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Vitamins for Your Skin

Lemonade with flying lemon, mint and ice

When picking the right skin product it is a good idea to check the ingredients to see if it has the right skin nourishing combination. Good product should contain most if not all of following vitamins to keep skin supple and healthy:

a) Vitamin A

Vitamin A is in charge of maintenance and repair of vital skin tissue, and is the key to healthy skin. Lack of vitamin A can cause skin dryness and wrinkles.

b) Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B complex contains the nutrient, biotin, which forms the basis of nails, skin, and hair cells. It is anti-inflammatory, it hydrates the skin cells and gives a healthy glow to skin.

c) Vitamin C

In skin, vitamin C can help collagen production. This in turn reduces wrinkles, improves skin texture, and reduces photo damage.

d) Vitamin E

The trick to getting soft touchable skin is vitamin E. It regenerates skin and can improve appearance of acne scars.

e) Vitamin K

Vitamin K is your secret weapon to fighting dark circles and bruises. This vitamin helps fade discolorations on the skin, reducing puffiness and dark circles that so many of us suffer from.

While off the shelf cosmetic product can come packed with artificially synthesized vitamin groups, you really want to go as organic as possible. Organically sourced vitamins absorb into skin better and are more potent bringing better overall skin benefits.  Whenever possible choose the facial products that source vitamins from organic ingredients.

When it comes down to your skin, healthier is better. Please check out our  great selection of organic products at Nina Bella Organic Collection.

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Paraben and Cancer

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Paraben is a preserving agent commonly used in most cosmetics and personal hygiene products in order to prevent growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, to extend products’ shelf life and to decrease production cost.

While allowing affordable fast tracking in cosmetic manufacturing, Paraben is a harmful substance that can adversely affect your health. Studies report paraben found in high quantities in breast cancer patient’s tumor samples. Paraben is also reported to increase the hormonal reactions in human body especially affecting estrogen in a way that is found to cause breast cancer. Experts from oncology department in Edinburgh University found paraben in 20 different tumors in cancer research. And that is just the tip of the iceberg…

Paraben in yet another clear example of what is good for mainstream cosmetic industry is not necessarily good for your health.

Tune in to more ways in how common cosmetic chemicals can harm your health on our blog.

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Calloused Feet Be-Gone!!!

Calloused Feet Be-Gone!!!

Tough some are lucky never to suffer from this affliction, calloused feet are one of the most common and the least talked about nuisance for both men and women. Embarrassing in summer time, painful in winter time, calloused feet are a chronic and persistent condition that requires frequent care. Some experimentation is a must – what works for someone else may not work for you. Generally, comprehensive combination of foot soaks, scrubs, exfoliants and treatments can help and good pedicure once in while is a must. The downside is that calloused feet care can cost a lot of money.

The upside is that one of the best calloused feet treatments once again comes straight from nature. It costs mere pennies and you probably have exactly what you need right in your fridge. All you need is a slice of lemon. Rub juicy part of lemon slice over your feet every evening and let lemon juice dry completely. Make sure you do not use lemon juice over the broken and cracked skin. Throw away used lemon slice. Repeat every night with fresh lemon slice for few weeks and you will notice gradual softening and thinning of calloused skin. Use long enough and your feet will regain a healthy rose pink glow.

Completely natural, lemon treatment is safe to use every time calluses appear. To boot it is affordable and does not have fillers, preservatives and chemicals found in many calloused products. Start early and you can kiss heavy socks and foot camouflage goodbye. Enjoy!!

For more natural beauty solutions visit Nina Bella Organic Collection.

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Aloe Vera in Organic Beauty Care

Aloe Vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants, going as far back as 3500 years ago in Egypt and Sumatra. It is curiously made of 96% water and 4% compounds that give it its renowned medical, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, healing and immune boosting properties.  Due to unique compositions and high water content Aloe Vera absorbs into skin four times faster than water, which make this little plant great natural bath and beauty product ingredient and carrier medium. Used alone of combined with other ingredients Aloe Vera is known to increase collagen production, rejuvenate skin, combat pimples, heal eczema and slow down skin ageing process.

Fairly easy to handle Aloe Vera can be used in variety of organic bath and beauty applications such as creams, shower gels, lip balms and yes even anti ageing products.

Try this simple Aloe Vera balm receipt to soothe chapped, irritated lips:

2 tablespoons organic or natural Aloe Vera gel

3 drops organic lavender essential oil

½ teaspoon organic almond oil

½ teaspoon organic glycerin

Heat almond oil, lavender essential oil and glycerin until warm and mix well. Add Aloe Vera and mix well until fully blended. Let cool off then transfer into clean glass container. Use ready lip balm on chapped lips as needed. Store remaining mix into fridge for up to four weeks.

For more great recipes, visit Nina Bella Collection weekly.

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Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter

Looking for a healthy 100% organic way to keep your skin glowing and moisturized? Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter is 100% organic, made from 100% certified organic ingredients, paraben, phthalate-free and petrolatum free. Made from organic certified cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter, palm oil and coconut oil, Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butter addresses all your skin care needs.

Ingredients: *Organic Cocoa Butter, *Organic Shea Butter, *Organic Coconut Butter, *Organic Palm Oil,*Organic Jojoba Oil,*Organic Rosemary Oil,*Organic Essential Oils,  *Organic Glycerine.

*= Certified Organic Ingredients

Unique combination of antioxidant-rich, vitamin rich, organic certified ingredients, nourish, protect and moisturize skin, preventing and minimizing environmental damage. A single use will leave your skin supple, smooth, toned, moisturized and touchable.

Cocoa butter moisturizers and deodorizes skin with natural chocolate scent, organic coconut butter and palm oil create protective barrier over skin to prevent moisture loss, organic jojoba oil nourishes and prevents dryness, while organic essential oils deliver targeted care when and where needed. Preserved organically by anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties of organic rosemary and grapefruit oils, Nina Bella Organic Body Butter is long lasting and 100% free of common industrial preservatives.

You can choose from two delectable flavors: chocolate and chocolate orange. For us chocolate lovers, Chocolate Body Butter is the obvious choice. It does not have organic essential oils and feels decadent and chocolaty when rubbed into skin. Chocolate Orange Body Butter has organic essential sweet orange oil to smooth wrinkles and stimulate collagen production keeping your skin toned and fresh. Combination of chocolate and freshly squeeze orange, will make you ready to take your day energize and head on.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Body Butters – 100% organic, 100% real and 100% the best care for your skin. Try them today!!

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Nina Bella Collection Softkiss Organic Lip Balm

If you’re looking for a healthy organic way to keep your lips healthy and smooth look no further than the Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm! Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm is 100% organic, made from 100% certified organic ingredients, paraben, phthalate-free and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich, vitamin rich, soothing cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter and jojoba oil, Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm keeps your lips moist, soft, and kissably smooth.

Ingredients: *Organic Cocoa Butter, *Organic Shea Butter, *Organic Coconut Butter, *Organic Palm Oil,*Organic Jojoba Oil,*Organic Rosemary Oil,*Organic Essential Oils.

*= Certified Organic Ingredients

Organic cocoa butter moisturizers and deodorizes with natural chocolate scent, organic coconut butter adds shine, organic jojoba oil nourishes your lips, organic palm oil prevents chapping,  while organic essential oils refresh and soothe. Preserved naturally by anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties of organic rosemary oil, Nina Bella Organic Lip Balm is durable, long lasting, stable and 100% free of common industrial preservatives.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balm comes in two delectable flavors: chocolate and chocolate orange. Created for our most sensitive customers, Chocolate Lip Balm does not have organic essential oils and moisturizers your lips by gentle action 100% organic butters and oils. Rich in natural scent of organic cocoa butter it feels like nibbling on a succulent piece of chocolate every time you use it. Chocolate Orange Lip Balm has organic essential sweet orange oils added to stimulate collage production that naturally plumps your lips. Deliciously decadent with natural scents of chocolate and freshly squeeze orange, it will make you feel like you are eating desert while taking care of your lips.

Nina Bella Collection Organic Lip Balms – 100% organic, 100% real and 100% the best care for your lips. Try it today!!

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Palm Oil in Organic Skin Care

Palm oil, a popular cooking medium has been working the scene for centuries making slow but sure breakthrough in organic skin care. In equal parts affordable and beneficial, palm oil is more often than not one of the most common organic bath and beauty products ingredients.

Hailing from West Africa, palm oil has been transported to Europe and reminder of the world in 19th century. As the name indicates, palm oil is derived from the fruits of palm trees. It is a great source of beta carotene which gives it its naturally dark orange to reddish color. Chemically, palm oil is composed of saturated and unsaturated fats in the forms of glyceryl laurate (0.1%, saturated), myristate (1%, saturated), palmitate (44%, saturated), stearate (5%, saturated), oleate (39%, monounsaturated), linoleate (10%, polyunsaturated), and alpha-linolenate (0.3%, polyunsaturated), vitamins and antioxidants. Because of high saturated fat content, palm oil is quite stable, slow to oxidize and semi-solid at room temperature.

This means that palm oil is an ideal ingredient to work with in organic skin care. From soap making, to shampoo crafting, to shower gels and bubble baths, to moisturizing lotions to body butters, palm oil seems to have almost limitless number of applications. Its ability to clarify, remove excess sebrum and dirt from hair and skin mean it is great for organic bath products. Palm oil is very easy saponify and is a great organic soap starter. Its ability to moisturize and nourish, mean making a nice moisturizer, cream of a lotion is as easy as adding good quality palm oil to your formula.

As always in organic skin care you want to make sure you use quality palm oil. So stay away from chemically extracted, perfumed and bleached oil- it has a cheaper price tag but it also has significantly lower quality. When it comes to your skin it is worth it to pay a bit more to get cold pressed hand processed palm oil. Make sure your label backups up the promise. Organic. Pure. Green. Nutritious. Honest. This is what makes organic bath and beauty manufacturing different.

For more on products that use only certified organic ingredient visit Nina Bella Organic Collection.

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Coconut Oil Dry Elbow Skin Cure

Dry, scaly chapped elbow skin. Embarrassing in summer time, painful in wintertime and always unwelcome – scaly, dry chapped elbows are a persistent problem for many. You can try countless creams, preparations, and ointments but until you turn to natural solutions, chances are you are stuck with them. Why is that so? Because most industrial dry skin preparations have preservatives and stabilizing agents are harsh compounds that damage and chap skin, which on the long run, negates the initial skin smoothing effects of other active ingredients. With natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, that naturally moisturize and nourish skin, you don’t have to risk that. So your elbows look great and you do not have to break bank to get them that way.

Here is a great coconut oil formula you can make in comfort of your own home that will blast scaly, dry, chapped elbow skin away.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of almond oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix coconut and almond oil together. Mix honey and lemon juice well and add to coconut and almond oil mixture. Apply ready mix to dry chapped elbows. Wrap tightly with saran wrap and let stand 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, wash gently with mild low foaming organic or natural soap and warm water and tap dry. Repeat two times a week for best results.  Store the unused mixture in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Say goodbye to dry chapped elbows and say helps to summer clothes! Thank you for visiting Nina Bella Collection blog and website.

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Lemon Essential Oil in Natural Bath and Beauty Care

Lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and widely used natural bath and beauty oils. Hailing from Pompei and transposed to seductive Italy by early settlers, lemon essential oil is known for its refreshing and cooling properties. Of all essential oils, it is considered one of the most valuable oils for skin and body.

Chemically, lemon essential oil contains limonene, which is responsible for the oil’s tangy-fruity aroma, and citral, which is responsible for lemon note in the aroma profile, dimonene, a powerful antioxidant very beneficial for skin and body, neral, geranial, as well as vitamins A, B and C. The higher neral and geranial concentration the higher the quality, so this is something you want to consider when picking out lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil has watery consistency, and pale yellow to light green/yellow color, with freshly peeled lemon scent.

It is extracted by cold-pressing from fresh lemon peel. Following cold-pressing various lemon essential oil are often blended together to produce a more consistent aroma profile. This is why lemon essential oils purchased from different manufactures and regions may smell and look different. Due to many beneficial properties lemon essential oil is often in soaps, shampoos, face wash and many personal care and skin care natural bath and beauty products. Let’s see why that is.

For starters it is a very powerful antiseptic, antibiotic and astringent. In one shot, it cleanses, detoxifies and purifies body and skin. Being a strong astringent it is ideal for oily, blemished skin. Used regularly it will clear and rejuvenate even the most dull and tired skin. Second it is natural bleaching agent, and great for naturally lightening freckles and adding sun-kissed highlights to your hair. It will also eliminate dandruff, nourish and strengthens hair so may want to try adding some lemon essential oil to your regular hair routine. Third, lemon essential oil has high concentration of vitamins and will rejuvenate and de-wrinkle ageing skin. Fourth, and this is a little know but true fact, lemon essential oil is a great skin resurfacer and can be used to help smooth skin and reduce appearance of cellulite. Similarly, lemon essential oil is great for treating and minimizing tough and calloused skin and it just may be your feet’s new best friend.

Lemon essential oil is easy to work with. It bends easy and works great with many other essential oils including lavender essential oil, rose oil, neroli essential oil, sandalwood oil, geranium essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil and tea tree essential oil. Cheerful and uplifting this it is particularly designed to distress and improve mood, so it allows you to create products with dual skin care and aromatherapy benefits.

To explore how lemon essential oil can benefit your skin care, visit Nina Bella Collection and a great selection of you lemon essential oil based products.

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Dry Skin Formula

Dry skin comes with its own unique set of challenges. Flakiness, dry patches, wrinkles and irritation are just tip of the iceberg, and dermatitis, itchy rashes and eczema are real issues. The fact is dry skin care requires advanced moisturizing care. There are plenty of choices out there. There are also plenty of chemicals you will be exposed to when using industrial moisturizing creams. In the long run that may bring more damage then good. This is why more and more people turn to natural dry skin care.

Once again, by a rule of thumb, turn to natural plant and essential oils. Plant oils are a perfect mix of antioxidants that protect skin, vitamins and minerals that nourish skin and natural moisturizers that keep skin well hydrated. And you do not have to worry about chemicals or harmful additives. Plus creating your own dry skin formula can be fun and will not break the bank.

When coming up with your own dry skin formula, do your research. You want to select oils based on benefits suited to your particular dry skin issue, that being patchiness, flakiness or – yes – eczema. This way you can customize your formula by aroma, consistency and particular concern you might have. Sweet orange oil, a powerful moisturizing agent is the best place to start. Add a mix of two or more plant oils and some essential oils and voila – you are there. It is that easy.

Here is an easy starter dry skin formula to try:

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup grape seed oil

¼ cup jojoba oil

1 tablespoon sweet orange essential oil

Mix olive, grape seed and jojoba oil together. Add sweet orange essential oil and mi well. Apply a small quantity of ready formula over dry skin and massage in until absorbed. Repeat three to four times a week or best results. Store formula in dry place, away from sun.

Compliments of Nina Bella Collection – your Canadian organic bath and beauty care manufacturer.