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Beyond Vanity: Skin Care is Imperative to Health and Wellness

beyond-vanityWhile feminists and critics sneer at beauty for being only “skin deep”, the continuous growth of the cosmetics industry proves that an increasing number of people are really taking effort, time, and money to invest on various beauty regimen and skincare. Nowadays, women are not the only ones who get conscious of their looks, but even some men, particularly the younger generation, have become advocates of pampering skincare.  Skin care goes beyond vanity and is more important then you think.

Some people, however, are too absorbed in their busy lifestyles that they have no more time left to engage in proper skincare. Economy also plays a great deal on why people would refrain from availing those skincare services being offered in the media. The hard times take its toll on your skin. It is no longer as supple as that of a baby and has become thinner and wrinkled with age. Your skin is drier due to less oil production from the sebaceous glands and the decrease in the number of blood vessels has made your skin lackluster without youthful glow.


There is more to skincare than just a case of vanity. Unknown to many, all human beings, whether healthy or not, probably have some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. These bacteria, simply called staph, are usually found in your nose or throat and may not really cause much problems except for minor skin infections. The skin serves as the body’s first barrier against these bacterial infections. This is why it is important to have healthy skin in order to ward off bacterial infections. Once the skin is broken, cut or wounded, you are at risk for infection. Once these bacteria gets to burrow deeper into your skin and penetrates your body into the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and heart, these seemingly harmless bacteria can become life-threatening.

History showed that most cases of fatal staph infections in the past have occurred in people who have been in the hospital or those who are suffering from chronic illness and faltering immune system. However, recent development proves that an increasing number of otherwise healthy people who have never been in a hospital are also acquiring these lethal staph infections.
Moreover, the usually powerful antibiotics no longer have an effect in fighting against certain strain of destructive bacteria that have evolved over time. Although as of now, most staph infections are still manageable and can be successfully treated, sooner or later, there will come a time that a new and deadlier strain of these bacterial infections will become resistant to most currently available skincare and medications.

Sings of Bacterial Infections

The signs and symptoms of bacterial infections depends on the condition and affected area of the infection as well as the nature of illness if it is a direct infection from staph bacteria or from toxins produced by the bacteria. They may range from mild skin infections to food poisoning, deadly pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and endocarditis which is a lethal inflammation of the heart valves. Most skin infections caused by staph infections include the following: boils , cellulitis, impetigo, scalded skin syndrome, follicilitis, hordeolum, among others.

Most skin problems would require clinical care by medical professionals but it helps to take note of the following tips:
· Make sure to always clean and cover areas of skin that have been injured.
· Do not share towels, sheets, clothing until the infection has been fully healed.
· Do not touch to avoid spreading it to other parts of your body.
Always remember that cleanliness and good skincare hygiene is not just a form of vanity but it is a way of keeping your skin healthy and strong to be able to protect you in warding off bacterial infections as well as preventing many skin problems.

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Natural Aloe Vera and it’s Skin Care and Health Benefits

Aloe vera plants, particularly aloe barbadensis miller plants, have been used for centuries to help burns, cuts, and other skin ailments. Perhaps your grandparents always had one of these unique, cactus-like plants nearby, just in case of an emergency. If someone got a cut or burn, they would break an aloe leaf apart to extract gel from inside the leaf. The aloe gel inside the leaf is used as a natural healing salve.

Benefits of Aloe mean it can be used topically and internally

With the onset of commercialism and the recent boom in all-natural products, aloe has become the ingredient of choice in many skin care and health products. Commercial aloe products include everything from creams to lotions to nutritional supplements in pill or drink form. The products often combine aloe gel with other ingredients to enhance the gel’s natural healing components. For example, an aloe-based Hawaiian product, called AhVahleen, combines aloe with some natural extracts taken from organic honey and a Hawaiian Kalo herbal plant.

Natural Aloe-Based Solutions for Skin Care and Health

Aloe gel, especially when combined with other natural ingredients, can greatly enhance the skin and its ability to replenish skin cells. As skin cells die, new skin cells must replace the old to promote healthy skin. This also slows the aging process and helps keep the skin moist and beautiful. Aloe creams and gels on the market can help enhance this process. There are also creams and gels to help with itching, burns, cuts, psoriasis, shingles, and other skin conditions.

The Gel is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which allow skin ailments to heal while reducing risk of infection. Some aloe-based products are said to help soothe and dry up chicken pox as well. Aloe Gel can work as a natural anesthesia to reduce or alleviate pain caused by burns, cuts, and skin rashes. For severe sunburn and/or sun poison, aloe vera gel can cool the burning skin and speed up the healing process.

How to Buy Natural Aloe Products

Shop online to find aloe-based products that are unique to your skin care and health needs. If you have psoriasis, for instance, look for creams, gels, or lotions to soothe this condition in particular. If you work in the sun or are outdoors a great deal, look for aloe products that can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you have multiple needs for aloe, find a natural aloe product that offers many benefits in one. Start enjoying natural skin care and health today with the wonderful natural solution of aloe vera!

We have so much more on this topic in our Aloe Vera Story section.

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Benefits of Aloe

Powerful aloe vera skin care products by The Aloe Source mentioned in Beauty World NewsOur Aloe

We utilize a unique charcoal filtration process that removes the aloin and aloe emodin from our stabilized aloe vera without destroying the integrity of its beneficial nutrients.  The Aloe Source partnered with an aloe vera farm in North America to harvest, process and stabilize organic aloe vera exclusively for our products. By purchasing our aloe directly from the source, we are able to control its purity, stability and quality.


There are several benefits of aloe that many people don’t realize. The most potent variety of aloe is Aloe barbadensis miller, which can be found in all of our products. Here are some of the many surprising benefits of aloe when applied topically:

  • Helps in soothing the discomfort associated with scars, burns and cuts
  • May aid in relieving the stinging and itching from insect bits
  • Helps boost cell turnover
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Vitamin and nutrient  dense
  • Reduces the appearance of eczema

Aloe is also very beneficial when taken internally, whether as an aloe vera juice or in supplement form.  Some of the benefits of ingesting aloe are:

  • Provides the body with essential nutrients, like vitamins and amino acids
  • Rich in enzymes that help balance your digestive system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps to detoxify and replenish the body
  • Boosts the immune-system


Want to read more on the Benefits? Take a look at More Benefits of Aloe  blog post.

Interested in the History Of Aloe our blog covers that too.

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Face-Washing: The Core Of A Good Skincare Regimen

face washingThe act of washing one’s face is one of the fundamental steps that a person can take in the realm of skincare, such that its place as the cornerstone of a skincare regimen is hardly arguable. This is a basic act, one that does not require too much effort or time to be expended in doing it, and really just asks that the person have a reasonable level of manual dexterity and access to a supply of clean water. Washing your face also happens to be one of the very few things that dermatologists are not going to dispute each other over, simply because it works the way it should. Granted, it is advisable that it not be the only part of a skincare regimen, but it does form an integral component.

People should take care to make sure that their hands are clean prior to washing their face, if only because it would be the logical thing to do. Since people are going to be using their hands to wash their face, it would be sensible to make sure that the hands are as clean as possible, to avoid doing damage when the action is supposed to be preventing damage. Aside from the prerequisite water, rinsing the hands with soap can help clean off any visible dirt and acts as a preliminary measure for getting rid of bacteria that might be on there.

Hot water is not advisable for washing your face with. This is a common mistake, particularly because it is a simple matter to confuse hot water with warm water. In reality, warm water is best used because it opens up the pores, allowing the water to flow in and wash things out. Hot water can do this as well, but has the potential to cause damage to the skin, especially if the skin is sensitive. Some people also advocate the use of cold water to close the pores afterwards. The use of cold water for rinsing closes the pores and prevents dirt and other irritants from entering the skin again.

Applying skin cleanser is advisable in between the warm and cold treatments, giving it the chance to seep into the pores and do its job. Applying such topical treatments on closed pores reduces their potency, so rinsing the skin with warm water is advisable. Small amounts are also best, particularly if the skin is sensitive. Cleansers and other topical treatments are best used from the forehead down, unless the instructions specify otherwise. Sensitivity to the cleanser should also be noted, because not all of them follow the same potencies and strengths. In some cases, using smaller amounts helps, but for others, switching to another product completely is the better option.

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Plastic Microbeads and Why They Have Been Banned

The plastic microbeads used inside exfoliants, face wash, toothpaste, deodorant and more have now been banned by the U.S. gov’t. Manufacturing plastic at such a tiny scale and then disseminating them by the tens of thousands into nearly every American home turned out to be a really, really bad idea. Our wastewater treatment plants are not designed to breakdown these plastic microbeads. They do not biodegrade, so they stay in the ground and waterways virtually forever.

Microplastics may be small, but they’re causing big problems for our environment and our health. These tiny pieces of plastic used in personal care products are designed to go down the drain and into our lakes, rivers, and oceans — by the billions every day. They absorb toxins in the water, are eaten by marine life, and can make their way up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates.

Thanks to our Community members flexing their citizen muscles, by 2017 it will be illegal to sell a personal care product containing plastic microbeads – a huge victory for our waterways and public health. This policy provides a precedent setting model for the rest of the world to replicate and is an important stepping stone to tackling plastic pollution in our oceans.

The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish

So what do you do now that your favorite exfoliate is now discontinued? Look into our Jojoba exfoliating cleanser.
Our Jojoba Radiance Face Wash is created with genuine jojoba microbeads that gently exfoliate while dissolving completely in water. It’s one of the few non-plastic exfoliating cleansers on the market with an affordable price.



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This summer keep your skin cool and hydrated!

Arctic Aloe Chilling Mist is more than just a personal cooling product. It combines the soothing and enriching properties of aloe vera with the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid to give your skin the moisture it needs. Arctic Aloe Mist can be used to keep your skin hydrated while lounging by the pool, on the boat or throw in your bag for a quick cool down anytime.

It will return the moisture to your skin that hard water and UV light can take away. Simply mist your entire body for a cool and refreshing treat.

QUICK TIP: Store it in your ice bucket or refrigerator for a refreshing burst of hydration.

*Arctic Aloe Mist does not contain sunscreen, so when using it outdoors, be sure to use it in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.


Don’t take our word for it! See what our customers are saying.

LisaM ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


As much as I love the heat of summer, I hate worrying about how flushed and dry my skin gets when it’s hot. The aloe mist keeps my skin cool and hydrated. Perfect for those long days lounging by the pool! 😉

CarrieL ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


I love this stuff!!! This is a must try for everyone…It keeps you cool and hydrated ….I have sensitive skin…and this feels great!!!



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Winter-Proof Your Skin Using the Healing Power of Aloe

Winter started on December 21st and the temperatures are dropping. It’s time to start protecting your skin from the cold, harsh, dry air. There are many things you can do to protect and even improve your skin during the harsh winter months. Read below for some amazing products and how-tos to get your skin winter ready.

Photo By: Lisa Widerberg
Photo By: Lisa Widerberg

STEP 1: Prevent – Harsh winds, cold temperatures and even having your heater on too high can all have a negative impact on your skin during winter. So bundle up to protect your skin before you go outside and keep your heater under control or opt to use a humidifier.

STEP 2: Exfoliate – During the winter months our skin tends to build up excess dead skin cells, which can cause your skin to look dry and flaky as well as block your pores. It is important to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to allow your skin to breath. This will leave your skin clear, soft and smooth.

STEP 3: Maintain – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! In the winter your skin can easily become dehydrated and can feel cracked, scaly, and sometimes itchy. Your skin needs moisture so we recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and apply moisturizer morning and night.

The Best Products for Winter-proofing Skin


1. Exfoliating Cleanser: Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish: This all in one miracle product works to cleanse and nourish your skin while removing makeup, oil and impurities. It also gently exfoliates using a combination of jojoba microbeads and alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

2. Anti-aging Treatment: Youth Renew Serum: This formula is filled with a combination of peptides, aloe vera, red rice stem cells and date seed kernel extract that work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.

3. Daily Facial Moisturizer: Vitamin C Antioxidant Creme: This creme creates a glowing youthful looking complexion. It is packed full of stabilized vitamin C complex and aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated all day long.

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Fight the Turkey Take-Over With Aloe Vera Juice


Have you fallen victim, yet again, to the “I ate too much” bug?  Boy, we know it’s easy to do.  It happens every single year. We eat all the turkey and stuffing, biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy (and maybe a little extra turkey and stuffing?) that our bodies can handle.  Sure, there are “veggies” on the plate too, maybe some green bean casserole, or even a little corn, broccoli or sweet potatoes.  There are probably some sweet cranberries, too.  But, regardless of what is on the plate or how good or bad it is for you, the truth is: we just eat way too much of all of it!  And let’s not even go there with dessert: apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, breads, cakes, cookies and candy – it is all just so deliciously satisfying.  How can one resist? As good as it all tastes going down, you are usually left feeling sluggish for a while. When you’ve finally come out of the Thanksgiving coma, we all want to feel a little lighter and less guilty. So this year, our go-to fix is our Aloe Vera Juice Drink.  It is so refreshing the morning after you’ve overdone it. Filled with vitamins and nutrients that are naturally found in the purified, organically grown aloe vera juice, the drink helps promote inner health and get you back to feeling like yourself again. Our customers have told us they love that it is tasty enough to stand alone, and also mixes nicely with fruit juice.  They have even been using it to enhance their favorite smoothie recipes. They take their favorite fruits and flavors, some aloe vera juice, ice, blend, and voila!  You have a tasty smoothie and are well on your way to a lighter, healthier you (with a lot less guilt)!

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Black Friday BOGO Sale

We have crafted our best sale of the year with special BOGO deals to create customized kits for your holiday enjoyment. Buy the main product and get it’s complement for FREE. You can find all of our sales under the ‘Deals’ section on our website. This is our best sale of the year and is only here from Black Friday until Cyber Monday.

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1. Cleanse & Tone Deal– Buy the Botanical Cleansing Milk, get the Botanical Toner FREE!

This deal makes the perfect set for everyday cleansing and toning your face for clear and refreshed looking skin. The Botanical Cleansing Milk is sulfate-free, nourishing cleansing milk that gently dissolves makeup and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It contains soothing allantoin, bisabolol and aloe vera for smooth, healthy-looking skin. Follow cleansing with the Botanical Toner which is a gentle, alcohol-free toner that balances skin’s pH, while aloe vera, arnica, willowherb and chamomile extracts to soothe and replenish skin, leaving it smooth and refreshed.

2. Exfoliate & Hydrate Deal– Buy the Vitamin C Antioxidant Creme, get the Luminosity Masque FREE!

The Exfoliate & Hydrate deal combines our luxurious Luminosity Masque which uses pineapple and papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin and the Vitamin C Antioxidant Creme that hydrates parched skin using stabilized vitamin C and aloe vera for glowing, youthful-looking complexion.

3. Renew & Firm Deal– Buy the Youth Renew Serum, get the Eye Firming Complex FREE!

The Renew & Firm deal is the perfect set to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and bags under your eyes. The Youth Renew Serum is formulated for your entire face and contains peptides, aloe vera, red rice stem cells, and date seed kernel extract. While our Eye Firming Complex reduces puffiness around the eyes using a combination of aloe vera, sea kelp, gotu kola, and echinacea extract.

4. Cleanse & Moisturize Deal– Buy the O2 Infusion Moisturizer, get the Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish FREE!

This deal is the perfect set for deep cleansing your face while keeping your skin moisturized all winter long. The O2 Infusion Moisturizer energizes and revitalizes skin with aloe vera and a unique glycoprotien complex for vibrant, healthy-looking skin. Which is perfect after you’ve used the Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish that effectively removes makeup, oils and impurities. The cleanser gently exfoliates with a combination of jojoba microbeads and alpha and beta hydroxy acids, while nourishing with stabilized aloe vera.

5. Body Aloe Deal– Buy the Nourishing Aloe Mist, get the Nourishing Aloe Body Lotion FREE!

Keep your entire body feeling fresh and moisturized with the Body Aloe Deal. First, the Nourishing Aloe Mist contains a concentrated blend of aloe vera, moisture-binding humectants and miscillized vitamins to sooth, nourish and protect skin. Then use the Nourishing Aloe Body Lotion which is a nutrient-rich body lotion, formulated with a concentrated bend of aloe vera, cucumber, and green tea to sooth minor skin irritations that can occur during the winter months.

Ready, set, shop! Pick your favorites and get ready to shop from Midnight on Friday, November 29, 2013 until 11:59pm on Monday, December 2, 2013.

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Happy National Pomegranate Month: A Fruit Packed With Skin Care Benefits

The pomegranate is a powerful fruit high in vitamins an minerals making it ideal for skin care.


Perhaps it’s about time that the fruit got some recognition. If you thought the pomegranate is relatively new, think again. The fruit is believed to have originated in the Middle East and introduced to Egypt in 1600 BC. Spanish settlers introduced Americans to the pomegranate in the late 1700s. Today it is recognized as a super fruit, because of its superior skin care properties.

The fruit looks like a red apple, but is full of shiny red seeds, hence the name pomegranate which means ‘seeded apple’ in French. The easiest way to get to the seeds out is to whack the fruit against a hard surface a few times and then slice it in half.


People who are health conscious know that the fruit of the pomegranate is not only delicious, it is rich in vitamin A, B, C and E and a variety of minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium along with a high content of fiber. This combination makes is not only beneficial for everyone’s health, it is also ideal for skin care.

Indulge your senses with nuances of pomegranate, passion flower and pear. This body kit made up of the Pomegranate Body Wash and Pomegranate Body Lavish is a perfect combination to clean and hydrate skin.

In skin care, the pomegranate is a sought after ingredient as the fruit is packed with antioxidants, vital in fighting all kinds of aging sings. The oil of the fruit ensures elastin and collagen production, giving aging skin a young and smooth look.

As skin gets older, it loses moisture, making pomegranate oil particularly welcome. The oil penetrates not only the outer layer of the skin but the inner layer as well, thus effectively moisturizing skin and locking in moisture. In addition, the pomegranate oil promotes good blood circulation and skin regeneration. This is good news for skin. While it renews itself, the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are delayed.

It’s not only dry skin that benefits from the pomegranate though, the oil of the pomegranate is just as beneficial to oily skin or combination skin. Young skin is often oily skin that frequently suffers from acne breakouts, or is scarred due to acne. This type of skin will do well with a pomegranate oil treatment or products containing the oil as it purifies the skin and has healing properties.

Where it comes to sun protection, the better creams will contain pomegranate oil, as this is completely harmless in comparison with other products that contain a lot of chemicals.

In addition to keeping skin young and healthy, pomegranate oil can also be used to treat minor cuts and bruises or to treat scars and stretch marks to become less visible.

Over the years the pomegranate has proven its worth. Whether you like to eat the fruit, or seek out its precious oil, your skin will benefit from the pomegranate.

Celebrate National Pomegranate Month with 20% OFF you entire purchase!

Use Promo code ‘POMPOWER’ at checkout to take advantage of this limited time special offer.
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