, but product sellers have a vested interest in tricking people into buying their adulterated products and will always find ways to get around Amazon’s controls. Most other website don’t even care about the honesty of their reviews, so finding an Argan oil that you can trust is like finding a needle in a forest of Argan trees.
Investigations into the size of the Argan oil market have found that the amount of Argan oil for sale is double the amount that can be produced from the Argan Forest each year. And with big cosmetics companies like L’oreal, working directly with the cooperatives and cutting out the middleman, they are taking a big chunk of the available supply which leaves even less for everyone else.
Many people have found that they brought products labeled 100% pure Argan oil only to find that the oil stank, was greasy and didn’t absorb into their skin. Clearly their ‘pure’ Argan oil was far from pure. Fake, rancid and adulterated Argan oil won’t do a thing for your skin.
Argan oil doesn’t ‘stink’. It has an odor, similar to nuts, but it isn’t offensive. If your oil smells bad, it’s either Argan that has gone rancid (don’t use) or it’s some other oil.
Argan must be stored in a dark brown glass bottle. If it’s in a plastic or a clear bottle, it’s not Argan oil.
If the price sounds too good to be true, it isn’t pure Argan oil. But high priced oils don’t guarantee purity either. If I may, I’ll point you in the direction of your nearest Whole Foods store.
Fatty Acid Profile Of Argan Oil
Benefits of Argan Oil
- Argan oil is rich in protective vitamin E.
- Argan oil is easily absorbed and won’t leave a greasy residue on your skin, unlike some other seed oils.
- Argan oil’s antioxidants reduce inflammation and redness.
- Argan oil regulates the pH balance of the skin.
- Argan oil regulates the skin’s sebum production
- Argan oil prevents scarring
- Argan oil is non irritating and can be used on sensitive skin.
- Argan oil has a comedogenic rating of zero. It will not block your pores.
- Argan oil contains 42.8% oleic and 36.8% linoleic acids which are very beneficial and healing fatty acids.
Argan oil works on acne Acne in a number of ways. The high amount of linoleic acid in Argan oil prevents excess skin cells from building up, so that they can’t contribute to clogged pores and provide a source of food for the bacteria that causes acne. Linoleic acid is also a potent anti-inflammatory, which will help to minimize redness and irritation.
Argan Oil provides a non abrasive method of exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells. When you have acne, using a scrub will irritate your already inflamed skin. Argan oil contains polyphenols which increase the rate that your skin naturally sheds its cells. When your skin slows down its rate of exfoliation, you have too many dead skin cells just waiting to cause problems.
The oleic acid in Argan oil helps to restore balanced sebum production, which means that, in time your skin will stop producing too much oil. Without the excess oil, skin cells can’t get trapped, the bacteria can’t feed and breed and you’ll be pimple free.
The high vitamin E content in Argan oil helps to fade any scarring caused by acne by removing damaged skin cells and encouraging new healthy ones to grow in their place.
So Which Oil Wins The Acne Busting Battle?
It’s hard to pick one! Both oils have plenty to offer to your acne plagued skin.
- Neither oil will cause further pore clogging. Argan oil will 100% not block your pores and Jojoba oil is unlikely to block your pores.
- Both oils help to clear skin debris and oil from your pores.
- Both oils help to get your natural sebum production under control. Argan oil promotes balanced sebum production, and Jojoba oil controls sebum production by making your skin think that it has already produced enough sebum
- Both oils are easily absorbed into your skin and neither will leave any greasy residue on your skin.
- Both oils are anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness and swelling.
- Neither oil will irritate sensitive skin or cause allergic reaction.
- Both contain skin enriching vitamin E.
- Argan oil’s polyphenols aid your skin’s natural exfoliation process.
- Jojoba oil can kill the bacteria causing your acne.
- Both oils moisturize very well.
- Jojoba oil can replace your skin’s missing or weakened protective barrier.
- Jojoba offers some natural sun protection for your skin. While this may not be sufficient in the summer, it will enable you to forego sunscreen at other times and give your skin chance to breathe.
- Jojoba oil is inexpensive and it’s easy to find a good quality product. Argan oil costs more and it can take some legwork to find the pure oil.
- Both oils are truly multi purpose and can be used on your skin and your hair.
- Both oils help to prevent premature aging.
For my money, I would go with Jojoba oil to begin with, it’s a great oil and it’s inexpensive and easy to find. Then if that doesn’t work, you can splash out a little more money to try Argan oil.
Sometimes a fungal infection can produce symptoms very similar to acne. If your acne hasn’t responded to acne treatments in the past, it might because you are actually dealing with a case of pityrosporum folliculitis. Both infections produce very similar spots and inflammation.
Pityrosporum folliculitis is caused by the pityrosporum yeast which normally lives harmlessly on the skin, but sometimes an overgrowth of this yeast can occur. The yeast get down into the hair follicles (your pores are actually hair follicles), where they cause an irritating, acne like eruption on your skin.
This infection is common on the upper back and chest, but can be found in other areas including the face. People experiencing dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, are prone to this infection. So if you have acne and dandruff, you could well have this yeast infection rather than acne.
Antibiotics that are prescribed as an acne treatment can make this infection worse, because the antibiotics kill off the bacteria that compete with the yeast, leaving the yeast free rein to multiply even more.
Antibiotics prescribed for other infections can also cause a yeast overgrowth, so if your acne flared up or worsened after a course of antibiotics, then that’s another indicator that you may have this fungal infection and not acne.
The reason for the yeast overgrowth is not fully understood, but possible factors include
- Application of greasy sunscreens
- Oily skin – as the oil produced by your skin is the food source for the yeast.
- Hot, humid environments which promote sweating.
- Having compromised immunity, which decreases your resistance to microbes.
- Stress or fatigue
- Taking prednisone and other oral steroids
- Taking the oral contraceptive pill
- Being overweight
Sometime this yeast infection is present at the same time as acne as both microorganisms feed on the same excess oil produced by your skin.
If your acne is actually pityrosporum folliculitis, or if you could have this yeast infection accompanying your acne, then Jojoba oil would be the better choice because it is a powerful anti fungal treatment.
Another thing to bear in mind is that even the best acne busting treatment in the world can’t fix the real reason that’s behind your acne. Healthy skin shouldn’t get breakouts and if you have to keep using an acne treatment – even something as mild as these two oils – to keep the menace at bay then it would benefit you enormously to figure out what is at the root of the problem.
Your body is a complex machine, but its needs are simple. It needs good nutrition, and that is hard to find in today’s world of industrial farming. You may believe that you’re eating a healthy diet but unless your fruits and vegetables are grown in mineral rich soils, that also have an intact soil food web, then their nutrient content will be poor.
If the minerals aren’t present in the soil, then they won’t be present in your food and if the complex soil web isn’t present (and it isn’t in industrial farming), your food will have very little vitamin content. The way that produce is picked, packed and stored also further degrades any vitamin content.
Researchers have found incredible declines in the amount of nutrients in our foods compared with just a few decades ago. Each year the produce that is grown has less nutrition that the crops grown the year before.
Supplementing can be a minefield, with some suppliers selling low quality supplements and vitamin and mineral forms that are hard for the body to make use of.
There are two ways to source vitamin and mineral rich food. Buy from small organic growers at your local farmers markets. Or get to work in your yard and produce your own amazing fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to amend your soil to make it mineral rich and with the addition of good compost you’ll have a ready made soil food web that will pump out vitamins for your plants. Some foods are tricky to grow to maturity but others practically grow themselves.
A good way for beginners to get their food gardens started is to follow the Square Foot Gardening Method. That way you can produce a lot of food in a very small area. It’s a popular gardening method, so you’ll find plenty of information online to help you out.
Inadequate nutrition is at the root of most of our modern ills. When we give our body all of the minerals and vitamins that it needs, then it works. When these elements are in short supply or missing entirely, things start to go wrong. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and it’s the only visible one. If you have problems showing up on your skin, then you can be fairly certain that you’ve got other invisible problems too.
Dr Weston Price studied societies where people still ate natural, unprocessed diets that were grown in properly fertile soils. In these people the diseases that are common in our modern world just didn’t exist. Heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, premature aging and skin disorders. These horrible conditions didn’t blight the lives of the people in the communities that he studied. A truly nutritious diet is clearly important.
Take care of the visible symptoms of your acne with these two fantastic oils, but take a look at your food sources and your nutritional intake and you’ll get healthy skin for good.
Although grey and silver hair is becoming a trend amongst youngsters nowadays, naturally grey hair may not have the same appeal to all. Though it should not be something to be ashamed of, grey hair is a fact of life which, (similarly to the development of wrinkles) does signifies old age and a loss of youthful attractiveness to many women around the world. This can mean self-confidence lowers as money spent on products to alter or mask the colour of the hair heightens.
Most women in their 30s should begin to notice a few stray grey hairs every now and then, whereas women in their 50s should expect to have over 50% of their scalp hairs the dreaded grey colour. Grey hair is caused by normally pigmented hairs interspersing with white ones, as a result of a reduced melanin production creating the white hairs. Melanin is the pigmentation cells responsible for the colour in hair.
Grey hair is largely an inherited trait from parents. This means if your mother or father had early signs of greying, there is a possibility you will too. Caucasian individuals also seem to go grey earlier, as well as some health conditions such as diabetes, anemia and thyroid problems can cause premature greying of the hair in many individuals who suffer.