SUCCULENT CARE DEMYSTIFIED

SUCCULENT CARE DEMYSTIFIED

As succulents are known for their ability to store water in their thick and fleshy stems they are the perfect plant for the few of us who have not been gifted with a green thumb. These low maintenance plants are able to survive for several weeks without water. However, if you want your succulent to flourish and fear waking up one day and finding a shriveled succulent in your midst, we’ve got just the care instructions for you

The 411 on Vitamin E

 

 

Many of our products contain Vitamin E as it a vital nutrient for skin health. Though Vitamin E can be forgotten when newer, more exotic ingredients are introduced into the market we thought we’d take a moment to pay homage to this longtime skin staple.

At its core, Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps cells fight free radicals. When Vitamin E is introduced to the body it acts as an anti-aging super star that strengthens capillary walls and improves both moisture and elasticity. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin fight harmful toxins while also healing the skin. Vitamin E is also easily absorbed into the epidermis layer of the skin, i.e. the outermost layer of the skin, and as such, can offer instant hydration.

Vitamin E not only keeps cells young but also helps speed up the cell regeneration process. As such, the potent vitamin can heal sunburns and scars. When Vitamin E is mixed with Vitamin C a powerful duo is created as both works to fight inflammation and improve skin quality.

 

WHY YOU NEED A HOUSE PLANT

 

Brooklyn Botany is more than a skincare brand. It is a philosophy where healthy living and the desire for a green lifestyle intersect. As such, we want to make sure all areas of your life, not just your skincare, are covered.

Our homes are our personal sanctuaries. Everyday we return to our humble abodes to rest up and recharge before we go out to face the world again. But, have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air in your house? Indoor air pollutants are a growing problem. It’s tough to decipher whether or not the air quality of your home is up to par because air pollutants are usually, tough to see. Yet, poor air quality can result in a whole host of health conditions such as headaches and nausea as well as eye, ear, and nose irritation.

Indoor air pollutants are a result of both man-made and natural occurrences. Toxic compounds can be released into the air through cleaning products as well as furniture and synthetic materials. The natural air pollutants can range from springtime pollen to more hazardous mold and bacteria. Poor ventilation only exacerbates these problems. The easiest fix to this problem is actually very simple: house plants! Indoor house act as air filters. Plants pull the toxins out of the air and release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis resulting in improved air quality.

Looking to spruce up your air quality? Give the below plants a whirl: aloe vera, spider plant, snake plant, and peace lily.

 

How to Use Our Camellia Wonder Oil

 

The secret behind the Japanese’s beautiful skin? Camellia Oil. In fact, in Asia, the beautiful flower is a symbol of femininity and grace. And, when the flower is distilled into its oil form, it becomes a multi-purpose oil with incredible healing and nourishing properties. Here are some of our favorite ways to use the oil.

1. Moisturizer: the high oleic acid content, otherwise known as Omega-9, makes the oil an easy absorption moisturizer for skin. We’re talking hydrated, plump skin without an oily residue as the oil absorbs into the skin as easily as water.

2. Make-Up Remover / Facial Cleanser: one of the best ways to cleanse the skin is with oil. After all, like removes like. Oil cleansing scrubs away at dirt and grime without stripping the skin of valuable moisture. Likewise, Camellia Oil can break down make-up without the rubbing and pull required from a synthetic makeup remover.

3. Hair Oil: warm the oil and massage it into the scalp. Leave the oil in for 30 minutes or overnight for a longer treatment. Wash the oil out with shampoo for softer, more lustrous locks. 

4. Nails: Massage the oil into cuticle for stronger nails.

5. Wounds/Scar Treatment: massage the oil into the skin to gently fade scars anddiscoloration.

 

DO YOU DRY BRUSH? 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START

Though dry brushing may sound like a new wellness phenomenon, it is actually an ancient healing massage technique used for centuries by Russians, Indians, and many more cultures across the world.

The invigorating and stimulating practice is fairly simple, easy to incorporate into your morning routine, and involves only one tool: a soft, natural bristle brush. (Check your local supermarkets for a brush that suits your skin.) Prior to showering, and while the body is still dry, run the brush across your skin using long, sweeping motions. Always brush towards the heart.

 

Though the benefits of dry brushing are numerous, the most lauded claims are lymphatic support, smoother skin, and cellulite reduction.

The lymphatic system is an internal drainage system for waste comprised of lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels. Congestion of this integral system leads to inflammation. Meanwhile, the light, feathery pressure of the brush running along the skin stimulates the lymphatic system encouraging the process of draining while increasing circulation.

In addition, the action of running a firm brush across the skin is a gentle exfoliating practice. The bristles of the brush loosen and remove dead skin revealing smoother skin to improve the overall appearance and texture of skin.

Though the science is not 100% conclusive, many individuals swear that dry brushing has helped to reduce the accumulation of toxic materials in the body’s fat cells, otherwise known as cellulite. The brushing motions break down trapped toxins to allow for easier elimination.

As your skin is your largest organ, there’s no need to brush till your pink and blue. Instead, use a more gentle touch that feels invigorating but never rough. To reap the benefits of dry brushing, do this practice once a day and immediately shower post-brushing. It’s that simple!