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Handbalm, a helping hand for your hands

Let’s talk about hand balm. When it comes to skin care, many of us just think about our face, but what about our hands? Our hands age just as quickly as our faces, and what about the heavy use and exposure they endure throughout our lives. That is why we have developed Quincessentials Hand Balm. Taking care of your hands is an essential part of good skin care.

Similar to a salve, a balm is an ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe the skin. Quincessentials hand balm soothes dryness, heals cracks and generally helps tired hands (and flaky elbows). If like us, you garden or work outside regularly,  you know how hard the dirt, sun and sweat can be on your hands. Our hand balm helps your hands to stay healthy.  Continue reading Handbalm, a helping hand for your hands

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Alcohol based aftershave or After Shave Balm?

Those of you who use after shave may not know the difference between alcohol or alcohol free, but some knowledge of this may actually help you improve your shaving experience. By far the most popular post-shave solution is the alcohol-based after-shave or cologne. But did you know that the daily use of such products can dry out your skin and contribute to the acceleration of the ageing process?

There are two types of products when it comes to after-shaves. Alcohol-based ones, which are the most common and are usually called lotions or waters, and Alcohol-free ones, which are categorized as balms, gels or moisturizers. If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne and eczema, don’t use an Alcohol-based after shave. It will severely aggravate your skin condition and will sting like crazy.

But aren’t there any benefits to using a conventional after-shave?

The anti-septic qualities of alcohol are often quoted as a benefit of aftershave lotions, helping heal those little cuts that sometimes happen when you shave, but let’s face it in this day and age unless you’re shaving with a butcher’s knife, you shouldn’t be having cuts in your face from shaving. And if you use products with natural ingredients, like Calendula flower extract and Shea Butter you will benefit from the same anti-septic properties. Continue reading Alcohol based aftershave or After Shave Balm?

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The Benefits of Body Scrubs

Here is some information on what a regular body scrub can do for the health and appearance of your skin. Using a body scrub regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful. Benefits of body scrubs through the removal of dead skin cells as a result of exfoliation with a mild body scrub extend to moisturizing as it allows for the easy absorption of a skin moisturizer into the healthy skin.

What is a body scrub

A scrub or body polish is a skin care routine which exfoliates the skin on your body leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturized and soft. An abrasive product is rubbed and massaged across and into your skin, and is then rinsed away to reveal a moisturized layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin. Without regular exfoliation, you can end up with clogged pores, which block moisture from getting into the deeper layers. So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliating is key.

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The Benefits of Calendula

Calendula Skin CareThe use of calendula for skin care ranges from beauty to first aid applications. Calendula is used in many products from lip balms, tinctures, wound washes and oils. Generally, the flowers are recommended for use, though research has shown medicinal properties in the leaves as well.

Calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or with every new moon. You may know calendula by it’s other common name, “pot marigold.”  The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and the flowers are used to honor her during Catholic events. Calendula has historically been used as a food, adding flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads for their brilliant color. Throughout history calendula has been used to treat, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.

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Natural Anti Acne Treatment

Occasional breakouts and chronic acne plague many people of all ages. From mild to severe, cases of acne can cause painful and unsightly outbreaks on the face, back, chest and even arms. Left untreated acne can lead to scarring. Unfortunately, many people choose potentially harmful products and topical medications over natural remedies when it comes to acne treatment. But getting rid of acne naturally is possible, as is minimizing acne scars.

Natural Acne Treatment

When it comes to skin care, and acne treatment in particular there are many options. In today’s chemically-derived, synthetically-manufactured world, it can be tough to solve your skin issues without dousing yourself in unpronounceable products. In most cases it’s a good idea to take a step back from harsh chemicals, and treat your skin with organic and natural ingredients. Especially when your skin is suffering from a bout of acne. After all, acne-prone skin is already irritated and inflamed, there is no need to over-stimulate it. And, no, going the natural route doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice results.

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Natural soap, just naturally better

Even if you don’t break out in a full body rash, the chemicals used to make conventional soap will most surely dry your skin. Unfortunately, many people wait until itchy, dry skin is a problem before making the switch to natural soap. Many people also use additional products to replenish and moisturize the skin after using conventional soap.

What most people don’t know is that soap you buy in stores is made with animal fat and chemicals. These chemicals strip your skin of its natural oils. That’s why many times you take a shower, you do not actually moisturize and your skin feels tight or dry.

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Health Benefits Of Quince

quince infoQuince is a rather unusual fruit that is closely related to apples and pears. Its scientific name is Cydonia oblonga. It is the only member of its genus Cydonia. The quince tree is deciduous and rather small, while the valuable ripened fruit is yellowish-gold color and somewhat similar to pears in shape and consistency.

You can utilize quince in jams, jellies, juices and so on, as well as use them in a similar way to pears as a side dish or a breakfast food. Dried quince can be used as a tea and ground dried quince is an excellent refreshing flavoring agent. Different countries use quince in different ways. The real nutritional benefit of quince is in the skin and the fruit. It is packed with beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and antioxidants.

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