I have measured out my life with coffee spoons – T.S. Eliot Before sitting down to begin my work day, I usually start my morning by making a cup of coffee. I relish in the sent of it brewing, waking me up with its heavy earthy chocolate filled aroma. I bring my cup to […]Continue Reading
Ciao bella, Aloha nani, Hello beautiful flower!, may we adorn our bodies in your essence, be whisked away by your seductive allure, your tantalizing scent that speaks volumes without words. Some of you, precious flowers, bloom for only a day, a few glimpses that come and go, leaving behind you longing for more…begging a question […]Continue Reading
Deep in the jungles of Amazon, Brazil, an Astrocaryum (ahs-tro-kahr-EE-uhm) murumuru (moor-oo-MOOR-oo) tree is blossoming to produce the deep orange fruits that cary in them some truly luxurious properties. The mumumuru butter offers unique composition of essential fatty acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3) and Pro-Vitamin A, delivering excellent emollient properties to the skin. The predominant fatty […]Continue Reading
Benefits of Hemp seed oil, in short:
• Non comedogenic (will not cause blocked pores), easily penetrating and highly emolient
• Does NOT contain psychoactive substances (tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)) associated with Cannabis / marijuana
• Contains all 21 amino acids and one of the highest Omega 6 and 3 essential (not naturally produced by our body) fatty acids which are key components for maintaining healthy skin
• The Linoleic (62% composition) and alpa-Linolenic acids deliver potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for treatment of acne, dermatitis and other skin inflammatory conditions etc
• Studies indicate that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness to alleviate itching and irritation
• Helps to improve water resistance by protective the skin from reverse osmosis effects of water which causes skin to lose its nutrients
• Has anti-aging effects on skin by improving the composition of epidural lipids (fats in the outermost skin layer) and improve the overall functioning of skin
After testing numerous hemp seed oil manufacturers and experiencing the above mentioned benefits of the oil first hand, MAHALO Skin Care has chosen to highlight the hemp seed oil as our first ingredient in our Rare Indigo beauty balm.Continue Reading
Let’s talk Oh-MEGA fatty acids.
Many of you know that the Omega fatty acids are an integral part of a healthy diet. But, did you know that they are also a vital part of a healthy skincare? With all the buzz about this important and, at times, mega-complicated family, it is easy to get overwhelmed between what’s what. To understand what they are, let’s break them down.
The basics: the Omega categories.
The Omegas belong to two categories. The essential fatty acids and non-essential fatty acids. The difference is simple and is as follows:
• Essential Fatty Acids cannot be produced naturally by the human body, therefore it is “essential” that we get them from elsewhere
• Non-Essential Fatty Acids can and are produced naturally by our bodies, so getting them from elsewhere into our bodies is just an extra boost.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS:
Omega-3 (the Linolenic Acid) and Omega-6 (the Linoleic Acid)
The essential fatty acids – Omega-3 and Omega-6 – are crucial to skin function and appearance. They give rise to potent signaling molecules, called eicosanoids, which influence the inflammatory response in skin. The Omega3 and Omega-6 atenuates UV-induced photo damage, extrinsic signs of skin aging, symptoms associated with skin sensitivity, and inflammatory skin responses. The deficiency of the essential fatty acids significantly affects skin’s function and appearance, and is often characterized by increased transepidermal water loss which reflects the integrity of the barrier function of the skin.
The metabolism of the essential fatty acids is limited in the skin (they comprise less than 2% of naturally produced epidermal fatty acids); long-chain derivatives of them are therefore considered conditionally essential nutrients for skin. A topical supplementation is often a more efficient route of delivery to enrich the longevity of the epidermis, especially during deficiency (which often are characterized as acne, inflammation, dryness etc). People who are acne-prone tend to have a low percentage of linoleic acid, and a high percentage of oleic acid in their sebum (natural skin oil). It’s often suggested that the low levers on linoleic acid in skin is the leading cause of various acne.
You will find a strong presence of the essential fatty acids in all oil-based MAHALO Skin Care products, especially the Vitality Elixir facial serum and the new Rare Indigo balm. A few notable oils rich in essential fatty acids are as follows:Continue Reading
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a spiny shrub or tree with bright red or yellow berries native to Europe and the northern regions of Asia. These berries are said to be the single highest source of vitamin C, vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids, and beta-carotene which gives them their bright color. Because of this, the oil is well known for its use on the skin. Mahalo is using organic sea buckthorn oil that extracted from the fruit using CO2 extraction method.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is reputed to be one of the best sources of natural antioxidants due to the high content of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene effectively combat wrinkles, dryness, and other symptoms of dry, aged skin. This oil is also used to promote healing of burns, eczema, radiation injury ulcers and small cuts or wounds. This healing effect is due to the beta-carotene (pro-vitamin-A) that is in Sea-Buckthorn oil. In addition, the UV-spectrum of the oil shows a moderate absorption in the UV-B range which makes sea-buckthorn derived products attractive for sun care cosmetics. Aromatherapists have credited it with reducing wrinkles, regenerating skin cells, and for promoting the healing of skin injuries such as burns, sunburns, wounds and eczema.Continue Reading
Supercritical CO2 method extracts herbal active substances, sensitive flavors and fragrances with a gentle, natural and clean method, safe for the environment. CO2 extracts offer the most authentic plant properties and natural flavor, a fresher fragrance and a superior activity.Continue Reading
Hibiscus has long been a favorite ornamental plant. Few can rival its stunning beauty and bright colors. But the plant can do a lot more than just look good. The flowers have powerful, exciting benefits to the skin, including the ability to firm and lift, giving hibiscus the nickname, the “Botox plant.”Continue Reading
Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! It helps heal and prevent dry skin, and to slow the skin aging process, and is used to diminish wrinkles, keep skin supple and improve skin’s elasticity.Continue Reading