As I had mentioned in January in a facebook post, I am no longer making flavored lip balms.
I will only do natural plant infusion or bust. My heart just wasn't in it and it showed.
These natural infusions include my Creamy Coffee Balm, Dandelion Orange Creamsicle Lip Butter, a soon to be announced Plantago Lip Balm and as promised I have had a pot of White Tea, in a slow-infusion process, going ever since.
What is coffee without a tea option?
I was sitting at a table in one of the local coffee shops waiting on a hot cuppa with John and the aroma of the tea I had ordered hit me before the cup got to the table.
Mmmmm, White Tea and Cherry Blossom! What a great lip balm that would make!
Not just though!
At a local market this past Summer, I purchased some melt and pour soap scented with White Tea and Ginger. Ugh! I was in love!
So, now what?
Well, I already make my kombucha using white tea as opposed to green and there's a very simple reason as to why. I find green tea too strong and bitter for my pallet.
Maybe my taste-buds are smarter than I understood.
This new product I've been working on these last few months will definitely be in lip balm form and possibly a balm or butter form, but what about soap? Sounds like this might be a wonderful opportunity to offer up a great combination for antiaging, so much so that I think I'll be creating my soaps with white tea infused water from now on.
Now for the science!
Both white and green teas come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. White tea leaves are harvested at a younger age than green tea leaves. White tea is considered rare and is usually more expensive than green, as it can only be hand-picked during a few days of early spring and has to be handled with such care.
Green tea involves slightly more processing compared to white tea. White tea is steamed rapidly and then dried. While green tea is partially fermented. First, it's steamed, fired and then rolled. Black tea, on the other hand, is fully fermented. Because white and green teas are treated gently and not overly processed, they retain most of their beneficial antioxidants. Green tea is considered rich in antioxidants. However, since white tea is less processed, it retains a higher amount of antioxidants, compared to green.
White tea contains more antioxidants and less caffeine than green and smells so sweet and lovely that it's an obvious choice for oil infusions!
Researchers from Kingston University, London, in conjunction with Neal’s Yard Remedies, were "blown away" (a phrase that qualifies as scientific in England) by results that illustrated white tea’s ability to inhibit enzymes that attack collagen and elastase, and mimic the action of one of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. The study, published in the BioMed Central journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, tested 23 extracts from 21 plants, all provided by Neal’s Yard Remedies, and found white tea to be the star.
They also tested the extracts ability to mimic superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down the dangerous reactive oxygen species into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.
White tea showed the highest inhibitory activity against collagenase at 87 percent, compared to green tea (47.17 percent) and rose tincture (40.96 percent). Similarly, the extract’s anti-elastase effect was over 89 percent, the highest of all those tested.
Looking at the combined action of the extract on elastase and collagenase, white tea has an inhibiting activity of over 180 percent. The next best of the extracts tested came in at 80 percent, explained Naughton. (https://www.truthinaging.com/…/white-tea-is-better-than-gre…)
Grape Seed Oil
I've been playing with grape seed oil for some time now and have been ready to make the move toward using this oil exclusively for my face-care butters and balms, salves and such. Coconut oil is a wonderful all purpose oil to use but when working specifically for faces, I think it's just a wise move and about time I made it.
But why would I change anything? Well, change is good and understanding the need for certain changes is imperative to constant transformation of my products. The more I learn, the better benefit to my customers and clients.
1. Wrinkle and Scar Reduction - In addition to an ideal viscosity, the oil is extremely rich in beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, E. It also happens to have a concentration of essential fatty acids like palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acid. These fatty acids have performed well in clinical anti-wrinkle trials. They have also proven to be effective at minimizing the prominence and size of scars.
2. Prevention of Acne and Aging - grapeseed oil products are all rich in polyphenols. These polyphenols are anti-inflammatory antioxidants known to retard the aging process and prevent acne outbreaks. Consequently, a number of acne creams and toners use grapeseed oil as a carrier oil.
3. Skin Balancing - While it may seem counter-intuitive to use an oil to treat oily skin, that is exactly what grape seed oil is used for. The last thing you want to do with oily skin is dry it out. In fact, that oiliness is a reaction of skin that is too dry. Grape seed oil is light to the touch and never leaves skin feeling heavy with oil. Instead, it effectively moisturizes the skin, balancing both dry and oily patches. When used as a toner, grape seed oil can penetrate blocked pores and cleanse breakouts.
4. Restoration of Collagen - Biochemical research into grapeseed oil has found it is rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins. Otherwise known by the acronym OPC, these flavonoids remove free radicals and promote the restoration of collagen at the cellular level, making your skin feel firmer and minimizing more signs of damage. On a tangible level, this contributes to keeping your face smooth to the touch and youthful in appearance. Again, this is the key contribution of grape see oil as far as the face is concerned.
So let's recap:
- This oil is rich in beta-carotene, and vitamins D, C, and E and is packed with fatty acids
- It's non-comedogenic which means "it doesn't clog pores".
- Locks in moisture.
- It is known to treat acne, tighten skin, help diminish dark circles around the eyes, moisturize, reduce scars, restore collagen and fight aging.
- It quickly penetrates the skin due to its light and thin consistency.
- Suitable for all skin types but is especially used by those with sensitive and/or acne prone skin as well as those with oily skin.
Seems like it's time for me to make a solid shift in my face salves, butters and balms, now doesn't it?
Exciting times ahead, friends!
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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