‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’
— Charles Schultz
We’ve got good news! That bite of chocolate you were feeling guilty about? Your skin thanks you for it. #TrueStory
Cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolates, is rich in a compound called flavonoids, which prevent UV rays from filtering into your skin and causing sun damage. And, as certain studies suggest, coffee and dark chocolate are the most significant sources of antioxidants in a typical Western diet.
But what are these antioxidants we keep talking about, and asking you to eat, drink or apply?
By definition, an antioxidant is a compound that inhibits oxidation, or removes potentially-damaging, oxidizing agents from a living organism.
What are Free Radicals?
Your body is a giant, complex machine, wherein multiple processes are taking place simultaneously. These metabolic processes lead to the creation of certain particles in the body, called free radicals. While some...
‘Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.’
— Charles Dickens
At amaiaa, one of our core philosophies is ‘natural glamour, inside out’. But we also know what is on the outside can affect your skin and your well-being from the inside.
After all, the skin is your body’s first line of defense against environmental aggressors, whether it’s the weather, sun, and pollution, or chemicals and microorganisms. Your skin’s job is to protect your body from these and, in the process, your skin often takes a beating. A 2006 US Bureau of Labor Statistics survey found skin diseases to be the most common among occupational illnesses and injuries, caused as well as aggravated by physical conditions that included extreme cold and heat, and exposure to chemical or biological agents such cleaners, solvents, metals and plants. These external factors lead to what is called extrinsic aging.
amaiaa believes knowledge is...
“Filters are great, but great skin is better!”
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s also the heaviest. And, it’s a lot more complex than you would have ever imagined.
Most of us rarely consider our skin beyond how it’s looking, but if you really think about it, our skin is what’s holding us all together. Our skin is like the vault that does its best to ensure everything that’s precious—our internal organs and systems—stay safe and protected. Our skin also carries out the very important tasks of making us feel physical sensations and of regulating our body temperatures.
1,000 nerve endings.
650 sweat glands.
20 blood vessels.
That’s just for one square inch of skin. The average person has about 20 square feet of skin.
And if you want to ace your skincare game, you’ve got to look after all of that. At amaiaa, we believe beautiful skin starts with great...
“Beauty is not in the face;
Beauty is a light in the heart.”
— Kahlil Gibran
There are beauty secrets that come in a bottle. And then, there are beauty secrets that work inside out, including our beauty thoughts. Secrets that have come down to us through the centuries, through scriptures and that have now been proven by science. These secrets are a way of life.
They help us overcome the challenges of modern living, and when we are able to channel them in a holistic manner, they help give us good health, which then reflects in the way we look. When you feel calm, you radiate a calm glow; when you are rejuvenated, you look vibrant; when your body’s nourished, you look healthy.
At amaiaa, we believe wholesome wellness is a cornerstone of beauty. For what is beauty, if not a healthy, vibrant, glow!
Energy follows thought, it is said. This is...
“Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of the night.”
— William Blake
How well you sleep has everything to do with how good you look. But what you do before you hit the hay all adds up, too. We spoke to you about resetting your body clock and sleep schedule on our previous post. Experts recommend cultivating sleep hygiene—a combination of bedroom environment and night-time routines that promote restful sleep.
The good news is, sleep hygiene is not cast in stone and can be tailored to suit your individual needs and personality.
The better news is, there are some rituals you can use as a starting point on your road to developing sleep hygiene, so you’re not left floundering in the dark.
The best news is, some of these rituals are great for your skin, even if you’re not looking to better your sleep practices!
We’ve put together seven super-soothing bedtime rituals that...
“Having peace, happiness and healthiness (sic) is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep.”
When you sleep, your body repairs itself. The same holds true for your skin. When you go to bed, your cortisol (stress hormone) levels drop and your melatonin (sleep hormone) levels rise. Cortisol causes wear and tear in your body while melatonin is responsible for the repair. Basically, when you sleep, your cells are at work: Your body and your skin are undoing the damage caused to them through the day, whether from the environment or from your body’s own metabolic processes.
Many research has proven that beauty sleep is pretty much a one-size-fits-all, one-stop solution to all your beauty woes. Restorative sleep, that is adequate sleep at appropriate hours, has been found to be associated with more youthful skin, brighter eyes with fewer dark circles and reduced puffiness, fewer...
“Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran
While it can’t be argued that we live in a world of endless beauty promises, most of them in fancy bottles and jars; there is still abundant value in learning the road to beauty and glow through wellness.
Naturally glowing skin is a result of many factors
This includes physical, emotional, and environmental factors. In order to achieve the ultimate glow, one needs to be mindful of every factor impacting it. From what you eat, what you practice, what you think, how you feel, and so on. We at amaiaa have always professed that the road to outer elegance is through inner wellness. We find the best of essential oils and other natural goodness filled ingredients to curate them into amazing blends. Our amaiaa facial oils are inspired by beauty secrets passed along generations of women...
Have you considered adding a face oil to your skincare routines?
While all women are concerned about their skin, not everyone follows a specific skincare routine. Do you have a skin care routine? Or, do you just prefer to fall asleep each night and not worry too much about what is on your skin? You may not think too much about your skin care routine, but the truth is you should. Your skin is one of the largest organs your body has, and it works hard every day to protect our bodies from harmful elements. Taking care of your skin and developing a skin care routine is important, because it can help this organ do its job better and longer.
If you want amazing skin that last forever or at least for the next twenty years, the choices you make today will definitely help that happen. Beautiful skin is a lifelong...
about the apricot oil
Apricots are a small stone fruit with a kernel (or seed) inside that's said to have great healing and beauty powers. It’s an amazing fruit which is not only delicious but also really packed with goodness for holistic wellness.
Apricot oil or apricot kernel oil is extracted from the kernels or seeds of the apricot. The apricot tree or Prunus armeniaa belongs to the Prunus genus of the Rosaeae family and thought to have origins in China, Korea, and Japan.
The scientific name is derived from Armenia but was present during ancient Greece and Rome. Apricots are small, golden orange fruits with velvety skin and flesh that is not overly juicy but smooth and quite sweet with a unique flavor of slight musk with a faint tartness. It is often consumed raw and used in juices, jams, jellies, chutneys, pastries, and pies. The large pit or kernel is where the...
While you may be trying multiple skincare products and keeping a close eye on all the latest trends in beauty, it is quite likely that facial oils have not yet made it to the list of products you’d like to try. And let us assure you, you are not alone. Maybe you’ve stayed away because you lack the information and all that you need to know about facial oils.
As we continue these series of answering key questions around facial oils, let’s address another one here – should you use facial oils along with makeup?
If you have oily skin or you think that your skin is nourished enough and doesn’t need extra hydration, it is possible that you have never felt the need for facial oils. Facial oils, however, are not one of those skin care products reserved solely for dry skin – really, practically anyone can use facial...